Julia Cook Materials

Julia Cook is a popular children’s author. Her books take real life questions, problems and behaviors, and make them easy for children to understand. She has a Master’s in Elementary School Counseling.

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, while others have activities in the back of the children’s book.

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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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The anti-test anxiety society / written by Julia Cook ; illustrated by Anita DuFalla. National Center for Youth Issues, [2014]
Description: Bertha Billingsworth (BB for short) is basically a happy person until she has to take a test. To her, the word test stands for Terrible Every Single Time, because that’s how she does on them, TERRIBLE! BB’s teacher comes to the rescue by inviting her to become a member of the Anti-Test Anxiety Society. She tells BB that TEST stands for Think Each Situation Through! She also ends up teaching BB the Dynamic Dozen (12 amazing test taking strategies), and convinces her to use her “GET TO” brain instead of her “HAVE TO” brain. Now when BB takes a test, she is calm and focused and thanks to her teacher, the Terrible now stands for Terrific!
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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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Baditude! : what to do when your life stinks! / written by Julia Cook ; illustrated by Anita DuFalla. Boys Town Press, [2015]
Description: Noodle’s attitude is alienating everyone around him. Can he let go of his angst and try to find the brighter side of life? With help from a teacher and his mom, Noodle learns how to turn his ‘have tos’ into ‘get tos’ and his baditude into gratitude!–Publisher.
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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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Bubble Gum Brain : ready, get mindset … grow! / written by Julia Cook ; illustrations by Allison Valentine. National Center for Youth Issues, [2017].
Description: “Meet Bubble Gum Brain and Brick Brain: two kids with two very different mindsets. Bubble Gum Brain likes to have fun adventures, learn new things, and doesn’t worry about making great mistakes. Brick Brain is convinced that things are just fine the way they are and there’s not much he can do to change them, so why try? When Bubble Gum Brain shows Brick Brain how to peel off his wrapper, Brick Brain begins to realize just how much more fun school…and life… can be!”–Back cover.
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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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But it’s just a game / written by Julia Cook ; illustrated by Michelle Hazelwood Hyde. National Center for Youth Issues, [2013]
Description: Meet Jasper! A young boy who is totally absorbed with playing video games. Video game addiction is on the rise, but it can be prevented. This creative story book teaches both kids and adults how to switch out their game controller for a “life controller”. Video gaming is becoming a part of our culture, and we must be strategic in creating a healthy gaming balance.
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But it’s not my fault! / written by Julia Cook ; illustrated by Anita DuFalla. Boys Town Press, [2015]
Description: Shows readers how to accept responsibility for their actions and not blame or try to find fault with others.–Publisher.
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The “can” in cancer / written by Julia Cook ; illustrated by Allison Valentine. National Center for Youth Issues, [2013]
Description: Eli is a young boy who finds out that he has cancer. Not knowing how to feel, his doctor tells him: “There is a ‘can’ in cancer, so when your life seems kinda rough, breathe in and out and clear your head and think about better stuff.” This creatively written book of hope follows Eli’s journey through the eyes of a patient, parents, siblings, teachers, health care providers, and friends. A must read for all who are searching for their “CAN” in cancer.
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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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Decibella and her 6-inch voice / written by Julia Cook ; illustrated by Anita DuFalla. Boys Town Press, [2014]
Description: Isabella enjoys shouting out her thoughts, ideas and feelings so much, it’s earned her the nickname “Decibella!”. Young readers will be entertained as she learns the “five volumes” of voice– whisper, 6-inch, table-talk, strong speaker, and outside– and that different situations require a different tone.–Publisher.
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Deployment : one of our pieces is missing / by Julia Cook ; illustrations by Tamara Campeau. National Center for Youth Issues, [2018]
Description: “Life is full of unique opportunities and challenges for military families. They live in different places, shop on military bases, and have to navigate changes in how they operate as a family when a parent is deployed. In this book, our family must learn to stretch and adapt as they find their new normal while Dad is gone. And once home again, they navigate a mix of emotions as he settles back into the family frame. With tips for adults to help children work through questions and feelings, this book serves to honor the sacrifices our military families make each day by equipping them with an approachable way to discuss the highs and lows of deployment”–Back cover.
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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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A flicker of hope / written by Julia Cook ; illustrated by MacKenzie Haley. National Center for Youth Issues, c2018.
Description: “HOPE is our children’s window for a better tomorrow. In terms of resilience and well-being, hope is a critically important predictor of success. This creative story from the best-selling author of My Mouth is a Volcano!, and Bubble Gum Brain, reminds children that dark clouds can be temporary and asking for help is always okay. We all have times when we need to borrow a little hope from someone else. When your clouds get too dark, and too heavy to push away, Reach out and ask, “Can I borrow some light?” “I’m having a really bad day.” Everyone needs somebody sometimes, to help them find their way.”–Goodreads.
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Gas happens! : what to do when it happens to you / written by Julia Cook ; illustrated by Anita Dufalla. Boys Town Press, [2015].
Description: Did you know that everyone passes gas? If it’s so natural, why do we struggle with teaching children how to respond appropriately? Join Gus in this hilarious tale as he and his classmates learn the brief biology lesson behind why we all pass gas, and the right way and the wrong way to handle it.–Publisher.
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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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Hygiene .. you stink! / written by Julia Cook ; illustrated by Anita DuFalla. Boys Town Press, [2014].
Description: “Jean, a stinky fork in the silverware family, hates taking a bath in the sink and detests showering in the dishwasher. In this clever tale, young readers are sure to get the message that good hygiene will improve their health and their relationships”–Publisher.
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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 can’t believe you said that! : my story about using my social filter … or not! / written by Julia Cook ; illustrated by Kelsey De Weerd. Boys Town Press, [2014]
Description: “RJ says what he thinks … no matter how it sounds or makes others feel. It’s time RJ starts using a social filter when he speaks. With help from his parents, he learns he doesn’t have to verbalize every thought that pops into his head. In fact, sometimes the less said the better”–Publisher. See also the activity book.
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I can’t believe you said that! : activity guide for teachers : classroom ideas for teaching students to use their social filters / written by Julia Cook ; contributing editor Jill Kuzma ; & illustrations by Kelsey De Weerd. Boys Town Press, [2015]
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Description: It’s confusing for children to understand why we tell them to be honest or to speak up in one setting, then tell them to keep their thoughts to themselves in another. Author Julia Cook worked with expert Jill Kuzma to identify unique ways to practice using your social filter. More than 20 activities designed to help students visualize what a social filter is, and then practice using their social filters in a safe setting. Reproducible activity sheets included on the enclosed CD. Goes with the children’s book.
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I can’t find my whatchamacallit!! / written by Julia Cook ; illustrated by Michelle Hazelwood Hyde. National Center for Youth Issues, [2015]
Description: Cletus is messy and disorganized. His cousin Bocephus is organized and uptight. Bocephus steps in to help his cousin after Cletus’ mom refuses to let him play until his room is cleaned.
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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.
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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 want to be the only dog : a story about sibling rivalry / written by Julia Cook ; illustrated by Anita DuFalla. Boys Town Press, 2015.
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Description: Readers will chuckle over the silly antics of these pooches while being reminded that siblings provide lifelong lessons in tolerance, patience, sharing, and conflict resolution. Part of the “Building relationships” series of books to help kids get along.–Publisher.
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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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I’m your flag so please treat me right!
/ written by Julia Cook ; illustrated by Michelle Hazelwood Hyde. National Center for Youth Issues, [2014]
Description: Although many kids say the pledge of allegiance at the beginning of the day, they sometimes don’t show a lot of sincerity while doing it because they don’t fully understand what the flag means to America. I’m Your Flag so Please Treat Me Right! is a story told by the American flag. It explains through the eyes of our flag what the red, white and blue stand for, and what the flag means to all Americans.
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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 my way or the highway : turning bossy into flexible and assertive / written by Julia Cook ; illustrated by Kyle Merriman. Boys Town Press, 2019.
Description: Cora June learns that there is a difference between being assertive and being bossy, and that she can be a leader and still be flexible. This is the first title in The Leader I’ll Be! book series.–Publisher. Audience: Grades K-6.
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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.
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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 judgmental flower / written by Julia Cook ; illustrated by Anita DuFalla. Boys Town Press, [2016]
Description: When a Purple flower suddenly sprouts next to a Blue, all sorts of confusion ensues. Fortunately, Momma Blue is there to remind everyone about the beauty of diversity, including how the wind, rain, sun and bees treat all flowers the same regardless of the color of their petals or the size of their stems. Award-winning author Julia Cook shares a timely and valuable lesson about appreciating differences and embracing diversity in life and in friendships.–Publisher.
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Jumping into kindergarten / by Julia Cook and Laura A. Jana, M.D. ; illustrations by James Newman Gray. National Center for Youth Issues, [2017]
Description: “In this fun and engaging story, bestselling authors Julia Cook and Laura A. Jana bring to life for children, parents and educators the important connection that exists between everyday behaviors and the development of valuable, 21st century life-skills during early childhood. This book includes creative, practical tips to help readers implement these skills at home and in the classroom. Follow Roo as he figures out how to use and apply his amazing “QI” (new, school-readiness skills pronounced key) skills: ME, WE, WHY, WILL, WIGGLE, WOBBLE, and WHAT IF. ‘I love to move around and explore, so my favorite skill is WIGGLE. I can jump into things, and reach for the stars. And bend and stretch and jiggle!’ With his backpack of “super cool” skills and a head full of questions, Roo is excited to jump into kindergarten, and your children will be too!”–Page [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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Lying up a storm / written by Julia Cook ; illustrations by Michelle Hazelwood Hyde. National Center for Youth Issues, [2015]
Description: Whenever Levi doesn’t like the truth, he kinda, sorta makes up other stuff to say. One day his mother explains to him that telling lies will damage the trust of his friends and make him very sad. This book is a great resource to help children understand not only the consequences of telling a lie, but also how one lie can often lead to telling several more.
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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 mom thinks she’s my volleyball coach … but she’s not! / by Julia Cook with USA Volleyball ; illustrated by Allison Valentine. CTC Publishing, [2007]
Description: A humorous reminder for parents about sports etiquette for parents with children in volleyball or any other sport.
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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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Peer pressure gauge / written by Julia Cook ; illustrated by Anita DuFalla. Boys Town Press, [2013]
Description: When Norbert is less than eager to try new food, he experiences first-hand what it’s like to be on the receiving end of peer pressure. Norbert’s imaginative descriptions of how it feels to have your peer pressure gauge continue to rise will draw readers in, while they witness his internal deliberation as he tries to let his inner voice shine.
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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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Planning isn’t my priority .. : and making priorities isn’t in my plans / written by Julia Cook ; illustrated by Michelle Hazelwood Hyde. National Center for Youth Issues, [2016]
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: While working on their science fair project on mealworms, Cletus and Bocephus learn to appreciate and understand each other’s strengths and weaknesses. Creativity needs structure and structure needs creativity … and Cletus and Bosephus both need to know how to plan and prioritize.
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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.
1 book + 1 audio CD
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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Study skilled .. not! / written by Julia Cook ; illustrated by Michelle Hazelwood Hyde. National Center for Youth Issues, 2016.
Description: “Polar opposites, Cletus and Bocephus become study partners! Bocephus over studies and stresses about ever assignment and test. Cletus studies as little as possible and puts off any preparation until the night before. Knowing that neither approach is effective, Cletus’ mom introduces them to powerful, hands-on, study tips called ‘The Amazing Great 8!’ The boys then learn how good study skills can affect not only their grades, but also their attitudes and results.” — Back cover.
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Table talk : a book about table manners / written by Julia Cook ; illustrated by Anita DuFalla. Boys Town Press, [2016]
Description: Written from the table’s point of view, this clever tale helps kids understand that table manners include not only table etiquette, but also being respectful, kind, and considerate to others–Publisher.
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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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The techno smart activity & idea book / written by Julia Cook ; illustrated by Kelsey De Weerd. Boys Town Press, [2013]
Description: “This fun and thoughtful activity book can be used alone or combined with Julia’s technology-driven storybooks, “Cell Phoney” and “But It’s Just a Game.” As a teaching tool, it will help children increase their personal communication skills while teaching boundary recognition. It will also help them increase digital citizenship by teaching the etiquette of using using technology effectively.”–Back cover.
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Thanks for the feedback .. I think / written by Julia Cook ; illustrated by Kelsey De Weerd. Boys Town Press, [2013]
Description: When a couple of friends give RJ a compliment, he just isn’t sure how to respond. When his teacher and parents tell him there are some things he needs to work on, his first reaction is to argue and make excuses. RJ learns what it means to receive positive and negative feedback, and how to respond appropriately, learning to accept and grow from criticism and compliments at home, school and with friends.–Publisher.
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That rule doesn’t apply to me! / written by Julia Cook ; illustrated by Anita DuFalla. Boys Town Press, [2016]
Description: The rules keep getting in the way of Noodle’s fun. There are so many rules — too many rules! And Noodle struggles because he doesn’t think many of them actually apply to HIM. Will Noodle’s mother and teacher convince him that rules are meant to help, not harm, him?–Publisher.
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Uniquely wired : a book about autism and its gifts / written by Julia Cook ; illustrated by Anita DuFalla. Boys Town Press, [2018]
Description: Zak has autism, so he sometimes responds to the world around him in unconventional ways. As he describes his point of view, young readers gain a better understanding of his behaviors and learn valuable lessons about patience, tolerance, and understanding.–Publisher.
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Well, I can top that! / written by Julia Cook ; illustrated by Anita DuFalla. Boys Town Press, [2014]
Description: When a classmate wins a contest, Brad brags about how he won an even bigger contest. When another student breaks his arm, Brad blabs about how he broke BOTH his arms AND his legs. Children and adults will get a real kick out of Brad’s tall tales as he learns the difference between being a “pull-upper” and a “one-upper!”–Publisher.
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What do I say about that? : …coping with an incarcerated parent / written by Julia Cook ; illustrated by Anita DuFalla. National Center for Youth Issues, [2015]
Description: “This book takes a unique look at the internal struggles with which a child of an incarcerated parent is faced”–Back cover.
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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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What’s in it for me? / written by Julia Cook ; illustrated by Anita Dufalla. Boys Town Press, c2018.
Description: Tired of being told what to do, Noodle asks what’s in it for him. He learns that turning “need to’s” into “I did it’s” will make him happier and more prepared. This is the sixth title in the Responsible Me! series by Julia Cook.–Publisher. Audience: Grades K-6.
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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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Winners don’t whine and whiners don’t win
/ [written by Julia Cook ; illustrated by Anita Dufalla]. National Center for Youth Issues, 2016.
Description: Wendell has to win at everything, and if he doesn’t, he whines about it. This creative story addresses two very challenging topics: winning and whining. When Wendell has one of those days where nothing seems to go his way, his mom helps him understand that everything in life doesn’t have to be a contest and that losing does not make you a loser. In fact, it can make you stronger! She also points out that although it feels great to celebrate a win, winning isn’t everything, and whining about things just makes it worse.”Whiners aren’t winners, and winners never whine. You can’t win at everything all of the time!”
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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 April 2020