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About Julia Cook
Julia Cook, M.S.
With millions of books in print, Julia Cook is a former school counselor and teacher who never dreamed she could evolve into a national award-winning children’s author, parenting expert, and inspirational speaker. She now travels the world encouraging students and educators to become lifelong problem solvers. “There are so many ideas out there that need to be shared!” says Julia, who takes top research and creatively translates it into “kid language” that is both entertaining and engaging. Julia has the innate ability to enter the worldview of a child through picture books, giving children both the “what to say” and the “how to say it.”
Several years ago, Julia was searching for an effective story to teach children about the differences between tattling and telling. When she couldn’t find the right resource, she decided to write her own book – A Bad Case of Tattle Tongue. Over a decade later, she has published bestselling books with the National Center for Youth Issues, Boys Town Press, and the CDC. Cook’s ultimate goal: make a positive difference in the lives of people both young and old by teaching lifelong problem-solving skills.
Julia has been endorsed by organizations including the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, Safe and Sound (a Sandy Hook initiative,) Childwatch of North America, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Childhelp, Darkness to Light, USA Volleyball, and The Alaska Department of Education. Cook’s research-based books have been referenced in outlets including Parent’s Magazine, The New Yorker, The Chicago Tribune, Military Spouse, Care.com, Yahoo.com, Drlaura.com, and Babyzone.com. She has also been featured on Hallmark Home and Family, CNN’s HLN News, and numerous metropolitan networks. She is the recipient of several book awards including The Association of Educational Publisher’s Distinguished Achievement Award, the National Parenting Seal of Approval, and The Mom’s Choice Award.
Julia frequently delivers entertaining and engaging keynote addresses at counseling, business and leadership, and character development conferences and has presented in thousands of schools both nationwide and internationally.
Bestselling Titles Include: My Mouth is a Volcano! (interrupting), Bubble Gum Brain (growth mindset), A Flicker of Hope (depression and youth suicide), Uniquely Wired (autism), Jumping Into Kindergarten (kindergarten preparation), The Judgmental Flower (appreciating differences/ building relationships), Foster Care (emotions related to being in foster care), But It’s Just a Game! (gaming addiction), Wilma Jean the Worry Machine (anxiety), But It’s Not My Fault! (assuming responsibility), Soda Pop Head (anger control), and I Can’t Believe You Said That! (using social filters).
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Teaching children how to manage their thoughts and words without interrupting.
Louis always interrupts! All of his thoughts are very important to him, and when he has something to say, his words rumble and grumble in his tummy, they wiggle and jiggle on his tongue and then they push on his teeth, right before he ERUPTS (or interrupts). His mouth is a volcano! But when others begin to interrupt Louis, he learns how to respectfully wait for his turn to talk.
My Mouth Is A Volcano takes an empathetic approach to the habit of interrupting and teaches children a witty technique to help them manage their rambunctious thoughts and words. Told from Louis' perspective, this story provides parents, teachers, and counselors with an entertaining way to teach children the value of respecting others by listening and waiting for their turn to speak.
Control your wiggles and be the BOSS of your ants.
In I Have Ants in My Pants, Julia Cook helps normalize the feeling many kids have when they struggle to control their wiggles and provides strategies for improving impulse control.
Some children just can't sit still no matter how hard they try. And Louis is no exception. He accidentally kicks his friend during story time. He can't stand still in the lunch line. And he wiggles in his seat at the movie theater.
Everyone keeps telling him he has ants in his pants, but Louis doesn't see any ants! Louis' mom explains that this means he wiggles a lot, and she teaches him a special tool, the Wiggle Dance.
Wiggle and jiggle.
Jump up and down.
Shake your hands
and turn around.
Take a deep breath.
Scrunch up your nose.
Wobble your knees
and wiggle your toes.
With a little practice and a few helpful tools, Louis learns that he can calm his wiggles and become the boss of the ants in his pants!
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."
It's always okay to admit to yourself,
"I just can't do it today.
Everyone needs somebody sometimes,
to help them find their way."
Sometimes the dark clouds overhead seem too heavy and you feel like giving up. Little candle knows all about this. Bad grades, blasted on social media, worried about making the team, and wondering who her real friends are so many hard things to deal with! All she can see is darkness. But her story begins to change when someone notices she needs a boost of hope. As little candle is reminded she has purpose and her own unique gifts, and that she isn't the only one with dark clouds, her dim light begins to shine brighter.
This hopeful story emphasizes for children (and adults) the many different ways to ask for help, and their ability to be a hope builder for others, too.
Meet Ricky! A cute little boy that just can't seem to figure out that stealing is wrong:
When I see something that I really want,
I think, "Hey, that could be mine!"
So I look both ways, reach out my hand,
and take it at just the right time.
If I ever get caught, I just pretend
that it wasn't me that took it.
A quick little lie is just what I need,
and lying helps me get through it!
Taking things that I want to have
at times can be very tricky.
But there's no way that I can help myself,
because all of my fingers are sticky!
Ricky learns first-hand what it feels like to have something stolen from him. Then he uses the "GOOD" inside of himself to overtake the "BAD" and returns the items that he took from others.
Finally, a book that confronts the issue of stealing and offers a strategy to curb the desire to steal! Through a fun and whimsical story, children will learn the concept of ownership and how it feels when someone doesn't respect what is yours. This book uses empathy in a powerful way to teach children that stealing is wrong.
"My stomach feels like it's tied up in a knot.
My knees lock up, and my face feels hot.
You know what I mean?
I'm Wilma Jean,
The Worry Machine."
Anxiety is a subjective sense of worry, apprehension, and/or fear. It is considered to be the number one health problem in America. Although quite common, anxiety disorders in children are often misdiagnosed and overlooked. Everyone feels fear, worry and apprehension from time to time, but when these feelings prevent a person from doing what he/she wants and/or needs to do, anxiety becomes a disability.
This fun and humorous book addresses the problem of anxiety in a way that relates to children of all ages. It offers creative strategies for parents and teachers to use that can lessen the severity of anxiety. The goal of the book is to give children the tools needed to feel more in control of their anxiety. For those worries that are not in anyone's control (i.e. the weather) a worry hat is introduced. A fun read for Wilmas of all ages!
Includes a note to parents and educators with tips on dealing with an anxious child.
Try something new and learn from your mistakes.
BECOMING is better than BEING.
I have Bubble Gum Brain. I like to chew on my thoughts, flex, bend and stretch my brain, and expand the way I think! I make great mistakes that help me learn.
I have Brick Brain. With me, things are the way they are...and they're probably not going to change much. I am the way I am...and that's just how it is.
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!
This creative story teaches children (and adults) the valuable lesson that becoming is better than being, which can open the door to a whole new world of possibilities!
Ready, Get Mindset...GROW!!
Cletus and Bocephus are back! While working on their science fair project on mealworms, they learn to appreciate and understand each other's strengths and weaknesses. Creativity needs structure and structure needs creativity...and Cletus and Bocephus BOTH need to know how to plan and prioritize!
"You learn from mistakes and use what you learn,
so you don't make those mistakes again.
Every time you play a video game,
you plan and prioritize to WIN!"
This storybook is the second in the Functioning Executive book series. It highlights the importance of planning and prioritizing. It also spotlights the unique differences and strengths that live in all of us. This book will help teach children to determine the necessary steps, in order, towards fulfilling a goal which is a vital executive function skill. Children who possess effective prioritizing skills can learn to manage not only daily responsibilities, but also how to prepare for future success.
Planning and prioritizing are two of the most difficult executive function skills for people to master. Planning effectively is the thinking skill that helps an individual develop strategies to accomplish goals. It allows a person to think about completing a task before it is started. Life is all about making choices. Prioritizing effectively helps a person make the best choices possible. Time is a limited commodity. To get the most out of your time and accomplish all that you need to do, you have to be able to plan and prioritize both on a long and short-term basis.
Noodle thinks his life just stinks! Homework stinks. Practice stinks. And family pictures - they REALLY stink.
Norman David Edwards (Noodle) is having a series of rough days. And Noodle's attitude, or 'baditude' is alienating everyone around him.
Luckily, Noodle's mom and teacher are there to help him understand how his bad attitude, or baditude is affecting his mood and those around him. Even his friends are starting to avoid him!
If only he can stop looking at everything so negatively, maybe he can turn his frown into a smile.
Follow along as Noodle learns how to turn his 'have tos' into 'get tos' and his baditude into gratitude!
Tips for educators and parents are also included to help turn your child's attitude around.
If you are a parent or teacher of a pessimistic child, this is the book for you! Help your kids learn to turn their bad attitudes about homework, chores, or anything in life. Use the parent guide provided to teach optimism over pessimism.
Author Julia Cook's Responsible Me series is a wonderful resource for how to turn around bad behaviors. If your child needs additional support for behavior problems, be sure to check out the entire series!
Poor Jean the Fork... just can't figure out why things have changed for her. Why are the people not using her at meals? And why do the other forks, knives and spoons avoid her? When she asks the wise old can opener about it, he replies, "Well, I hate to break it to you, my friend, Fork, but it appears you smell like last week's pork!"
In the fifth book in her award-winning Building Relationships series, author Julia Cook offers a hilarious approach to a very personal issue - good hygiene! Using silverware as the stars, Julia helps explain the importance of regular bathing, too brushing, and other hygiene-related issues. Students, parents and educators will laugh and learn along with Fork as she discovers the importance of good personal hygiene and its impact on your relationships with others!
Tips are included in the storybook for parents and educators to help encourage kids to keep clean
RJ's way of doing things isn't working out for him, especially in math class. His teacher is upset because so many of his assignments are missing or incomplete. RJ blames Norma the booger picker and Rodney the alphabet burper for distracting him during class. The fifth and final book in Julia Cook's award-winning series, Best Me I Can Be!
Follow RJ as he learns he can save himself a lot of grief if he stays on task and does things the right way!
Kids can relate to RJ as he learns to use his social skills and make positive behavior choices. Great for parents, teachers, and school counselors to teach important social skills and manners.
Praise for I Just Want to Do it My Way!
Great Tips to Help Our Children Succeed
"Julia never fails to give us language and tips to help our kids experience success. I Just Want to Do It My Way! and the character of RJ allows our kids to truly connect and reflect. RJ’s situation gives important strategies and hope to kids, educators and parents, and teaches us that social struggles can be resolved if we make small changes. This book is another tool to help our kids learn that finishing their work feels great, and they can make any situation positive if they try!" - Sarah Stine, Educator, The Cloverleaf School of Atlanta
Great author, great book!
"Julia Cook writes the best kids books ever!!! All the books in this set are so fantastic with a "moral" so the kids actually learn the consequences of their actions and alternatives they could take. My 10 year old loves reading them. He's a little behind on reading and has a few behavior issues and these are perfect for him---and most of the other kids in his class! Great stories, great illustrations. Thank you Julia; I hope you keep them coming!" - Janet B.
Being a verb is hard!
Especially for Louis, who can't seem to control himself when he gets the urge to move at the wrong time and situation.
My knees start itching.
My toes start twitching.
My skin gets jumpy.
Others get grumpy.
Louis' mom comes to the rescue by teaching him 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.
A Book that Helps Kids Learn the Difference Between Tattling and Telling
No one likes "Josh the Tattler" because he tattles way too much. He tattles on his classmates, his brother, and even his dog! But one night Josh wakes up to find that his tongue is very long, yellow, covered in bright purple spots, and Itchy, Itchy, Scratchy, Scratchy...
Will a bad case of Tattle Tongue teach him a lesson?
A Bad Case of Tattle Tongue gives teachers and counselors a humorous, cleverly creative way to address the time-consuming tattling-related issues that often sap classroom energy and thwart teaching opportunities. Parents who "battle the tattle" at home, on the playground, in the grocery store, or anywhere else can use this book to both entertain and enlighten their children about "The Tattle Rules." Every adult who desires to help children understand the differences between tattling and the need to warn others about important matters needs this book!