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About Lisa Griffin
Lisa M. Griffin works from her studio in New Hampshire. When she is not drawing, she enjoys reading, yoga, photography and spending time with her family.
Lisa's work has appeared in over 15 picture books, including her author/illustrator debut "Hey Goose! What's Your Excuse?".
For more information, visit her website at www.lisamgriffin.com
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Third-grader Braden is a real character. He loves to be the center of attention. Everyone just LOVES his jokes, witty comments, and immediate reactions. Or at least that's what he thinks. His comic genius, as he sees it, causes his friends to look at him in awe.
But when he is corrected in class for ill-timed jokes, and an impulsive reaction during a game of dodge ball ends up with a classmate in tears, Braden's teachers and parents start working with him on how to control his impulses.
Will the lessons provided by the adults in Braden's life help him see a better way to manage his impulses? Find out in this hilarious story, the first book in the Executive FUNction book series, by author and school counselor Bryan Smith. Tips for parents and educators are included at the end of the storybook to help children to control their impulses.
Braden brings the drama to every minor misunderstanding and annoyance in his life! What was supposed to be a carefree afternoon of go-cart racing and putt-putt golfing quickly turns sour when Braden shouts and pouts about the rules.
When homework interferes with Braden's plans, he overreacts again, and makes things even more difficult on himself. But Mom and Dad are there to teach Braden the best way to react calmly.
Will Braden ever learn to keep his cool in the face of disappointment? Will every discouraging moment send him into an emotional meltdown? Find out what lessons are learned in this fast-paced story about the perils of overreacting and losing self-control. This is Bryan Smith's third title in the Executive FUNction book series. Tips for parents and educators are included at the end to help set children up for success by reacting calmly and appropriately when upset or angry.
Braden was so excited for his upcoming championship baseball game! The night before he dreams of that moment... THE moment... the oohs and ahhs of the crowd as he scores the game-winning run! But imagine his surprise when he woke up to pouring rain... and NO GAME! A cancelled game, coupled with some events at school that don't go his way, send Braden on an overreaction tailspin! It seems no matter how small the setback, Braden lets disappointment ruin his mood and his day.
But with Mom's help and the support of a good teacher, Braden learns four steps for flexible thinking, a sure-fire way to meet tough challenges!
Enjoy the second book in Bryan Smith's Executive FUNction book series with K through 5 students and watch their eyes light up as they giggle and make connections to learning how to avoid overreacting by practicing the four steps of flexible thinking. Tips for parents and educators are included at the end of the story to help children learn to manage their emotions.
Amelia is her name and conquering new challenges is her game!
She's an up-for-any-adventure second-grader who's eager to try new things, provided nothing can go wrong. She takes up skateboarding with gusto and feverishly builds a swing set for her kid brother. But at the first sign of trouble - tumbling off her skateboard and whacking her thumb with a hammer - she's done.
Her confidence shattered, Amelia frets she's a failure. But after a little self-reflection and some loving advice from dear-old Dad, Amelia learns she needs a "gonna get it done" mindset. With her new outlook, she discovers success has many definitions... more than she ever imagined.
From the Without Limits book series, Mindset Matters helps kids learn and grow, and reveals why failing doesn't make them failures. Written for readers in grades K through 5, this storybook also includes tips to help parents and educators foster a healthy "gonna-get-it-done" mindset in every child. A great children's book for anyone wanting to help kids build self-esteem and develop positive emotions.
Why is his brother Finn the first to Fly? And why can Otter flip, but Boone can't? And what's with Beaver's big tail? It just doesn't seem fair!
What Boone doesn't realize at first is that everyone is different. All of the animals at the pond are born with different talents. Different sizes and shapes. And different abilities.
Fortunately, Boone is surrounded by friends who help him understand it's natural to look at what others have and wonder what it would be like to be like them. But it's more important for Boone to recognize his own strengths and talents, to be grateful for those, and to work hard to earn what more he wants.
Another terrific tale written and illustrated by the talented Lisa M. Griffin will engage young readers and help remind them of the importance of gratitude and hard work.
Boone is a gosling, loving life on the water with his family. He feels safe and comfortable in his small corner of the pond, so why would he ever leave?
When Boone's mamma and siblings swim off to the opposite shore, he won't follow. He has his reasons, like the water seems too cold and deep, and the other shore looks too muddy. But when he sees his family having fun, he wonders what he's missing. Are they eating doughnuts down there? Are they warming their feathers by a campfire?
Soon enough, Boone's curiosity grows bigger than his fears. Slowly he paddles away from his safe space, taking readers on a journey that reveals why leaving your comfort zone can lead to an exciting and unexpected place.
"What in the world is that supposed to mean?" Trey asked.
"Your brain is like a sponge. It has many flower seeds just waiting to grow. Each time you are doing your best, you are watering your seeds. Each time you make a bad choice, your flowers begin to fad."
Maci and Trey love to have a good time; but when Mrs. Julian explains the importance of making positive choices - and growing a garden in your mind - Maci begins to see things differently. Join Maci as she learns the importance of ignoring distractions and making positive choices with help from her mom, her teacher and a new friend.
This lovely story, written by author Stephie McCumbee and illustrated by Lis M. Griffin, is filled with rich imagery and valuable lessons! Students will learn how to "grow their own garden" at home, school and in life, as they learn the secret tips to ignoring distractions and making positive choices.