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Picture story books combine visual and verbal narratives to tell a story, usually in no more than 32 pages, and often about quite complex subjects. As such they are a fabulous prompt for having conversations about the issues that they address.

In the 18 years we've been at Peoplemaking we have come across some wonderful books, and those listed in this flyer are our favourites. Click here to see the flyer with books on Self-Esteem & Being You, Friendship & social Skills, Unfriendly behaviour & Bullying, Feelings & Behaviour, Worries & Fears, Separation, Divorce & Families, Grief & Loss - Bereavement.

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All kinds of families

Norma Simon

This picture book is an essay on family love and continuity. Many ethnic groups are represented as the author points out that families come in many different packages and in many different forms.

24x21cm  40 pages  $26.00  

All Kinds of Families!

Mary Ann Hoberman

With irresistible, rollicking rhyme, beloved picture book author Hoberman shows readers that families, large and small, are all around us. She gives readers a sense of belonging in this all-inclusive celebration of families and our role in them.

40 pages  $25.00  

ASD and Me Picture Book

A Visual Guide to Understanding Challenges and Strengths for Children on the Autism Spectrum

Joel Shaul

Children with ASDs often find it difficult to identify the things they find difficult and, more importantly, to recognize the things they are good at.
This colorful book provides simple self-exploration tools to help children identify their strengths and begin to tackle the things they find harder. The book explores a range of common difficulties, including communication, emotional and sensory regulation, and executive functioning, encouraging children to explore their personal challenges and abilities in an engaging and positive way.
Illustrated with hundreds of cartoon-style graphics and containing a wealth of fun tools, games, activities and photocopiable worksheets, this book is ideal for children with ASDs aged 7-14, and will be equally useful at home or in the classroom.
To be published in mid March 2017 (not a picture story book)

96 pages  $30.00  

ASD Feel Better Book

A Visual Guide to Help Brain and Body for Children on the Autism Spectrum

Joel Shaul

The ASD Feel Better Book is designed to help children on the autism spectrum develop insight into what can upset them and make them feel bad and then increase their awareness of how to make themselves feel good again. With visual maps and icons, the book proceeds through various components of the body and mind to isolate many of the things that can go wrong and explores how children can try to set them right. Designed to be read with an adult, there are problem-solving exercises and skills practice in the form of activities, games and worksheets. Suitable for ages 7-14. (not a picture story book)

22x28cm  88 pages  $30.00  

At Daddy's on Saturdays

Linda Girard

Katie is angry, sad, and afraid her daddy will never come back when he moves out of the house when her parents divorce. But on Saturdays he is there, and Katie comes to understand that even though her parents won't be together, they still love her and will always be her parents.

22x16cm  32 pages  $14.00  

Bad-Tempered Ladybird

Eric Carle

The bad-tempered ladybird picks fights with every animal he meets, but soon learns the importance of friends and turns into a far nicer, happier bug.

26x26cm  40 pages  $17.00  

Badger's Parting Gifts

Susan Varley

All the woodland creatures - Mole, Frog, Fo and Rabbit - love old Badger, who is their confidant, advisor, and friend. When he dies, they are overwhelmed by their loss. then, they begin to Badger had given them each something to treasure.
Told simply, directly, and honestly, this is an uplifting story with a message for everyone.

21x25cm  32 pages  $17.00  

Because your Daddy loves you

Andrew Clements

A day spent with a young child at the beach is filled with many minor dramas, but Daddy lovingly finds a way to fix each problem. Pays tribute to a father's unconditional love and patience.

20x26cm  32 pages  $12.00  

Beginnings and Endings with Lifetimes in Between

Bryan Melonie, illus Robert Ingpen

Have you ever wondered why a butterfly lives for only a few weeks? Or why a tree lives for hundreds of year? You may have been sad when someone in your family, or a favourite pet became sick and died.
There is a beginning and an ending to everything that is alive. In between is a lifetime. Dying is a much a part of living as being born.
This is a beautiful book to begin a conversation about death and dying.

21x21cm  $18.00  

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  $29.00  

Big Words for Little People

Jamie Lee Curtis & Laura Cornell

This new book in the always colourful, always fun, 'Books to Grow By' series, explores the language of good values as children learn big words in this hilarious and boisterous book.

25x29cm  32 pages  $29.95  

Blossom Possom

The Sky is falling down-under

Gina Newton, Kilmeny Niland, illus

Early one morning, Blossom Possum gets such a fright she thinks the sky is falling down! She has to tell someone, so she sets off with her news. On the way she meets her bush mates. But she also runs into trouble. This retelling of a favourite folktale has a delightful Aussie twist and a refreshingly positive ending.

25x24cm  32 pages  $16.00  

Bully Blockers Club

Teresa Bateman

Lotty Raccoon is excited. This year she has a new teacher, new backpack, and new shoes--but her enthusiasm quickly wanes when Grant Grizzly begins bullying her.

25x20cm  32 pages  $14.00  

Can I tell you about ADHD?

A guide for friends, family and professionals

Susan Yarney

Meet Ben - a young boy with ADHD. Ben invites readers to learn about ADHD from his perspective. He helps children understand what it means to have ADHD and describes what it is and how it feels. Ben explains how he was diagnosed and what he has learnt about ways to relieve his ADHD symptoms, and how friends and adults can help at home and school.
This illustrated book is full of useful information and will be an ideal introduction for young people, aged 7 upwards, as well as parents, friends, teachers and professionals working with children with ADHD. It is also an excellent starting point for family and classroom discussions. This series of books on a range of issues are like frequently asked questions, with straightforward and direct answers.

23x15cm  64 pages  $22.95  

Can I Tell You about Asperger Syndrome?

A Guide for Friends and Family

Jude Welton, illus Jane Telford

Meet Adam - a young boy with AS. Adam invites young readers to learn about AS from his perspective. he helps children understand the difficulties faced by a child with AS - he tells them what AS is, what it feels like to have AS and how they can help children with AS by understanding their differences and appreciating their many talents. Mainly suitable for those from 7-15 years, but useful also for older age-groups, families, and in the classroom.

16x23cm  48 pages  $22.95  

Can I tell you about Autism?

A guide for friends, family and professionals

Jude Welton

Meet Tom - a young boy with autism. Tom invites readers to learn about autism from his perspective, helping them to understand what it is and explaining the challenges he faces with issues such as social communication, sensory overload and changes in his routine. Tom tells readers about all the ways he can be helped and supported by those around him.
This beautifully-illustrated book is ideally suited for readers aged 7 and upwards, and will be an excellent way to increase understanding about autism, in the classroom or at home. It also includes clear, useful information for parents and professionals.

22x14cm  64 pages  $22.95  



Chrysanthemum loves her name, until she starts going to school and the other children make fun of it.

19x25cm  30 pages  $14.00  

Confessions of a Former Bully

Trudy Ludwig

Nine-year-old Katie's punishment for bullying classmates includes making up for the hurt she has caused, and so she decides to write a book about bullying, why it is not okay, and how to start being a better friend.

24x20cm  48 pages  $15.00  

Conversation Train

A Visual approach to conversation for children on the Autism Spectrum

Joel Shaul

This inventive picture book uses the metaphor of a train to clearly explain basic conventions of conversation to children with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs). As well as attractive colour photographs of trains, the book also contains engaging photocopiable worksheets and train-themed colouring pages to help promote skill generalization. This highly visual approach to conversation is ideally suited to children with ASDs aged approximately 5-13. (not a picture story book)

22x28cm  72 pages  $30.00  

Cory Stories

A Kid's Book About Living with ADHD

Jeanne Kraus

In short statements and vignettes, Cory describes what it's like to have ADHD: how it affects his relationships with friends and family, his school performance, and his overall functioning. He also describes many ways of coping with ADHD: medication, therapy/counseling, and practical tips for school, home, and friendships.

25x20cm  32 pages  $19.95  

David and the Worry Beast

Helping Children Cope with Anxiety

Anne Marie Guanci, Caroline Attia, llus

Learning to deal with anxiety is an important step in a child's healthy emotional growth. Conquering fears, and not avoiding them, is the lesson imparted in this story. David could not stop thinking about the basket he had missed at the end of the big game. He was worried that he might do it again. He was worried that his team mates would be angry with him. He was worried that his parents would not be proud of him. He was also worried about an upcoming math test. In fact, David was worried a lot. "Should I quit the team?" he asked himself. "Should I be sick tomorrow and miss the math test?" Luckily, David finally confided in his parents and school nurse, both of whom gave him support and techniques for controlling the "worry beast" within him.

20x18cm  48 pages  $18.00  

Dinosaurs Divorce

A guide for changing families

Laurene Krasny Brown and Marc Brown

All about divorce for pre-school to about 8 year olds. Divorce words and their meanings, why parents divorce and how it affects kids, after divorce, visiting parents, two homes, telling friends, etc.

22x23cm  32 pages  $15.95  

Disappointment Dragon

Learning to Cope With Disappointment (For All Children and Dragon Tamers, Including Those with Asperger Syndrome)

K I Al-Ghani

When things don't go our way, the Disappointment Dragon can come to visit and take us down to his home in the Valley of Despair...
The Disappointment Dragon sometimes comes to see us all and, if we let him, he can make us feel sad or angry. He visits Bobby when he is not picked for the school football team, he also finds Lucinda when she has to miss an exciting school trip because she has the Chicken Pox. He even tries to take the whole of Class Three down to the Valley of Despair when their favourite teacher moves away. Will the Dragon of Hope be able to chase away the Disappointment Dragon and help them see things more positively?
The fun characters in this charming, fully illustrated storybook will help children to cope with, and discuss openly, their feelings of disappointment. There are many creative suggestions on how to banish the Disappointment Dragon and an introduction for adults explaining disappointment in children and how they can help.

22x29cm  64 pages  $26.95  

Don't Worry, Douglas!

David Melling

Douglas the big, brown, lovable bear is back! His dad gives him a special gift, a new woolly hat! But then something terrible happens. Douglas's hat gets caught on a tree and turns into one long string of spaghetti! How will he ever tell his dad? Douglas learns that it takes a BIG bear to tell the truth in this heartwarming and hilarious follow-up to "Hugless Douglas"!

27x26cm  22 pages  $25.00  

Don't Worry, Hugless Douglas

David Melling

Where do you go with a BIG worry? Douglas knows he can count on Dad ...

27x26cm  32 pages  $16.00  

Dot, The

Peter Reynolds

From the illustrator of the Judy Moody series comes a simple, witty story that entices even the stubbornly uncreative to make a mark and follow it on a journey of surprise and self-discovery.

20x21cm  32 pages  $19.95  

Dot, The

Peter Reynolds

"Just make a mark and see where it takes you."
Vashti says she can't draw. Her teacher things she can. She knows that there's a creative spirit in everyone, and where there's a dot, there's a way.

22x22cm  32 pages  $16.95  

Family Book

Todd Parr

Represents a variety of families, some big and some small, some with only one parent and some with two moms or dads, some quiet and some noisy, but all alike in some ways and special no matter what.

26x26cm  32 pages  $16.00  

Family Forest

Kim Kane

While some kids have a family tree, we have a family forest! Do you have half-sisters, big brothers, step-parents? The modern family comes in all shapes and sizes. This gentle and witty picture book looks at one such family.

32 pages  $17.00  

Feelings Book

Todd Parr

The Feelings Book vibrantly illustrates the wide range of moods we all experience. Kids and adults will appreciate Todd Parr's quirky intelligence as he pays special attention to the ever-changing, sometimes nonsensical emotions that we all feel. Targeted to young children first beginning to read, this book will inspire kids to discuss their multitude of feelings in a kid-friendly, accessible format, told through Parr's trademark bold, bright colors and silly scenes.

25x25cm  20 pages  $14.00  

Fill a Bucket

A Guide to daily happiness for young children

Carol McCloud, Katherine Martin, illus David Messing

Perfect for preschoolers to understand that when children have their buckets filled and learn how they can fill other people's buckets too, they understand how special, valuable, and capable they are.

18x18cm  32 pages  $16.00  

Fish is Fish

Leo Lionni

Why include a picture story book about a fish and a frog in this section? Because it is a most graphic account of context and framing apart from the basics of being happy with one's own lot. Or as quoted on the back cover - " Lionni wisely proves that a minnow's grasp should not exceed his oxygen supply - ie that there's lots to be said for the life of even a small fish in a small pond."

18x23cm  32 pages  $14.00  

Four Questions, The

For Henny Penny and Anybody with Stressful Thoughts

Katie Byron, Hans Wilhelm (illus)

A modern retelling of the classic folktale Chicken Little re-imagined through the lens of Byron Katie's world-famous philosophy for living known as The Work. Written for adults and children alike, in the form of a full-color, illustrated book, the wisdom contained in this beautiful work can have a profound effect on readers young and old.

22x22cm  32 pages  $25.95  

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  

Friends Learn about Tobin

Diane Murrell

Tobin's friends meet him halfway! In Diane Murrell's first book, "Tobin Learns to Make Friends," Tobin made special changes in himself in order to be friendly toward his playmates. Now, Tobin's friends try to understand where he is coming from. The charming trains learn that a little extra kindness can put them all on the same "track." Parents and teachers will find both books useful in teaching mutual understanding." Friends Learn About Tobin "shows how Tobin's friends accept and appreciate his differences, such as discomfort with change, repetitious behavior, a knack for numbers, a photographic memory, literal interpretation of words, and sensitivity to noises and crowds.

22x28cm  29 pages  $30.00  

Frog's Breathtaking Speech

How Children (and Frogs) Can Use the Breath to Deal with Anxiety, Anger and Tension

Michael Chissick, Sarah Peacock (illus)

Frog is very worried as he has an important speech to make at his school assembly. The speech is about breathing and he doesn't know a thing about it! He asks his friends for help and they teach him all about the lion breath, the crocodile breath, the humming bee breath and the woodchopper breath. Can any of these breathing techniques calm his nerves before the big speech?
This charming illustrated picture book teaches children four yoga breathing techniques in a fun and interactive way. The story successfully increases children's awareness of their breath and shows how breathing can be used to deal with anger, anxiety and tension. A delightful way to teach children about coping with difficult emotions and stressful situations.

22x29cm  48 pages  $28.95  

Giraffes Canít Dance

Andreae & Parker-Rees

Gerald was a tall giraffe. Every year he dreaded the great Jungle Dance. But what Gerald discovers is that when we're different sometimes all we need is a different song to dance to. Illustrated by Guy Parker-Rees.

30x24cm  28 pages  $17.00  

Goodnight, Daddy

Angela Seward, illus Donna Ferreiro

A realistic portrayal of a little girl's love for her absent father and her disappointment at being "stood up" by him. Phoebe's mother helps her realize that she can cope with being disappointed by someone she loves after he cancels his visit with her.

22x22cm  48 pages  $14.00  

Green Zone Conversation Book

Finding common ground in conversation for children on the Autism Spectrum

Joel Shaul

This book provides a simple visual model to help children experience more success in finding common ground in conversation. The "Green Zone" is a visual representation of finding common ground between one person (blue) and another person (yellow) to create a "green zone" that represents the pair's shared interests. The book, illustrated with dozens of photographs representing the range of other people's interests, clearly explains what the "Green Zone" is and how to find it, and contains many photocopiable conversation practice activities and reinforcement worksheets based on this simple visual.
Ideal for use in classroom settings or at home, this attractive, full colour book is suitable for children on the autism spectrum aged 7 and up.

22x28cm  103 pages  $30.00  

Green-Eyed Goblin

K I Al-Ghani

Deep inside everyone, a little goblin lies sleeping. When it wakes up, its eyes turn green, its nose grows and it starts to breathe a smelly green mist.
This is the story of the wakening of a Green-Eyed Goblin. When Theo sees his sister getting lots of attention for her birthday, his sleeping goblin wakes and he can't seem to stop himself from saying all the horrid things the nasty goblin's green mist is making him think. Will Theo learn how to send his Green-Eyed Goblin back to sleep in time for the party?
This fun, illustrated storybook will help children aged 5-13 to understand and cope with jealousy and how it can sometimes make us feel not good enough. A helpful introduction for parents and carers explains jealousy in children, and a section at the back of the book provides strategies for overcoming it.

48 pages  $26.95  


Debbie Wagenbach, Steve Mack

Want can you do when the grouchies take hold? Do you grouch and grump at everyone you meet throughout the day? Does that help you get your way? Through engaging rhyme and colorful illustrations, this fun, easy-to-read story shows kids how to chase away their grumpy mood. Children will learn how to recognise and understand the affect negativity can have on others - including their family and friends - and how to change grumpy behavior and what outcomes might just result from positive thinking. A "Note to Parents" is included.

20x25cm  32 pages  $19.95  

Growing Up with a Bucket Full of Happiness

Three Rules for a Happier Life

Carol McCloud

Carol McCloud is taking the bucket filling message to the next level. Not only does she talk about new levels of bucket filling and bucket dipping, but this book goes into depth about how to put a lid on your bucket. There are examples of how important situations in life need a lid to protect our buckets from being empty.

23x15cm  80 pages  $18.00  

Happy In Our Skin

Fran Manushkin, illus Lauren Tobia

"It's terrific to have skin.
It keeps the outsides out and your insides in."
26x24cm  32 pages  $28.95  

Have You Filled a Bucket Today?

A Guide to Daily Happiness for Kids

Carol McCloud, David Messing

Through sweet, simple prose and vivid illustrations, this heart-warming book encourages positive behavior as children see how easy and rewarding it is to express kindness, appreciation, and love on a daily basis. Publisher Marketing: Through sweet, simple prose and vivid illustrations, this heart-warming book encourages positive behavior as children see how easy and rewarding it is to express kindness, appreciation, and love on a daily basis.

20x27cm  32 pages  $18.00  

How Are You Peeling?

Foods with Moods

Freyman & Elffers

Brief text and colour photographs of carvings made from vegetables introduce the world of emotions by presenting leading questions such as "Are you feeling angry?" Paperback ed.

28x25cm  32 pages  $14.00  

How Full Is Your Bucket? For Kids

Tom Rath, Mary Reckmeyer, Maurie J Manning

Through the story of a little boy named Felix, this charming book explains to children how being kind not only helps others, it helps them, too. As he goes about his day, Felix interacts with different people -- his sister Anna, his grandfather, other family and friends. Some people are happy, but others are grumpy or sad. Using the metaphor of a bucket and dipper, Felix' grandfather explains why the happy people make Felix feel good, while the others leave him feeling bad -- and how Felix himself is affecting others, whether he means to or not.

26x26cm  32 pages  $30.00  

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  

Howard B. Wigglebottom and Manners Matters

Howard Binkow

Using humour and a light approach this book introduces to 5 to 8 year olds the concept "to have good manners is to do and say only what makes people feel good and comfortable."

21x26cm  32 pages  $27.00  

Howard B. Wigglebottom and the Monkey on His Back

A Tale about Telling the Truth

Howard Binkow, Susan Cornelison

Howard find the burden of all the lies he has been telling to be too much.

21x26cm  32 pages  $27.00  

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 Bullies

Howard Binkow, Susan Cornelison

Howard the bunny is being bullied at school by the Snorton twins. Even though his intuition tells him to tell the teacher about it, he chooses different strategies. Howard tries ignoring, avoiding, making jokes and getting back at the bullies. Nothing works and things get worse. He finally tells his teacher. She takes action and makes him feel okay and safe. This 32 page illustrated book was created in response to requests by teachers and comes with a lesson and resources to deal with bully issues.

21x26cm  32 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 It's Ok to Back Away

Howard Binkow, Susan Cornelison

Howard B. Wigglebottom learns a valuable lesson about anger and how to deal with it after being put in time-out during school for reacting negatively after not getting his way.

32 pages  $27.00  

Howard B. Wigglebottom Learns to Listen

Howard Binkow, Susan Cornelison

After repeatedly getting into trouble for his failure to pay attention to others, Howard finally realizes the importance of listening.

32 pages  $27.00  

Howard B. Wigglebottom Learns Too Much of a Good Thing Is Bad

Howard Binkow

Howard over does and over eats. He learns that through discipline and moderation, he can have a sense of personal power.

21x26cm  32 pages  $27.00  

Howard B. Wigglebottom Listens to His Heart (2ND ed.)

Howard Binkow, Susan Cornelison

The story of a little bunny that stops doing what he loves the most because his friends were making fun of him. He wanted to belong, to fit in so desperately that he tried unsuccessfully all kinds of activities. One day, with a little help from his grandfather, the bunny decides to be true to himself. This second book in the "learn how to listen series" is a great tool for helping children 4-8 work with self esteem and acceptance issues.

21x26cm  32 pages  $27.00  

Huge Bag of Worries

Picture Story

Virginia Ironside

Wherever Jenny goes, her worries follow her - in a big blue bag. Jenny decides they will have to go. But who can she get to help her? This funny and reassuring story will appeal to all children who have occasional worries of their own. Brilliant book. BACK IN STOCK!!

27x21cm  22 pages  $17.00  

I Don't Want to Talk about It

Jeannie Ransom

When a child's parents tell her they have decided to divorce, the last thing she wants to do is talk about it. With her parents' help, she learns that while some things will change, many other things, especially their love for her, will remain the same.

25x20cm  32 pages  $19.95  

I'll Always Love You

Hans Wilhelm

In this gentle, moving story, Elfie, a dachshund, and her special boy progress happily through life together. One morning Elfie does not wake up. The family grieves and buries her. The watercolor illustrations, tender and warm in color and mood, suit the simple text perfectly

32 pages  $14.00  

If Nathan Were Here

Mary Bahr

This gentle picture book explores the grief of a young boy whose best friend has died. As he goes about the things he does in a day, he thinks about how it would be if Nathan were still present. The teacher is able to instigate some activities that help the class express their grief. One of the few books that deals with the death of a friend in childhood.

25x20cm  32 pages  $15.00  

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.

32 pages  $20.00  

In My Heart

A Book of Feelings

Jo Witek

Unlike other feelings books that tend to oversimplify, In My Heart lyrically explains what an emotion feels like, physically, inside. For example: ďWhen I get really angry, my heart feels like itís going to explode! Donít come near me! My heart is yelling, hot and loud. This is when my heart is mad.Ē Toddlers will be empowered by this new vocabulary and able to practice articulating and identifying their own emotions. On the cover and the right side of each spread, a die-cut heart decreases in size, creating a multi-coloured heart the depth of the entire book. A beautiful book!

27x26cm  32 pages  $20.00  

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  

Invisible String

Patrice Karst, illus Geoff Stevenson

Mums and Dads feel the tug whenever kids give it a pull. Kids feel the tug that comes back to them. This story is a very simple approach to overcoming the fear of loneliness or separation from parents, with an imaginative flair that children can easily identify with and remember. Here is a warm and delightful lesson teaching young and old that we arenít ever really alone.

26x26cm  32 pages  $32.00  

Is a Worry Worrying You?

Feriday Wolff, Harriet M Savitz, illus Marie Le Tourneau

Addresses common childhood worries with humor and imagination, as hilarious scenarios teach kids the use of perspective and the art of creative problem-solving.

19x25cm  32 pages  $15.00  

Isaac and His Amazing Asperger Superpowers!

Melanie Walsh

Meet Isaac. Heís a superhero! He might look like everyone else, but he has a kind of autism called Aspergerís. Inside this book heíll tell you all about what itís like to have his Asperger superpowers. An essential book for anyone wishing to understand more about Aspergerís Syndrome, and ideal for children. With positive messages, and big bright illustrations this boook will help the whole family to appreciate both the challenges faced by children with autism, as well as their Ďsuperheroístrengths.'

28x28cm  32 pages  $25.00  

It's Okay to Be Different

Todd Parr

It's Okay to Be Different cleverly delivers the important messages of acceptance, understanding, and confidence in an accessible, child-friendly format featuring Todd Parr's trademark bold, bright colors and silly scenes. Targeted to young children first beginning to read, this book will inspire kids to celebrate their individuality through acceptance of others and self-confidence.

25x24cm  32 pages  $14.00  

Itís Just Different Now

Linda Espie

This beautifully simply book will help many children, ages 3-7 comes to terms with their grief when parents separate and children long to have the family together again.
This book can also be used with children who have suffered a bereavement. The illustrations are beautiful, the words succinct, and it's an ideal book to start a conversation.

30x21cm  32 pages  $16.95  

Jack's Worry

Sam Zuppardi

Jack is looking forward to playing in his first ever concert. But on the big day, Jack finds he has a Worry. His Worry follows him, and it grows ... bigger and bigger.What do you do when your Worry just won't go away?

28x24cm  32 pages  $25.00  

Jessica's Box

Peter Carnavas

The author has portrayed with depth the trauma of a child's first day at school and written a witty and warm book about finding new friends.

32 pages  $24.95  

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  

Living with Mum and Living with Dad

My two homes

Melanie Walsh

My mum and dad don't live together any more so sometimes I live with my mum and sometimes with my dad.
B book about separation for very young children

28x26cm  32 pages  $17.00  

Luna's Red Hat

An Illustrated Storybook to Help Children Cope with Loss and Suicide

Emmi Smid

It is a beautiful spring day, and Luna is having a picnic in the park with her family, wearing her Mum's red hat. Luna's Mum died one year ago and she still finds it difficult to understand why. She feels that it may have been her fault and worries that her Dad might leave her in the same way. Her Dad talks to her to explain what happened and together they think about all the happy memories they have of Mum.
This beautifully-illustrated storybook is designed as a tool to be read with children aged 6+ who have experienced the loss of a loved one by suicide. Suicide always causes shock, not just for the family members but for everyone around them, and children also have to deal with these feelings. The book approaches the subject sensitively and includes a guide for parents and professionals by bereavement expert, Dr Riet Fiddelaers-Jaspers. It will be of interest to anyone working with, or caring for, children bereaved by suicide, including bereavement counsellors, social workers and school staff, as well as parents, carers and other family members.

26x20cm  32 pages  $27.95  

Magic Beads

Susin Nielsen-Fernlund

It's seven-year-old Lillian's first day at a new school, and she's got butterflies in her tummy, but those butterflies turn into grasshoppers when she learns she has to bring something for Show and Tell at the end of the week! Lillian and her mother have just moved away from Lillian's abusive father and into a family shelter, leaving behind all of their possessions. Every day that Lillian anxiously watches her classmates bring toys with which she has nothing to compare, the creatures in her stomach change and grow, until finally, she realizes that imagination can make anything magical, even an ordinary string of beads.

26x22cm  32 pages  $29.00  

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  

Memory Tree

Britta Teckentrup

Fox has lived a long and happy life in the forest. One day, he lies down in his favourite clearing, takes a deep breath, and falls asleep for ever. Before long, Fox's friends begin to gather in the clearing. One by one, they tell stories of the special moments that they shared with Fox. And, as they share their memories, a tree begins to grow, becoming bigger and stronger, sheltering and protecting all the animals in the forest, just as Fox did when he was alive.This gentle and comforting tale celebrates life and the memories that are left behind when a loved one dies.

24x25cm  32 pages  $16.00  

Michael Rosen's Sad Book

Michael Rosen, Quentin Blake

With unmitigated honesty, a touch of humor, and sensitive illustrations by Quentin Blake, award-winning author Michael Rosen explores the experience of sadness in a way that is sure to resonate with readers of all ages.

29x22cm  32 pages  $17.00  

Mindful Monkey, Happy Panda

Lauren Alderfer, Kerry Lee MacLean, illus

When the story begins Monkey is not so mindful. He encounters a mysterious and playful friend in Peaceful Panda. Panda helps Monkey recognize the joy of doing things in the moment, without distraction, and with peaceful and happy mind.
Introduces the powerful practice of mindfulness in a delightful way.

32 pages  $32.00  

Moody Cow Meditates

Kerry Lee MacLean

Peter the Cow is having a bad day. After missing the bus and wiping out on his bike, he loses his temper and gets in trouble. To make matters worse, all the other kids and cows are teasing him, calling him "Moody Cow." Peter's day just seems to get worse until his grandfather comes over. Can Grandpa teach him to settle his mind and let go of his frustration? This vibrant children's book is a fun and funny way to introduce children to the power of meditation.

20x26cm  32 pages  $32.00  

Mum and Dad Glue

Kes Gray, Lee Wildish, illus

A little boy tries to find a pot of parent glue to stick his mum and dad back together. His parents have come undone and he wants to mend their marriage, stick their smiles back on and make them better. This rhyming story is brilliantly told with a powerful message that even though his parents may be broken, their love for him is not.

26x24cm  32 pages  $17.00  

My Many Coloured Days

Dr. Suess

Using a spectrum of colors and a menagerie of animals, Dr. Seuss presents a completely new and different kind of book about feelings and moods.

27x22cm  32 pages  $21.00  

My Secret Bully

Trudy Ludwig, illus Abigail Marble

When Monica's friend Katie begins to call her names in front of other kids at school, she feels betrayed and isolated. But with help from her mother, Monica reclaims her confidence from a bully disguised as her friend. Includes helpful tips and discussion questions about relational aggression.

26x21cm  36 pages  $29.00  

Next Place

Warren Hanson

A classic, "The Next Place" brings gentle verse revealing a safe and welcome destination free from earthly hurts and filled with wonder and peace. A comforting message of hope and a gift of compassion for the bereaved. Exquisite, color illustrations.

23x28cm  32 pages  $32.00  

Nobody Knew What to Do

A Story about Bullying - picture story book

Becky Ray McCain, illus Todd Leonar

Straightforward and simple, this story tells how one child found the courage to tell a teacher about Ray, who was being picked on and bullied by other kids in school.

26x21cm  32 pages  $27.00  

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  $27.00  

OK Book

In this clever and literal play on words, OK is turned on its side, upside down, and right side up to show that being OK can really be quite great, encouraging children to discover their own individual strengths and personalities.

23x24cm  40 pages  $24.00  


Kathryn Otoshi

When the colors cannot get along, One shows all the colors how to stand up, stand together, and count. As budding young readers learn about numbers, counting, and primary and secondary colors, they also learn about accepting each other's differences.

23x26cm  32 pages  $33.00  

Our Brains Are Like Computers!

Exploring Social Skills and Social Cause and Effect with Children on the Autism Spectrum

Joel Shaul

This highly visual social skills book uses computer metaphors and visual diagrams to help children on the autism spectrum to understand how their words and actions can affect other people. Easily identifiable computing and social networking metaphors are used to explain how memories are saved in the brain, like files in computer folders, and how, just as files can be shared and downloaded on the internet, people learn about you by sharing their positive and negative impressions with each other. The author explains why certain actions may be 'liked' or 'disliked' by others, and offers guidance on appropriate and inappropriate social behaviour.This book also features photocopiable worksheets to reinforce the guidance and lessons offered in the book.

29x22cm  80 pages  $30.00  

Our Friendship Rules

Peggy Moss, Dee Dee Tardif

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.


Peaceful Piggy Meditation

Kerry Lee MacLean

Sometimes life seems like it's all about hurrying. So how do young piggies find a peaceful place in a frustrating world? They meditate. MacLean brings her experience as a meditation therapist to this unique storybook guide.

23x28cm  32 pages  $24.00  

Perfectly You

Julia Taylor

Through a wonderful story and colorful illustrations, Perfectly You will teach young readers (and listeners) to accept themselves; treat one another with compassion; and embrace their uniqueness. It provides children with the message that character comes from within while focusing on the importance of self-acceptance, tolerance, and leading an overall healthy lifestyle. Paperback ed.

20x25cm  32 pages  $28.00  

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  

Personal Space Camp Activity and Idea Book

Julia Cook

An activity book to go along with Personal Space Camp, by Julia Cook. Use as a supplementary teacher's guide with the storybook. Full of discussion questions and exercises to share with students.

27x21cm  24 pages  $18.00  

Red Beast

Controlling Anger in Children with Asperger's Syndrome


Deep inside everyone, a red beast lies sleeping. When it is asleep, the red beast is quite small, but when it wakes up, it begins to grow and grow. This is the story of a red beast that was awakened. Rufus is in the school playground when his friend John kicks a ball that hit him in the stomach, and wakes up the sleeping red beast: `I hate you - I'm gonna sort you out!'. The red beast doesn't hear the teacher asking if he's okay. It doesn't see that John is sorry - how can Rufus tame the red beast? This vibrant fully illustrated children's storybook is written for children aged 5+, and is an accessible, fun way to talk about anger, with useful tips about how to 'tame the red beast' and guidance for parents on how anger affects children with Asperger's Syndrome

21x28cm  47 pages  $26.95  

Rudi's Pond

Eve Bunting, Ronald Himler, illus

The Rudi of the title is the narrator's classmate, a friend from down the street who's a good companion even though he's "sick a lot." Rudi's heart problems worsen and he eventually dies ... leaving the narrator and her classmates struggling with a way to cmmemorate their friend.

22x22cm  32 pages  $14.00  

Samantha Janeís Missing Smile

A Story About Coping with the Loss of a Parent

Donna Pincus

Since Samantha Janeís dad died, she has been sad and quiet, keeping to herself. One day, her neighbor Mrs Cooper gently asks her about her missing smile, and Sammy Jane begins to open up about her grief, her worries, and her confusion. Sammy Janeís mother joins her daughter in Mrs Cooperís garden, and helps her further with accepting and responding to her profound loss.
This book deals with the full range of emotions, questions, and worries that children have when a parent has died, including: Will people think I didnít love my dad if I seem happy? If I let myself cry, will I ever be able to stop? Can my sadness just go away if I ignore it? If I talk to my mom about it, Iím worried Iíll make her even more sad. It also offers ways to remember and honor the lost parent, encourages the open sharing of feelings, and helps children understand that their parents want them to be happy and live their lives fully. For ages 4-8 years old.

25x20cm  32 pages  $19.95  

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 Hello

Jack and Michael Foreman

The poignant story of a boy who is left out and all alone, while other children play happily together. Michael Foreman's beautifully spare illustrations perfectly complement the story's underlying message: 'When someone's feeling left out, low, it doesn't take much to say...'Hello!'

23x24cm  32 pages  $17.95  

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  $14.00  

Saying Goodbye to Lulu

Corinne Demas, illus Ard Hoyt

A young girl and her lovable dog, Lulu, are the best of friends. They play games together, explore their neighborhood, and even cuddle up to read bedtime stories each night. Lulu is the best dog a girl could ever hope for, but when she grows older and gradually becomes weak, the little girl must face the sad possibility of losing her dear friend, and inevitably, cope with the death of her canine companion. Though she is deeply saddened by Lulu's passing and misses her very much, over time the little girl discovers that the sweet memory of her beloved Lulu will live on forever... in her heart.
Helps young children learning to understand and cope with the mixed emotions that come with the loss of a loved one.

25x25cm  32 pages  $14.00  

Short and Incredibly Happy Life of Riley

Colin Thompson, Amy Lissiat

While humans fuss over their appearance, food, possessions, free time and love lives, worrying about being happier than everyone else, Riley just enjoys the little time he has in the world.

25x23cm  32 pages  $16.95  

Silly Billy

Anthony Browne

Billy is a bit of a worrier. He worries about hats and shoes. He worries about clouds and rain and giant birds. Most of all, he worries about staying at other people's houses. His mum and dad try to help, but still Billy worries...until a visit to his grandma's shows him how to overcome his fears with the aid of his imagination - and some tiny worry dolls.

27x25cm  32 pages  $17.00  

Sometimes I'm Scared

Jane Annunziata, Marc Nemiroff

Fire! Spiders! Thunder! Clowns! Monsters!

Kids can be afraid of lots of things It's normal. But these fears can seem really big!!

Well, have no fear; Sometimes I'm Scared is here. This book outlines easy steps kids can use to overcome their everyday fears.!

An extensive Note to Parents gives parents additional information on why fears naturally develop and how to help their kids understand and deal with common fears.

25x20cm  32 pages  $19.95  


Trudy Ludwig

Jack's friend Sam seems to know how to get away with just about anything. Adults always back down when you say you're sorry, but does an apology count if you don't really mean it?

32 pages  $29.00  

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  

Standing on my own two feet

A child's affirmation of love in the midst of divorce

Tamara Schmitz

Addison's parents are going through a divorce, but he knows that no matter what happens, his parents will always love him. The inspiring, gentle, and uplifting text teaches kids that having two homes to live in can be just as great as having two strong feet to stand on.

23x24cm  40 pages  $18.00  

Tear Soup

A Recipe for Healing After Loss

Pat Schwiebert, Chuck DeKlyen, Taylor Bills

In this modern-day fable, a woman who has suffered a terrible loss cooks up a special batch of "tear soup," blending the unique ingredients of her life into the grief process. Along the way she dispenses a recipe of sound advice for people who are in mourning.

29x22cm  32 pages  $34.00  

Tilly's Big Problem

Rose Stanley

When Tilly's problem gets too much for her she confides in her friend Ned. Although Ned can't come up with a solution, he works out an intriguing way to help her find someone to talk to. A very serious subject treated in a delightful story with clever illustrations.
A very useful book for introducing the concept of "People I could talk to" in the Protective Behaviours area.

19x20cm  32 pages  $15.00  

Today I Feel Silly & Other Moods that Make My Day

Curtis & Cornell

Silly, cranky, excited, or sad - everyone has moods that can change each day. Curtis' zany and touching verse and Cornell's whimsical illustrations help kids explore, identify, and even have fun with their ever-changing moods.

27x23cm  $32.00  

Trouble Talk

Trudy Ludwig

This book deals with the damaging consequences of talking to others about someone else's troubles in order to establish connection and gain attention. This storybook includes resources for kids, parents, and teachers.

32 pages  $29.00  

Two Homes

Claire Masurel

This reassuring classic for younger children which addresses separation and divorce and helps kids embrace even the most difficult of changes is now in paperback. Full color.

23x25cm  32 pages  $16.95  

Ugliest Dog in the World

Bruce Whatley

Everyone thinks the Ugliest Dog in the World is 'ugly', but in different ways. Mum thinks she's ugly in a cute sort of way, the lady next door thinks she's pretty, but you haven't seen the lady next door. My best friend even screams when she sees her...But I think she's beautiful, in a sloppy kind of way!

28x22cm  32 pages  $16.00  

Voices in the Park

Anthony Browne

The four seasons in a city park are represented by apes in human clothing: a rich, uptight woman in the fall; a sad, unemployed man in the winter; the woman's lonely boy in the spring; the man's joyful daughter in the summer. Each one sees the place and the others differently, yet together the voices tell a story.

32 pages  $19.95  

Water Bugs and Dragonflies

Explaining Death to Young Children

Doris Stickney

Waterbugs and Dragonflies is a graceful fable written by Doris Stickney who sought a meaningful way to explain to neighborhood children the death of a five-year old friend.
After a water bug suddenly leaves her pond and is transformed into a dragonfly, her friends' questions about such departures are like those children ask when someone dies.

25x25cm  25 pages  $32.00  

Way I Act

Steve Metzger

A discussion of what it may be like to behave in certain ways and the possible consequences of one's actions.

26x23cm  32 pages  $32.00  

Way I Feel

Janan Cain

This full color book is filled with vivid, expressive illustrations that help children ages 2 to 8 describe their emotions and understand that feelings are a normal part of life.

26x23cm  32 pages  $32.00  

When Dinosaurs Die

A Guide to Understanding Death

Laurie Krasny Brown, Marc Brown

Explainsin simple language the feelings people may have regarding the death of a loved one and the ways to honor the memory of someone who has died. Very good for early childhood. Explores what happens when someone is 'dead' and aspects of death and grief.

23x22cm  32 pages  $14.00  

When My Parents Forgot to be Friends

Jennifer Moore-Mallinos, illus Marta Fabrega

Young children become confused and hurt when their parents constantly argue, then decide to divorce. This sensitively written book assures boys and girls that children are in no way responsible for their parents' inability to get along together. It lets kids know that although one parent chooses to move away from the home, both parents continue to love their little boy or girl. Both Mum and Dad will continue to spend happy times with them.
"I used to think it was my fault that my parents weren't friends any longer ... but now I understand that they can get along better if they each live in a different house.

24x24cm  32 pages  $16.00  

Wilma Jean the Worry Machine

Julia Cook

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!

22x20cm  32 pages  $18.00  

Wilma Jean the Worry Machine Activity and Idea Book

Julia Cook

A book of activities to go along with Wilma Jean the Worry Machine storybook by Julia Cook. Use as a supplementary teacher's guide with the storybook. Full of discussion questions and exercises to share with students.

27x21cm  24 pages  $18.00  


Pamela Duncan Edwards

Wombat wants Weasel and Woodchuck to wander the world with her, but they are overwhelmed with worries. What if they walk into a swarm of waiting wasps? The popular author-artist duo team up again to deliver a wildly silly alliterative tale with wonderful use of the letter "W".

22x26cm  32 pages  $15.00  

Wrong Stone

Russell Deal

I want you to build me a wall with only perfect stones, the big architect said. All the stones tried to put their best faces forward. They hid their ugly bits. They tried to climb to the top of the pile. But there was one stone that didnt seem to fit...anywhere! He was the Wrong Stone and all the other stones were laughing at him. This 32-page picture book has exquisite, full-colour illustrations throughout. Enjoy the jokes, pranks and celebration of difference in this heart-warming story for kids and bigger kids. This book has an important place in counselling and clinical therapeutic practice where it may just constitute a tipping point - a small but mighty prompt for change and hope.

21x28cm  32 pages  $24.50  

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  $14.95  


Kathryn Otoshi

As budding young readers learn about numbers and counting, they are also introduced to accepting different body types, developing social skills and character, and learning what it means to find value in one's self and in others.

24x25cm  32 pages  $24.00