Free Spirit Publishing 1.800.735.7323
Communication skills for kids that help them build stronger relationships with adults.

How to Take the GROAN Out of Grown-Ups

(and Get Along!)

illustrated by Steve Mark

Whatever kinds of grown-ups kids have in their lives, one thing is for sure: Life is better (and a whole lot simpler) when kids and grown-ups get along. And while grown-ups want kids to be respectful and thoughtful—toward everybody, not just grown-ups!—kids also deserve to be respected and treated thoughtfully. How to Take the GROAN Out of Grown-Ups (and Get Along!) provides practical communication skills for kids and shows them how to build relationships, have difficult conversations, and know when to seek more trusting adults.

Relationships with grown-ups can be fun and fulfilling. They can lead to good times and great memories. They can make life better in all kinds of ways. (Like getting to eat French toast nachos for dinner once in a while!) How to Take the GROAN Out of Grown-Ups (and Get Along!) provides communication skills for kids that will help them build positive relationships with the adults in their lives.

Part of Self-Help for Kids®

Read More


Paperback $10.99 86178 Paperback 86178 $10.99
ISBN: 978-1-63198-617-8
Reading Level: Grade 4
Interest Level: Ages 8–13
Guided Reading Level: R
Illustrated: color illust.
Trim Size: 5.125" x 7"
Page Count: 128
Praise for How to Take the GROAN Out of Grown-Ups

“Most kids have plenty of adults in their lives. Sometimes they are easy to get along with, but sometimes it seems to be the most difficult thing in the world. So if a middle-grader could find a nice book chock-full of good advice about dealing with adults, that would be a real gift. And if the book had a friendly tone and used lots of humor and a ton of fun illustrations, that would be even better. And then, if none of it came across as being preachy, well, that would be almost too much to hope for, but this is that book. This is a winner.”—San Francisco Book Review

“If you need extra tips for surviving long car rides with your parents or small talk at your family get-togethers, check out How to Take the Groan out of Grown-Ups by Eric Braun.”—New Moon Girls

  • ASCA Mindsets & Behaviors for Student Success

    M 1, B-LS 1, B-LS 2, B-SMS 1, B-SMS 2, B-SMS 6, B-SMS 9, B-SMS 10, B-SS 3, B-SS 4, B-SS 5

Related Resources

How to Take the ACHE Out of Mistakes
Learn how Casey finds a way to make being bored in class a thing of the past.
Jamie and Bubbie: A Book About People’s Pronouns
Jayden’s Impossible Garden: timeless story about community and connection
Stick Up for Yourself 2019

Free Spirit’s monthly e-newsletter, Upbeat News, is full of practical tips, free downloads, and special offers. Sign up today!