Our latest award winner, Bryan Smith, has been an elementary school counselor for over 13 years after, previously, being an elementary school teacher. He creates, with his illustrator Lisa M. Griffin, books which are produced through: Boys Town Press. His stories address serious topics like self-acceptance as well as lighter ones such as sportsmanship. His books are specifically tailored for school settings and each has a downloadable classroom activity.
He has been awarded the Counselor’s Choice Award for his work series: Executive FUNction. They teach children how to plan, organize, manage time, and maintain self control. These seem to comprehensively offer practical interventions and considerations for evidence-based practices (EBPs) when working with children.
Our favorite of this series is: What Were you Thinking? A story about learning to control your Impulses.
When you're a child, it's not easy controlling your impulse reactions - kids do things before they think all the time. Strengthen executive function skills and empower impetuous young people with a humorous story about an impulsive third-grader, Braden. Braden loves to he the center of attention and his impulses get the better of him. The book Teaches students a strategy of four simple steps for stopping, thinking, decision-making, and choosing the right behavior It is even available on kindle too!
Thank you, Bryan, for these magnificent tools!