Julia Cook M.S.
BIO - With approximately two million books in print, Julia Cook is a former school counselor and teacher who never dreamed she could evolve into a national award-winning children’s author, parenting expert and inspirational speaker. She now travels the country and abroad encouraging others to follow in her footsteps. “There are so many ideas out there that need to be shared!” says Julia who takes top research and creatively translates it into “kid language” that is both entertaining and engaging. Julia has the innate ability to enter the world view of a child through storybooks, giving both children the “what to say” and the “how to say it.”
“Everyone on the planet either is a child, or used to be one, so if you can write a really good children’s book, it will apply to ALL who read it!”
Several years ago, Julia was 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 – A Bad Case of Tattle Tongue. Fast- forward nine years, and she has published 76 books from the National Center for Youth Issues, Boys Town Press and the CDC. Cook’s ultimate goal: make a positive difference in the lives of people both young and old by teaching lifelong problem-solving skills. This modern day Dr. Seuss (actual comparisons) has been endorsed by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, Safe and Sound (A Sandy Hook initiative,) Childwatch of North America, the Center for Disease Control (CDC,) Childhelp, Darkness to Light, USA Volleyball, The Alaska Department of Education…and the list goes on. Cook’s research-based books have been referenced in such publications as Parent’s Magazine, The New Yorker, The Chicago Tribune, Care.com, Military Spouse, Yahoo.com, Dr.laura.com, and babyzone.com. She has also been featured on CNN’s HLN News, and numerous metropolitan networks including Atlanta and Chicago. She is the recipient of many book awards including The Association of Educational Publisher’s Distinguished Achievement Award, the National Parenting Seal of Approval, and The Mom’s Choice Award.
Julia frequently delivers entertaining and engaging keynote addresses at national and international education, counseling, business enhancement, and character conferences. She has presented in over 1000 schools nation-wide, and has been featured in major markets such as Chicago, Orlando, St. Louis, and Atlanta. Julia now speaks at conferences with authors like Mem Fox and Eric Carle. This former teacher and school counselor chose to “think outside the box” and has now become a rising literary star; teaching thousands of people, and helping them learn effective problem-solving skills that will last a lifetime!
BOOKS: My Mouth is a Volcano! (interrupting,) The Judgmental Flower (appreciating differences/ building relationships) But it’s Just a Game! (gaming addiction,) But It’s Not My Fault! (assuming responsibility,) Soda Pop Head (anger control,) I Can’t Believe You Said That! (using your social filter,) Straight From the Horse’s Mouth (PTSD,) Wilma Jean the Worry Machine (anxiety,) Hygiene…You Stink! (hygiene,) I am a Booger…Treat Me With Respect!...and the list goes on!