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About Julia Cook
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 picture book with test-taking strategies to help the anxious student.
Bertha Billingsworth (BB for short) is basically a happy person... until she has to take a test. To her, the word test stands for Terrible Every Single Time, because that's how she does on them... TERRIBLE!
Whenever I see or hear the word test...
The hair on the back of my neck stands up.
My face turns as red as a beet.
I start to sweat, my stomach aches,
and I can't control my feet!
What if I get every answer wrong?
And I don't get any right.
I just know I'll get a bad grade on this test,
so I don't even want to try!
BB's teacher comes to the rescue by inviting her to become a member of the Anti-Test Anxiety Society. She tells BB that TEST stands for Think Each Situation Through! She also ends up teaching BB the Dynamic Dozen (12 amazing test taking strategies), and convinces her to use her "GET TO" brain instead of her "HAVE TO" brain. Now when BB takes a test, she is calm and focused and thanks to her teacher, the Terrible now stands for Terrific!
Help Children with Worry and Anxiety
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.
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
Try something new and learn from your mistakes.
BECOMING is better than BEING.
I have Bubble Gum Brain. I like to chew on my thoughts, flex, bend and stretch my brain, and expand the way I think! I make great mistakes that help me learn.
I have Brick Brain. With me, things are the way they are...and they're probably not going to change much. I am the way I am...and that's just how it is.
Meet Bubble Gum Brain and Brick Brain: two kids with two VERY different mindsets. Bubble Gum Brain likes to have fun adventures, learn new things, and doesn't worry about making great mistakes. Brick Brain is convinced that things are just fine the way they are and there's not much he can do to change them, so why try?
When Bubble Gum Brain shows Brick Brain how to peel off his wrapper, Brick Brain begins to realize just how much more fun school...and life... can be!
This creative story teaches children (and adults) the valuable lesson that becoming is better than being, which can open the door to a whole new world of possibilities!
Ready, Get Mindset...GROW!!
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!
Teach Kids About Being Dishonest and the Value of Telling the Truth
A storm is brewing... Whenever Levi doesn't like the truth, he kinda, sorta makes up other stuff to say. One day his mother explains to him that telling lies will damage the trust of his friends and make him very sad.
Whenever you tell a lie, your inside sun goes away.
Then a lying cloud forms, and glooms up your day.
Each time you tell a lie, another cloud starts to form,
and before you can stop it from happening, your insides start to storm.
This book is a great resource to help children understand not only the consequences of telling a lie, but also how one lie can often lead to telling several more. It will help parents and teachers understand that lying can be a normal and sometimes healthy response for a child and offers tools to help guide children toward truthfulness.
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
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.
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.
A Picture 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!
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!