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A sensitive story to help children learn practical strategies for coping with boredom and loneliness

Sometimes When I’m Bored

illustrated by Kyra Teis

“Momma, I’m bored.” Sometimes When I’m Bored addresses a common complaint from children: boredom and loneliness. Along with the main character, children learn how to recognize boredom and see the opportunities it might present. “Well, what a wonderful thing to be! When you're bored, something special is waiting for you.”

Helping young children learn how to redirect feelings of boredom deepens problem-solving skills and builds the ability to shift negative thoughts to more positive ones. Using gentle and straightforward language, Sometimes When I’m Bored describes a child’s experience with boredom and loneliness and the many fun ways to relieve the feeling of boredom.

A special section for adults offers more information on how boredom can be spotted in children of varying ages—including infants—and discusses how to help children relieve feelings of boredom. Especially useful for counselors, social workers, teachers, parents, and any other adults caring for children who experience boredom and loneliness.

“Now when I’m bored, I know something special is waiting for me. I just have to find it.”

Part of Self-Help for Kids®
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ISBN: 978-1-63198-695-6
Reading Level: Grade 2
Interest Level: Ages 4–8
Guided Reading Level: K
Illustrated: color illust.
Trim Size: 8.25" x 9"
Page Count: 40
Praise for Sometimes When I’m Bored 

“An insightful, encouraging book full of self-guided remedies.”—Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

“Send readers on their own quest to find something special when they feel bored.”—Booklist

“What a wonderful book for children and adults alike. Beautifully illustrated and thoroughly researched, Sometimes When I’m Bored is both a fun and invaluable resource.”—James Danckert, Ph.D., professor of psychology at University of Waterloo and author of Out of My Skull: The Psychology of Boredom 

“A colorful children’s book that highlights the challenges of being bored as a child in an inquisitive and reflective way. It also teaches children how to navigate this complex emotion.”—Chanticleer Book Reviews 

“Will prove to be an immediate and enduringly popular addition to picture book collections.”—Children’s Bookwatch
  • Mom’s Choice Award Winner
  • ASCA Mindsets & Behaviors for Student Success

    M 1, B-LS 2, B-LS 4, B-SMS 1, B-SMS 2, B-SMS 3, B-SMS 7, B-SS 1, B-SS 3, B-SS 8, B-SS 9

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