Growth Mindset Sticks

Today I'm excited because this special delivery made its way
from Nebraska to Texas from my friend Julia! 

It's Julia Cook's latest treasure and it tackles one of my favorite topics, mindset. It's Bubble Gum Brain v. Brick Brain in the ring of life and you'll never guess who has the best chance of success. Okay, maybe you will, but, in true Julia fashion, it's a creative, clever social story that is sure to help facilitate your growth mindset message with the children (and grown ups) under your care. Grow with Bubble Gum Brain as she helps Brick Brain unwrap his fixed thoughts and enjoy savoring the flavor of life with more gusto.

As a school counselor and mom, I especially connected with the Ready, Get Mindset ... and Grow tips in the back of the book.

For fun, I'm going to put this sticker on sticks of bubble gum
and give them away at one of my future learning sessions!

And, as you can see, here's the cool thing: Julia sent two giveaway copies. One way to win a signed copy is to leave a comment telling us your favorite book to stretch the growth mindset ideal between now and Thursday, July 13th, at noon {CST}. We will use a random number generator to select the winner, so check back Thursday afternoon and see if it's you!

The second way to win is to head over to my book's Facebook page and leave a comment over there telling us your favorite book with a growth mindset theme to win. Again, we'll use a number generator on July 13th after noon to choose a winner.

Thank you, Julia, for your generosity.
I'll keep strumming as long as you keep those stories coming.

This giveaway is now closed;
click {here} to see who won Julia's mindset book.


  1. This looks amazing! I'm a huge Julia Cook fan girl :)

    I really like The Energy Bus. My kids K-5 got a lot out of it as well.

  2. Posting a comment that my blog swallowed:

    Just found your blog and I am enjoying the wealth of knowledge you share on mindfulness. I am from way way down South Florida and have recently discovered the power of adding yoga to my counseling (and my life)! Thank you for sharing and caring!! Julie at

  3. A great book to read on Growth Mindset is "Nadia: The Girl Who Couldn't Sit Still" by Karlin Gray.
    Thanks for a chance to win such a great book.

  4. How cool!!!!!!! Love you and Julia both!!!
    One of my favorite books with a growth mindset theme is The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires. ☺️

  5. I like "Your Fantastic Elastic Brain: Stretch It, Shape It" by JoAnn Deak.
    Kerry Franklin

  6. What a fun giveaway! Would love to add to my collection! Just purchased two books to use with my kinder kiddos, "26 BIG Things Small Hands Do" and " Everyone Can Learn to Ride a Bicycle"

  7. I love, "A Splash of Red:The Life and Art of Horace Pippin.
    This story tells the tale of a talented artist who grows up immersed in the joy of creating art until he is tragically injured in a war. Very patiently, with great determination, he slowly regains some of the control in his injured right arm, and although his abilities aren’t exactly the same, he goes on to become a celebrated artist.


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