A bookmark learns to use deep breathing, planning, and positive self-talk to conquer his fear of scary books. Max the bookmark hates scary books–until his coach teaches him the rules and tools for being brave. Max learns to (1) breathe deeply, (2) make a plan, and (3) think positive thoughts. He puts his new tools into practice and overcomes his fear of a snake, roaches, a skeleton, and monsters. This humorous story packs a big punch as it introduces children to mindfulness, self-regulation, self-control, and other techniques for dealing with stress and overcoming fear.
This book is too scary for a young reader and may fill their dreams with scary images and create night terrors.
I am a former classroom teacher and reading specialist, and I love to write about the elementary school world. I visit schools to encourage teachers and children to look at the stories all around them because I believe these are the most important ones of all. I’ve written poems and stories about pencils, bathrooms, book bags, sharing time, recess, the school bus, gym, and all the dramas that go on in classrooms everywhere. My school programs are an interactive celebration of this world, and I bring many funny props with me. One of them is a six foot inflatable pig from OUR PRINCIPAL PROMISED TO KISS A PIG. The kids are 100% involved when it is time for the principal to kiss Hamlet, the pig! I love to see the spirit of childhood in our schools, and my program is a celebration of this spirit!