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Best Friends, Worst Enemies

Understanding the Social Lives of Children

Michael Thompson

An essential guide to understanding children's friendships--from the coauthor of "Raising Cain"--this groundbreaking book brings to life the drama of childhood relationships, guiding parents to a deeper understanding of the motives and meanings of children's social behavior.

14x21cm  299 pages  $28.95  

Better Than You

Trudy Ludwig

Jake's bragging is really starting to get to his neighbor Tyler. Tyler can't show Jake a basketball move, a school assignment, or a new toy without Jake saying he can do better. With the help of his uncle Kevin, Tyler begins to understand that Jake's bragging has nothing to do with Tyler's own abilities.

26x21cm  32 pages  $31.00  

Charlie the Caterpillar

Dom De Luise

In this heartwarming story, Charlie the caterpillar can't find anyone to play with him. Every time he asks if he can join the fun, he gets the same reply: "No! Now giddadda here!" Then spring arrives and Charlie comes out of his cocoon as a beautiful butterfly--and everyone wants him to be a part of their group.

40 pages  $15.00  

Circle of Three

Enough Friendship to Go Around?

Elizabeth Brokamp

Good things come in threes, especially with best friends Lindsey, Bella, and Kate. But friendships of three come with their own problems, like feeling left out, having to choose one friend over another, and feeling jealous when other people come into your circle.This format is suitable for individual girls and for groups such as those organized by school counselors, teachers, club and scout leaders, and so on.

19x15cm  44 pages  $19.95  

Coping With Cliques

A workbook to help girls deal with gossip, put-downs, bullying & other mean behavior
Instant Help Series

Susan Sprague

When you're the target of snubbing or teasing at school, it's easy to feel like everyone else has a group of friends and you're the only odd one out. The reality is that gossip and rumors hurt everyone, and often, even the most popular girls feel alone. This book will help you deal with this hurtful behaviour. It includes key strategies for sticking up for yourself, maintaining your self-esteem even when others tease you, and finding friends who like you for who you are. The exercises in this workbook will help you to
- Handle Internet gossip and teasing
- Stop feeling like you have to be sexy
- Be assertive when necessary to gain respect and confidence
- Find true friends and stop being hurt by friends who leave you out.

25x20cm  160 pages  $34.00  

Enemy Pie

Picture story book

Derek Munson, illus Tara Calahan Ki

Told in the first person, it was a perfect summer until Jeremy Ross moved into the house down the street and became Enemy Number One. Dad has a surefire way to get rid of enemies - Enemy Pie - but what's the trick to turn a best enemy into a best friend?

28x22cm  32 pages  $30.00  

Friends (Never) Always

Tania Wenisch

Reading this picture story book, about playing or not playing with Quentin, with your child can be a fun way to talk about friendship, conflicts with friends, and forgiveness. A note to parents and caregivers discusses the normal ups and downs of childhood friendships and how children argue and make up with friends as a means of practicing social roles that they will assume in later years.

24x24cm  32 pages  $19.95  

Golden rule

Ilene Cooper, illus Gabi Swiatkowska

Everyone knows a version of the Golden Rule, but what does it really mean? In this gorgeously illustrated book, a grandfather explains to his grandson that the Golden Rule means "do unto others as you would have them do unto you."

32 pages  $33.00  

How to Be a Friend

A guide to making friends and keeping them.

Laurene Krasny Brown & Marc Brown

Introducing the dinosaurs who can help you learn about friends. They'll show you who can be your friend, how to show someone you would like to be friends, how to handle bosses and bullies, best ways to be a friend and ways not to be a friend, ways to settle an argument with a friend. Primary school ages.

23x22cm  32 pages  $14.95  

How To Lose All Your Friends

Nancy Carlson

With exuberant pictures and a tongue-in-cheek sense of humor, the author of I Like Me! takes a light-hearted look at bratty behavior that will have children laughing in recognition while learning exactly how not to behave. Colored-pencil illustrations throughout.

22x18cm  32 pages  $13.00  

How to Start a Conversation and Make Friends

Don Gabor

This newly revised and updated edition combines classic techniques in the art of conversation with necessary skills for communicating in the twenty-first century. By following the simple and dynamic guidelines in this easy-to-read book, you'll be ready to strike up a great conversation anytime, anywhere. Learn how to keep the conversation going by asking the right questions, using body language effectively, and avoiding conversation pitfalls. Combining his tried-and-true methods with a whole new section on communicating online and through social networking

21x14cm  205 pages  $28.00  

Howard B. Wigglebottom Blends in Like Chameleons

A Fable about Belonging

Howard Binkow

This book explains that to overcome attention difficulties, finishing tasks and following instructions, a child needs to ask for professional help.

26x21cm  31 pages  $27.00  

Howard B. Wigglebottom Learns about Mud and Rainbows

Howard Binkow

Howard B. Wigglebottom took pride in being able to fix things and situations until he learned there was nothing he could do to help his friend Ali. Upset and frustrated and seeks help from his Mom. A simple, basic approach to the "Serenity Prayer," this book, the fourth in the Howard B. Wigglebottom series, teaches children ages four to eight how to indentify situations that can not be changed and make the best of it by looking for the positive side of things.

26x21cm  32 pages  $27.00  

Howard B. Wigglebottom Learns about Sportsmanship

Howard Binkow, Susan Cornelison

This book introduces concepts to 4-8 year old children like respect, camaraderie, teamwork and the pleasure of playing sports and games for the fun of it. Tips/Lessons included.

32 pages  $27.00  

Howard B. Wigglebottom Learns We Can All Get Along

Howard Binkow

Shows children 4 to 8 how to live in harmony with all around us.

32 pages  $27.00  

In Jesse's Shoes

Beverly Lewis

Lewis' endearing and educational text and Laura Nikiel's vivid, whimsical illustrations bring Jesse's world to life and help readers "walk" in the shoes of a special needs child.

22x22cm  32 pages  $24.00  

Invisible Boy

Trudy Ludwig

Brian has always felt invisible at school, but when a new student, Justin, arrives, everything changes. This gentle story shows how small acts of kindness can help children feel included and allow them to flourish.

26x21cm  32 pages  $27.00  

Just Kidding

Trudy Ludwig, illus Adam Gustavson

"Just kidding" is what D.J's friend Vince says when he does something to hurt D.J.'s feelings. It's supposed to make what he says seem like a joke but D.J. doesn't think it's funny.
How can D>J> stand up to Vince's teasing without looking like a bad sport?
One of five by this author that explore aspects of friendship and bullying.

26x21cm  32 pages  $29.00  

Keep Your Ear on the Ball

Genevieve Petrillo

Davey is blind-and he is perfectly capable of doing everything on his own. His well meaning classmates stop offering help when they see how able Davey is. They respect his self-reliance - until he tries to play kickball, After several missed kicks and a trampled base keeper, no one wants Davey on his team. Working together, the children figure out a way to offer help that respects Davey's unique abilities and his desire for freedom. In this seamless tale, based on a true story, the children realize that interdependence can be just as important and rewarding as independence.

25x23cm  32 pages  $14.00  

Layla's Head Scarf

Miriam Cohen

New in first grade, shy Layla is reluctant to participate in class activities because she feels her head scarf makes her look too different from her classmates.

32 pages  $12.00  

Learning about Friendship

Stories to Support Social Skills Training in Children with Asperger Syndrome and High Functioning Autism

K.I. Al-Ghani

Making friends can be a challenge for all children, but those with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) can struggle more than most. This collection of ten fully illustrated stories explores friendship issues encountered by children with ASD aged four to eight and looks at how they can be overcome successfully.
Key problem areas are addressed, including sharing, taking turns, being a tattletale, obsessions, winning and losing, jealousy, personal space, tact and diplomacy, and defining friendship. The lively and entertaining stories depersonalise issues, allowing children to see situations from the perspective of others and enabling them to recognise themselves in the characters. This opens the door to discussion, which in turn leads to useful insight and strategies they can practise and implement in the future. Each story has a separate introduction for adults which explains the main strategies within it.

24x17cm  144 pages  $32.95  

Let's Be Friends

A Workbook to Help Kids Learn Social Skills and Make Great Friends

Lawrence Shapiro

This activity book helps children acquire the skills to make and keep new friends, including: choosing friends with common interests, reading non-verbal cues, and developing specific communication skills like inviting a child to a party or talking on the phone. The book is designed for the estimated 30-40% of children who find themselves socially isolated or rejected by their peers. Simple, fun activites to help kids: Find deep and lasting friendships; Develop give-and-take relationships; Cope with rejection and disappointment. DUE MAY 2008

25x20cm  130 pages  $30.00  

Making Friends is an Art!

Julia Cook

Meet Brown the least used pencil in the box. He s tall, geeky and lonely. Brown envies Red, Purple, Blue and all the other pencils who have fun coloring and playing together. Dark Green is trustworthy, Pink listens well, Orange has fun, and everybody likes Red! Brown doesn t smile very often because he doesn t get used much and hardly ever needs sharpening. When Brown asks the other pencils why no one likes him, he discovers that 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! In her trademark humorous fashion, author Julia Cook teaches kids of all ages (and adults too!) how to practice the art of friendship and getting along with others. This title is the first in a Building Relationships series of books focusing on relationship-building skills for children. Included in the book are tips for parents and teachers on how to help children who feel left out and have trouble making friends.

23x23cm  32 pages  $19.95  

Milli, Jack and the Dancing Cat

Stephen Michael King

Milli could take a thing that was nothing and turn it into something. But no one in her town valued what Milli could do, and she was far too shy to insist. So she spent her time making brown and black shoes and plain old workboots. br> But then comes the day two vagabonds roll into town - crazy Jack and his dancing cat. Sturdy new boots are exactly what they need, but what can they give Milli in exchange? Dancing lessons, so she makes them the most beautiful shoes she can imagine and learns to feel brave and free.

32 pages  $14.95  

New Kid, New Scene

A Guide to Moving and Switching Schools

Debbie Glasser, Emily Schenck

Starting out as the new kid in a new school can be like performing as an extra in a movie. You can feel alone, pushed to the side, and unsure of where you could possibly fit in or if there is a place for you. Thankfully, New Kid, New Scene was written just for you. This book gives the ins and outs of navigating new surroundings, making new friends (as well as staying in touch with old ones), and finding a place that feels like your own.

112 pages  $19.95  

Odd Girl Out

The Hidden Culture of Aggression in Girls (Revised, Updated)

Rachel Simmons

When boys act out, get into fights, or become physically aggressive, we can't avoid noticing their bad behavior. But it is easy to miss the subtle signs of aggression in girls. The author focuses on these interactions and provides language for the indirect aggression that runs through the lives and friendships of girls.
The book begins with the premise that girls are socialized to be sweet with a double bind: they must value friendships but not express the anger that might destroy them. Lacking cultural permission to acknowledge conflict, girls develop what Simmons calls a hidden culture of silent and indirect aggression. The author, who visited 30 schools and talked to 300 girls, catalogues chilling and heartbreaking acts of aggression, including the silent treatment, note-passing, glaring, gossiping, ganging up, fashion police, and being nice in private/mean in public. She decodes the vocabulary of these sneak attacks, explaining, for example, three ways to parse the meaning of I'm fat.

20x14cm  312 pages  $30.00  

Odd Velvet

Mary Whitcomb

Velvet is an odd girl. She brings a milkweed pod for show and tell. She wins the class art contest using only an eight-pack of crayons. She collects rocks. Even her name is strange. But as the school year unfolds, the things Velvet does and says slowly begin to make sense. And, in the end, Velvet's classmates discover that being different is what makes Velvet so much fun.

23x23cm  32 pages  $30.00  

Oh No Mo! Stay with your Friends

S J Doble

The OH NO MO! Smarty Safety Series is a collection of delightfully illustrated children's books with photographic backgrounds, lending authenticity to each storyline which unfolds in easy to read rhyming verse. Each of the stories contains a valuable, memorable lesson for preschool children how to calmly handle a range of stressful situations. At the alarm catch cry of OH NO MO! Mo and his three best friends Archie, Luca and Wil use the advice they have learnt from the Smarty Safety Drills. Together the friends find they can help each other with any challenge they may encounter. Safety and Fun, Packaged as One is the theme of each book with the OH NO MO! catch cry alerting the young reader to stop and think about how they would deal with the situation if they found themselves in the same position as Mo and his friends. With catchy verse and bright illustrations loaded with detail, this series is sure to bring these valuable lessons to light in a fun, engaging manner.

20x21cm  32 pages  $16.00  

One of Us

Peggy Moss

Roberta is welcomed by different groups on her first day at a new school, only to be told she does not fit in with them for some reason, but by the next day, members of each group have begun to see that they do not have to be alike in every way.
Annotation: Roberta is welcomed by different groups on her first day at a new school, only to be told she does not fit in with them for some reason, but by the next day, members of each group have begun to see that they do not have to be alike in every way.

32 pages  $30.00  

Our Friendship Rules 2nd ed

Peggy Moss, Dee Dee Tardif, Alissa Imre Geis, illus

Alexandra and Jenny have been best friends for a long time. But when Alexandra is momentarily dazzled by the glamour of a new girl at school, she's willing to do almost anything to get to be the cool girl's friend. Ultimately, she tells Jenny's biggest, most important secret?and just like that, Alexandra is in! But when Alexandra realizes what it feels like to lose her best friend, and sees the hurt she's caused, she knows she has to figure out a way to regain the relationship that's far more important to her than being invited to sit with the popular girls. Our Friendship Rules is both a lyrical story of forgiveness and a simple, sweet but instructive tale of how to get along.

25x23cm  32 pages  $17.00  

Personal Space Camp

Teaching children the concepts of personal space

Julia Cook

When Louis, the world's self-proclaimed space expert, is invited to Personal Space Camp by the school principal, he soon learns that personal space really isn't about lunar landings, Saturn's rings and space ice cream.

20x23cm  32 pages  $19.95  

Queen Bees & Wannabes

Helping your Daughter Survive Cliques, Gossip, Boyfriends & Other Realities of Adolescence.

Rosalind Wiseman

Takes you inside the secret world of girls' friendships, translating and decoding them, so parents can better understand and help their daughters navigate through these crucial years. Discusses how to tell what role your daughter plays and help her be herself, girls' power plays and how to handle them, good and bad popularity and the impact of cliques, how your parenting style affects how you relate to your daughter and more...

22x15cm  336 pages  $25.00  

Recess Queen

Alexis O'Neill, Laura Huiska-Beith

In this sassy playground romp the irrepressible new kid dethrones the reigning recess bully by doing the unthinkable - she invites her to be her friend! Not only will kids relate to the all-too-common issue of bullying, but parents and teachers will appreciate the story's deft handling of conflict resolution

29x24cm  32 pages  $34.00  

Relationship Cure

A 5 Step guide to strengthening your marriage, family, and friendships.

John Gottman

Gottman decodes the subtle secrets contained in our moment-to-moment communications. By introducting the simple yet amazingly powerful concept of the "bid", he provides a remarkable set of tools for relationship repair, with spouses and lovers, children and other family members, friends, and even work colleagues.

13x20cm  319 pages  $27.00  

Sandwich Swap

Kelly DiPucchio

Her Majesty, Queen Rania's children's book is inspired by her own experience. As written by DiPucchio, it is a warmhearted and gently humorous fable about two girls who become aware of their subtle cultural differences, only to have their friendship strengthened as a result.

28 pages  $32.00  

Say Something

Peggy Moss, Lea Lyon, illus

Since its release in May 2004, this book has sparked incredible interest and has been turned into plays, distributed to hundreds of kids at conferences, read by principals on large screens, and rewritten by students in several schools (Do Something! is a favourite title). Most importantly, Say Something has helped start countless conversations among kids and adults about teasing. This new edition is updated with a new cover and an author's note.

25x23cm  32 pages  $20.00  

Stand Tall Molly Lou Melon

Patty Lovell

When Molly Lou has to start in a new school, Ronald Durkin makes fun of her height and her buck teeth. But Molly has learned a lot from her grandma and knows just how to put him in place--in a very satisfying way.

32 pages  $32.00  


Karen Andrews

Hamish, Alice, Meg and Thomas are four very different children with one thing in common - they love surprises! And you'll love yours at the end of the story.

32 pages  $15.95  

Tease Monster

(A Book about teasing vs. bullying

Julia Cook

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.

23x23cm  32 pages  $22.00  

There's Only One Of Me

Pat Hutchins

A young girl celebrating her birthday gets the best present of all--her relatives who are coming to her birthday party. As she greets them one by one, she also reflects on and embraces her place in her family and the world.

24 pages  $27.00  

Too Nice

Marjorie Pellegrino, illus Bonnie Matthews

'You're too nice,' says Amy's best friend, Kate. Amy's not sure what 'too nice' means, but she sure knows how it feels: rotten. She's tired of giving her things away, tired of getting stuck with the jobs nobody wants, and tired of feeling angry and sad. But with a little help and practice, she starts learning how to be friendly yet take care of herself at the same time. Soon she discovers that when she stops being 'Too Nice Amy,' everyone is happier: including Amy! Gentle assertiveness for children aged 8-12 years

23x15cm  47 pages  $16.95  

Understanding Peer Influence in Children and Adolescents

Mitchell Pinstein, Kenneth Dodge

This book presents a comprehensive framework for understanding the processes by which peers shape each other's attitudes and behavior, and explores implications for intervention and prevention. Leading authorities share compelling findings on such topics as how drug use, risky sexual behavior, and other deviant behaviors "catch on" among certain peer groups or cliques; the social, cognitive, developmental, and contextual factors that strengthen or weaken the power of peer influence; and the nature of positive peer influences and how to support them.

23x16cm  255 pages  $63.00  

We Are Best Friends


When Robert's best friend Peter moves away, both are unhappy, but they learn that they can make new friends and still remain best friends. Annotation: When Robert's best friend Peter moves away, both are unhappy, but they learn that they can make new friends and still remain best friends.

32 pages  $15.00  

What is Friendship?

Games and Activities to Help Children to Understand Friendship

Pamela Day

What are friends and why do we need them? How do we talk to our friends and how do we listen to what they have to say? What is peer pressure and how do we deal with it?

Many children identify friendships as being a vital part of achieving emotional well-being, but some children experience difficulties both initiating and maintaining friendships. This fun and accessible programme contains detailed instructions and photocopiable handouts for teaching children about friendship. The book combines group activities, individual work, homework exercises and games, and will be especially useful for groups containing children with developmental and social difficulties, such as ADHD and autism. Developed in an inclusive classroom, this programme will arm children with useful strategies to deal with difficult situations such as negative peer pressure and conflict.

What is Friendship? is ideally suited for use with children aged 7-11, but can be adapted for younger children or older children with developmental difficulties. It includes all the resources required to facilitate the programme and can be delivered by any professional involved in the education or care of children.

27x21cm  96 pages  $38.00  

What to Do When You Feel Too Shy

A Kid's Guide to Overcoming Social Anxiety
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Clare Freeland, Jacqueline Toner

Lots of kids feel shy when they feel that other people notice them. But some kids get super uncomfortable being in the spotlight. Does this sound like you? If you feel too shy or nervous too often, or if you miss out on cool activities and fun because you worry about what other people might think about you, this book is for you!
Circus clowns perform tricks and make us laugh. They wear bright colors, big shoes, and all kinds of wigs and colorful hats. Have you noticed that they seem to like people looking at them and laughing at them?
This book guides children aged 6-12 and their parents through the emotions underlying social anxiety using strategies and techniques based on cognitive-behavioral principles. This interactive self-help book is the complete resource for educating, motivating, and empowering children to overcome social anxiety — so they can join in the circus of fun and friends!

28x21cm  80 pages  $35.00  

When Friendship Hurts

How to Deal with Friends Who Betray, Abandon, or Wound You

Jan Yager

Successful friendships, according to Yager, are marked by trust, honesty, empathy and commonality characteristics that may be compromised when a once-supportive relationship turns sour. When this happens as it inevitably does in the course of one's life friends may become self-absorbed, overly dependent, highly critical or even betray one another. Underlying childhood issues, such as low self-esteem, intense sibling rivalry and abusive parenting often prevent adults from forming satisfactory friendships. The author outlines a variety of coping techniques that committed friends can follow as they work through negative patterns that are eroding their relationship.
Considers the basics of friendships, Why friends hurt friends, Coping, Business, work and friends, and Breaking the pattern.

22x15cm  240 pages  $32.00  

Will I Have a Friend

Miriam Cohen

A little boy's anxieties on his first day at school are quickly forgotten when he makes a new friend.

32 pages  $14.00  

Wolf is Not Invited

(Feel Brave series)

Avril McDonald, illus Tatiana Minina

Wolfgang is left heartbroken when his best friend Catreen runs off without him to play with Clarissa. Spider shows Wolfgang how to make his own fun and Wolfgang realises that there are other great friends out there just waiting to be met!
There are some situations and feelings that we cannot change and there are some that we can. Knowing the difference between the two (and some ways to make ourselves feel happy) is a great trick to have up our sleeves!

24x29cm  32 pages  $20.00  

Wolf's Colourful Coat

(Feel Brave series)

Avril McDonald, illus Tatiana Minina

Wolfgang can’t wait for it to get cold enough for him to wear his brand new colourful coat but when the time finally arrives, some nasty creatures make fun of it. Wolfgang feels upset and is afraid that they will hurt him again, so he hides away in the tree house. Spider encourages Wolfgang to tell someone he trusts about how he is feeling and he learns that things aren’t always as they seem.
Sometimes we get hurt by others and we have to be brave enough to continue to be ourselves and to keep our hearts open. There can be some lovely surprises for us when we do!

24x29cm  32 pages  $20.00  

Yes We Can!

Sam McBratney & Charles Fuge

An adorable tale of fun and friendship that celebrates how everyone can be good at something.

28x25cm  32 pages  $15.00