Today is National Best Friends Day and there is no better way to celebrate than with a book release on making friends. I recently had an opportunity to interview author Julia Cook about the release of her book, Making Friends is an Art 2nd Edition.
You probably know Julia Cook from her plethora of social skills and social development books, such as ‘My Mouth is a Volcano’, ‘A Bad Case of Tattle Tongue’, and ‘Decibella and the Six Inch Voice’. Those are just a few of her 112 published books.
I LOVE her books and have been using them in my classroom for years! If you have been following me for any length of time, than you know how I feel about using books to teach concepts and/standards. It’s a MUST! I even made a list of books that I feel are important for teaching rules and procedures and many of Julia Cook’s books are included. You can read the list HERE.
My interview with Julia Cook started with her telling me about her educational career and the reason she started writing childrens’ books. (It’s pretty awesome, if you ask me!) We moved on to talking about the release of the 2nd Edition of her book, Making Friends is an Art and how it has changed.
The timing of our interview and the release of this book could not have been more appropriate. Julia discussed how critical feedback from a colleague caused her to reevaluate her thinking and perspective of the characters and story line in the original edition. She re-vamped the story and the second edition of Making Friends is an Art was born. You can check out the trailer for the book below.
All About Making Friends is an Art 2nd Edition
Multi-talented Brown is the luckiest pencil in the box!
In this fun, creative story, Brown learns that in order to make and keep friends, he needs to know how to be a good friend. And to be a good friend, Brown must find a way to share his many talents with others. At first, that seems hard to Brown. But he soon realizes that to be a good friend, all he has to do is be himself!
Making Friends Is an Art! is part of the popular Building Relationships series written by award-winning author Julia Cook. This is a wonderful story for teaching kids of all ages how to practice the true art of friendship and getting along with others. Educators, counselors and parents will love reading the second edition of this very popular story with children which features fewer words and more positive, empowering messaging. Brown and his friends learn to recognize their talents by being true to themselves.
Making Friends Is an Art! is the recipient of the prestigious Mom’s Choice Award. Tips for educators and parents are located at the end of the story to help further address the importance of being a good friend. 32 pgs.
Are you interested in adding this book to your classroom library? The publisher has given me the opportunity to give away 5 copies of this book. Head over to my Instagram page to enter.
Watch my interview with Julia Cook
Watch this quick Zoom interview with author Julia Cook and myself. Listen to what she says prompted her to re-write and change the story line to this book, Making Friends is an Art 2nd Edition.
If you are interested in learning more about Julia Cook and her many books, you can check her out here on her website. She also offers professional development and school visits too! Find out more on her website.