Julia Cook materials in the SESA Library

Julia Cook came to Alaska in the spring of 2013, and did presentations for teachers, parents and children. The autism awareness book fairs that the Alaska Autism Resource Center held in conjunction with Barnes & Noble featured a signing by Julia Cook, and activities based on her book, "Personal Space Camp" and the related activity book for teachers.

Here is a list of titles by Julia Cook that are in the SESA library. Some of the children's book have an activity guide for teachers that goes with them.


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Amazing me : it's busy being 3! written by Julia Cook and Laura A. Jana ; illustrated by Allison Valentine. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, [2012?]
Description: Meet Joey, an amazing 3-year-old kangaroo who is very excited about all that he can do now that he is three. Joey doesn't know it, but these amazing things are called developmental milestones, and they're a very important part of each child's growth. Parents, this book for children ages 2-4 will show you what to look for as your child grows and develops. For ages 2-4.

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The ant hill disaster written by Julia Cook ; illustrated by Michelle Hazelwood. National Center for Youth Issues, [2014]
Description: "After the Ant Hill School is destroyed, a little boy ant is afraid to go back to school. His mom caringly explains to him that sometimes things happen in life over which we have no control, but we have to find a way to keep living and growing. To do that, "We breathe in and breathe out, and hold onto each other. We shed a lot of tears, and we love one another. We all come together as a strong team of ONE, and then we rebuild, and get things done!” The Ant Hill Disaster thoughtfully addresses fears associated with both natural and human-caused disasters. It models effective parenting and teaching responses. This book can help assure children that through love, empathetic understanding, preparation, and effective communication, they can stand strong, even in the midst of uncontrollable events."--author's website.

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Average Joe Julia Cook. National Center for Youth Issues, 2011.
Description: "Meet “Average Joe” – a not so average 12 year old. Three years ago, Joe’s dad, the brilliant scientist, was working on his latest invention: Flawless Forever – a top secret anti-aging serum that keeps grown-ups young forever. Joe’s curiosity gets the best of him, and he sneaks into his dad’s lab and tries the Flawless Forever on himself. Unfortunately, it has the opposite effect. Within a few minutes, Joe explodes into a 22 year old man! Luckily two hours later, the serum wears off and Joe changes back into a 9 year-old kid with one side effect: since being exposed to the serum, Joe has not grown. Now Joe is a 12 year old stuck inside a nine year old’s body FOREVER! It doesn’t take Joe long to figure out that when he takes the Flawless Forever, he can accomplish things that other kids his age only dream about. A kid who can turn into a grown up for two hours any time he wants to… imagine how much fun Joe can have!"--author's website.

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A bad case of tattle tongue [written by Julia Cook ; illustrated by Anita DuFalla]. National Center for Youth Issues, 2006.
Description: No one likes "Josh the Tattler" because he tattles way too much. But one night, Josh wakes up to find that his tongue is very long, yellow, and covered in bright purple spots, and itchy. Will a bad case of tattle tongue teach him a lesson? Ages 4 and up.

Also available: A bad case of tattle tongue : activity and idea book.
Description: Contains activities, discussion questions, and other exercises that teachers can use along with Julia Cook's illustrated story, "A Bad Case of Tattle Tongue," to teach students the differences between tattling and warning.


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Blueloon written by Julia Cook ; illustrated by Anita Dufalla. National Center for Youth Issues, 2012.
Description: "Meet Blueloon – a sad little balloon who is suffering from depression. With help from the wise rock, Blueloon learns what he can do to “bounce back” to being the way he used to be – bright, round, and full with a very straight string! Although clinical depression is often thought of as an adult disease, it can also affect children. Unfortunately, children may not have the maturity to understand what is happening to them, or they may feel powerless to change their situation, so they don’t speak up about what they are going through. It is up to adults to be on the lookout for signs of trouble, and recognize when a child needs help."--author's website.

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The bubble wrap queen written by Julia Cook ; illustrated by Allison Valentine. National Center for Youth Issues, 2008.
Description: Bubble wrap is used to protect a child, until all the bubble wrap is gone. B.A.S.I.C.S (Be Aware and Safe In Common Situations) principles are put in action. Ages 4 and up.

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Bully B.E.A.N.S. written by Julia Cook ; illustrated by Anita Dufalla. National Center for Youth Issues, 2009.
Description: Illustrated tale that teaches children and adults how to be proactive when confronted by bullying.

Also available: Bully B.E.A.N.S. : activity and idea book.
Description: A workbook of activities designed to explore the dynamcis of bullying and teach how to prevent it form happening.


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Cell phoney written by Julia Cook ; illustrated by Anita Dufalla. National Center for Youth Issues, 2012.
Description: "Joanie Maloney is the most excited kid on the planet…because she’s getting a mobile phone! Watch Joanie learn how to be responsible with a phone, use a mobile phone safely. We want Joanie Maloney (and every child) to learn how to use a mobile phone responsibly, and avoid becoming… a cell phoney!!!"--author's website.

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Cliques just don't make cents written by Julia Cook ; illustrated by Anita DuFalla. Boys Town Press, 2012.
Description: Penny tries to hang with the Coin Clique, but she usually feels left out. Then one day Penny lands in a pocket with the beautiful, gold Sacagawea dollar coin, who starts to teach her how special and valuable she really is. Included in the book are tips for parents, teachers, and counselors on how to help young people, espcially girls, who feel excluded and left out by others. For grades 3-8.

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The "D" word : divorce [written by Julia Cook, illustrations by Phillip W. Rodgers]. National Center for Youth Issues, 2011.
Description: Through well placed humor and apt advice, several misconceptions children have about divorce are clarified. Offers tools and insights to both children and adults to effectively deal with the difficult challenges that a family goes through when parents get divorced.
Also available: The "D" word (divorce) : activity and idea book.
Description: Contains activities, discussion questions, and other exercises that teachers, counselors, and parents can use to help children process the changes in family life. The goal behind each activity is to teach children to better understand divorce and encourage them to develop effective coping strategies.

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Don't be afraid to drop! / written by Julia Cook ; illustrated by Anita Dufalla. National Center for Youth Issues, 2008.
Description: When a young raindrop is afraid to drop from his cloud, his father encourages him to take the risk and find his purpose in life.

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Grief is like a snowflake by Julia Cook ; illustrated by Anita DuFalla. National Center for Youth Issues, 2011.
Description: What a wonderful tool for parents to use in helping a grieving child by using fantasy to confront reality. Julia Cook has made a difficult task so much easier with her insights and knowledge.

Also available: Grief is like a snowflake activity and idea book : supplementary teacher's guide.
Description: "The purpose of this book is to offer grief facilitators, educators, and parents hands on activities that explore the grieving process. Participants will gain a better understanding of what grief is, how to personalize it, and how to endure it. The activities are practical, easy to implement, and meaningful."--Back cover.


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How to be comfortable in your own feathers written by Julia Cook ; illustrated by Anita DuFalla. National Center for Youth Issues, 2013.
Description: "Bluebird, along with most everyone else at school, wants to flutter like the most popular bird in their class, Hummingbird. You should go on a diet, and work out at the gym. You could flutter like me, if your body was thin. Bluebird takes the comment seriously and starts to develop unhealthy eating habits. Mom comes to the rescue by teaching Bluebird balance and by explaining that everyone needs to feel comfortable in their own feathers. With help from the Bird Doc and the Food Voice Counselor, Bluebird learns to control the Food Voice that is living inside."--back cover

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I am a booger-- treat me with respect written by Julia Cook ; illustrated by Carson Cook. National Center for Youth Issues, 2011, c2007.
Description: Presents an overview of what boogers are, the purpose they serve in the body, and how to dispose of them in a sanitary manner.

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I just don't like the sound of NO! : my story about accepting 'no' for an answer and disagreeing ... the right way! written by Julia Cook ; illustrated by Kelsey De Weerd. Boys Town Press, 2011.
Description: Shows readers the steps to the fundamental social skills of accepting "no" and disagreeing appropriately. When RJ learns to use these skills the right way, he finds that rewards come his way, instead of arguments.

Also available: I just don't like the sound of NO! : activity guide for teachers.
Description: The author presents a teacher's guide with 24 games and activities that use students' observation, reading, writing, thinking, and decision-making skills to teach social skills to elementary students; a companion to the author's children's book, I just don't like the sound of no!.


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I just want to do it my way! : my story about staying on task and asking for help written by Julia Cook ; illustrated by Kelsey De Weerd. Boys Town Press, 2013.
1 book + 1 audio CD.
Description: RJ's way of doing things isn't working out for him. His teacher is upset because so many of his assignments are missing or incomplete, but RJ blames other students for distracting him. He learns how to ask for help and stay on task, and discovers that by doing things the right way the first time, he no longer has to do them over and over again.--Publisher.

Also available: I just want to do it my way! : activity guide for teachers.
Description: R.J. is having trouble staying focused and finishing tasks. R.J. like to do everything his way — and he hasn’t been successful asking questions about things he doesn’t understand. Plus, Norma (the booger picker) and Rodney (the alphabet burper) are huge distractions! R.J.’s mom and dad give him several helpful strategies and help R.J. realize that getting tasks done doesn’t take a long if you do it right the first time and you finish what you start (even if it’s not always fun).


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I'm not scared.. I'm prepared! : because I know all about ALICE Training Institute written by Julia Cook ; illustrated by Michelle Hazelwood Hyde. National Center for Youth Issues, [2014]
Description: "The teacher at the Ant Hill School wants her students to be prepared – for everything! One day, she teaches her students what to do if a “dangerous someone” is in their school. The teacher at the Ant Hill School wants her students to be prepared– for everything! One day, she teaches her students what to do if a “dangerous someone” is in their school. "Class, my teacher said to us, we need to learn a new drill. It’s called The Sheep, The Shepherd and the Wolf, so get ready…here’s the deal! I’ll be your shepherd, and you’re all my sheep, so you must do what I say. Pretend there’s a wolf in our building, and we MUST stay out of his way. We need a great plan of action in case we start to get scared. The A.L.I.C.E. Plan will work the best, to help us be prepared.” Unfortunately, in the world we now live in, we must ask ourselves the essential question: What options do I have for survival, if I ever find myself in a violent intruder event? ... enhances the concepts taught by the ALICE Training Institute, and make them applicable to children of all ages in a non-fearful way. By using this book, children can develop a better understanding of what needs to be done if they ever encounter a “dangerous someone.”"--author's website.

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It's hard to be a verb! written by Julia Cook ; illustrated by Carrie Hartman. National Center for Youth Issues, 2008.
Description: Louis can't seem to control himself when he gets the urge to move at the wrong time and situation. Luis's mom comes to the rescue by teaching Louis techniques to help keep his inner itching, twitching and jumping to be a verb in check. A positive resource for anyone dealing with ADHD or challenged by someone who has ADHD.

Also available: It's hard to be a verb! : activity and idea book.
Description: A supplementary teacher's guide to accompany the author's It's hard to be a verb! This offers "teachers and students hands on activities to improve their focus and organizational skills both in and out of the classroom. Since internal organization can be very difficult for some students to achieve, external organization becomes an absolute must!"


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It's you and me against the pee-- and the poop, too! written by Julia Cook and Laura Jana ; illustrated by Anita DuFalla. National Center for Youth Issues, 2011.
1 book + 1 CD of materials
Description: "Meet Stanley, an energetic three-year-old who hasn't quite mastered using the potty. Stanley is way too busy playing to stop having fun. He'd rather hop, skip and wiggle than get the job done. Then Stanley learns a new game called 'You and me against the pee-- and me and you against the poop!' Armed with a powerful secret for potty-training success and eager to play, Stanley proudly transforms into a potty expert."--P. [4] of cover.

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The kid trapper written by Julia Cook ; illustrated by Cynthia Brundage. National Center for Youth Issues, 2010.
Description: Written by a former teacher and school guidance counselor. Using the analogy of a butterfly caught in a spiders web, The kid trapper uses simple language to encourage children to tell an adult of any inappropriate experiences.

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Making friends is an art! written by Julia Cook ; illustrated by Bridget A. Barnes. Boys Town Press, 2012.
Description: Meet Brown, the least used pencil in the box. He discovers that in order to have friends, he needs to be a good friend. If Brown learns to use all of the friendship skills the other pencils have, he can make friends and have fun, too.

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Melvin the magnificent molar written by Julia Cook and Laura Jana ; illustrated by Allison Valentine. National Center for Youth Issues, 2010.
Description: Meet Melvin, the lovable tooth. Through Melvin's view of the world, this book encourages children in a fun-loving, unique way to actually want to brush their teeth. By promoting brushing, flossing, and regular visits to the dentist, Melvin shows readers young and old how to make sure they will have happy teeth and healthy smiles that will last them a lifetime!

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My mouth is a volcano! written by Julia Cook ; illustrated by Carrie Hartman. National Center for Youth Issues, 2005.
Description: This book teaches children to manage their thoughts and words without interrupting.

Also available: My mouth is a volcano! : activity and idea book.
Description: A workbook of activities designed to explore interrupting address such issues as the reasons people interrupt, how unnecessary interrupting makes people feel, and how to interrupt politely.


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Personal Space Camp written by Julia Cook ; illustrated by Carrie Hartman. National Center for Youth Issues, c2007.
Description: Although Louis knows a lot about outer space, the young boy finds himself sent to Principal Goodkid's office to attend Personal Space Camp after his teacher loses her patience with his behavior.

Also available: Personal space camp activity and idea book : supplementary teacher's guide.
Description: "This supplementary teacher's guide will further help you teach your students how to recognize and respect the personal space zones of others. Through interactive discussion questions and exercises, you'll be able to teach children the concept of personal space and help them realize the value of respecting other's feelings by giving them the 'room' they need."--author's website.


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Ricky sticky fingers written by Julia Cook ; illustrations by Michelle Hazelwood Hyde. National Center for Youth Issues, 2012.
Description: "Meet Ricky! A cute little boy that just can't seem to figure out that stealing is wrong. When his prize bicycle is missing, Ricky learns first-hand what it feels like to have something stolen from him. Then, he uses the "good" inside himself to overtake the "bad" and decides to return the items that he took from others. This book uses empathy in a powerful way to teach children that stealing is wrong"--P. [4] of cover.

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Smarter than the scoopers : keeping your child safe from predators! Julia Cook ; illustrated by Allison Valentine. National Center for Youth Issues, 2012.
Description: Written by former teacher and school guidance counselor. Mother talks to child about safety rules to prevent being kidnapped.

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Soda pop head written by Julia Cook ; illustrated by Allison Valentine. National Center for Youth Issues, 2011.
Description: This book teaches children to manage their thoughts and words without interrupting.

Also available: Soda pop head : activity and idea book : supplementary teacher's guide.
Description: "The purpose of this activity book is to offer hands on activities that can teach a child how to channel anger in productive and non-destructive ways."--Back cover.


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Sorry, I forgot to ask! : my story about asking for permission and making an apology! written by Julia Cook ; illustrated by Kelsey De Weerd. Boys Town Press, 2012.
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Description: Shows readers how to do a better job of asking for permission, and making an apology. RJ learns that using these skills means a lot fewer trips to the "time-out" chair.

Also available: Sorry, I forgot to ask! : activity guide for teachers.
Description: "Classroom ideas for teaching the skills of asking for permission and making an apology" (cover).


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Straight from the horse's mouth! written by Julia Cook ; illustrated by Allison Valentine. National Center for Youth Issues, 2012.
Description: "Horses can help people fix ANYTHING! Archie is not your average horse. He helps people get rid of their flies….you know, the things that bug us. When horses get flies, they swish their tales to make them go away, but since people don’t have tails, they come to Archie for help."--author's website.

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Teamwork isn't my thing and I don't like to share! written by Julia Cook ; illustrated by Kelsey De Weerd. Boys Town Press, 2012.
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Description: RJ is having another bad day--but with the help of his coach, RJ learns that working as a team and sharing are skills needed not just on the soccer field, but in school and at home too.

Also available: Teamwork isn't my thing and I don't like to share! : activity guide for teachers.
Description: "The purpose of this book is to offer teachers and students 'hands on' activities that explore the dynamics of successful teamwork and team building. Through discussion questions and exercises, you'll be able to help your students fully understand concrete ways to work together as a team to: figure out what needs to be done, divide tasks, complete the project. You'll also learn about sharing! Be fair, kind, and patient, wait for a turn, give back the shared item. Then each does their job until you're all through."--author's website. A supplementary teacher's guide to accompany the author's Teamwork isn't my thing, and I don't like to share!


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Tease monster : a book about teasing vs. bullying written by Julia Cook ; illustrated by Anita Dufalla. National Center for Youth Issues, 2013.
Description: When "One of a Kind" is laughed at by Purple One and called a name by Green One, is the Tease Monster to blame? This tale teaches readers the difference between friendly teasing and mean teasing, and why some teasing can have a negative bite if it's meant to be hurtful and cause embarrassment.--Publisher.

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What shoes will you wear? written by Julia Cook ; illustrated by Anita Dufalla. National Center For Youth Issues, [2014]
Description: "You’re never too young to dream about your future. Myrtle and Erytle are twins who don’t look alike or act the same, but they have one thing in common: they both love SHOES!!! Their parents use their kids’ love of shoes to encourage them to think about their future careers early on. An excellent resource that will spark children’s imaginations, leading them to discover what they enjoy and want to be. Several career choices are discussed as they apply to the shoes typically worn in that profession. This book also discusses necessary skills for any and all careers, things like responsibility, integrity, and self-confidence."--author's website.

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Wilma Jean the worry machine [written by Julia Cook ; illustrated by Anita Dufalla]. National Center for Youth Issues, 2012.
Description: Wilma Jean worries about everything. She worries about missing the bus, doing a math problem wrong, having friends to play with, and getting carrots in her school lunch. Wilma Jean's teacher helps her figure out what worries she can control and those that she can't and what to do about both types of worries.

Also available: Wilma Jean the worry machine : activity and idea book.
Description: A workbook of activities to help students address what worries they can control and those that they can't and what to do about both types of worries.


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The worst day of my life ever! written by Julia Cook ; illustrated by Kelsey De Weerd. Subtitle on cover: My story about listening and following instructions (--or not!). Boys Town Press, 2011.
1 book + 1 audio CD
Description: Shows readers the steps to the fundamental social skills of listening and following instructions. When the hero, RJ, learns to use these skills the right way, he has the best day of his life.

Also available: The worst day of my life ever! : activity guide for teachers.
Description: A supplementary teacher's guide to accompany the author's The worst day of my life ever!

Updated September 2017