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People are talking about Free Spirit. Check out this selection of reviews and media blurbs on our books and authors.

  New Reviews

ADHD in HD
Brains Gone Wild
Jonathan Chesner 

“Chesner writes with a great deal of humor and makes good use of examples to get his points across. Not only does he give great suggestions on how to succeed in secondary school, but he also candidly talks about the advantages of having a ‘special brain’ and how thinking in a different way can be something to be proud of.”—School Library Journal

“Validating, entertaining, empowering . . . with great tips. Don’t miss this one!”—Zoë Kessler, ChickADD

“In reaction to what he describes as books that ‘paint a sob story,’ author Jonathan Chesner writes one for the ADHD teen in mind . . . [Read] what things he had to learn the hard way and how Chesner is still learning ways to navigate the world with ADHD.”—PsychCentral

ADHD in HD works at several levels—as a validation for those with ‘special brains,’ a suggestion guide for surviving and adapting, both in school and life, and a brief and non-threatening introduction to others who know, live, work with, or teach someone with ADHD. The book should be read by all educators and given to any adolescent diagnosed with this disorder.”—VOYA

“Part dude-to-dude tête-à-tête and part eye-candy smorgasbord; a combination of short, humorous-essays-slash-advice-columns embedded in edgy, imaginative artwork and illustrations . . . [ADHD in HD] will appeal even to those teens who typically wouldn’t willingly touch a book.”—Kay Marner, A Mom’s View of ADHD

“With much practical advice, this packs in plenty of valuable content—and is pretty enjoyable, too.”—Booklist

“Chesner offers plenty of good-hearted advice on such topics as dating, homework, snacks, and family life, concluding by advising readers to follow their hearts and dreams. He cautions that life isn’t a fairy tale, and ‘most dreams don’t come true,’ but readers will never know if they don’t try. Readers with ADHD, and anyone else for that matter, will like the ‘go for it’ spirit of a writer who found blessings in his struggles with his ‘special brain.’”—Kirkus




Be Confident in Who You Are
Middle School Confidential™ Series
Annie Fox, M.Ed., and illustrated by Matt Kindt 

“Although it may not be educational in the grammar-and-algebra sense, this app’s focus on hot-button middle school issues like bullying, family conflict, and changing friendships makes it worth checking out.”—MSNBC

“Extremely relatable. Kids will be entertained reading this storybook app and [will] get the message.”—Apps4Moms

“Packed with easy-to-read information on how to not only get through middle school, but how to thrive during these years.”—Callie Feyen, Sit a While blog

“Recommended resource.”—ParentLife

“We are getting our 5th graders ready for a new environment—middle school. . . . Students are taking skills they’ve learned from Middle School Confidential and utilizing them in their daily lives. . . . The students who have read the series have had a noticeably improved attitude about entering middle school. That shift in perspective is allowing kids not to dread but embrace their middle grade years. I encourage teachers, school librarians, and parents to get these on your bookshelves. They won’t be sitting idle for long.”—Books That Heal Kids Blog

“In a friendly, engaging voice, the text provides the reader with a safe place to ask and wonder about those tough middle school questions.”—Once Upon a Book

"Chock-full of helpful hints...lists resources to help readers increase their self-esteem. The graphic-novel-like design will make this self-help tool stand out and appeal to fans of that format." —School Library Journal

"A practical and fun resource for tweens making the adjustment from elementary to middle school." —Jennifer O'Donnell, About.com. Click here to read more of this review.




Bookmarked
Teen Essays on Life and Literature from Tolkien to Twilight
Ann Camacho 

“A more modern version of [the] Chicken Soup for the Soul branch . . . [Bookmarked] is loveable and an easy read . . . bound to keep the attention of every busy teen.”—Anika T., age 17, for Fred: The Magazine for Young Mensans

“Useful and appealing.”—School Library Journal

“[A] creative way to introduce classic literature to young adults.”—VOYA

"Camacho has gathered more than four dozen essays from young people . . . each essay is rooted in a quotation from a book that has touched the writer’s life in a powerful way. The results offer a remarkable array of life experiences, some dramatic . . . some more quietly reflective. Though designed for classroom use, the book will also reward an audience of independent readers.”—Booklist




Building Character with True Stories from Nature
Barbara A. Lewis 

“Engaging stories, character connections, and high-level thinking make a powerful combination in this resource, which will be enjoyed by teachers as well as children.”—Julia Roberts, Ed.D., executive director, The Center for Gifted Studies, Western Kentucky University

“Creatively weds character education with analogies from nature to help teachers promote both deep learning and positive character development in students . . . this synergy is just what education should be.”—Marvin W. Berkowitz, Ph.D., director, Sanford N. McDonnell Leadership Academy for Character Education for School Principals

“Barbara Lewis weaves factual information with down-to-earth, applicable activities and discussions to encourage students’ appreciation for nature, while building their power to observe and to understand people and their world as multidimensional. Throughout, Lewis is respectful of children’s capacity to discuss important issues and form their own opinions.”—Silvia Blitzer Golombek, Ph.D., senior vice president, Youth Service America

Building Character with True Stories from Nature is filled with fascinating depictions and insightful analogies to support character development . . . This book should be a staple in every school’s social-emotional learning curriculum.”—Linda Kreger Silverman, Ph.D., licensed psychologist, director of the Gifted Development Center

“Lewis shows teachers how to build bridges to the inner worlds of children with analogical thinking, reflective questions, and thoughtful conversations that nourish not only their understanding but their agency.”—Diane Stirling, professional development coordinator of CHARACTERplus®




Cuddle
A board book about snuggling
Happy Healthy Baby® Series (Book 2)

Elizabeth Verdick and Marjorie Lisovskis 
“Babies will be drawn to the full-page images of their fellow tots.”—Kirkus

“Verdick and Lisovskis combine sweet-natured verse with photographs of babies giving and receiving affection. The close-up b&w photos are attention-grabbing, and the accompanying pastel cartoons add to the nursery rhyme vibe. A final spread offers ‘cuddle time’ tips for adults and information about the importance of touch for babies.”—Publishers Weekly




Dare! (hardcover)
A Story About Standing Up to Bullying in Schools
The Weird Series (Book 2)

Erin Frankel and illustrated by Paula Heaphy 

“Each title shows readers, through the texts and the expressive ink illustrations, what each child feels . . . [and suggests] simple group activities that model positive behaviors.”—School Library Journal

“The emphasis on courage in this book is helpful to any child facing bullying in his or her daily life.”—3rdGradeReading.net

“A much-needed tool in dealing with the growing problem of bullying in our schools and country.”—CJ Bott, author of The Bully in the Book and in the Classroom and More Bullies in More Books

“AMAZING and EMPOWERING—the books in the Weird series are absolutely out of this world! They're my favorite books on bullying by far.”—Roxanne Davidson, school counselor, Books That Heal Kids blog

“The wonderful books in the Weird series are great resources to help build young children’s social skills to address and prevent bullying.”—Trudy Ludwig, children’s advocate and best-selling author of Confessions of a Former Bully

“The Weird series is a delightful three-part story that explores the roles of the bully, the bullied, and the bystander and how children can break out of those roles and be their unique, caring selves. Not only for kids, this series is a must for parents, educators, and caregivers who want to help children end the cycle of cruelty.”—Barbara Coloroso, author of The Bully, the Bullied, and the Bystander

“I love this series. Kids are sure to empathize with the characters and recognize their own power to stop bullying.” —Dr. Michele Borba, internationally recognized child expert and author of The Big Book of Parenting Solutions




Everything a New Elementary School Teacher REALLY Needs to Know
(But Didn’t Learn in College)
Otis Kriegel 

“Valuable lessons to rookies on what to really expect in the classroom trenches . . . fills in the gaps left by many college and university programs.”—ForeWord

“Otis Kriegel is the teacher every parent wants their child to have. For those who care about improving the quality of our schools you simply have to hope that elementary teachers and parents will buy and read this book.”—Bob Kerrey, president emeritus, The New School

“Otis Kriegel is the hurricane of fresh air that elementary teacher education needs today.”—Joseph Patrick Rafter, Ph.D, clinical assistant professor, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, New York University

“A terrific guide filled with excellent tips and suggestions for new teachers.”—Steve Reifman, National Board Certified Teacher and author of Eight Essentials for Empowered Teaching and Learning, K–8

“A delightful book, chock-full of practical advice for new teachers. Where else will you learn to keep a change of clothes handy (in case a child pees on you) or to tell a parent volunteer that the snacks are for the CHILDREN (and that she shouldn’t eat them all herself)?”—Clara Hemphill, founding editor of InsideSchools.org and author of New York City’s Best Public Elementary Schools




Germs Are Not for Sharing/Los gérmenes no son para compartir Paperback
Elizabeth Verdick and illustrated by Marieka Heinlen 

“Colorful . . . appealing . . . easy for children to relate to. A valuable resource for public, school, and home libraries.”—School Library Journal

“The bilingual text and diverse array of individuals that appear on the pages make this book accessible and appealing to a wide range of children.”—Book Notes, the newsletter of the Center for Children’s and Young Adult Books, Minnesota State University, Mankato




The Gifted Teen Survival Guide
Smart, Sharp, and Ready for (Almost) Anything (Revised & Updated 4th Edition)
Judy Galbraith, M.A., and Jim Delisle 

“This revision of its predecessor continues the same high standards . . . Likely to appeal to the secondary gifted student.”—Lincoln Public Schools

“Focus[es] on timely and sensitive issues . . . a valuable resource.”—Gifted Child Today

“Readable, engaging, and positive.”—VOYA

“Examples from popular culture, such as the intellectual intensity of Dumbledore and Harry Potter and the portrayal of gifted people in The Big Bang Theory, help bring the ideas into sharper focus.”—Lisa Rivero, Everyday Intensity blog and author of A Parent’s Guide to Gifted Teens: Living with Intense and Creative Adolescents

“Offers specific, often pithy advice. This updated edition . . . feels fresh and timely. An intelligent, entertaining look at the unique and not-so-unique issues that gifted teens face.”—Kirkus Reviews

“A necessary toolkit that encourages and empowers gifted teens to take charge and make the most of who they are.”—Colleen M. Harsin, director, The Davidson Academy of Nevada




Heart of a Warrior
7 Ancient Secrets to a Great Life
Jim Langlas 

“Useful for martial arts instructors and teachers as a way to discuss character.”—Kirkus




How to Talk to an Autistic Kid
Daniel Stefanski 

“A highly readable book for youth, but even adults will appreciate its accessibility and simplicity.”—Green Bay Press-Gazette

“Daniel’s bright spirit and frank manner convince us that he and others with autism are worth getting to know . . . This book offers valuable communication tips to a wide audience of all ages.”—Youth Today

“Goes a long way toward demystifying autism and its attributes to a young audience.”—Children’s Bookwatch, Midwest Book Review

“The book will ease your fears and teach you something about what goes on inside the mind of an autistic child from an autistic child . . . what better place to start with understanding and friendship?”—Families Matter blog  

“Does an impressive job of speaking directly and succinctly about the issues and offering solutions.”—School Library Journal




I’m Like You, You’re Like Me (hardcover)
A Book About Understanding and Appreciating Each Other
Cindy Gainer and illustrated by Miki Sakamoto 

“A powerful tool to help teach children both to respect and to celebrate their differences.”—Midwest Book Review

“An excellent book for use in the home, classroom, or church library.”—Libraries Alive, a publication of the National Church Library Association

“A perfect book to use in a classroom, nursery school, home—or anywhere there is diversity or where diversity is appreciated.”—Pamela Kramer, Book Examiner, Examiner.com

“A wonderful picture book on the topic of diversity.”—Lori Calabrese, National Children’s Book Examiner, examiner.com

“Bright, cheerful . . . With the focus on kindness, respect, and tolerance, this title is an appropriate teaching tool for an early childhood environment.”—School Library Journal

“Simple words and detailed illustrations invite kids to notice, accept, and affirm diversity.”—Skipping Stones




Make a Splash!
A Kid’s Guide to Protecting Our Oceans, Lakes, Rivers, & Wetlands
Cathryn Berger Kaye, M.A.Philippe Cousteau, and EarthEcho International 

“This excellent book not only gives readers interesting information that is presented in a clever and engaging way, but it also empowers children by showing them that there are lots of things that they can do to save the world’s water.” —Through the Looking Glass Children’s Book Review

“A comprehensive, entertaining primer that focuses equally on water conservation and on how children learn and can act on their knowledge and interests. Former teacher Kaye provides a multitude of conservation approaches, including a series of ‘Kids in Action’ profiles that will encourage young readers to tackle and accomplish valuable community service projects.”—ForeWord Reviews

“Infuses every chapter with inspiration and gives dozens of examples in which kids are agents of change in their communities. Creating an energizing, upbeat tone, the writers don’t plead for help; they ask, ‘Which kind of action will you choose?’”—Booklist

“This readable narrative provides a solid base of scientific information . . . Good ideas for water conservation . . . and a lot of doable activities are suggested for individuals and groups.”—School Library Journal

“Read anytime you want and in any order you want . . . a good book to learn about water.”—Hannah, age 6, San Francisco Book Review

“The first time a child sees an ocean or a great river, magic happens. Make A Splash! reaches for the hearts of all young people who love wild water, and who want to do something to keep it pure and everlasting.”—Carl Hiaasen, author of Chomp

Make a Splash! provides valuable information about threats to our waters, and more importantly it gives concrete and inspiring examples of how kids have made—and can make—a real difference.”—Jason Chin, author and illustrator of Coral Reefs and Island: A Story of the Galápagos

“Kids who read this book will find themselves captivated by the world of water and primed to do their part in protecting it.”—Eileen Spinelli, author of over 40 children’s books, including Miss Fox’s Class Goes Green

Make A Splash! is an excellent resource to help youth plan water-focused service learning adventures in their own backyards.”—Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots, a program of the Jane Goodall Institute




Moving Past Perfect
How Perfectionism May Be Holding Back Your Kids (and You!) and What You Can Do About It
Thomas S. Greenspon, Ph.D. 

“Tom Greenspon has made a great contribution to the parenting and child development field with Moving Past Perfect. He describes perfectionism’s many faces and explains the many paths that lead there. More importantly, he provides solutions.”—Dr. David Walsh, author of Smart Parenting, Smarter Kids and Why Do They Act That Way?

Moving Past Perfect offers insight for families who struggle with perfectionism . . . Dr. Greenspon gently guides families into understanding that while striving for excellence may lead to high achievement, perfectionism actually inhibits performance.”—Kristie Speirs Neumeister, Ph.D., president of the Indiana Association for the Gifted and associate professor, Department of Educational Psychology, Ball State University




On-the-Go Time
Elizabeth Verdick and illustrated by Marieka Heinlen 

“This colorful board book takes youngsters through the steps of going on errands . . . a useful conversation starter for young families.”—School Library Journal

“More than just a good read, this board book is the ideal traveling companion for what to expect when heading out the door with little ones.”—Pamela Brill, TalkingWalnut.com




The Survival Guide for Kids with Autism Spectrum Disorders
(And Their Parents)
Elizabeth Verdick and Elizabeth Reeve, M.D. 

“With a kid-friendly format featuring brightly colored text and cartoon drawings, The Survival Guide for Kids with Autism Spectrum Disorders (And Their Parents) is a well-organized, go-to resource packed with solid information and advice for kids and adults.”—Curriculum Connections, School Library Journal

“Finally, a book that relates to kids on the spectrum because it incorporates actual stories from their lives in their own words! I loved the format, readability, and the content . . . [a] big thumbs up to [the] authors for tackling a tough subject and giving voice to the very group it impacts—kids with autism.”—Louise Sattler, school psychologist, contributor to Education.com

“From conversation to cleanliness, from making friends to fashion, this book shows concrete examples from real children’s lives, provides tips for everyday use, and most of all, encourages children with ASD to work with their team of helpers (parents, teachers, doctors, friends) to take advantage of all that is out there to be happy and fulfilled.”—VOYA

“Direct, truthful, and effective . . . a treasured resource for families.”—School Library Journal

“[Verdick and Reeve] lay a strong foundation in giving kids the ultimate skill of self-advocacy.”—Booklist

“With so many children being diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders, numerous new advice books are becoming available. This is one of the more useful ones . . . It explains in clear language strategies children can train themselves to employ to improve functioning in the neurotypical world and why these might be useful. Generally useful and easily readable . . . with lots of practical advice, especially appropriate for grade-schoolers and their caregivers.”—Kirkus




Talk with Teens About What Matters to Them
Ready-to-Use Discussions on Stress, Identity, Feelings, Relationships, Family, and the Future
Jean Sunde Peterson, Ph.D. 

“An updated, easy-to-use resource for parents, counselors, and teachers who want to connect socially and emotionally with teens in the 21st century.”—Andrea L. Dixon, Ph.D., associate professor, Department of Counseling and Psychological Services, Georgia State University



This Morning Sam Went to Mars (paperback)
A book about paying attention
Nancy Carlson 
“After losing himself in a Mars exploration daydream at breakfast, Sam misses the school bus again. In class, distracted by an imagined deep-sea dive, he runs out of time on a spelling test, misses the last six words, and ends up feeling dumb . . . Without labeling Sam or his problem, the sympathetic story offers useful advice for children who may identify with him.”—Booklist


Tough! (hardcover)
A Story About How to Stop Bullying in Schools
The Weird Series (Book 3)

Erin Frankel and illustrated by Paula Heaphy 

“Each title shows readers, through the texts and the expressive ink illustrations, what each child feels . . . [and suggests] simple group activities that model positive behaviors.”—School Library Journal

“A wonderful, wonderful book about the power of caring and love to turn a life around.”—3rdGradeReading.net

“Creates the perfect teachable moment to encourage respect for others and oneself, therefore helping to prevent bullying.” —CJ Bott, author of The Bully in the Book and in the Classroom and More Bullies in More Books

“AMAZING and EMPOWERING—the books in the Weird series are absolutely out of this world! They're my favorite books on bullying by far.”—Roxanne Davidson, school counselor, Books That Heal Kids blog

“The wonderful books in the Weird series are great resources to help build young children’s social skills to address and prevent bullying.”—Trudy Ludwig, children’s advocate and best-selling author of Confessions of a Former Bully

“The Weird series is a delightful three-part story that explores the roles of the bully, the bullied, and the bystander and how children can break out of those roles and be their unique, caring selves. Not only for kids, this series is a must for parents, educators, and caregivers who want to help children end the cycle of cruelty.”—Barbara Coloroso, author of The Bully, the Bullied, and the Bystander

“I love this series. Kids are sure to empathize with the characters and recognize their own power to stop bullying.” —Dr. Michele Borba, internationally recognized child expert and author of The Big Book of Parenting Solutions




Vicious
True Stories by Teens About Bullying
Edited by Youth Communication 

“Uplifting stories about overcoming bullying [that] would interest anyone who has been touched by this issue.”—VOYA

“Filled with interactive personal scenarios that will make for great group discussions about the isolation of the victim, the cruelty of the perpetrator, the shame of both, and of the bystander, at school, on the street, and online.”—Booklist




Weird! (hardcover)
A Story About Dealing with Bullying in Schools
The Weird Series (Book 1)

Erin Frankel and illustrated by Paula Heaphy 

“[One of] 50 Inspiring Children’s Books with a Positive Message.”—Positively Positive

“Three stories told from the perspectives of three different children: one who is bullied (Weird!), a bystander (Dare!), and the bully herself (Tough!) . . . The books stand alone as separate titles, but they’re much more effective when utilized together to give a complete view of how the main characters are feeling and the outside events that help shape their roles.”—School Library Journal

“A valuable contribution to anti-bullying literature.”—3rdGradeReading.net

“My kids and I loved the Weird series . . . the books were incredibly insightful and provoked good discussion. Well written by Erin Frankel, beautifully illustrated by Paula Heaphy, and published by the always inspiring Free Spirit Publishing, [this series] is a must-own for educators, if not parents.”—Melissa Taylor, Imagination Soup

“In these engaging books, Frankel helps readers deal with bullying events that happen every day in every school; while Heaphy perfectly illustrates the facial expressions and body language of all three roles—the child bullying, the witness, and the target. Frankel and Heaphy are a new dynamic duo!”—CJ Bott, author of The Bully in the Book and in the Classroom and More Bullies in More Books

“Heaphy’s pen-and-ink illustrations are dotted with highlights of color that spotlight the main characters. She is a master of facial expression and body language; Sam’s hoodie sweatshirt speaks volumes all on its own.”—Kirkus

“AMAZING and EMPOWERING—the books in the Weird series are absolutely out of this world! They're my favorite books on bullying by far.”—Roxanne Davidson, school counselor, Books That Heal Kids blog

“The wonderful books in the Weird series are great resources to help build young children’s social skills to address and prevent bullying.”—Trudy Ludwig, children’s advocate and best-selling author of Confessions of a Former Bully

“The Weird series is a delightful three-part story that explores the roles of the bully, the bullied, and the bystander and how children can break out of those roles and be their unique, caring selves. Not only for kids, this series is a must for parents, educators, and caregivers who want to help children end the cycle of cruelty.”—Barbara Coloroso, author of The Bully, the Bullied, and the Bystander

“I love this series. Kids are sure to empathize with the characters and recognize their own power to stop bullying.” —Dr. Michele Borba, internationally recognized child expert and author of The Big Book of Parenting Solutions




What Are My Rights?
Q&A About Teens and the Law (Revised & Updated Third Edition)
Thomas A. Jacobs, J.D. 

“Focusing on a teen’s rights when dealing with privacy, workplaces, schools, internet concerns, and much more, What Are My Rights? is a strong reference.”—Midwest Book Review




What Kids Need to Succeed
Proven, Practical Ways to Raise Good Kids (Revised & Updated 3rd Edition)
Peter L. Benson, Ph.D.Judy Galbraith, M.A., and Pamela Espeland 
“Very accessible . . . a wealth of practical information and ideas.” —YouthWorker Journal


Zach Apologizes
William “Bill” Mulcahy and illustrated by Darren McKee 

“Suitable for classroom sharing or independent reading.”—School Library Journal

“Not only do the [Zach Rules] books discuss problems most youngsters have, they also give concrete strategies for solving them.”—Growing Book by Book

“Zach’s feelings are widely recognizable and will be familiar to readers. McKee’s brightly colored digital illustrations . . . do a good job of supporting the text and helping to teach the material. [T]his new series is a useful tool for teaching valuable skills.”—Kirkus

“The Zach Rules series does an impressive job covering the issues of anger and frustration—and the consequences that come with acting on them—in child-friendly terms. These books are a must-read for parents, educators, grandparents, and anyone who cares about helping young people become responsible, resilient, and compassionate human beings. I highly recommend this series.”
Barbara Coloroso, best-selling author of Kids Are Worth It! Giving Your Child the Gift of Inner Discipline

“Zach does rule—these books are fun! They make important life skills easy to understand and do, and kids will get such a kick out of Zach, they won’t even know they’re learning.”—Dr. Michele Borba, parenting expert and author of No More Misbehavin’ and The Big Book of Parenting Solutions

Zach Apologizes is a wonderful skill-building resource to help young children easily learn how to make a sincere apology. I highly recommend it for both the home and the classroom!”—Trudy Ludwig, best-selling author of Sorry!




Zach Gets Frustrated
William “Bill” Mulcahy and illustrated by Darren McKee 

“Mulcahy introduces strategies to help young children develop relationship skills and learn responsibility for their actions when dealing with everyday situations . . . Notes for adults to reinforce the concepts and practice the skills are included. Humorous cartoons also reinforce the messages and actions and reflect the mood of the stories. Both titles are suitable for classroom sharing or independent reading and should complement early childhood curriculums.”—School Library Journal

“The Zach Rules series does an impressive job covering the issues of anger and frustration—and the consequences that come with acting on them—in child-friendly terms. These books are a must-read for parents, educators, grandparents, and anyone who cares about helping young people become responsible, resilient, and compassionate human beings. I highly recommend this series.”
Barbara Coloroso, best-selling author of Kids Are Worth It! Giving Your Child the Gift of Inner Discipline





  Previous Reviews

Advancing Differentiation
Thinking and Learning for the 21st Century
Richard M. Cash, Ed.D. 

“Explains how teachers can organize learning for individual students in a way that will aid them in actively and successfully thinking their way through appropriately challenging content.”—Gifted Child Today




Be Fit, Be Strong, Be You
Rebecca Kajander C.P.N.P., M.P.H., and Timothy Culbert, M.D. 

“Provides helpful information on exercise and fun ways to stay moving, healthy foods to include in a balanced diet; finding and maintaining a healthy weight; increasing self-confidence; finding great ways to be active and involved in school, sports, hobbies, etc.; and how to look your best.”—Midwest Book Review: Children’s Bookwatch: Self-Help Shelf




Be Honest and Tell the Truth
Cheri J. Meiners, M.Ed. 

“These titles are great starting points for discussions about the expectations in your own home, or to reinforce what’s being taught at school. They also tie in very nicely with character education.”—Kate Winn, This Mom Loves blog




Bedtime
Elizabeth Verdick and illustrated by Marieka Heinlen 

“This book is great for us as it shows that other kids have a routine for bedtime as well.”—Jumpin’ Beans blog

“Perfectly attuned to the smallest readers.”—School Library Journal




Building Strong Writers in Middle School
Classroom-Ready Activities That Inspire Creativity and Support Core Standards
Deb Delisle and Jim Delisle 

“Provide[s] teachers with the tools to personalize writing for their students in a way that builds confidence, engages thoughtful reflection, and results in written products that capture the inward feelings and personal experiences of young authors.”—Gifted Child Today

“This Common Core Standards aligned book is filled with ideas to stretch the minds of middle schoolers who will get to know themselves better as they also expand their imaginations through ingenious writing activities.”—Marcia DiJiosia, director of Advanced Studies, Gifted and Talented Education (GATE), San Diego Unified School District

Building Strong Writers in Middle School is a strong resource for use at the middle level . . . it offers many practical strategies and helpful tools that teachers can readily use.”—Michael Postma, coordinator of High Potential Services and The Minnetonka Navigator Program, Minnetonka Public Schools, Minnesota




But Why Can’t I?
A book about rules
Sue Graves and illustrated by Desideria Guicciardini 

“Great for a counselor or [for kids during] the first few days of school.”—Lincoln Public Schools




Bye-Bye Time
Board Book
Elizabeth Verdick and illustrated by Marieka Heinlen 

“I cannot begin to tell you what an amazing job Elizabeth Verdick and Marieka Heinlen do with this book.”—Kid Book Ratings blog

“This is a book that I am going to recommend to all of my new parents, and to those whose children are still having difficulty with good-byes.”—Andrea Coventry, Montessori Educator, Andi’s Kids Books Blog

"Bye-Bye Time addresses the separation anxiety that children may feel when a caregiver leaves them temporarily. It discusses feelings they may have, coping mechanisms, and the helpfulness of creating a ritual...The pictures are upbeat and expressive."
School Library Journal




Calm-Down Time
Elizabeth Verdick and illustrated by Marieka Heinlen 

“I know that they say they are the terrible two's, but I have seen kids of all ages get fussy, I think that this would help children, as well as parents, remember to calm down and relax.” —Jumpin’ Beans blog

“Highly useful titles for preschool collections.”—School Library Journal




Clean-Up Time
Board Book
Elizabeth Verdick and illustrated by Marieka Heinlen 

“Another beneficial addition to any bookshelf used by preschoolers and toddlers.”—Andrea Coventry, Montessori educator, Andi’s Kids Books Blog

"Clean-Up Time breaks down a routine activity as something necessary that 'can be quick and fun. Let's work together, everyone.' This cheerful book could act as a positive introduction to an unpopular task...The pictures are upbeat and expressive." —School Library Journal




The Complete Guide to Service Learning
Proven, Practical Ways to Engage Students in Civic Responsibility, Academic Curriculum, & Social Action (Revised & Updated Second Edition)
Cathryn Berger Kaye, M.A. 

“How can teachers begin or support a service learning program in their classroom or school? What role does [it] play in the curriculum? What are the true benefits to society and to students? . . . Kaye answers these questions and more.”—Curriculum Connections

“If there is a bible of K–12 service learning, it is Cathryn Berger Kaye’s The Complete Guide to Service Learning.” —Youth Service California

The Complete Guide to Service Learning has been my go-to resource for sharing ideas with our partner organizations and with anyone who says, ‘Tell me about service learning.’ Rich in information, ideas, and practical suggestions, this guide inspires and reminds me how important our youth are and what valuable contributors they can be. Cathryn’s book brings learning and service to life.”—Elaine Leibsohn, America’s Promise Alliance

Praise for the Previous Edition:

“An informative book for those interested in creating or overseeing service-learning programs.”—Youth Today

“A wonderful step-by-step guide with handy tips and practical advice. An outstanding resource, a must-have.”
Voice of Youth Advocates




Cool Down and Work Through Anger
Cheri J. Meiners, M.Ed. 

“Cool Down and Work Through Anger is an ideal resource for home, school, and childcare settings. When children understand and learn important basic social skills, they are better prepared for successful interactions with teachers, family, and friends.” —Kimberly Fischer, Arizona Parenting magazine

Cool Down and Work Through Anger is highly recommended for kids ages 4–8 who have anger management issues or concerns.”—Midwest Book Review, Children’s Bookwatch: Reviewer’s Choice

Cool Down and Work Through Anger is an excellent book for helping children understand this unpleasant but normal emotion. The book gives very helpful strategies for helping children deal with anger.” —Marian Marion, Ph.D., Professor, Early Childhood Education, Governors State University

“A delightful addition to the series. I particularly like the focus on what kids can do to handle their anger more constructively, rather than focusing on what not to do. . . . The cognitive-behavioral perspective is also quite helpful—that changing thoughts as well as behaviors can help with handling anger. . . . Will appeal to kids as well as those who work with them.” —James J. Crist, Ph.D., author of What to Do When You’re Scared and Worried and Mad




Diapers Are Not Forever Board Book
Elizabeth Verdick and illustrated by Marieka Heinlen 

“Bursting with colorful, easy-to-follow graphics that explain potty from start to flush. This darling book helps moms and dads—and all helpers—see that light at the end of the toilet. Your tots will gain courage and confidence with this book.” —Christine Coppa, Droolicious at Babble.com 

"Learning to use the potty takes patience and practice, and this charming, straightforward book helps pave the way. Young children learn how to use the potty and why it's time to do so, while gaining the courage and confidence to face this important milestone in their lives." —Edmonton's Child




Don't Behave Like You Live in a Cave
Elizabeth Verdick and illustrated by Steve Mark 

“Kids will love this book for the cartoons and the silly stories. . . . Parents will love this book as well, but for an entirely different reason. Among the humor and kid-friendly dialogue are lessons about lying, listening to authority figures, taking personal responsibility, being kind to others, and taking better care of your body.”—Examiner.com

“The ideas are workable, especially with the practical forms and worksheets—tools that will help children and parents track behavior and make some concrete changes.”—School Library Journal

“An upbeat self-help book for elementary school students lacking in self-control or having trouble with their social skills.”—Kirkus Reviews

“This book is excellent for anyone with a child feeling a little out of control.”—Misfit Momma blog




Dude, That’s Rude!
(Get Some Manners)
Pamela EspelandElizabeth Verdick, and illustrated by Steve Mark 

“Boys will love this! Rather than getting yelled or preached at, this book takes a fun look at typical forms of rudeness and makes them totally uncool. Being polite, kind to others, is a first step in helping a child walk the talk of social justice.”—Reach and Teach

“In a humorous but informative fashion, Dude, That’s Rude! will provide kids with the necessary do’s and don’ts of good manners, the reasons why they are important, and lots of effective ‘smooth moves’ for sticky situations.”—Sally Hengeveld, librarian, The Stratford Gazette

 




Everyday Leadership Cards
Writing and Discussion Prompts
Mariam G. MacGregor, M.S. 

“A wonderful tool to prompt problem-solving discussions and foster leadership among students in a variety of settings. . . . Teachers and parents will love the ease with which these cards can be used.”—Gifted Child Today




Feet Are Not for Kicking Board Book
Elizabeth Verdick and illustrated by Marieka Heinlen 

"It's not always an easy feat to teach little ones about morals and the difference between right and wrong. But great news for you author Elizabeth Verdick is here to help you..." —Baby Let's Shop blog

“Engaging...kids will enjoy the book.”—Children’s Literature




Fighting Invisible Tigers
Stress Management for Teens (Revised & Updated Third Edition)
Earl Hipp 

"This best-selling book by Earl Hipp gives teens information on how stress affects health and decision-making. While it is not faith based, students will learn stress-management skills, such as assertiveness, time management, and relaxation exercises." —YouthWorker Journal




GLBTQ
The Survival Guide for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning Teens
Revised & Updated Second Edition

Kelly Huegel 

“Full of crucial advice.”—Youth Today

“Huegel’s book is extremely practical, not just for LGBTQ students but also for adults who desire a greater understanding of the issues our LGBTQ students face on a daily basis.”—ASCA School Counselor

“One of the best guides available for queer teens and their allies.”—School Library Journal

“A guide like this would have changed my entire life as a teenager—and for the better. And I know that it will change lives now.”—Lee Wind, writer and blogger at www.leewind.org

“This book is one of queer life’s essentials—a must have for any LGBTQ young person, parent, or person working with youth. It is a book that can save and transform young lives and we need it to be everywhere.”—Out in Jersey Magazine

“Addresses the most critical issues faced by contemporary GLBTQ teens . . . the information it provides for teens makes it a valuable addition to any high school or public library collection.”—VOYA

“This book forays into the dynamic reality of queer adolescence not only with valiance, but also with warranted accuracy.”—Alyssa V., winner of the Paul A. Anderson Youth Leadership Award

“Uplifting wisdom . . . GLBTQ is sage advice, and a strong gift to any teenager.”—Midwest Book Review

“This is a book I would have stolen from my library. GLBTQ is a book that needs to be in every junior high and high school library. The book is thorough and could help empower so many young people who are going through their adolescence full of fear.”—Jamie McGonnigal, Talk About Equality blog

“Readers will find all sorts of useful information in the revised, updated second edition of GLBTQ: The Survival Guide for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning Teens.”—Bay Area Reporter




Going Blue
A Teen Guide to Saving Our Oceans, Lakes, Rivers, & Wetlands
Cathryn Berger Kaye, M.A.Philippe Cousteau, and EarthEcho International 

“Gives motivated and ambitious teens the tools and inspiration needed to take action for saving the planet’s water and everything that relies on it.”—Roots & Shoots, a program of the Jane Goodall Institute

“[Going Blue] really gets the reader motivated . . . A good way to get started helping the planet.”—Bristol Herald Courier

“Visually appealing. Step-by-step sections help students navigate the potentially complex and overwhelming task of making a change in their world . . . supports integration of [service] projects in classrooms, after-school programs, or any place where the potential for activism exists.”—Professionally Speaking, the magazine of the Ontario College of Teachers

“With a balance of sobering facts and inspiring accounts of communities creating real change, this welcome title will attract a broad range of student researchers, casual readers, and committed activists, who will particularly benefit from the extensive resource lists.”—Booklist

“One of the Top 10 Books on the Environment for Youth.”—Booklist

“Addresses the current threats facing one of our planet's most precious resources and gives teens the tools to put their ideas for saving these natural resources into action.”—Gifted Child Today




Good-Bye Bully Machine (hardcover)
Debbie Fox and Allan L. Beane, Ph.D. 

“Of all the books on bullies that I have reviewed or purchased, this one has been a favorite.”—Misfit Momma blog

“I just cannot say enough good things about what [Good-Bye Bully Machine] has done on the playground, hallways, cafeteria, and classrooms in my school.”—Books That Heal Kids Blog

“Indispensable. . . . A constructive resource for empowering kids to end bullying.”—Jacqueline Golding, Ph.D., author of Healing Stories

“Kid-friendly text . . . Fox’s enticing, edgy, collage artwork will draw readers in . . . [and] send a strong visual message. This offering will be a great discussion springboard for teachers and counselors.”—School Library Journal

“Good-Bye Bully Machine is a top pick for parents of children who face bully problems in school.”—The Midwest Book Review, Reviewer’s Choice

“A must-read for parents, educators, and anyone else who cares deeply about creating a bully-free environment for children--and most importantly, a great book for children of all ages to see how they can help stop bullying in its tracks. This book fills a void.”—Barbara Coloroso, author of The Bully, the Bullied, and the Bystander

Good-Bye Bully Machine will engage a new spectrum of students because of its rarity, boldness, and creativity.”—Sarah Paoletta, K-5 educator, Springfield Public Schools, Springfield, MA




Hands Are Not for Hitting
Revised & Updated Edition
Martine Agassi, Ph.D., and illustrated by Marieka Heinlen 

“An excellent resource to refer to whenever your children or students need a reminder about calm and peaceful hands.”—Chasing Supermom blog

“Highly recommended for parents, teachers, clergy, childcare providers, but most importantly, for the world’s greatest resource—children.”—Childhelp

“Imagine raising your kids without the help of Goodnight Moon or Is Your Mama a Llama? or Hands Are Not for Hitting.”—Jennifer Garner, actress, Save the Children ambassador

“Offers youngsters an alternative to hitting and other forms of hurtful behavior, guiding them to a more peaceful and positive outcome in their dealings with other children.”—School Library Journal

“Highly recommended...ideal ‘read aloud’ book for parents and care givers.”—Midwest Book Review

“The simple but important message...helps children understand that they have the power to choose not to hurt people.”—Teaching Tolerance




Hands Are Not for Hitting Board Book
Martine Agassi, Ph.D., and illustrated by Marieka Heinlen 

"We love this series because they are a fun way to explain basic do's and don'ts' to your child and repetition from hearing the same book over and over gives you a better chance that it will actually sink in." —Baby Let's Shop blog

“Recommended!”—Midwest Book Review




How to Take the GRRRR Out of Anger
Elizabeth Verdick and Marjorie Lisovskis 

How to Take the Grrrr Out of Anger is [a book] that I use with students in fifth and sixth grade. It is very kid friendly and relatable.”—School Counselor Blog

“Excellent…should be in both school and public libraries.”—KLIATT

“Have this one on hand in the classroom!”—Children’s Literature




Kids' Daily Dilemmas In a Jar®

“Kids’ Daily Dilemmas In a Jar . . . is perfect for the car, waiting at the doctor’s office, anytime you have a few minutes to ‘sit and wait,’ which we all know this age group does not do well.”—Tina Peterson, educational consultant, Usborne Books & More, Family Literacy and You! blog




The Kids’ Guide to Working Out Conflicts
How to Keep Cool, Stay Safe, and Get Along
Naomi Drew, M.A. 

“Naomi Drew has written a wonderful book for kids on how to deal effectively with anger, conflict, stress, and bullying in order to lead a more satisfying, peaceful, resilient life. Her ideas are presented in an easy-to-read style and her suggestions are very practical and achievable. Not only will kids find this book an invaluable resource, but so too will their parents and other caregivers.”—Dr. Robert Brooks, faculty Harvard Medical School, and author of The Self-Esteem Teacher and coauthor of Raising Resilient Children

The Kids’ Guide to Working Out Conflicts is really helping me deal with conflict. Thanks so much for all the information.” —Asbel C., age 13, Georgia

"Will help youngsters to develop more mature coping skills. Useful for libraries and for peer-mediation programs."—School Library Journal




The Kid’s Guide to Service Projects
Over 500 Service Ideas for Young People Who Want to Make a Difference (Updated 2nd Edition)
Barbara A. Lewis 

“Highly recommended, affordably priced, and ready to be used, this workbook starts in the hands of teachers, parents, and youth group leaders. It goes from there into the hands of students.”—Robert Schmidt, Ph.D., associate professor and service-learning coordinator, Utah State University

“Outlines numerous community activities that children can initiate. . . . Use this book before a brainstorming session to get your students’ ideas flowing.”—Curriculum Connections

“It was a delight to read a book that exemplified its message both in the content and in the book publishing practices.”—The Green Mama

Praise for the First Edition:

“A gold mine for kids who want to make a difference.” —NEA Today

“An outstanding choice.” —School Library Journal

“Indispensable for students and their teachers. The quality and breadth of service ideas are remarkable.” —The Children’s Book Council

“A good, not-too-preachy idea book for kids with a social conscience.”—USA Today




Listening Time
Board Book
Elizabeth Verdick and illustrated by Marieka Heinlen 

“A great book to use at the beginning of the school year when establishing classroom rules . . . one to which teachers should periodically return to remind children of the listening rules.”—Andrea Coventry, Montessori educator, Andi’s Kids Books Blog

"I highly recommend these books for your home library if you have a little one." —Mommin' It Up

"Toddlers will manage to calm down fairly quickly upon coming across these gentle books that help them deal with various transitions in their young lives." —SAHManswers.com (Stay At Home Mom)




Manners Time
Elizabeth Verdick and illustrated by Marieka Heinlen 

“Gives kids not just the words to say but the accompany physical cues . . . this book could be used with toddlers as well as with older kids who need some help with social cues, and it also includes some thoughtful tips for parents and caregivers.”—The Horn Book Magazine

“Uses age-appropriate language and situations to illustrate the social courtesies contained within. . . . Great for parents to read on a daily basis with their young ones.”—Andrea Coventry, Montessori educator, Andi’s Kids Books Blog

“There is no such thing as a quick fix. However, if you’re beleaguered by the baby battles, these books could serve as a life preserver.”
The Post & Courier




Mealtime
Elizabeth Verdick and illustrated by Marieka Heinlen 

“This colorful addition to the Toddler Tools series is another helpful board book. Parents and caregivers will welcome the mealtime tips included at the back of the book.”—Lincoln Public Schools

“Heinlen creates contrast and dimension with eye-catching patterns on wallpaper, dishes, and the characters’ clothing. The affirming message about trying at least ‘one bite,’ using a napkin, and clearing your plate should sit easily with readers.”—Publishers Weekly

“This book is adorable and very simple for little ones to follow. I really love the diverse children in the illustrations and . . . I also like the super positive tone of this book and that it focuses on positive reinforcement.”—MacaroniKid.com

“Yet again, Verdick delivers with a book that meets the needs of both toddlers AND their parents. . . . As a mom, I loved the inclusion of the social skills and the emphasis on eating healthy foods. . . . My own toddler enjoyed this book as well (even took it to bed with him), and didn’t need to be reminded to clear his plate tonight (coincidence? I think not). He was also drawn to the pages in the book that showed all the fun the children were having who had finished their meal! . . . Mealtime is another home-run from Free Spirit Publishing.”—Chasing Supermom blog




Naptime
Board Book
Elizabeth Verdick and illustrated by Marieka Heinlen 

“The rhyming story is one that toddlers are going to enjoy and easily pick up as part of their routine catch phrases throughout the day. The pictures portray an adorable young boy telling his story and will be appealing to young children. It definitely is a book that will become a favorite with toddlers and can even be used before naptime at school or childcare.”—Andrea Coventry, Montessori educator, Andi’s Kids Books Blog

“There is no such thing as a quick fix. However, if you’re beleaguered by the baby battles, these books could serve as a life preserver.”
The Post & Courier

"I highly recommend these books for your home library if you have a little one." —Mommin' It Up

"Toddlers will manage to calm down fairly quickly upon coming across these gentle books that help them deal with various transitions in their young lives." —SAHManswers.com (Stay At Home Moms)




The New Bully Free Classroom®
Proven Prevention and Intervention Strategies for Teachers K–8 (Revised & Updated 3rd Edition)
Allan L. Beane, Ph.D. 

“A cornucopia of specific tips for parents.”—USA Today

“A must-have for every school system!”—Parent Council®




No Kidding About Bullying
125 Ready-to-Use Activities to Help Kids Manage Anger, Resolve Conflicts, Build Empathy, and Get Along
Naomi Drew, M.A. 

“This is an extraordinary resource. It should be in every single elementary and middle school classroom.”—Maurice J. Elias, Ph.D., director of Rutgers University Social-Emotional Learning Lab and author of The Educator’s Guide to Emotional Intelligence and Academic Achievement

“Thank you so much for practical, ‘heartful,’ thoughtful, doable activities. I have been looking for resources like this for quite a while.”—Laurie Bayly, elementary teacher, Victoria, British Columbia

“If you are going to spend money—do it on this one. You will not be disappointed . . . you’ll be empowered.”—Roxanne Davidson, school counselor, Books That Heal Kids blog

“I recommend that anyone dealing with children in grades 3 through 6 get a copy of this book, ask the questions, and do the activities. It will definitely make a difference in a child’s life and in your relationship with that child.”—Tina Nocera, founder, Parental Wisdom®

No Kidding About Bullying provides educators with abundant resources for guiding young people toward the values of kindness and compassion and the actions that support those values. The book is rich in structures for conversations that can lead students toward understanding the price of cruelty and the payoff of kindness. Some structures . . . help with anger management and stress reduction. Others establish a climate built around guidelines which students help create that provide a base of support for the issues that arise every day in a classroom. The rich supply of discussion structures and the author’s approaches to anger management and conflict resolution can help leverage the effort to create peaceful classrooms that provide safe places to learn.”—Linda Crawford, executive director of Origins, Midwest Regional Center for the Responsive Classroom® approach




Ready for Bed!
A Tale of Cleaning Up, Tucking In, and Hardly Any Complaining
Stacey R. Kaye, MMR, and illustrated by Elizabeth O. Dulemba 

“Practical advice for real-world situations that we as parents deal with every day. It’s like having a parenting seminar in the back of a great children’s book.”—Chasing Supermom blog

“The stories are written in such a way that kids don’t even realize they’re learning from them—always a bonus.”—Kate Winn, This Mom Loves blog

"Do you have stubborn children like myself? If so, the ParentSmart KidHappy™ series of books from Free Spirit Publishing is something you need in your house...Each of the books in this series tackles the battle of wills that we all encounter in our homes."—LisaReviews.com

“ParentSmart/KidHappy is a lifesaver for any stressed parent (do you know one who isn’t?) who wants to ease daily battles and raise an emotionally healthy child.” —Dr. Michele Borba, author of No More Misbehavin’ and Parents Do Make a Difference




Ready for the Day!
A Tale of Teamwork and Toast, and Hardly Any Foot-Dragging
Stacey R. Kaye, MMR, and illustrated by Elizabeth O. Dulemba 

“Practical advice for real-world situations that we as parents deal with every day. It’s like having a parenting seminar in the back of a great children’s book.”—Chasing Supermom blog

“The stories are written in such a way that kids don’t even realize they’re learning from them—always a bonus.”—Kate Winn, This Mom Loves blog

"Do you have stubborn children like myself? If so, the ParentSmart KidHappy™ series of books from Free Spirit Publishing is something you need in your house...Each of the books in this series tackles the battle of wills that we all encounter in our homes."—LisaReviews.com

“ParentSmart/KidHappy is a lifesaver for any stressed parent (do you know one who isn’t?) who wants to ease daily battles and raise an emotionally healthy child.”—Dr. Michele Borba, author of No More Misbehavin’ and Parents Do Make a Difference




Ready to Play!
A Tale of Toys and Friends, and Barely Any Bickering
Stacey R. Kaye, MMR, and illustrated by Elizabeth O. Dulemba 

“Practical advice for real-world situations that we as parents deal with every day. It’s like having a parenting seminar in the back of a great children’s book.”—Chasing Supermom blog

“A very helpful survival manual for those who supervise children’s playdates, with all the positives and negatives that can be imagined in such situations.”—Midwest Book Review: Children’s Bookwatch

“Essential techniques for positive parenting.”—The Post & Courier

"Do you have stubborn children like myself? If so, the ParentSmart KidHappy™ series of books from Free Spirit Publishing is something you need in your house...Each of the books in this series tackles the battle of wills that we all encounter in our homes."
LisaReviews.com




Real Friends vs. the Other Kind
Middle School Confidential™ Series
Annie Fox, M.Ed., and illustrated by Matt Kindt 

“Packed with easy-to-read information on how to not only get through middle school, but how to thrive during these years.”—Callie Feyen, Sit a While blog

“Recommended resource.”—ParentLife

“We are getting our 5th graders ready for a new environment—middle school. . . . Students are taking skills they’ve learned from Middle School Confidential and utilizing them in their daily lives. . . . The students who have read the series have had a noticeably improved attitude about entering middle school. That shift in perspective is allowing kids not to dread but embrace their middle grade years. I encourage teachers, school librarians, and parents to get these on your bookshelves. They won’t be sitting idle for long.”—Books That Heal Kids Blog

“A sneaky-brilliant way to put together TONS of information for kids.”—Jane Balvanz, MSE, RPT, A Way Through™ Blog

“In her second book in the series, Middle School Confidential: Real Friends vs. the Other Kind, Annie Fox delivers another powerful, helpful, and entertaining book for kids. . . . Reluctant readers could easily be attracted by this style where they can flip to any page in the book to get the information they need without having to read the entire book.” —Once Upon a Book

“There’s a lot packed into this colorful title that falls somewhere between self-help and peer advice.”—School Library Journal




Real Kids, Real Stories, Real Change
Courageous Actions Around the World
Garth Sundem 

“Should be in all libraries!”—Noelle D., army wife and mommy blogger, Jumpin Beans blog

“Reviewer’s Choice.”—Midwest Book Review

“[T]hese true stories of children making significant change in their communities and countries will convince your students that one person can make a difference. The short chapters, which make excellent read alouds, tell of an eight-year-old who walked hundreds of miles to protest rain forest destruction in Mexico, a child with cancer who petitioned to stop the use of pesticides in Canada, and a young Taiwanese girl who fought for workers’ rights.”—Curriculum Connections

“Sit back and enjoy these 30 incredible human interest stories all about children who have faced extraordinary odds and accomplished near miracles.”—Skipping Stones Magazine




Respect
A Girl's Guide to Getting Respect and Dealing When Your Line Is Crossed
Courtney Macavinta and Andrea Vander Pluym 

“Informative and interactive.”—Chicago Tribune

“The splashy, magazine-style layout, with lots of illustrations and sidebar activities, make this an attractive read for girls.”—Youth Today

“Junior and senior high girls, as well as their older sisters and mothers, will find it challenging and clarifying.”—Voice of Youth Advocates




Respect and Take Care of Things
Cheri J. Meiners, M.Ed. 

“These titles are great starting points for discussions about the expectations in your own home, or to reinforce what’s being taught at school. They also tie in very nicely with character education.”—Kate Winn, This Mom Loves blog

“It would be wonderful if these and the other lovely books in the Learning to Get Along series could be dropped from the air by the thousands over every city and town throughout the world.”—Catholic Parent




See You Later, Procrastinator!
(Get It Done)
Pamela EspelandElizabeth Verdick, and illustrated by Steve Mark 

“This easy-to-read, hugely entertaining guide will help [adolescents] procrastinate less. Espeland and Verdick explain that middle school is largely about MORE—more responsibility, more teachers, more subjects, more classrooms, more chores at home . . . And when our kids have more to stay on top of, they need good habits that will work for them, not against them.”—Hello Lovely Child blog




Sharing Time
Elizabeth Verdick and illustrated by Marieka Heinlen 

“It’s important for children to understand they can’t take something away from another person without permission. It’s important they understand they have the right to say no when asked to share but can offer up a compromise for later. This book is a great way to lay that foundation.”—Andrea Coventry, Montessori educator, Andi’s Kids Books Blog

“There is no such thing as a quick fix. However, if you’re beleaguered by the baby battles, these books could serve as a life preserver.”—The Post & Courier




Siblings
You’re Stuck with Each Other, So Stick Together
James J. Crist, Ph.D.Elizabeth Verdick, and illustrated by Steve Mark 

“This charming little book is packed with practical and potent methods for improving sibling relationships.”—Adele Faber, coauthor of Siblings Without Rivalry: How to Help Your Children Live Together So You Can Live Too and How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk

“Mark’s humorous, quirky cartoons reinforce the helpful suggestions. A useful addition.”—School Library Journal

“This creative, colorful, humor-laden book contains tons of ideas and suggestions for ways to enrich and improve anyone’s given sibling relationships.”—Midwest Book Review MBR Bookwatch

“This lively title uses accessible humor to approach sibling-related topics.” —Booklist




Speak Up and Get Along!
Learn the Mighty Might, Thought Chop, and More Tools to Make Friends, Stop Teasing, and Feel Good About Yourself
Scott Cooper 

“A handy resource for all youth workers and educators.”—Youth Today

“Excellent communication book. . . . Do-able skills written in kid-friendly vernacular”—Youthworker




Special Savings! Set of 8 Adding Assets Books AND Leader's Guide
Ann Redpath, Ed.D.Pamela Espeland, and Elizabeth Verdick 

“An excellent tool for explicitly teaching interpersonal skills and positive values to young people.”—Amy Williams, Safe, Secure and Disciplined Schools, Omaha Public Schools




   

“This is a book that really covers a lot all while keeping it simple and easy to follow.”—Misfit Momma blog

“Sensible, inviting, never condescending or preachy...A well-crafted book.”—Voice of Youth Advocates

“Provides the stepping-stones that lead to positive choices and self-confidence.”—KLIATT

“A great resource for classroom exercises, as well as for any group that works with teens.”—National Parenting Center



Stick Up for Yourself!
Every Kid’s Guide to Personal Power and Positive Self-Esteem (Revised and Updated Edition)
Gershen Kaufman, Ph.D.Lev Raphael, Ph.D., and Pamela Espeland 

  

Teaching Beyond the Test
Differentiated Project-Based Learning in a Standards-Based Age, Grades 6 & Up
Phil Schlemmer, M.Ed., and Dori Schlemmer 

“A practical guide for teachers in mixed-ability classrooms to creatively meet curriculum benchmarks without focusing solely on standardized tests. Teachers will appreciate the combined use of research and practicality.”—Susan Hyde, M.Ed., Suite 101

“The hours this book saves teachers are immeasurable.”—Gifted Education Communicator




Teaching Gifted Kids in Today’s Classroom
Strategies and Techniques Every Teacher Can Use
(Revised & Updated 3rd Edition)

Susan Winebrenner, M.S., and Dina Brulles, Ph.D. 

“A comprehensive manual with excellent strategies and encouragement. Tell your child’s teacher about this book.”—National Association for Gifted Children




Teaching Kids with Mental Health & Learning Disorders in the Regular Classroom
How to Recognize, Understand, and Help Challenged (and Challenging) Students Succeed
Myles L. Cooley Ph.D. 

“Would highly recommend educators use this resource. It’s an empowering tool.”—Books That Heal Kids blog

“This book is a great resource for schools, providing educators and support staff with information that affects an estimated 30 percent of students in school settings. . . . It is an excellent resource for school psychologists to share with educators (especially new teachers) to help them learn critical information in a short amount of time, improving their understanding of the issues faced by students with learning and mental health needs.” —National Association of School Psychologists

"This accessible, ready-to-use guide describes mental health and learning disorders often observed in school children, explains how each might be exhibited in the classroom, and offers suggestions for what to do (and what not to do). Written to and for the regular classroom teacher, this book is a valuable tool for all school personnel, parents, and anyone who works with children." —National Association of Elementary School Principals

"Very strongly recommended!" —Midwest Book Review




Teambuilding with Teens
Activities for Leadership, Decision Making, & Group Success
Mariam G. MacGregor, M.S. 

“The hands-on activities in this book make learning about leadership meaningful and fun while building character.”—Adolescence

“If you are a teacher or any other category of human being who enjoys “putting the ‘Active’ in Activities” as Mariam MacGregor describes it, this is the book for you. . . . Ms. MacGregor definitely knows how to lay out a compact activity format for teachers and leaders.”—Gifted Education Communicator, published by the California Association for the Gifted (CAG)

“This is an outstanding resource for all those who want to encourage young people in their leadership and teamwork skills. While there are many similar books available, this one will become one of the essential resources in the youth worker's library.”
—Dan Kreiss, YouthWorker Journal




Teen Cyberbullying Investigated
Where Do Your Rights End and Consequences Begin?
Thomas A. Jacobs, J.D. 

“With the new trends seen in bullying and with more instances of bullying occurring through texting, social networking sites, and email, Jacobs’ book is a must read. It encourages teens and educators to think about the law and what it might mean for those involved in cyberbullying.”—Communiqué, the newsletter of the National Association of School Psychologists

“Amid all the talk about cyberbullying, Judge Jacobs’s no-nonsense approach cites chapter and verse from actual court cases in a straightforward, thought-provoking way. He’s not out to preach, just to inform teens, parents, and educators about the possible consequences of their actions.”—Youth Today

“Illustrate[s] the basic legal issues behind online teen bullying . . . challenging readers to consider all sides of the issues.”—School Library Journal

“Will leave readers with a clear understanding of the potential consequences of bullying behavior. Dozens of court cases, informative sidebars, and topics to consider are highlighted, making this a must-have guide for teen collections.”—Curriculum Connections, “Noteworthy Nonfiction of 2010,” School Library Journal

“This excellent resource is important reading for teens and any adults who have teens in their lives.”—Voice of Youth Advocates

“Read it. It will close the gap between you and what your kids know that you don’t know.”—Dr. Phil McGraw of the national Dr. Phil show




The Teen Guide to Global Action
How to Connect with Others (Near and Far) to Create Social Change
Barbara A. Lewis 

The Teen Guide to Global Action by Barbara A. Lewis is the perfect little book to hand to a motivated teenager who wants to make a difference. Hip, up to date, and easy to read . . . this book would be a great research reference for a geography or civics class and very useful to a high school environment or social issues club.”—Green Teacher

“This book belongs in the hands of every student who wants to change the world." —Benjamin Quinto, founder and executive director, Global Youth Action Network (GYAN)

"The Teen Guide to Global Action, by Barbara A. Lewis, tells the story of teen activists like Zach Hunter, who started Loose Change to end modern slavery; Janine Licare, who is helping to stop the destruction of rain forests; and Zhura Bahman, who started a foundation in her native Afghanistan to help girls with education." —Teaching Tolerance




Teeth Are Not for Biting Board Book
Elizabeth Verdick and Illustrated by Marieka Heinlen 

"It's not always an easy feat to teach little ones about morals and the difference between right and wrong. But great news for you author Elizabeth Verdick is here to help you..."—Baby Let's Shop blog

“Lovely.”—Scholastic Parent & Child




They Broke the Law—You Be the Judge
True Cases of Teen Crime
Thomas A. Jacobs, J.D. 

“A refreshing and completely unique resource.”—Youthworker

“An excellent introduction of how juvenile justice works . . . great resource for classroom and group discussions.”
Booklist




What to Do When You're Scared & Worried
A Guide for Kids
James J. Crist, Ph.D. 

"Will empower children."—School Library Journal




What’s Up with My Family?
Middle School Confidential™ Series
Annie Fox, M.Ed., and illustrated by Matt Kindt 

“Packed with easy-to-read information on how to not only get through middle school, but how to thrive during these years.”—Callie Feyen, Sit a While blog

“Recommended resource.”—ParentLife

“We are getting our 5th graders ready for a new environment—middle school. . . . Students are taking skills they’ve learned from Middle School Confidential and utilizing them in their daily lives. . . . The students who have read the series have had a noticeably improved attitude about entering middle school. That shift in perspective is allowing kids not to dread but embrace their middle grade years. I encourage teachers, school librarians, and parents to get these on your bookshelves. They won’t be sitting idle for long.”—Books That Heal Kids Blog

“Using a magazine-style format that is part graphic novel and part nonfiction advice, Fox helps teens work out family problems like sibling rivalry, blended families, over-protective parents, and dealing with loss. . . . This short, readable book will attract even reluctant readers with the format and give practical advice for all teens on improving family life.” —VOYA

“In a conversational text that includes page-length illustrated scenarios, bulleted tips, and sidebar-length sections of advice, Fox imparts solid information about family relationships. . . . The layouts, fonts, and background colors vary from page to page, adding to the book’s appeal.” —School Library Journal




When a Friend Dies
Revised & Updated Edition
Marilyn E. Gootman, Ed.D. 

“A great starting place for young people who are hurting.”—Voice of Youth Advocates

“This compassionate, user-friendly book lists pages of resources and suggested reading, and should be made available to teens.”—School Library Journal

“Non-preachy and compassionate.”—NEA Today

“A tool with compassion and genuine understanding with advice that a grieving teen needs. . . .This book should be on the shelf of any parent, teacher, counselor, or youth worker.”—Youthworker




Who Feels Scared?
A book about being afraid
Sue Graves and illustrated by Desideria Guicciardini 

“The books would be helpful for teaching children [the concepts of rules, sharing, fears, and sadness] as well as beginning a dialogue with children about them. Teachers and school counselors will want to consider adding these to their library as they will undoubtedly be a good resource in classrooms.”—Chris Singer, BookDads.com

“Titles in the series capture the big emotions that all kids feel. The stories are perfect for young readers.”
Imagination Soup

“Enthusiastically recommended for parents as well as school and library children’s collections.”—Midwest Book Review

“Engaging cartoons and the message about finding workarounds should prove practical.”—Publishers Weekly

“Simple plotlines create excellent lead-ins to talking about making good decisions when faced with new and difficult emotions.”—School Library Journal




Words Are Not for Hurting
Elizabeth Verdick and Illustrated by Marieka Heinlen 

“This cheerful, instructive title highlights the power of words.”—School Library Journal




Words Are Not for Hurting Board Book
Elizabeth Verdick and Illustrated by Marieka Heinlen 

"It's not always an easy feat to teach little ones about morals and the difference between right and wrong. But great news for you author Elizabeth Verdick is here to help you..."—Baby Let's Shop blog

“Recommended for home, school, and childcare center’s early childhood library resources and character education reading lists.”—Midwest Book Review

“A useful tool for the classroom.”—Children’s Literature