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Early Childhood 2017 Meeting kids’ social, emotional, and educational needs since 1983


Free Spirit Best Behavior® Series Simple words and lively full-color illustrations guide children to choose positive behaviors. Select titles are available in two versions: a durable board book for ages 1–4 and an expanded paperback for ages 4–7. Bilingual board book and paperback editions of select titles also are available. All include helpful tips for teachers, caregivers, and parents. “Imagine raising your kids without the help of Goodnight Moon or Is Your Mama a Llama? or Hands Are Not for Hitting.” —Jennifer Garner, actress and Save the Children ambassador

Board books for ages 1–4 Each board book: 24 pp., color illust., BB, 7" x 7". Ages 1–4.

SET OF 10 ENGLISH BOARD BOOKS: 1479…$70.00 (over 10% savings!) SET OF 7 BILINGUAL BOARD BOOKS: 1521…$49.00 (12% savings!) Hands Are Not for Hitting Las manos no son para pegar 978-1-57542-309-8...$7.95

Diapers Are Not Forever Los pañales no son para siempre 978-1-57542-429-3...$7.95

Words Are Not for Hurting Las palabras no son para lastimar 978-1-57542-311-1...$7.95

Hands Are Not for Hitting

Diapers Are Not Forever

Words Are Not for Hurting

by Martine Agassi, Ph.D. illustrated by Marieka Heinlen

by Elizabeth Verdick illustrated by Marieka Heinlen

by Elizabeth Verdick illustrated by Marieka Heinlen

978-1-57542-200-8…$7.95

978-1-57542-296-1...$7.95

978-1-57542-155-1…$7.95

Pacifiers Are Not Forever

Noses Are Not for Picking

Tails Are Not for Pulling

by Elizabeth Verdick illustrated by Marieka Heinlen

978-1-57542-257-2...$7.95

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by Elizabeth Verdick illustrated by Marieka Heinlen

978-1-57542-471-2...$7.95

by Elizabeth Verdick illustrated by Marieka Heinlen

978-1-57542-180-3…$7.95

Voices Are Not for Yelling La voz no es para gritar 978-1-63198-194-4...$7.95 Available in October

Voices Are Not for Yelling by Elizabeth Verdick illustrated by Marieka Heinlen

978-1-57542-500-9...$7.95


Teeth Are Not for Biting Los dientes no son para morder 978-1-63198-157-9...$7.95

Tails Are Not for Pulling by Elizabeth Verdick illustrated by Marieka Heinlen

Available in May

Lexile 150L

978-1-57542-181-0 $11.95

Words Are Not for Hurting  Las palabras no son para lastimar Lexile 130L

978-1-57542-312-8...$11.95

Paperbacks for ages 4–7 Each paperback: 40 pp., color illust., PB, 9" x 9". Interest level ages 4–7 / GRL-H, grade 1

SET OF 5 ENGLISH PB BOOKS: 1480...$53.75 (over 10% savings!) SET OF 4 BILINGUAL PB BOOKS: 1522...$43.00 (10% savings!)

Hands Are Not for Hitting  Las manos no son para pegar Lexile 360L

978-1-57542-310-4...$11.95

Teeth Are Not for Biting by Elizabeth Verdick, illustrated by Marieka Heinlen

978-1-57542-128-5...$7.95 Feet Are Not for Kicking Los pies no son para patear 978-1-63198-197-5...$7.95 Available in October

Words Are Not for Hurting

by Martine Agassi, Ph.D., illustrated by Marieka Heinlen

Lexile 200L

Lexile 260L

978-1-57542-156-8...$11.95 Feet Are Not for Kicking by Elizabeth Verdick, illustrated by Marieka Heinlen

978-1-57542-158-2...$7.95

Hands Are Not for Hitting

by Elizabeth Verdick, illustrated by Marieka Heinlen

Germs Are Not for Sharing  Los gérmenes no son para compartir Lexile 420L

978-1-57542-368-5...$11.95

978-1-57542-308-1...$11.95 Voices Are Not for Yelling La voz no es para gritar 978-1-63198-191-3...$11.95 Available in October

Germs Are Not for Sharing Los gérmenes no son para compartir 978-1-57542-369-2...$7.95

Germs Are Not for Sharing by Elizabeth Verdick, illustrated by Marieka Heinlen

978-1-57542-196-4…$7.95

Germs Are Not for Sharing

Voices Are Not for Yelling

by Elizabeth Verdick, illustrated by Marieka Heinlen

by Elizabeth Verdick, illustrated by Marieka Heinlen

Lexile 490L

Lexile 330L

978-1-57542-197-1...$11.95

978-1-57542-501-6...$11.95

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The Free Spirit Toddler Tools® Board Book Series by Elizabeth Verdick, illustrated by Marieka Heinlen Daily transitions and routines can be a challenge for any toddler, as well as parents and caregivers. These award-winning, positive books can help ease the many trying “times” that are a part of every toddler’s day. Share them before (or during) the desired “time,” or whenever toddlers need encouragement with routines. Each board book: 24 pp., color illust., BB, 7" x 7". Toddlers.

SET OF 10 ENGLISH BOOKS: 1408...$67.60 (over 15% savings!) SET OF 6 BILINGUAL BOOKS: 1517...$42.00 (12% savings!)

Clean-up can be

Calm-Down Time Momento para calmarse 978-1-63198-093-0…$7.95

Sharing Time Tiempo para compartir 978-1-63198-096-1…$7.95

“Perfectly attuned to the smallest readers.” —School Library Journal

Calm-Down Time 978-1-57542-316-6…$7.95

Sharing Time 978-1-57542-314-2...$7.95 Clean-Up Time Momento de arreglar 978-1-63198-154-8…$7.95 Available in May

quick and

fun.

Clean-Up Time 978-1-57542-298-5...$7.95

Mealtime 978-1-57542-366-1...$7.95

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Ease transitions for little learners Manners Time Los buenos modales 978-1-63198-120-3…$7.95

Manners Time 978-1-57542-313-5...$7.95

Listening Time Momento para escuchar 978-1-63198-117-3…$7.95

Listening Time 978-1-57542-301-2...$7.95

On-the-Go Time 978-1-57542-379-1...$7.95

Bedtime 978-1-57542-315-9…$7.95

Bye-Bye Time Momento de la despedida 978-1-63198-151-7…$7.95 Available in May

Good-bye isn’t forever. It’s for a little while. La despedida no es para siempre. Es apenas por un rato. Bye-Bye Time 978-1-57542-299-2...$7.95

Naptime 978-1-57542-300-5...$7.95

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The Free Spirit Happy Healthy Baby® Board Book Series by Elizabeth Verdick and Marjorie Lisovskis The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that all parents read to babies from birth. Bouncy rhythms and bright photos and illustrations capture the moments and moods of baby’s day, and hold baby’s attention. As the books are shared with them, babies absorb concepts of love, safety, and confidence. These sturdy-format books include tips for parents and caregivers. A perfect gift for baby showers, newborns, and birthdays. Each book: 22 pp., color illust./B&W photo mix, BB, 5½" x 5½". Ages birth–2.

SET OF 6 BOARD BOOKS: 1465...$37.74 (over 10% savings!)

“The tender photos will draw in viewers of any age.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Best baby selfies.” —Parents Magazine

Come on, baby, ! let’s

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Eat 978-1-57542-425-5…$6.99

Cuddle 978-1-57542-423-1…$6.99

Move 978-1-57542-422-4…$6.99

Reach 978-1-57542-424-8…$6.99


Rest 978-1-57542-427-9…$6.99

Play 978-1-57542-426-2…$6.99

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The Free Spirit Being the Best Me! Character Development Series for Ages 4–8 by Cheri J. Meiners, M.Ed., illustrated by Elizabeth Allen From the author of the popular Learning to Get Along® series comes a one-of-a-kind character-development series that helps children learn, understand, and develop attitudes and character traits that strengthen self-confidence and a sense of purpose. Each book focuses on a specific attitude or character trait and includes discussion questions, activities, and additional information adults can use to reinforce the concepts with children. Filled with diversity, these read-aloud books will be welcome in all settings. Each book: 40 pp., color illust., 11¼" x 9¼".

SET OF 8 PB BOOKS: 1507...$67.92 (15% savings!)

Be Positive! A book about optimism

Interest level ages 4–8 / GRL-H, grade 1 Lexile 510L

“These books focus on positive thinking and assertive, kind behavior that can bolster children’s mental health, their relationships, and their performance in school. An exciting tool for empowering children to live their best lives.”

PB 978-1-57542-441-5...$9.99 HC 978-1-57542-452-1...$14.99

—Sean Covey, best-selling author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens and The 7 Habits of Happy Kids

Stand Tall! A book about integrity

Interest level ages 4–8 / GRL-J, grade 1 Lexile 390L

PB 978-1-57542-486-6...$9.99 HC 978-1-57542-484-2...$14.99

Have Courage! A book about being brave

Interest level ages 4–8 / GRL-I, grade 1 Lexile 390L

PB 978-1-57542-460-6...$9.99 HC 978-1-57542-458-3...$14.99

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Dream On!

Grow Strong!

Forgive and Let Go!

A book about possibilities

A book about healthy habits

A book about forgiveness

Interest level ages 4–8 / GRL-K, grade 2 Lexile 550L

Interest level ages 4–8 / GRL-J, grade 1 Lexile 570L

PB 978-1-63198-055-8...$9.99

PB 978-1-63198-085-5...$9.99

Interest level ages 4–8 / GRL-I, grade 1 Lexile 440L

PB 978-1-57542-487-3...$9.99 HC 978-1-57542-485-9...$14.99

Hey, I have a good idea. Feel Confident! A book about self-esteem

Interest level ages 4–8 / GRL-H, grade 1 Lexile 380L

PB 978-1-57542-442-2...$9.99 HC 978-1-57542-453-8...$14.99

Bounce Back! A book about resilience

Interest level ages 4–8 / GRL-J, grade 1 Lexile 360L

PB 978-1-57542-459-0...$9.99 HC 978-1-57542-457-6...$14.99

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The Free Spirit Learning to Get Along® Social Skills Series for Ages 4–8 by Cheri J. Meiners, M.Ed. Our Learning to Get Along series helps children learn, understand, and practice basic social and emotional skills. Real-life situations, lots of diversity, and concrete examples make these read-aloud books appropriate for home and childcare settings, schools, and special education settings. Each book ends with a section of discussion questions, games, and activities adults can use to reinforce what children have learned. Select titles are also available in bilingual English-Spanish editions. Each English book: 40 pp., color illust., PB, 9" x 9". Each bilingual book: 48 pp., color illust., PB, 9" x 9". Interest level ages 4–8 / GRL-H, grade 1

SET OF 15 ENGLISH BOOKS: 1396…$119.70 (over 25% savings!) SET OF 6 BILINGUAL BOOKS: 1497…$54.48 (over 27% savings!)

“Useful resources for parents, teachers, and counselors.” —School Library Journal

Be Honest and Tell the Truth Lexile 280L

978-1-57542-258-9...$10.95

Know and Follow Rules Saber y seguir las reglas

Share and Take Turns Comparte y turna

Talk and Work It Out Hablar y resolver

Cool Down and Work Through Anger Cálmate y supera la ira

Lexile 360L

Lexile 310L

Lexile 430L

Lexile 420L

978-1-57542-498-9...$12.45

978-1-57542-474-3...$12.45

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Know and Follow Rules

Share and Take Turns

Talk and Work It Out

Lexile 180L

Lexile 290L

Lexile 240L

978-1-57542-130-8...$10.95

978-1-57542-124-7...$10.95

978-1-57542-176-6…$10.95

Cool Down and Work Through Anger Lexile 410L

978-1-57542-346-3...$10.95

Accept and Value Each Person Lexile 260L

978-1-57542-203-9...$10.95

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When I Feel Afraid

Try and Stick with It

Be Polite and Kind

Lexile 380L

Lexile 240L

Lexile 170L

978-1-57542-138-4...$10.95

978-1-57542-159-9...$10.95

978-1-57542-151-3...$10.95


Reach Out and Give

Join In and Play

Be Careful and Stay Safe

Understand and Care

Lexile 320L

Lexile 150L

Lexile 360L

Lexile 270L

978-1-57542-204-6...$10.95

978-1-57542-152-0...$10.95

978-1-57542-211-4...$10.95

978-1-57542-131-5...$10.95

Respect and Take Care of Things Respetar y cuidar las cosas

Listen and Learn Escucha y aprende

Lexile 540L

Lexile 350L

978-1-63198-036-7...$12.45

978-1-63198-039-8...$12.45 Software disc, Windows 7 or higher, Mac OS 10.7 or higher, touch-screen and single-switch compatible. For grades K–3.

Interactive Software 978-1-57542-372-2...$99.99 SCHOOL PACK—5 COPIES: 1407...$249.99

Respect and Take Care of Things Lexile 350L

Listen and Learn Lexile 120L

978-1-57542-123-0...$10.95

978-1-57542-160-5...$10.95

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by Sue Graves, illustrated by Desideria Guicciardini and Emanuela Carletti Small children have big feelings. The Our Emotions and Behavior series uses cheerful, brightly illustrated stories to help kids understand how their emotions and actions are related—and how they can learn to manage both. At the end of each book, a two-page series of pictures invites kids to tell a story in their own words. A special section for adults suggests discussion questions and ideas for guiding children to talk about their feelings. Each book: 28 pp., color illust., HC, 7¾" x 9½".

SET OF 10 BOOKS: 1516…$110.40 (15% savings!) I Don’t Want to Be Nice! A book about showing kindness

“These are excellent titles for children who need help expressing their feelings and they will be a bonus in any guidance counselor’s arsenal.”

Interest level ages 4–8 / GRL-I, grade 1

978-1-63198-132-6...$12.99 Available in April

—School Library Journal

I Hate Everything!

Take a Deep Breath

Not Fair, Won’t Share

I Didn’t Do It!

A book about feeling angry

A book about being brave

A book about sharing

A book about telling the truth

Interest level ages 4–8 / GRL-I, grade 1

Interest level ages 4–8 / GRL-I, grade 1

Interest level ages 4–8 / GRL-I, grade 1

Interest level ages 4–8 / GRL-I, grade 1

978-1-57542-443-9...$12.99

978-1-57542-446-0...$12.99

978-1-57542-375-3...$12.99

978-1-57542-445-3...$12.99

I’m Not Happy

But What If?

Who Feels Scared?

But Why Can’t I?

A book about feeling sad

A book about feeling worried

A book about being afraid

A book about rules

Interest level ages 4–8 / GRL-H, grade 1

Interest level ages 4–8 / GRL-I, grade 1

Interest level ages 4–8 / GRL-H, grade 1

Interest level ages 4–8 / GRL-I, grade 1

978-1-57542-373-9...$12.99

978-1-57542-444-6...$12.99

978-1-57542-374-6...$12.99

978-1-57542-376-0...$12.99

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Bella stopped trying. She got mad and I Want to Win! A book about being a good sport

gave up . Nell went to talk

to her.

Interest level ages 4–8 / GRL-I, grade 1

978-1-63198-131-9...$12.99 Available in April

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I’m Like You, You’re Like Me Yo soy como tú, tú eres como yo A Book About Understanding and Appreciating Each Other Un libro para entendernos y apreciarnos by Cindy Gainer, illustrated by Miki Sakamoto “It’s fun to find ways I’m like you and you’re like me. It’s fun to find ways we’re different.” In this colorful, inviting bilingual English-Spanish book, kids learn about diversity in terms they can understand: hair that’s straight or curly, families with many people or few, bodies that are big or small. I’m Like You, You’re Like Me helps kids appreciate the ways they are alike and affirm their individual differences. Tips and activities for parents and caregivers are provided in both languages to reinforce the themes and lessons of the book. 48 pp., color illust., PB, 11¼" x 9¼". Interest level ages 3–8 / GRL-I, grade 1 Lexile 500L

978-1-63198-123-4...$9.99

I’m Like You, You’re Like Me A Book About Understanding and Appreciating Each Other by Cindy Gainer, illustrated by Miki Sakamoto 48 pp., color illust., 11¼" x 9". Interest level ages 3–8 / GRL-I, grade 1 Lexile 440L

PB 978-1-57542-436-1...$9.99 HC 978-1-57542-383-8...$14.99

Just Because I Am “Simple but empowering . . . teaches children to trust their bodies, that all of their feelings are OK and that they have the power to say ‘No’ to anything that feels dangerous or wrong.” —Chicago Tribune

A Child’s Book of Affirmation by Lauren Murphy Payne, MSW, LCSW, illustrated by Melissa Iwai Young children need support and encouragement as they learn to value themselves. This book of sweet, simple affirmations for children builds self-esteem and self-confidence through clear language and colorful art. Just Because I Am invites little ones to love, accept, and feel good about themselves exactly as they are. 36 pp., color illust., 11¼" x 9¼". Interest level ages 3–8 / GRL-J, grade 1 Lexile 160L

PB 978-1-63198-052-7...$9.99 HC 978-1-63198-051-0...$14.99

We Can Get Along “This gentle and supportive approach validates children’s feelings and emphasizes that they are in charge of their bodies and emotions.” —School Library Journal

A Child’s Book of Choices by Lauren Murphy Payne, MSW, LCSW, illustrated by Melissa Iwai At times, all children need a little help getting along with others and respecting differences. We Can Get Along uses clear, affirming words and charming full-color illustrations to teach young children tolerance, kindness, and conflict resolution. 40 pp., color illust., 11¼" x 9¼". Interest level ages 3–8 / GRL-L, grade 2 Lexile 380L

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I’m not as big as you, But I’m a person, too. So treat me with respect, And that’s how I’ll treat you.

I Like Being Me Poems about kindness, friendship, and making good choices by Judy Lalli, M.S. Twenty-five short rhyming poems invite children to believe in themselves, learn from mistakes, cooperate, share, help others, solve problems, be kind, tell the truth, make positive choices, and more. This charming update to a popular volume of poetry is perfect for teaching social skills to young children.

Ollie Outside Screen-Free Fun by Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D., illustrated by Guy Wolek Ollie has a big imagination and big plans for summer. But no one in his family wants to go outside and play. Dad is sending emails, Mom is watching TV, Ollie’s siblings are playing video games and texting—even Gram and Gramps are too busy downloading photos. Too much screen time! How can Ollie get his family to shut off their gadgets and play together? Tips at the end of the book reinforce this message. 32 pp., color illust., 11¼" x 9¼". Interest level ages 4–8 / GRL-J, grade 1 Lexile 320L

64 pp., B&W photos, color illust., PB, 8" x 8". Interest level ages 4–8 / GRL-L, grade 2 Lexile 560L

978-1-63198-092-3...$9.99

“Ollie Outside: Screen-Free Fun is at once simple and breathtaking in its approach and message. Written for children ages three through eight, and for their parents and caregivers, it takes the reader past the obvious notion that sometimes electronic devices ought to be turned off.” —The Loudoun Tribune

PB ISBN 978-1-63198-068-8...$9.99 HC ISBN 978-1-63198-105-0...$14.99

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Zach Rules Series by William Mulcahy, illustrated by Darren McKee Zach and readers learn straightforward tools for coping with their struggles and building stronger relationships. Each book: 32 pp., color illust., HC, 8¼" x 8¼".

“Suitable for classroom sharing or independent reading . . . complements early childhood curriculums.” —School Library Journal

SET OF 4 BOOKS: 1515...$38.96 (25% savings!)

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Zach Hangs In There

Zach Gets Frustrated

Zach Apologizes

Zach Makes Mistakes

Interest level ages 5–8 / GRL-M, grade 2

Interest level ages 5–8 / GRL-M, grade 2 Lexile 580L

Interest level ages 5–8 / GRL-M, grade 2 Lexile 420L

Interest level ages 5–8 / GRL-N, grade 3 Lexile 580L

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F Is for Feelings by Goldie Millar and Lisa Berger, illustrated by Hazel Mitchell We all feel many different emotions every day. For young children, those feelings can be extra strong. And sometimes, children need help finding the words to describe how they’re feeling. This friendly and positive alphabet book gives children those “feelings words,” and explores the idea that while some feelings are more comfortable than others, all are natural and important. F Is for Feelings invites children to share, express, and embrace their emotions—every day! A section in the back provides tips and activities for parents and caregivers to reinforce the themes and lessons of the book. 40 pp., color illust., 11¼" x 9¼". Interest level ages 3–8 / GRL-J, grade 1 Lexile 130L

PB 978-1-57542-476-7...$9.99 HC 978-1-57542-475-0...$15.99

“F Is for Feelings helps adults teach children a language as essential as our ABCs: the language of emotions without which we cannot communicate what is most real and important in our lives, without which we cannot communicate ourselves to others.” —Gabor Maté, M.D., coauthor of Hold On to Your Kids

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A social story to reduce anxiety while doing your best. Penelope Perfect A Tale of Perfectionism Gone Wild by Shannon Anderson, illustrated by Katie Kath Penelope has a penchant for perfection, until a topsy-turvy day helps her learn to let go of perfect and just be herself. This warm, encouraging story told in cheerful rhyme will speak to kids who deal with perfectionism or other forms of anxiety. 48 pp., color illust., 8" x 10". Interest level ages 5–9 / GRL-K, grade 2 Lexile 600L

PB 978-1-63198-047-3...$9.99 HC 978-1-63198-019-0...$15.99

“Penelope’s quirks are charming. Those who have issues similar to Penelope’s will appreciate this title.” —School Library Journal

Just when I think things can’t get worse, I get my first-ever “B.” I slump in my chair with my head on the desk. What a catastrophe!

I’ve changed the way I see things, And I’m proud of what I’ve done. I know I have the power To help make learning fun.

A social story to promote student engagement. Coasting Casey A Tale of Busting Boredom in School by Shannon Anderson, illustrated by Colleen Madden Casey isn’t interested in much at school, so he does just well enough to get by. What does interest Casey is art, and with the help of his school principal, he learns to apply his passion to his schoolwork. Told in humorous rhyme, this lively story will speak to bored students and to any kid who can—and wants to—do better. The book concludes with tips and information to help adults foster dialogue with kids wrestling with underachievement. 48 pp., color illust., 8" x 10". Interest level ages 5–9 / GRL-L, grade 2 Lexile 660L

PB 978-1-63198-089-3...$9.99 HC 978-1-63198-088-6...$15.99 “Told in cheeky narrative verse, illustrated in comic expressive style…Coasting Casey is an exciting book to help awaken students to their true potential.”

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—Midwest Book Review


Tessie Tames Her Tongue

When her family watches a movie, Tessie talks and talks.

A Book About Learning When to Talk and When to Listen by Melissa Martin, Ph.D., illustrated by Charles Lehman Tessie is bright and eager to share all the stories about her life. She talks to her parents, her little brother, the bus driver, her teacher, and her classmates. But when she gets chatty, she’s loud . . . and talks with her mouth full of food . . . and doesn’t give anyone else a chance to say what’s on their minds. After her little brother complains and her classmates ignore her, Tessie knows it’s time to tame her talkative tongue. With help from her school counselor, Tessie learns to talk less and listen more. 48 pp., color illust., 8" x 10". Ages 5–9.

PB 978-1-63198-133-3...$9.99 Available in September

“Shhhhhh,” says her brother. “We’re trying to watch the movie. You’re such a blabby gabby.”

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This Morning Sam Went to Mars A book about paying attention by Nancy Carlson Sam is always daydreaming about exploring, which is awesome—except when he’s supposed to be focusing on schoolwork. The doctor says Sam is lucky: He has a very powerful brain! But he does need some help focusing. She gives Sam and his dad lots of strategies to try, like staying organized, eating better food, and asking for help when he needs it. 32 pp., color illust., 11¼" x 9¼". Interest level ages 5–9 / GRL-K, grade 2 Lexile 520L

PB 978-1-57542-434-7…$9.99 HC 978-1-57542-433-0…$15.99

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“Brightly colored, with shiny pages, this picture book provides encouragement as well as sensible suggestions within a fictional frame.” —Booklist

“With help from her coauthor, a middle schooler with Asperger’s syndrome, Carlson explains why a child with a spectrum disorder might be reluctant to attend a friend’s party. Both Armond’s distress and his relief and satisfaction are likely to move young audiences toward increased empathy for others with mental or physical differences.” —Booklist

By Nancy Carlson And her friend Armond Isaak

Armond Goes to a Party A book about Asperger’s and friendship by Nancy Carlson and her friend Armond Isaak Parties are noisy, disorganized, and smelly—all things that are hard for a kid with Asperger’s. Worst of all is socializing with other kids. But with the support of his good friend, Armond gets through the party and has fun. It feels good to be a friend. A great book for anyone to learn about coping with autism or Asperger’s. 32 pp., color illust., 11¼" x 9¼". Interest level ages 5–9 / GRL-K, grade 2 Lexile 450L

PB 978-1-57542-467-5...$9.99 HC 978‑1-57542-466-8...$15.99

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Armond said, “I need a break!”


Sometimes parents need help taking care of their children. Grandmas and grandpas might help. Aunts and uncles might help. Kids Need to Be Safe A Book for Children in Foster Care by Julie Nelson, illustrated by Mary Gallagher In simple words and full-color illustrations, this book explains why some kids move to foster homes, what foster parents do, and ways kids might feel during foster care. This book makes it clear that the troubles in their lives are not their fault. Includes resources and information for parents, foster parents, social workers, counselors, and teachers. 32 pp., color illust., PB, 9" x 9". Interest level ages 4–10 / GRL-H, grade 1

978-1-57542-192-6...$9.99

Families Change A Book for Children Experiencing Termination of Parental Rights by Julie Nelson, illustrated by Mary Gallagher Sometimes a child gets a new foster parent or a new adopted mom or dad. Straightforward words and full-color illustrations offer hope and support for children facing or experiencing change. Includes resources and information for birth parents, foster parents, social workers, counselors, and teachers. 32 pp., color illust., PB, 9" x 9". Ages 4–10.

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I can find a way to get along. When I cool down and work through my anger, I can feel peaceful again.

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Ways to Reinforce the Ideas in Cool Down and Work Through Anger As you read each page spread, ask children: • What’s happening in this picture?

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• What are some things that you can’t change? What does it mean to accept things that you can’t change? • How can changing the way you think about someone help you feel less angry?

Games and Activities for Resolving Anger Read this book often with your child or group of children. Once children are familiar with the book, refer to it when teachable moments arise involving frustrating situations that may cause anger. Make it a point to notice and comment when children communicate and handle their emotions appropriately. In addition, use the activities on pages 33–35 to reinforce children’s understanding of how to recognize, process, and resolve their anger.

• How does it feel when things don’t go your way?

Before beginning the games on pages 33–35, make three index-card sets: “Cool-Down Strategies,” “Strategies for Working Through Anger,” and “Sample Scenarios.” Write the ideas below (or similar ideas) on individual cards. Illustrate the cards with drawn, cut-out, or computer-generated pictures. On the back of each card, code the card with a color or number to correspond with the type of card it is (such as blue or the number 1 on “Cool-Down Strategies” cards). Put each card set in a separate bag.

• What is respect? (You might explain respect by saying, “People show respect when they treat others politely and kindly. It is respectful to treat other people the way you would like to be treated.”)

Cool-Down Strategies (18)

• Squeeze a Koosh ball or play dough.

Sample Scenarios (10)

• When is a time you felt angry? What did it feel like?

• Count to 10, or take big breaths.

• What are some things you might feel like doing when you are angry? How can losing your temper hurt someone or hurt the person’s feelings? How can it cause more anger?

• Draw a picture with markers.

• Find a quiet place to think things over.

• Vincent’s brother changed the TV channel he was watching.

• Why doesn’t it help to keep your anger shut inside you? (It can lead to health problems like stomachaches or headaches; it can build and lead to more anger or depression; it’s harder to get along with people if you don’t talk to them and let them know how you feel.)

• Take a walk or play a game outside.

Pages 1–11 (understanding anger) • What does it mean to be in charge of something? What are some things you like to feel in charge of?

Pages 12–19 (processing anger) • Let’s take a big, slow breath, like blowing a balloon up in your tummy. (Demonstrate inhaling and exhaling slowly. Have children imitate you as you breathe with them.) How do you feel after taking a big breath? • What does it mean to calm down or cool down? What are some ways to calm down? (Discuss “Cool-Down Strategies” on page 33 and other ideas children suggest. Model and briefly practice the techniques with children.) • How can it help to think over what happened and what you can do? How can that help you feel less angry? • Who are some grown-ups you can talk to when you need help?

Pages 20–31 (resolving anger)

• Read this book, or a book you enjoy. • Smile or laugh about it. • Blow bubbles, or play with water. • Turn on soft music and move around with a scarf. • Dim the lights and lie down to rest.

Strategies for Working Through Anger (10) • Talk and listen to the person you feel angry with. • Look at the problem in a different, more helpful way.

• Sing a favorite song to yourself.

• Decide to forget about it and let it go.

• Do yoga stretches.

• Talk to a friend or an adult you trust.

• Pretend to be a big balloon. Fill up with air. Then relax and let out the air.

• Draw a picture or write in a journal.

• Give (and get) a hug. • Walk away until you feel calm.

• Forgive the person. • Accept that you can’t change some things.

• What are ways to show respect as you tell someone how you feel? (Look at the person. Talk calmly. Talk in a polite tone of voice, and not too loud or too soft. Take time also to listen.)

• Think about a happy time.

• Apologize for getting angry or for your part in the problem.

• Make something with blocks or paint.

• Talk to a doll or pet.

• How do you feel when you try to understand another person’s view (how someone else is feeling)?

• Swing on a swing.

• Find a way to make things better.

• Ketty’s tower of blocks fell when she put on the top block. • A girl took a pencil from Omar’s desk. • Erin’s younger brother played in her room and broke her favorite toy. • Some older kids on the playground called Michael names. • A boy got in front of Zoey in the line for the drinking fountain. • Dolapo lost at the board game he played with his friends. • Girls playing jump rope told Raisa that she couldn’t play with them. • A sister borrowed Ben’s soccer ball without asking. • While playing kickball a child kicked Mariah’s leg.

• When is a time you said, “I’m sorry”? How did you feel afterward? • What does it mean to forgive someone? (It means that you really feel okay about things now; you don’t feel like blaming the person anymore.) • In what way can forgiving someone help you? How does it help you get along with the person? How might remembering your own mistakes help you forgive someone else?

Cool-Down Time Using the “Cool-Down Strategies” cards, have a regularly scheduled “Cool-Down Time” in your day or week. Let a child draw a card to select the activity.

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