More than an adorable story about books (which is plenty to love already), Get Me Out of This Book uses its narrative to teach kids common mindfulness techniques for dealing with fear and anxiety. Max the bookmark is afraid of many of the books he is put in, but learns how to address those feelings so he can overcome his fears. A fun and creative approach to talking about emotions.— Kristen
"GET ME OUT OF THIS BOOK!" shouts Max. Max is a scaredy-cat bookmark until he learns 3 rules for being brave--breathe deeply, make a plan, and think positive thoughts!
When Max the bookmark went into a scary book, he couldn't LOOK and he SHOOK and he SCREAMED, "GET ME OUT OF THIS BOOK!"
Then he learned to (1) breathe deeply, (2) make a plan, and (3) think positive thoughts--techniques used by the Navy SEALs. Max put his new tools into practice and now he's brave enough to face a snake, yucky bugs, and even a seven-headed monster!
This humorous story packs a big punch as it introduces children to mindfulness, self-regulation, self-control, and other techniques for dealing with stress and overcoming fear.
Every copy of Get Me Out of This Book! comes with its very own pull-out Max the Bookmark. He's ready to hold your place in any book and remind you of the rules and tools--just in case things get too scary.
About the Author
Kalli Dakos is a poet and writer. Her books are very popular with children and include six ILA/CBC Children's Choices. She splits her time between the United States and Canada.
This is Deborah Cholette's debut as a picture book author. She lives in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
Sara Infante has won national awards in Portugal, where she currently lives. She has illustrated eight picture books.
"Books that help children deal with fear are always helpful when done right and this one is." —School Library Journal
"Repetitive and at times rhyming, the text builds a rhythm that lends itself to read-alouds, especially for educators with students who seem to have difficulty regulating fear-related emotions. . . . An ambitious blending of emotional and psychological tools with fantasy that will serve the right reader well."—Kirkus Reviews
"Traumatized by frightening illustrations ('I couldn’t LOOK and I SHOOK and I SCREAMED'), a timorous bookmark takes a course in how to cope with fear. . . . Infante effectively employs spiky shapes and garish colors to evoke the bookmark’s initial terror during its training. A serviceable addition to the shelf of advice about dealing with fears, boosted by a clever premise."—Booklist