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About Julia Cook
Julia Cook, M.S.
With millions of 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 world encouraging students and educators to become lifelong problem solvers. “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 worldview of a child through picture books, giving children both the “what to say” and the “how to say 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. Over a decade later, she has published bestselling books with 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.
Julia has been endorsed by organizations including the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, Safe and Sound (a Sandy Hook initiative,) Childwatch of North America, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Childhelp, Darkness to Light, USA Volleyball, and The Alaska Department of Education. Cook’s research-based books have been referenced in outlets including Parent’s Magazine, The New Yorker, The Chicago Tribune, Military Spouse, Care.com, Yahoo.com, Drlaura.com, and Babyzone.com. She has also been featured on Hallmark Home and Family, CNN’s HLN News, and numerous metropolitan networks. She is the recipient of several 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 counseling, business and leadership, and character development conferences and has presented in thousands of schools both nationwide and internationally.
Bestselling Titles Include: My Mouth is a Volcano! (interrupting), Bubble Gum Brain (growth mindset), A Flicker of Hope (depression and youth suicide), Uniquely Wired (autism), Jumping Into Kindergarten (kindergarten preparation), The Judgmental Flower (appreciating differences/ building relationships), Foster Care (emotions related to being in foster care), But It’s Just a Game! (gaming addiction), Wilma Jean the Worry Machine (anxiety), But It’s Not My Fault! (assuming responsibility), Soda Pop Head (anger control), and I Can’t Believe You Said That! (using social filters).
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Teaching children how to manage their thoughts and words without interrupting.
Louis always interrupts! All of his thoughts are very important to him, and when he has something to say, his words rumble and grumble in his tummy, they wiggle and jiggle on his tongue and then they push on his teeth, right before he ERUPTS (or interrupts). His mouth is a volcano! But when others begin to interrupt Louis, he learns how to respectfully wait for his turn to talk.
My Mouth Is A Volcano takes an empathetic approach to the habit of interrupting and teaches children a witty technique to help them manage their rambunctious thoughts and words. Told from Louis' perspective, this story provides parents, teachers, and counselors with an entertaining way to teach children the value of respecting others by listening and waiting for their turn to speak.
A Book that Helps Kids Learn the Difference Between Tattling and Telling
No one likes "Josh the Tattler" because he tattles way too much. He tattles on his classmates, his brother, and even his dog! But one night Josh wakes up to find that his tongue is very long, yellow, covered in bright purple spots, and Itchy, Itchy, Scratchy, Scratchy...
Will a bad case of Tattle Tongue teach him a lesson?
A Bad Case of Tattle Tongue gives teachers and counselors a humorous, cleverly creative way to address the time-consuming tattling-related issues that often sap classroom energy and thwart teaching opportunities. Parents who "battle the tattle" at home, on the playground, in the grocery store, or anywhere else can use this book to both entertain and enlighten their children about "The Tattle Rules." Every adult who desires to help children understand the differences between tattling and the need to warn others about important matters needs this book!
Teaching children the concepts of personal space.
Louis is back! And this time, he's learning all about personal space. When Louis, the world's self-proclaimed space expert, is invited to Personal Space Camp by the school principal, he soon learns that personal space really isn't about lunar landings, Saturn's rings, or space ice cream.
Written with style, wit, and rhythm, Personal Space Camp addresses the complex issue of respect for another person's physical boundaries. Told from Louis' perspective, this story is a must have resource for parents, teachers, and counselors who want to communicate the idea of personal space in a manner that connects with kids.
Meet Ricky! A cute little boy that just can't seem to figure out that stealing is wrong:
When I see something that I really want,
I think, "Hey, that could be mine!"
So I look both ways, reach out my hand,
and take it at just the right time.
If I ever get caught, I just pretend
that it wasn't me that took it.
A quick little lie is just what I need,
and lying helps me get through it!
Taking things that I want to have
at times can be very tricky.
But there's no way that I can help myself,
because all of my fingers are sticky!
Ricky learns first-hand what it feels like to have something stolen from him. Then he uses the "GOOD" inside of himself to overtake the "BAD" and returns the items that he took from others.
Finally, a book that confronts the issue of stealing and offers a strategy to curb the desire to steal! Through a fun and whimsical story, children will learn the concept of ownership and how it feels when someone doesn't respect what is yours. This book uses empathy in a powerful way to teach children that stealing is wrong.
Control your wiggles and be the BOSS of your ants.
In I Have Ants in My Pants, Julia Cook helps normalize the feeling many kids have when they struggle to control their wiggles and provides strategies for improving impulse control.
Some children just can't sit still no matter how hard they try. And Louis is no exception. He accidentally kicks his friend during story time. He can't stand still in the lunch line. And he wiggles in his seat at the movie theater.
Everyone keeps telling him he has ants in his pants, but Louis doesn't see any ants! Louis' mom explains that this means he wiggles a lot, and she teaches him a special tool, the Wiggle Dance.
Wiggle and jiggle.
Jump up and down.
Shake your hands
and turn around.
Take a deep breath.
Scrunch up your nose.
Wobble your knees
and wiggle your toes.
With a little practice and a few helpful tools, Louis learns that he can calm his wiggles and become the boss of the ants in his pants!
"My stomach feels like it's tied up in a knot.
My knees lock up, and my face feels hot.
You know what I mean?
I'm Wilma Jean,
The Worry Machine."
Anxiety is a subjective sense of worry, apprehension, and/or fear. It is considered to be the number one health problem in America. Although quite common, anxiety disorders in children are often misdiagnosed and overlooked. Everyone feels fear, worry and apprehension from time to time, but when these feelings prevent a person from doing what he/she wants and/or needs to do, anxiety becomes a disability.
This fun and humorous book addresses the problem of anxiety in a way that relates to children of all ages. It offers creative strategies for parents and teachers to use that can lessen the severity of anxiety. The goal of the book is to give children the tools needed to feel more in control of their anxiety. For those worries that are not in anyone's control (i.e. the weather) a worry hat is introduced. A fun read for Wilmas of all ages!
Includes a note to parents and educators with tips on dealing with an anxious child.
A School Shooting and Lockdown Training Picture Book
When faced with danger you must DO something.
The teacher at the Ant Hill School wants her students to be prepared - for everything! One day, she teaches her students what to do if a "dangerous someone" is in their school.
"I'll be your shepherd, and you're all my sheep,
so you must do what I say.
Pretend there's a wolf in our building,
and we MUST stay out of his way!"
"We need a great plan of action
in case we start to get scared.
The ALICE Plan will work the best,
to help us be prepared."
Unfortunately, in the world we now live in, we must ask the essential question: What are the options for survival if we find ourselves in a violent intruder event?
I'm Not Scared...I'm Prepared! will enhance the ALICE concepts and make them applicable to children of all ages in a non-fearful way. By using this book, children can develop a better understanding of what needs to be done if they ever encounter a "dangerous someone."
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.
Banish rude and insensitive comments at home and school by teaching kids in grades K-6 how to use a social filter.
RJ is a youngster who always says what he thinks no matter how it sounds or makes others feel. RJ doesn’t realize his words are sometimes insensitive. He thinks he’s just speaking the truth and offering feedback.
With help from his parents, he learns he doesn’t have to verbalize every thought that pops into his head. In fact, sometimes the less said the better! Join RJ as he discovers the value of thinking before speaking and realizes that with practice he can use a little self control to think before he speaks. He can give positive feedback, or none at all. If RJ can use his social filter, he won't offend or hurt the feelings of others with careless comments.
This book is the seventh in Julia Cook’s BEST ME I Can Be! series which teaches children social skills that can make home life happier and school more successful. The skills are part of the Boys Town Education Model that has improved student behavior and classroom climates in hundreds of schools across the country.
With RJ's help, K-6 readers will learn how to evaluate social situations and choose appropriate words to say. I Can't Believe You Said That! is an amusing tale with a message that teachers and parents will appreciate. The book also includes tips for developing your child's social filter.
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.
HOPE is our children's window for a better tomorrow. In terms of resilience and well-being, hope is a critically important predictor of success. This creative story from the best-selling author of My Mouth is a Volcano!, and Bubble Gum Brain, reminds children that dark clouds can be temporary and asking for help is always okay. We all have times when we need to borrow a little hope from someone else.
When your clouds get too dark,
and too heavy to push away,
Reach out and ask, "Can I borrow some light?"
"I'm having a really bad day."
It's always okay to admit to yourself,
"I just can't do it today.
Everyone needs somebody sometimes,
to help them find their way."
Sometimes the dark clouds overhead seem too heavy and you feel like giving up. Little candle knows all about this. Bad grades, blasted on social media, worried about making the team, and wondering who her real friends are - so many hard things to deal with! All she can see is darkness. But her story begins to change when someone notices she needs a boost of hope. As little candle is reminded she has purpose and her own unique gifts, and that she isn't the only one with dark clouds, her dim light begins to shine brighter.
This hopeful story emphasizes for children (and adults) the many different ways to ask for help, and their ability to be a hope builder for others, too.
This is the heartwarming and illuminating story of Zak, a young boy living with autism who wants you to understand how he experiences the sights and sounds of the world around him.
Zak knows he's not quite like his siblings and classmates. Bright lights and big crowds send him into freak-out mode. Hugs make him uncomfortable, too. His atypical behaviors, from flapping his arms to spinning his body, seem so out of place. But for Zak, that's just how he copes.
Despite some peculiar behaviors, Zak's desires and disappointments are as ordinary as any child's. He loves watches; he hates being excluded. As Zak embraces life the only way he knows how, he teaches those around him important lessons about fairness, patience, curiosity and independence.
From the pen of award-winning author Julia Cook, Uniquely Wired is written for K through 6th grade students and all those who live, work, play or go to school with children on the autism spectrum or those who have other special needs.
Tips for understanding children who are uniquely wired are included at the end of the story.
Winner of the Mom's Choice Award