I am sharing two dynamic nonfiction resources written by Bonnie Zucker PsyD and Lenka Glassman, PsyD, and illustrated by DeAndra Hodge, that will help prepare readers, ages 11 to 14 for middle school. Published by Magination Press Aug. 30, 2022, both books help students transition from elementary school to middle school. It is both an exciting and challenging time as readers learn to handle the many changes that are occurring in their personal and home lives, their bodies, and their relationships with friends and peers. The first book helps readers understand social power and how to keep it balanced in their interactions with friends/peers. The second book helps readers examine their emotional life and rapidly changing moods so that they can learn to face their school experiences with self-confidence and self-control.
The authors provide useful strategies and advice. I like the design of each book, which has has ten short informative chapters that end with a “Take-Away” page that highlights the major points. And every page is full of fun and expressive illustrations and cartoons — the cover is a good example of what is inside.
Kid Confident #1: How to Manage Your Social Power in Middle School
Author: Bonnie Zucker, PsyD
Illustrator: DeAndra Hodge
Synopsis: Do you know what “social power” is? HINT: You experience every day, you share it with your friends and classmates, and when it is balanced and equal, you feel AWESOME. But when it’s unequal or out of whack, you feel All. That. Drama… right?
This book gives you a real look at the social life of middle graders and offers expert ways to deal when unbalanced social power situations and unfriendly peers happen. Loaded with safe and appropriate strategies and easy-to-apply advice, you’ll get just what to need to blossom and grow though an often turbulent time in your life. With this, you will thrive in your friendships, figure out who you are, become the best version of yourself, and have a rock-solid sense of confidence.
Kid Confident #2: How to Master Your Mood in Middle School
Author: Lenka Glassman, PsyD,
Illustrator: DeAndra Hodge
Synopsis: Some kids sail through their middle school years without any drama, but most kids get stuck on a rollercoaster of up and down moods. How is it possible to feel sad and happy at the same time? Why is everything so embarrassing? How does one eye-roll from a friend make you suddenly doubt everything about yourself?
The truth is you are growing into the amazing person you are meant to be and your many moods and emotions are helping you figure it all out. Not everyone nerds out on mood and emotions, but this book is packed with cool brain science and info on mental health and wellness, plus real-life stories from kids your age, you’ll learn something about yourself without even trying! Soon you’ll be an expert on YOU and will figure out what your emotions and feelings are saying. Soon you’ll staying cool and calm during really tough moments knowing that you can handle anything. And all that adds up to feeling so much lighter and more confident about yourself and your future.
Bonnie Zucker, PsyD, is a licensed psychologist in private practice. She received her undergraduate degree from George Washington University, her master’s degree from the University of Baltimore, and her doctoral degree from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology in Chicago. Dr. Zucker specializes in the treatment of anxiety disorders and is the author of Something Very Sad Happened: A Toddler’s Guide to Understanding Death, Anxiety-Free Kids,Take Control of OCD, and co-author of Resilience Builder Program for Children & Adolescents and two relaxation CDs. She lives in Bethesda, Maryland. Visit bonniezucker.com
Lenka Glassman, PsyD is a licensed psychologist specializing in the treatment of anxiety and related conditions. She runs a private practice in Washington, DC and Bethesda, MD where she works with children, teens, adults, and families on issues related to anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and self-esteem. In addition to her clinical training and career in psychology, Dr. Glassman has worked as a group fitness leader for over 18 years, and views physical exercise as an important component in overall psychological well-being. She lives in Bethesda, Maryland. Visit drlenkaglassman.com and @drlenkaglassman on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
DeAndra Hodge is an illustrator and designer based in Washington, DC. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design from University of Montevallo. Visit deandrahodge.com/illustration and on Instagram as deandrahodge_
*Review copies provided by Magination Press in exchange for a review.