While the new school year seems far off, soon children in the Northern Hemisphere will be shopping for notebooks, pencils and new sneakers. The beginning of the academic year is often accompanied by both excitement and nervousness. Most children can cope with these feelings, but for some the anxiety of any new situation can be overwhelming.

Kristin O’Rourke, a licensed clinical social worker and child therapist has written a book to help children develop coping mechanisms to overcome these emotions. Young Justin explains the thoughts he sometimes has about common scenarios like riding the bus to school or trying out for the baseball team. Using simple breathing techniques and positive thoughts, he defeats the taunting “bully” in his head. Parents and teachers will find this new release a good resource for young students.

Jennifer Minicus is a teacher living in Ridgewood, NJ.

Jennifer Minicus

Jennifer Minicus lives in New Jersey with her husband and son. A former French, Latin and mathematics teacher, Jennifer currently enjoys the responsibilities of a "domestic engineer", particularly making...