Boys Town Press: Fall Books Help Kids & Families With Stress, Anxiety, & Compromise

yes, the most rewarding job in the world, raising children can be hard—especially in 2019. The issues parents and teachers must guide kids through can be tricky, and unfortunately don’t come with a road map. Boys Town Press recognizes the joys and challenges that communities and families face when helping to raise children. Be gentle with yourself, you are doing the best you can.

Their books for elementary- and middle school-aged readers are unparalleled in terms of providing entertaining guidance through these tough situations. Helping to confront a wide variety of challenging issues – anxiety, peer relationships, self-monitoring, stress – Boys Town Press titles rely on lively illustrations and every day characters to make their stories fun and accessible.  

Parker Plum and the Journey through the CATacombs by Billie Pavicic, illustrated by Madeline Timm (August 6, 2019). Parker Plum is back, leading a fantastical adventure through the Metropolitan Mummy Museum that helps him explore, celebrate his own strengths, and work through feelings of envy toward his new classmate.  

Freddie & Friends: Becoming Unstuck by Kimberly Delude, illustrated by Brian Martin (August 20, 2019). In the next installment in this popular series, readers meet Betsy, a beetle who is so pestered by her worry bug that she sometimes gets stuck! With the help of her friends and a new system, she’s able to move forward and find her confidence.

The Great Compromise by Julia Cook, illustrated by Kyle Merriman (September 3, 2019). Cora June is back, and she’s just as spunky and ambitious as ever! This time around, she has very specific ideas about how things should go. But her classmate Wilson also has specific ideas that just so happen to be different from hers. With the help of their teacher, both must learn the very important skill of compromise.

Stress Stinks by Bryan Smith, illustrated by Lisa M. Griffin (September 17, 2019). Between softball practice, homework, and chores, poor Amelia is feeling stressed out. And stress is hard! Luckily, Amelia’s mom is around to teach Amelia some strategies to reframe her thinking and help her through her stressed-out situation. 

How Did You Miss That? by Bryan Smith, illustrated by Lisa M. Griffin (October 8, 2019). The latest installment in the Executive FUNction series follows Braden as he learns the importance of self-monitoring and some good strategies to help him slow down, recognize (and prevent!) mistakes, and stay on track.

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