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Paperback Book Details
  • 12/2021
  • 9780996401302
  • 218 pages
  • $18.95
Nicole Jon Sievers
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The One and Only You! How to Be the Best, Truest, You-est You
Jam packed with fun illustrations, ample opportunities for self-exploration, and open spaces for creativity--THE ONE AND ONLY YOU! is an "emotions workbook" for kids in fourth through sixth grades. Topics include: Brain science Growth mindset and grit Automatic negative thoughts and how to work with them Why community engagement matters How to make better decisions Tweens also will learn the value of belonging, diversity, internal motivation, and compassion as well as the power in being ridiculously yourself. Given current rates of teen depression, anxiety, and suicide--and the fact that anxiety affects nearly one-third of adolescents today--THE ONE AND ONLY YOU! arms kids early enough in their lives with social-emotional skills that they might reach their teen years resilient and ready to talk back to their negative thoughts. THE ONE AND ONLY YOU! also features an appendix for teachers, counselors, youth group leaders, parents, and other caring adults of innovative group enrichment activities for enhancing classroom social-emotional learning for tweens.
Reviews
Sievers (co-author of It’s Your Mind: Own it! A Manual for Every Teen) offers a fresh take on self-development in this entertaining but weighty guide. Drawing on her experience as a licensed clinical social worker, she tackles crucial issues impacting younger readers, and offers them creative ways to cope, emphasizing above all else that everyone is "a masterpiece in progress.” With an emphasis on staying curious and viewing mistakes as opportunities, Sievers teaches clever problem-solving skills juxtaposed with rigorous explanations of the science behind them, all while presenting each concept in a playful, upbeat manner that will resonate with tween and teen readers.

The power of positive thinking ripples throughout Sievers’s writing, and adult caregivers will applaud her insistence on celebrating diversity: she addresses why different perspectives are not only necessary but helpful, stresses the importance of viewing diversity as a strength, and is attentive to the unique needs of her readers—including touching on neurodiversity, which is often overlooked in similar literature. Likewise, bold black and white illustrations by Darcy Cline give the subject matter a cheerful edge (while incorporating welcome diversity) even for the most serious of topics. And readers should expect substance along with the fun, as Sievers explores a host of essentials, from detailing brain processes to breaking down Howard Gardner’s theory on multiple intelligences.

Sievers’s willingness to employ a variety of resources is what sets this guide apart from classic self-help writing for younger readers, and her inclusion of group exercises at the end, offering adults enrichment activities to go along with each chapter, is invaluable. Every concept is accompanied by creative and kid-friendly worksheets that will energize readers and leave them eager to try out Sievers’s teachings, whether by designing their own comic strip on working together or rewriting lyrics to their favorite songs as an anxiety buster. Readers of any age will find this worthwhile.

Takeaway: A comprehensive and entertaining self-development guide for middle-grade readers.

Great for fans of: Imogen Harrison’s The Worry Workbook, Andy Cope, Gavin Oattes, and Will Hussey’s Diary of a Brilliant Kid.

Production grades
Cover: A-
Design and typography: A
Illustrations: A
Editing: A
Marketing copy: A-

Formats
Paperback Book Details
  • 12/2021
  • 9780996401302
  • 218 pages
  • $18.95

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