With over a million books in print, Julia Cook is a former school counselor and teacher who never dreamed she could evolve into an award-winning children’s author, parenting expert, and inspirational speaker. She now travels the country 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 and adults the “what to say” and “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 seven years, and she has 55 published 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 young and old, by teaching lifelong problem-solving skills. This modern day Dr. Seuss (actual comparisons) has been endorsed by EAGALA, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, Childhelp, Darkness to Light, USA Volleyball, the Alaska Department of Education, the Centers for Disease Control, 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, Military Spouse, Yahoo.com, dr.laura.com and babyzone.com. She has also been featured on CNN’s HLN News and many large metropolitan networks.
Julia frequently delivers entertaining and engaging keynote addresses at national education, counseling, business enhancement, and character conferences throughout the country. She has presented in over 800 schools nation-wide. Julia has been featured in major markets such as Chicago, Orlando, St. Louis and Atlanta, and is now speaking at conferences with authors like Mem Fox and Eric Carle. This former teacher and school counselor chose to “think outside the box” and is now a rising literary star; teaching thousands of people and helping them learn skills that will last them a lifetime!
“Reboundaries & Resilience – Enhancing Skills That Foster Boundary Recognition, Determination and GRIT!”
As educators and parents, our ultimate goal is to make a positive difference to children and help them reach their highest potential and become the best that they can be in all they do. This goal is getting harder and harder to reach.
How do we accomplish the great task of teaching our kids the BIG LIST of everything they need to know and succeed in life when they believe that all of their needs are being met through screen time? How do we teach our kids online safety? How do we allow technology to add to our children’s life as opposed to taking from it? How do we create an environment where kids genuinely “want it” more than we want it for them?
This research-based keynote takes a look at the things that world-class parents and educators are doing to accomplish the “ultimate goal.” By creating a craving for knowledge, setting boundaries, teaching GRIT, encouraging patience, and developing E.Q., our children can thrive with strength and confidence in their ever-changing world!
“Unlearning Helplessness – Motivating the Underachiever”
Julia shares how underachieving occurs when people have a significant gap between their abilities, and what they achieve. In this interactive session, she will discuss the four types of underachievers, talk about the importance of executive function skills, explore the characteristics and causes of underachieving, and present effective solutions that can reverse this problem. “In order to open the doors of ‘untapped potential,’ you need to have the right keys.”
“The ________’s Survival Kit”
In Julia’s presentation, “The ___________’s Survival Kit,” she’ll use common objects to give people tips on how to navigate each and every day successfully. A simple item, such as a toothpick, helps remind you to “pick” out the good qualities in everyone…including yourself. What about a “tissue?” A tissue helps remind you to dry someone’s tears – maybe your own – and be aware of the tears of others. A rubber band? It reminds you to become more flexible. You’ll laugh and learn as Julia shares her stories and many insightful tips. A great, inspiring and informational keynote that can be tailored to fit the needs of any group!
“Books That Make a Positive Difference – Bibliotherapy in Action”
Julia Cook leads an entertaining discussion on the use of storybooks to offer children and adults a fun way to learn important people skills. Teach your students to become life-long problem solvers! Julia will demonstrate humorous and effective ways to use books on such subjects as anger control, grief, following instructions, tattling, gaming addiction, bullying, personal space, interrupting, and personal safety. The writing and publishing process will also be explained – learn to become a published author!
Understand the power and effectiveness of using children’s literature to teach important people skills. Walk away with ideas that you can really use! Tackle topics such as tattling, bullying, interrupting, anxiety, depression, anger, oral health, personal safety, personal space, paying attention, risk taking, and even nose picking through active learning. Explore the writing and publishing process including a discussion on how to get your own ideas published – (Tips for Publishing Your Good Stuff sheet provided!)
But It’s Just a Game! (Gaming Addiction)
Soda Pop Head (Anger Control)
Wilma Jean the Worry Machine (Anxiety)
Straight From the Horse’s Mouth (PTSD)
I am a Booger…Treat Me With Respect!
…and the list goes ON!
• The keynote speaker, Julia Cook did an excellent job!
• Excellent keynotes especially Julia Cook!
• Loved hearing Julia Cook! What a treat!
• Julia Cook was awesome! Now I’m motivated!
• My favorite was Julia Cook!
• Julia Cook was absolutely wonderful and motivating.
• Julia Cook was exceptional!
• I was inspired by Mrs. Cook’s presentation. She seems to understand much about life, and was able to communicate that through children’s books – great concept!
• Julia Cook is one of the most delightful and insightful presenters we have had in a while.
Mrs. Chris Daugherty, Conference Organizer, National Center for Youth Issues
“On behalf of the Arlington Parents for Education organization, I want to thank you for spending the day with our staff and students! It was a FABULOUS day! Thank you for sharing your inspirational message with all of us! We enjoyed it all – From BOOGERS to BULLYING. There is no doubt in my mind that you have inspired a new generation of future authors. Keep spreading your high impact messages through your creative and fun style – You have a GIFT!”
Christy Allen, President, Arlington PFE
“Julia Cook was ABSOLUTELY AWESOME!!!!! The students loved her! Julia’s books are so applicable in so many situations. I read them to my Kindergarten class and the kids are totally engaged! They can “see themselves” in the book situations that she has created. One teacher even commented that it really helped her students the next day when they were doing a writing assessment. Julia is so pleasant to work with…the dogs are a huge hit too! Our parents were very impressed with her evening presentation. They were TOTALLY attentive, just like the students throughout the day! I would definitely recommend any school or group to book Julia Cook. She certainly addresses topics that apply to children, parents, and teachers. Thank you to the MidAmerica Speakers Bureau for making the arrangements…I really appreciate it!”
Jeanette Koelling, Chairman, VCHS Child Development Committee
“You can’t even imagine how many times I have looked at your books and thought about your genius. When you came and talked to our kids in assemblies – you made me excited to read and even to write. Thank you for that. I am a fifth grade teacher at Washington Elementary. I feel SO lucky to have met you.”
Cindy Stollberg, 5th Grade Teacher
“I just wanted to let you know that the author visit certainly wasn’t what I was expecting. What great messages Julia Cook had for parents as well as kids! I expected mostly talking about her books and herself. She had a great way to do that as she really brought those books alive! And the safety things she went over with the kids – fantastic! Those are the things I tell my kids all the time, so to hear it from a “stranger” was awesome. Now they realize that I’m not crazy or going overboard when it comes to safety (or at least I hope)! Overall, a very well spent hour!”
Debra Smith, Parent, Grand Island, NE
“I have been a school social worker for many years. I have spent lots of money but rarely have I found books and resources that are as relevant as yours. Reading the stories is pure fun and I know the kids are having a great time listening. More than that, the kids get them! When I ask what did you learn, what was the message, what will you use, they can give me answers. Thanks so much for this resource.”
Linda Bodzin, Certified Social Worker, Michigan