Award-winning children's author and parenting expert Julia Cook was a guidance counselor searching for an effective story to teach children about the differences between tattling and telling. When she couldn't find the right resource, she decided to write her own book, "Tattle Tongue."
Julia Cook's goal as a guidance counselor was to help kids become life-long problem solver. Through her 51 books, Cook has helped countless children and families deal with difficult topics and learn to solve problems.
"A good parent or teacher gives the kids the magic wand and teaches them to wave it themselves," Cook said in a recent interview for Examiner.com.
Holy Cross Regional Catholic School, Amazement Square and Givens Books-Little Dickens are bringing Julia Cook back to Lynchburg, Va. for several events on Tuesday, March 4.
Since Cook's visit to Lynchburg in March 2013, she has released books on the following topics: cancer, peer pressure, natural and man-made disasters, video game addiction, taking and receiving compliments and bragging.
Some of Cook's earlier books helped kids, parents and educators deal with subjects like bullying, predator safety, anxiety, depression and anger management.
Cook has spoken to children, parents and educators in more than 800 schools across the United States and regularly delivers keynote addresses at national education, counseling and character conferences.
The former teacher and school counselor chose to think outside the box and is now a rising literary star, teaching thousands of children, parents and educators and helping them learn skills that will last a lifetime.
Cook will speak with elementary students and teachers at Holy Cross Regional Catholic School during the day, followed by a free public event at Amazement Square Warehouse, next to the museum at 27 Ninth Street in Lynchburg, at 7 p.m. on March 4.
Unlike books written for older kids or adults, Cook's books deal with difficult subjects in a way that's not so scary and easier for kids to understand.
Kids can learn from the actions the book characters take in various situations. Many of the books have a guide at the back for parents or teachers to help start a conversation about the subject.
When parents tackle tough subjects with their children, the fear or behavior is addressed and the child learns that parents care and want to help.
"Every child has three things they need," says Cook. "They need to be seen, heard and validated." One role of parents is to make sure that our children have the tools they need to face life's challenges.
Talking about difficult subjects is one way parents can help their children face and conquer fears and learn to solve their problems now and in the future.
Make plans now to attend Julia Cook's public presentation at Amazement Square Warehouse on Tuesday, March 4, 2014 at 7 p.m. and learn tips to help your children become problem solvers.