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BIO - With approximately two million books in print, Julia Cook is a former school counselor and teacher who never dreamed she could evolve into a national award-winning children's author, parenting expert and inspirational speaker. She now travels the country and abroad encouraging others to follow in her footsteps. "There are so many ideas out there that need to be shared!" says Julia who takes top research and creatively translates it into "kid language" that is both entertaining and engaging. Julia has the innate ability to enter the world view of a child through storybooks, giving both children the "what to say" and the "how to say it."
"Everyone on the planet either is a child, or used to be one, so if you can write a really good children's book, it will apply to ALL who read it!"
Several years ago, Julia was searching for an effective story to teach children about the differences between tattling and telling. When she couldn't find the right resource, she decided to write her own book - A Bad Case of Tattle Tongue. Fast- forward nine years, and she has published 76 books from the National Center for Youth Issues, Boys Town Press and the CDC. Cook's ultimate goal: make a positive difference in the lives of people both young and old by teaching lifelong problem-solving skills. This modern day Dr. Seuss (actual comparisons) has been endorsed by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, Safe and Sound (A Sandy Hook initiative,) Childwatch of North America, the Center for Disease Control (CDC,) Childhelp, Darkness to Light, USA Volleyball, The Alaska Department of Education...and the list goes on. Cook's research-based books have been referenced in such publications as Parent's Magazine, The New Yorker, The Chicago Tribune, Care.com, Military Spouse, Yahoo.com, Dr.laura.com, and babyzone.com. She has also been featured on CNN's HLN News, and numerous metropolitan networks including Atlanta and Chicago. She is the recipient of many book awards including The Association of Educational Publisher's Distinguished Achievement Award, the National Parenting Seal of Approval, and The Mom's Choice Award.
Julia frequently delivers entertaining and engaging keynote addresses at national and international education, counseling, business enhancement, and character conferences. She has presented in over 1000 schools nation-wide, and has been featured in major markets such as Chicago, Orlando, St. Louis, and Atlanta. Julia now speaks at conferences with authors like Mem Fox and Eric Carle. This former teacher and school counselor chose to "think outside the box" and has now become a rising literary star; teaching thousands of people, and helping them learn effective problem-solving skills that will last a lifetime!
BOOKS: My Mouth is a Volcano! (interrupting,) The Judgmental Flower (appreciating differences/ building relationships) But it's Just a Game! (gaming addiction,) But It's Not My Fault! (assuming responsibility,) Soda Pop Head (anger control,) I Can't Believe You Said That! (using your social filter,) Straight From the Horse's Mouth (PTSD,) Wilma Jean the Worry Machine (anxiety,) Hygiene...You Stink! (hygiene,) I am a Booger...Treat Me With Respect!...and the list goes on!
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Noodle thinks his life just stinks! Homework stinks. Practice stinks. And family pictures - they REALLY stink.
Norman David Edwards (Noodle) is having a series of rough days. And Noodle's attitude, or 'baditude' is alienating everyone around him.
Luckily, Noodle's mom and teacher are there to help him understand how his bad attitude, or baditude is affecting his mood and those around him. Even his friends are starting to avoid him!
If only he can stop looking at everything so negatively, maybe he can turn his frown into a smile.
Follow along as Noodle learns how to turn his 'have tos' into 'get tos' and his baditude into gratitude!
Tips for educators and parents are also included to help turn your child's attitude around.
If you are a parent or teacher of a pessimistic child, this is the book for you! Help your kids learn to turn their bad attitudes about homework, chores, or anything in life. Use the parent guide provided to teach optimism over pessimism.
Author Julia Cook's Responsible Me series is a wonderful resource for how to turn around bad behaviors. If your child needs additional support for behavior problems, be sure to check out the entire series!
Elementary school kids will identify with Noodle as he makes one excuse after another for his behavior and choices that lead to unwanted consequences. It just isn’t his fault that his brother’s game ran late, and he didn’t finish his homework. Or that his mom forgot to remind him to turn in his library book. By learning to accept responsibility he finds instead how to use mistakes as opportunities for problem-solving and to turn negatives into positives.
This first book in the new Responsible Me! Series, follows Noodle through a very rough day at school.
Kids of all ages can see themselves in Noodle and are able to relate to his thoughts, feelings, and emotions and he learns about taking responsibility for his actions.
Most of Julia Cook's books state they are for 4-10 year old children. As the grandparent of a young teen with Asperger's, I'm here to say her books are usually the only way we can help him to understand whatever the current or new problem might be. We can talk about what he needs to say or do, but it seldom connects, as he will tune out and shut down during a parental lecture. These books have been a godsend. Speaking out of turn and/or interrupting... yep, there's one for that.Tattling, teasing, personal space, choices, responsibility, meltdowns, anxiety, worry, frustration, grief, attitude adjustment - one for each of those too. She has written so many wonderful, easy to read and comprehend, short books on social skills - the one trait so many Aspies share - I think we have purchased them all. Maybe she'll write a few books to help older teens and younger adults refine their social skills ... I'd buy them! - Vicki Cobb
'No' is RJ's least favorite word...and he tries his best to turn every 'No' into "Maybe" or "We'll see." Even though he doesn't have much success, RJ keeps arguing until his teacher suggests he try to join the Say YES to NO Club. If RJ can learn how to accept 'No' for an answer and to disagree appropriately, he can add his name to the club's Star Board.
Author Julia Cook helps Kindergarten through 6 grade readers laugh and learn along with RJ as he understands the benefits of demonstrating these social skills both at home and in school. This book is the second in Julia Cook's BEST ME I Can Be! series which teaches students that socials skills can make home life happier and school more successful.
A great gift for teachers, school counselors, and parents to help put an end to arguing or negotiating with kids by teaching them how to accept "No" for an answer.
Praise for I Just Don't Like the Sound of No!
An Insightful Story
"Julia Cook understands the hearts and minds of children, and their struggles to develop appropriate social responses. Her books tell a story with fun and imagination. Julia makes addressing bad habits an exciting adventure for growing and changing, for becoming emotionally and socially healthy young people!" - Diana Waggoner, Executive Director, The Kim Foundation
Love the Creativity of this Book!
"Julia Cook does it again! She uses her creative ideas to teach kids the skills they need to grow socially. This book teaches all people how to accept “No” for an answer in a non-threatening way. I’m excited to add this to my counseling library. Finally, the Boys Town Social Skill model is being brought to life and all of us will benefit from it." - Laurel Klaassen, M.A., School Counselor
Join RJ and learn how he uses listening skills & following instructions to have the best day of his life ever!
RJ has had a rough day...he wakes up with gum stuck in his hair, kicks the ball into his own team's soccer goal, and messes up his mom's kitchen. With Mom's help, RJ learns that his problems happen because he doesn't listen or pay attention to her, his teachers, or even his friends.
If RJ can learn how to listen and follow to his parent's or teacher's instructions, he'll have less problems and can have the best day of his life.
Throughout this fun and entertaining story, Author Julia Cook shows all kids ages 6-8 or younger the fundamental social skills of listening and following instructions.
Included are tips and advice for parents, caregivers and educators to help improve your child's behavior and school success.Winner of the National Parenting Center's Seal of Approval and the MOM's Choice Award Honoring Excellence.
Grab a child's attention with this colorful storybook about online safety and being kind and respectful to others.
A cute, creative story about children and their texts, tweets, posts and pics.
Screen wants all kids to know that everything you post is attached to your life, creating a digital trail that can't be erased.
This book delivers a timeless message to a new generation just learning how to navigate the fast-changing digital age.
Written for children ages 6-11, this storybook uses rhymes and colorful illustrations to grab their attention. There are also tips for parents and teachers who want to reinforce kindness and respect in a high-tech world and teach children, pre-teens, and tweens about cyberbullying.
Part of the Communicate with Confidence series of children's books by author Julia Cook.
RJ learns that feedback is just information that can help him improve and grow...even if it is sometimes hard to hear.
When a couple of friends give RJ compliments, he isn't sure how to respond. And when he hears from his teacher and parents that there are some things he needs to work on, he argues and makes excuses.
Throughout this must-read story, RJ learns what it means to receive positive and negative feedback, and how to respond appropriately to that feedback.
Parents and teachers will love taking kids on RJ's journey as he discovers feedback's many forms, and learns to accept and grow from criticism and compliments at home, school and with friends.
This book includes tips for educators and parents.
Adults and kids alike will enjoy the humor as they read along and learn how to accept criticism and complements, and how to respond to each.
This book is a winner of the MOM's Choice Awards, Honoring Excellence.
Isabella is a spirited girl who enjoys shouting out her thoughts, ideas and feelings. In fact, she loves using her loud voice so much, it's earned her the nickname "Decibella!" Young readers will be entertained as they see how Isabella learns the "five volumes" of voice and discovers that different situations require different tone.
Award-winning author Julia Cook uses a fun, yet educational, style to show kids how and when to use their five voices - whisper, 6-inch, table-talk, strong speaker and outside.
A go-to book for teaching kids manners and developing social skills.
Great for children ages 5 - 11.
This book is just so fun! I am working with a few students who struggle with understanding the difference between their indoor voice and outdoor voice. This book explains five different volumes as well as when they are appropriate. I also love that the author gives an example of a silly word to practice with. I have students use "Slurpadoodle" and practice saying it in their whisper voice, 6-inch voice, table talk voice, strong speaker voice and outside voice.
Heather, blogger @ schoolcounselingconnections.blogspot.com
RJ's way of doing things isn't working out for him, especially in math class. His teacher is upset because so many of his assignments are missing or incomplete. RJ blames Norma the booger picker and Rodney the alphabet burper for distracting him during class. The fifth and final book in Julia Cook's award-winning series, Best Me I Can Be!
Follow RJ as he learns he can save himself a lot of grief if he stays on task and does things the right way!
Kids can relate to RJ as he learns to use his social skills and make positive behavior choices. Great for parents, teachers, and school counselors to teach important social skills and manners.
Praise for I Just Want to Do it My Way!
Great Tips to Help Our Children Succeed
"Julia never fails to give us language and tips to help our kids experience success. I Just Want to Do It My Way! and the character of RJ allows our kids to truly connect and reflect. RJ’s situation gives important strategies and hope to kids, educators and parents, and teaches us that social struggles can be resolved if we make small changes. This book is another tool to help our kids learn that finishing their work feels great, and they can make any situation positive if they try!" - Sarah Stine, Educator, The Cloverleaf School of Atlanta
Great author, great book!
"Julia Cook writes the best kids books ever!!! All the books in this set are so fantastic with a "moral" so the kids actually learn the consequences of their actions and alternatives they could take. My 10 year old loves reading them. He's a little behind on reading and has a few behavior issues and these are perfect for him---and most of the other kids in his class! Great stories, great illustrations. Thank you Julia; I hope you keep them coming!" - Janet B.
This touching story helps others understand autism, as well as some of the unique behaviors or unconventional responses of kids with autism.
Zak is obsessed with watches. Before that it was trains. He owns hundreds of watches (he has quite the watch collection) and is quick to tell everyone everything about them.
Zak also has autism, so he sometimes responds to the world around him in unconventional ways. As Zak describes his point of view, young readers gain a better understanding of his behaviors and learn valuable lessons about patience, curiosity, tolerance and understanding. Grades K-5.
This book is a great gift for children living with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) to share with friends. It's also a great gift for siblings who have someone with autism or Aspergers in their life.
A great tool for parents of children with autism or special education teachers.
Teaching Children to Celebrate the Many Talents of Others
Multi-talented Brown is the luckiest pencil in the box!
In this fun, creative story, Brown learns that in order to make and keep friends, he needs to know how to be a good friend. And to be a good friend, Brown must find a way to share his many talents with others. At first, that seems hard to Brown. But he soon realizes that to be a good friend, all he has to do is be himself!
Making Friends Is an Art! is part of the popular Building Relationships series written by award-winning author Julia Cook. This is a wonderful story for teaching kids of all ages how to practice the true art of friendship and getting along with others. Educators, counselors and parents will love reading the second edition of this very popular story with children which features fewer words and more positive, empowering messaging. Brown and his friends learn to recognize their talents by being true to themselves.
Making Friends Is an Art! is the recipient of the prestigious Mom's Choice Award. Tips for educators and parents are located at the end of the story to help further address the importance of being a good friend.
Learning the Importance of Using Integrity and Doing the Right Thing
Cora June is back, and this time she’s learning a thing or two about doing the right thing – even when no one is looking!
When Cora June half-heartedly cleans her room by taking a shortcut, Mom is quick to ask her about her integrity. Not really knowing what it means, Cora June assumes it’s probably hidden under her bed, or in her closet. She continues to school, where she cheats on a spelling test. “Impossible” is a hard word to spell, can you blame her? During her test, she finds that integrity pops up again. Again, it’s probably under her bed. Right?
When Cora June learns what integrity means, she realizes that she can’t find hers! Fortunately, her mom is there to help her put the “I” (the “ME!”) in integrity. Follow Cora June as she learns about her integrity, and see if she can use it to right what she did wrong.
Another hit for award-winning author and parenting expert Julia Cook, this book is part of The Leader I’ll Be series and will teach children in grades K through 5 the importance of self-reliance. Integrity is a collection of virtues such as honesty, honor, courage, authenticity, respect, responsibility, and restraint – included at the end of the story are tips for parents and educators to help reinforce these values.
Learning rules is tough, and following rules is even tougher! Does your child think he is exempt from rules? Or does she have an excuse about why she doesn't need to follow the rules? Noodle sure does!
Noodle is having a rough couple of days. The rules keep getting in the way of his fun! Rules for this and rules for that. There are so many rules - too many rules!
Noodle struggles because he doesn't think rules actually apply to HIM! Can't he just have a rule-free day? Author Julia Cook's very popular book in the Responsible Me! series will have readers in stitches as Noodle describes all of rules he deals with daily.
Will Noodle's mother and teacher convince him that rules are meant to help, not harm, him?
Whether you are a parent, counselor, therapist, teacher, psychologist, or just someone who spends a lot of time with kids and wants to teach them manners, this book is here to help!
This book makes a great gift for children with behavioral disorders or boys and girls who might feel they are above the law. It's also a great tool for teaching children ages 7 through 10 important values, like how to respect themselves, respect others, and respect property, and that there really are benefits to having rules!
The whole Noodle series of children's books is great for teaching social-emotional learning, and how to manage emotions and regulate behavior.