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About Julia Cook
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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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.
Without telling anyone, he and his best friend Sam decide to walk home from school instead of riding the bus. Later the two of them are caught trying to use Dad's computer to get on the Internet. After their piano lesson, RJ and his sister Blanche snack on Mom's triple-layer double-chocolate cake with whipped cream frosting and spoil Grandma's birthday party surprise.
RJ's Dad helps him learn how to do a better job of asking for permission, and when RJ and Sam return to school their principal has them practice making an apology. RJ feels a lot happier when he says he's sorry to his teacher, the bus driver, and Grandma, and he learns that asking for permission will mean fewer trips to the time-out chair!
SORRY, I Forgot to Ask! is the third title in the award-winning BEST ME I Can Be! series from the Boys Town Press to teach K-6 children social skills that can make home life happier and school more successful. Tips for parents, teachers, and school counselors on how to teach and reinforce the social skills are included.
A must have book for teaching children manners and important social-emotional skills.
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.
Cora June and her classmate, Wilson, are locked in a battle of wills. Each one desperately wants to be the ultimate decider.
They scream at each other about whether to play dodgeball or soccer at recess. They get into a tug of war over a Popsicle. Each wants to dictate where to go on the next class trip! Can these two opinionated, wanna-be leaders compromise or agree to anything?
Using rhymes and relatable situations, this story offers valuable lessons about the power of compromise and why the best leaders are never afraid to negotiate. The Great Compromise is part of The Leader I'll Be! book series.
Included at the end of the story are tips for parents, caregivers and educators to help encourage the development of students who can successfully compromise and figure out a way to negotiate a solution that works for everyone.
Funny rhymes and colorful illustrations help young readers learn the social skills they need when they sit for a meal. Written from the Table s point of view, this humorous tale will help kids understand that table manners are about much more than what fork to use. Good table manners are about being respectful, kind and considerate to others and their feelings.
Parents and educators of K-6 students will enjoy the Table's tasteful advice and guidance. Sharp, entertaining illustrations from award-winning illustrator Anita DuFalla bring the Table's tips to life.
This is the seventh book in the award winning Building Relationships series. A great book to have in all home and school libraries to help teach children important lessons on manners especially around the holidays.
Brad has a lot of great things going on in his life or at least that's what he tells all of his classmates! When one student won a contest, he told about how he won an even bigger contest! When another student broke his arm, he told about how he broke both arms AND both legs!
Award winning author Julia Cook teaches children how to be a good friend by sharing the spotlight. Kids and adults will get a real kick out of Brad's tall tales as he learns the importance of being a 'Pull-Upper,' not a 'One-Upper.'
This is the first book in the Communicate with Confidence series designed to teach kids key skills that will help them be more successful by mastering the art of communicating.
A fresh approach to a dirty dilemma. How do you make young children understand the importance of bathing and brushing?
In this ingenious tale, young readers are sure to get the message that good hygiene will improve their health and their relationships!
Jean the Fork hates taking baths or showers. She just can't figure out why people are not using her as frequently as the other silverware, or why the other forks, knives and spoons avoid her. When she asks the wise old can opener about it, he replies
Well, I hate to break it to you my friend Fork, but it appears you smell like last week's pork! Will Jean get the message that she needs to practiced good hygiene?
In the fifth book in her award-winning Building Relationships series, author Julia Cook offers a hilarious approach to a very personal issue - good hygiene!
Tips for parents, teachers, counselors, and therapists are included. Help all smelly kids learn personal care with this fun book that teaches basic hygiene! This storybook is a clever fable with a timeless message.
Teach your child not to spill the rumor marbles! Most of us have been involved with rumors somehow. But how many people really stop to think about the damaging effects?>
Fortunately, award-winning author Julia Cook does, and cleverly brings this serious subject to light in an entertaining and funny, but cautionary, tale about the importance of NOT starting or spreading rumors, and why lies and deception or tall tales, can hurt others.
Told through the eyes of the rumor marble, the story describes how a simple misunderstanding starts a chain reaction that can't be undone! Using witty rhymes and silly situations, young readers learn the dangers of spreading rumors and repeating gossip. This book can help kids understand the importance of honesty and sticking to the facts and not gossip. There are even practical ideas for teachers and parents on how to help kids identify and respond to lies and innuendo.
Part of the Building Relationships series of books to help children with social skills and manners.
K-6 students will laugh as they read this story and are reminded that rumors are pieces of information that have not been verified and that it's much easier to prevent a rolling rumor marble from starting to roll forward than trying to stop one!
Reading this humorous story will help elementary students understand the difference between bullying and teasing.
Is the Tease Monster a friend or a foe?
That's what One of a Kind has to figure out in this quirky tale.
One of a Kind has big feet and loves eating popsicles while standing upside down. He doesn't understand the difference between friendly teasing and mean teasing. When Purple laughs at One for being weird he feels rotten. And when Plaid called One a brainiac for getting an A+ on his math test he doesn't know what to say. With help, he learns that teasing is part of life and that laughing at someone is mean teasing or bullying and can have a hurtful bite, but laughing with someone is alright when it's not done out of spite!
Author Julia Cook uses this story to help kids learn that the goal of teasing should be to create closer relationships and make connections, not to hurt the feelings of others. Tease Monster shows kids that teasing turns into bullying when kids use it to gain greater social status or if the intent is to harm. This story also gives children tools for how to respond to teasing or bullying.
A great read for all children ages 5 to 11, but especially those with behavioral disorders. Tips for parents and educators are also included. This book is part of the Building Relationships series to help kids learn social skills.
A mini-biology lesson about the digestive system and natural bodily functions is presented to kids in grades K-6. The humorous story will have them laughing while learning the social skill of what to do, what to say, and how to act during natural, everyday “gas leaks”.
This book helps kids understand the hurtful feelings of excluding others, and helps them see their own self-worth.
Penny tries to hang with the Coin Clique, but she usually feels left out. The other coins, especially Quarter and Half Dollar are best friends, do everything together, and tell Penny she isn’t worth much.
Then one day Penny lands in a pocket with the beautiful, gold dollar coin. Dollar is different from the silver coins too, and she starts to teach Penny how special and valuable she really is. With Dollar's help, Penny learns to feel as shiny on the inside as she looks on the outside.
Cliques Just Don’t Make Cents is part of the popular Building Relationships series which supports social emotional learning while building better relationships. This storybook helps kids understand the emotional toll that cliques can have on those who are excluded from popular social groups. It also teaches children about accepting differences, including others, and making friends.Cliques Just Don’t Make Cents is the recipient of the prestigious Mom's Choice Award. Tips for teachers, parents, counselors and coaches are included.