AWARD-WINNING BOOKS FOCUSED ON TEACHING CHILDREN & PRETEENS SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL SKILLS 
GREAT FOR COUNSELORS, TEACHERS & PARENTS

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Official Release August 1, 2022

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Oscar is a perfectionist with an anxiety problem.  He's so afraid of falling short of expectations or disappointing his parents, his teachers and his pals, he can't sleep.  He tosses and turns every night.  The more sleep he loses, the moodier and more irritable he becomes.  Exhausted and stressed, Oscar lashes out at his best buddies.  Now his anxiety is topped with feelings of guilt and shame.  When a caring teacher notices Oscar's distress, she invites him to join a school support group for students who struggle with anxiety.  What will he do?  Is Oscar too embarrassed to seek help, or is he so tired of being tired, he'll try anything for some sleep and relief?

This book is great for teaching the emotional and physical toll anxiety has on kids, as well as the empowering strategies they can use to calm their worries.

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Sophia and Camila have been the best of friends for a long time now- since 1st grade.  They do EVERYTHING together.  So imagine Sophia's surprise when Camila starts spending more time with Christabel, and it's interfering with Sophia's time with her best friend.  All of this change is hard, and Sophia finds herself wondering if she did something wrong...did she lose her BFF?  

 

This book is great in teaching about rejection and jealousy within friendships, how friendships change over time and the qualifies of a good friend.  

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The middle school years can be tough, especially if you don't quite fit in.  When Eva looks around, she sees most people dress the same and enjoy the same activities.  When the other girls at school gather, they tolerate Eva but they sometimes gossip and do other things which make her uncomfortable.  It doesn't appeal to Eva, and she wonders...Am I Weird?

This book is great for teaching the importance in valuing your uniqueness, being true to yourself and finding friends who respect and value you.

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Malcolm has a problem, and his name is Joe.  Malcolm is often the target of good-natured ribbing because he's an excitable scatterbrain.  Malcom knows the jokes and laughs at his expense are all in good fun and sometimes teach him a lesson.  But the snark coming from Joe isn't funny.  Joe taunts and bullies Malcom but Malcom's friends do nothing.  How will he deal with this?

 

This book is great for teaching the differences between teasing and bullying, the importance of self-advocacy and the power of kindness.

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Official Release Date: October 4, 2022

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Mateo is at the center of a rumor that is swiftly spreading around school. He's freaked out and frustrated. What's worse, the rumor is a lie started by someone Mateo thought was a friend. Mateo and Lily can't get the rumor that they are boyfriend and girlfriend to stop. They are both annoyed and uncomfortable and eventually stop speaking to each other.  Are they going to let the gossip and teasing destroy their friendship? 

This book is great for teaching about the insecurities, fears, obsessions and anxieties of middle schoolers.  Readers learn how hurtful and far reaching a rumor's ripple effects can be.

Each Chapter Book has a Teacher & Counselor Activity Guide that's meant to accompany it. 

Jennifer explains the differences between the 2 versions of the book and how they both can be used with children.

Every friendship Izzy has swirls with drama, leaving her emotionally and physically exhausted.  But, why all the drama?  Is it because Izzy is too judgy?  Too sassy?  Too cocky for her own good?  Or, is she simply misunderstood, a blameless victim whose friends are really at fault?  As the bonds in her friendships continue to fray, Izzy seeks support and guidance from her sister, Maya.  Maya offers encouragement as she helps her sister confront some hard truths: Izzy is an interrupter, a one-upper, and a bragger.  Caught unaware of how she speaks toward her friends, Izzy is determined to make amends and do better.  Now, she just needs to figure out how.

This book is great for examining the social minefield of middle school friendships, particularly among girls.  Readers will be inspired to think about and improve how they speak to and communicate with their friends and family.

STORIES BY JENNIFER