Teens: All courtesy of Brightly.com

Little Ways to Keep Calm and Carry On: Twenty Lessons for Managing Worry, Anxiety, and Fear

by Mark Reinecke, Ph.D.

Learn techniques used by cognitive behavioral therapists to help deal with stress and anxiety. Questions and tasks prompt readers to try out the information for themselves. This is an accessible, quick read that will add new strategies to your anxiety toolbox.

Concrete Kids

by Amyra León, illustrated by Ashley Lukashevsky

The newest book in the Pocket Change Collective series, this collection of free verse poems invites readers to dream big. Amyra León, a musician, playwright, and educator, takes readers through her childhood, experiences in foster care, and learning to love herself. For teens and adults looking for an inspirational book that encourages them to reach for the stars, this is a must-read.

Total Teen

by Tracy Anderson

Total Teen is fitness pioneer Tracy Anderson’s body-positive guide to living a healthy, balanced life. Through exercises, activities, and recipes, as wells as questions and prompts, Anderson guides teens into being their best physically, mentally, and emotionally — with no fad diets or calorie counting.

The Young Champion’s Mind

by Jim Afremow, PhD

Award-winning coach and sports psychologist Jim Afremow is known for his approach to training an athlete’s mind, body, and spirit. In the new young adult edition of The Champion’s Mind, Dr. Afremow turns his attention to student athletes. The book guides teens through topics like getting in the “zone,” staying humble, and progressing within a sport.

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Lazy Ninja: A Children’s Book about Setting Goals and Finding Motivation

by Mary Nhin  (Author), Jelena Stupar (Author) 

This ninja has become lazy! Instead of playing with friends and family, all he wants to do is watch TV or play on a tablet. Thankfully, a friend helps ninja to discover all the fun he is missing out on and the importance of setting movement goals.

Life is hard! And it’s even harder for children who are just trying to figure things out.
The new children’s book series, Ninja Life Hacks, was developed to help children learn valuable life skills. Fun, pint-size characters in comedic books easy enough for young readers, yet witty enough for adults.
The Ninja Life Hacks book series is geared to kids 3-11. Perfect for boys, girls, primary school students, toddlers, or early readers. Excellent resource for counselors, parents, and teachers alike.
Collect all the Ninja Life Hacks books and sets. Download fun free printables in the author’s profile!


by Lolly Hopwood (Author), YoYo Kusters (Author), Luke Flowers  (Illustrator)

Don’t read this book—play it!

Introducing an ingenious way to help kids get the 60 minutes of active play they need each day. Move! is a book that combines imaginative play with movement. Hold it up to your face like a big pair of jaws and ROAR and STOMP like a dinosaur. Hold it by the die-cut handles to swing in a hip-to-hip motion while ROWING like a canoe. Or hold on tight and SPIN like a flying saucer.

This inventive format will excite the imaginations of kids and parents alike. Lively rhyming text and colorful, spirited illustrations prompt young readers to perform physical activities utilizing the book’s die-cut holes and handles. Move! is a book that will foster a love for reading and a love for physical activity—a book designed to keep kids healthy, happy, and having fun. **A 2016 National Parenting Product Awards (NAPPA) winner

The Busy Body Book: A Kid’s Guide to Fitness 

by Lizzy Rockwell  (Author, Illustrator)

A celebration of the amazing human machine and a life on the move!
Your amazing body can jump, sprint, twist, and twirl. Your body is built to move.

Lizzy Rockwell explains how your bones and muscles, heart and lungs, nerves and brain all work together to keep you on the go. Kids walk and skate and tumble through these pages with such exuberance that even sprouting couch potatoes will want to get up and bounce around—and that’s the ultimate goal. Studies show that American kids are becoming more sedentary and more overweight and that they carry these tendencies with them into adolescence and adulthood. Experts agree that we need to help kids make physical activity a life-long habit. Through education, information, and encouragement, this book aims to inspire a new generation of busy bodies!

Get Up and Go! 

by Nancy Carlson (Author)

We all come in different shapes and sizes, and it doesn’t matter if you are tall, short, skinny, or round. Your body is your own, and you need to take care of it. Whether it’s a New Year’s resolution or simply time for a change, this book is the perfect catalyst to get readers moving. Vibrant, fun-filled illustrations and an encouraging text explain the many great reasons to exercise, from making new friends to going new places, or just because it’s good for your body. Nancy Carlson’s gleeful, kid-friendly story is sure to make readers young and old get up and exercise!


by Doreen Cronin  (Author), Scott Menchin (Illustrator)

Can you stretch to the ceiling? Can you stretch to the floor? You can stretch with a whisper, you can stretch with a roar! Doreen Cronin and Scott Menchin give new meaning to the yoga pose downward facing dog as publishing’s most energetic pooch explores the many, many ways a kid can get limber. More than simple toe touching, this pup stretches to ride a breeze, grab a snack from a tree, catch a wave. His bubble gum even gets in on the stretching action. POP! And he reminds us not to forget that we also need to stretch our imaginations (recognize that statue, anyone?). This interactive, energetic rhyming text will also help parents stretch out reading time with their youngsters.


by Doreen Cronin  (Author), Scott Menchin (Illustrator) 

Bounce a ball right off your hands. Bounce it off your toes. Try to bounce a beach ball on the tip of your nose! Doreen Cronin and Scott Menchin, who had toddlers all over America jiggling with Wiggle, invite them now to hop, leap, pounce, and bounce to their hearts’ content (though not on couches!). Because, after all, it’s better to have bounced and bumped than never to have bounced at all.

Good Sports: Rhymes about Running, Jumping, Throwing, and More 

by Jack Prelutsky  (Author), Chris Raschka  (Illustrator) 

Exhilarating, all-new, kid-friendly rhymes capture the range of emotions, from winning to losing to the sheer joy of participating, that children experience as they discover the games of their choice. Jack Prelutsky, a virtuoso at making poetry fun for the elementary school crowd, includes in this inspired collection poems about baseball, soccer, football, skating, swimming, gymnastics, basketball, karate, and more. His signature lighthearted humor in verse that trips off the tongue is coupled here with the 2006 Caldecott Medal winner Chris Raschka’s lickety-split, stylized (and stylish) watercolors. Every page is a blaze of color and motion. Whether Good Sports will create good sports remains to be seen, but it will prove to young boys (and girls) that reading poetry can be fun.

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