Win Books That Use Laughter to Keep the Peace!

Win books that use laughter to keep the peace!

This month we are giving away four books that use humor to help kids get along and keep the peace at home, in school, and with friends. One lucky reader will win:


How to Take the Grrrr Out of Anger

Dude, That’s Rude!Don’t Behave Like You Live in a Cave

To Enter: Leave a comment below describing how you help kids get along.

For additional entries, leave a separate comment below for each of the following tasks you complete:

Each comment counts as a separate entry. Entries must be received by midnight, February 19, 2021.

The winner will be contacted via email on or around February 22, 2021, and will need to respond within 72 hours to claim his or her prize or another winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way affiliated with, administered, or endorsed by Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest. Winners must be US residents, 18 years of age or older.

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97 Responses to Win Books That Use Laughter to Keep the Peace!

  1. Brooke Barry says:

    I create a safe, open space environment for preschoolers and toddlers to have plenty of free play with each other and work through things on their own as much as possible..books are anacing fir helping them to get along!

  2. Brooke Barry says:

    I liked you on Facebook:)

  3. Kindlyne Vilcant says:

    I went on facebook and liked your page!

  4. Kindlyne Vilcant says:

    I like to incorporate social and emotional skills such as giving each other compliments, reading stories about friendship skills, create a problem that the children have to solve together and discuss how the child feels when a particular situation occurs.

  5. S.Shepard says:

    As a speech therapist I am always looking for new resources to help with improving communication in general and at the middle school level we talk about communication during conflicts which can be especially challenging. As a mom at home with 3 kids during the pandemic, this is also a continuous challenge. I find that talking about perspectives (what does the other person feel/think) is a critical piece of helping students/children with reacting more appropriately.

  6. Through the REACH program at UAMS we do daily Nurturing activities with the children, trying to build a school family where everyone respects each other; we Join in Play with children so we’re right there to help them with their S/E skills if a disagreement pops up; we help them understand their Feelings & give them words for their Feelings so they can learn with our assistance & modeling how to appropriately get along with others; we teach a Problem Solving strategy & go through the Problem Solving steps with the children when conflicts arise; we use a couple strategies for giving children Positive Attention everyday; we help the children with their Friendship skills everyday; we offer the children Choices daily so they don’t feel they are always being told what to do; & we involve ourselves in situations where the children are struggling with appropriate words to express themselves or have chosen physical aggression or to help them learn to self-regulate. Teaching all these things helps the children learn how to manage their own feelings & how to get along with others.

  7. Jeanna Glass says:

    These would be perfect for my boys at home. I try to point out when they are getting along and helping each other out.

  8. Melissa Massey says:

    I help children talk through their issues with one another.

  9. Debbie Jackson says:

    Our school is incorporating trauma, mindfulness, and emotional skills to all staff and students. These books would be another resource to add to our toolboxes.

  10. Ms. L. Hoffman says:

    My sixth grade learning-disabled students have never met me in person. We have been distant learning since August, their first semester in middle school. Each class day I began by asking each student by name how they were doing. They would answer okay. Then one day one of the students answered, “How are you doing Ms. Hoffman.” I answered, “Fine” and then I said, “Thank you for asking.” To my surprise that simple beginning caught on like wildfire. Every class session(we meet on Monday, Wednesdays and Fridays) now begins with me asking them how they’re doing and them asking me how I am doing.. It is so simple, yet so powerful. They’re each individually being acknowledged and so am I. They not only get along with each other but they’re smiling and so am I. One last thing I learned without realizing it, I can see their smiles and they can see mine when zooming…connecting is everything !.LHoffman

  11. Joanie Chambers says:

    I teach social development through books, discussions, and role playing.

  12. PAULA Rehm says:

    I teach social skills using books, videos, and role playing.

  13. Katrina says:

    I address the problem and help teach social and emotional skills to solve it with the kids involved.

  14. Kathleen Huff says:

    I teach social skills!

  15. Kris says:

    I am the only School Counselor in a K-8 building with 650+ students and am trying to build my SEL library as I am new. These books would be great! I teach students about problem solving and emotional regulation. When I am not a School Counselor, I am a mom to two children ages 4 and 7 and these could also really be beneficial for parenting too! :).

  16. Therese Poujade-Goustiaux says:

    I point out positive interactions that I see and make a big deal of consideration & kindness.

    • Ava Pauley says:

      I generally make everyone involved take a deep breath and when they are calm we discuss what we can do to resolve the issue so it doesn’t happen again.

  17. Markki LeBlanc says:

    To help kids get along, I teach Social Skills in the special education middle school setting. A lot of the time it is learning how to calm down before they get to angry to keep it cool. Also it is teaching those techniques and using them throughout the day so the students observe it in different settings. Sometimes we also just talk about what is on their mind because sometimes that creates trust and friendships grow because of listening and connecting skills. You also have to teach opinion tolerance because everyone can have their own opinion and it might be different than yours.
    One other thing is coming up with alternative ways to get your frustration out instead of hitting a person, wall, or destroying a room. Some include, punching a pillow, ripping up un-needed/not someone elses paper, screaming into a pillow, taking a walk outside (with an adult near by), etc.

  18. Madison Sierer says:

    I teach lessons on problem solving steps and conflict resolution!

  19. Stephen Coutts says:

    These books would help in my Learning Centre.

  20. Jennifer Perez says:

    I sometimes serve as mediator to clear the air or would initiate a game amongst them.

  21. Lisa Dreadfulwater says:

    I use the restorative justice process with students. We use talking circles to allow students to express themselves and listen to their peers. I also read stories pertaining to kindness, respect, and expressing emotions effectively. It’s essential to give students tools especially those who are lagging in some skills just as we would do for academic areas. Thank you for this opportunity.

  22. Gwendolyn Wilkerson says:

    I get children going by greeting them in the morning along with singing hello how are you?

  23. C. Ledesma says:

    I actively listen, restate what I heard, and offer advice ONLY if asked.

  24. Deb Mertz says:

    I attempt to mediate problems before they become major. We work it out together so they have ownership. We work on developing their problem-solving skills and their cooperation and collaboration.

  25. Melissa says:

    Followed on Pinterest

  26. Melissa says:

    I have students practice I statements to express themselves without blame to help them get along!

  27. Pia Alliende says:

    I will put the books in our school library, share them with students, use the books as a springboard to have conversations with students about their feelings. When students listen to other students they open up and figure out that they are not alone, and that’s so important.

  28. Tamara Fulkerson says:

    I am a restorative practices facilitator. I spend a lot of time with elementary students, talking about ways we can strengthen our friendships.

  29. Sheila Hatfield says:

    Teach children lessons on empathy and problem solving skills. Also helpful to review anger management. Explaining that all feelings are okay – it’s what you do when having those feelings that matters.

  30. We love these books and have borrowed them from other sources. These SEL resources are terrific for small group work.

  31. Sheila Hatfield says:

    Liked on Facebook!😊

  32. Melinda Todd says:

    I help kids get along by using different teaching techniques such as reading books about sharing and playing children’s videos and I also use puppets to use as an example to show children how to respect each other and talk to them about showing their peers or siblings that they care about their feelings and how getting along is so much better than not getting along.

  33. Sally Root says:

    Provide opportunities to talk about feelings as part of storytime, so they can think about feelings and reactions at a time when they are not experiencing a conflict, rather they are able to be reflective or identify feelings as part of the human story.

  34. We do daily SEL lessons and have Restorative Circles when needed. I use books often when I see a particular struggle among the students. If it’s an individual student, I take time to speak with them and spend personal time with them.

  35. Getting outside is a great way to help kids figure things out!

  36. jane bartosz says:

    Humor is a great way to break tension and join people together. A little time apart or to think before speaking helps too.

  37. Emily says:

    I try to ask open-ended questions to elicit empathy such as “How do you think the other person feels?” and “How do think we can make them feel better?” When turning the problem-solving process to the children, it can help build those crucial social-emotional and critical thinking skills.

  38. Claudia Arreola says:

    Like on Facebook

  39. Claudia Arreola says:

    I talk to the children that are not getting along and listen to each other side of the story, then ask open ended questions to help them solve the issue. Then, as a group with all the children, I talk about the issue (without giving names of children involve) and have a discussion as a group. books, stories and props are involve.

  40. Dalila says:

    I read books about kindness, respect, and letting go of anger. I teach mindfulness and use positive affirmations to promote positive behavior traits.

  41. vbunn says:

    following on pinterest

  42. Vbunn says:

    I try to encourage them to stop for a second breath, then restart the conversation. Sometimes it can really help stop the yelling. I ask them to not bring up what happened in the past. Yes it still frustrates you now but we are going to work on making better decisions now and treating each other better now and in the future.

  43. Elizabeth Legere says:

    Followed on Pinterest

  44. Elizabeth Legere says:

    Followed on Twitter

  45. Elizabeth Legere says:

    Liked on Facebook

  46. Elizabeth Legere says:

    I use our morning meeting time to reinforce the importance of getting along, being kind, being supportive of each other. If we have specific issues, I call class meetings where we talk about what is going on and clear the air and make a plan on how to fix whatever is going on. I use the power of communication a lot.

  47. Paola ayala says:

    I promote kindness and respect by encouraging children to help each other during activities.

  48. Paola ayala says:

    I create routines and classrooms rules in order to teach children to share, take turns, walk inside the classroom

  49. Paola ayala says:

    I like you on Facebook

  50. Paola Ayala says:

    I promote conversations and let children express idea. I use open ended questions to engage children in conversations.

  51. Angela Hatfield says:

    I am Family Educator which means I do home visits. These books would be great to share with the parents and children.

  52. Phara Fondren says:

    My role is to offer guidance to mental health/behavior intervention specialists who support preschool classroom teachers in promoting the social-emotional well being of their students. Classroom teachers focus on conflict resolution techniques, such as prompting students to communicate their feelings, share with others, take turns and make good choices

  53. Denise Griffin says:

    I promote kindness and cooperation in my classroom along with diversity. I incorporate SEL and character education. I encourage helping others. I follow on all 3 sites mentioned above.

  54. Elisabeth Morales says:

    Remind them of the Golden Rule

  55. Kristal Adams-Williams says:

    I model appropriate interactions with my students.

  56. Rose Clevenger says:

    I tell my children to STOP, listen, HEAR what the other is saying and to take a deep breath before responding. If that doesn’t work we take a break to think rationally about what is happening and then collect our thoughts calmly before we regroup and discuss.
    Often times this nips arguments in the bud before they even happen.

  57. Kathleen Haskins says:

    We use the step 2 curriculum with the children. We have children from 6 weeks to 5 years here at our center.

  58. Hope Sheppard says:

    By addressing them and having them apologize for their behavior when they are not so nice to each other.

  59. Christina Raymond says:

    I teach students the social emotional skills necessary in order to learn how to get along.

  60. Mirna Velasquez says:

    I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker working with an Elementary school in Labelle, FL. I worked with children getting along by talking to them individually helping them find out their feelings/emotions and then facilitating a discussion among themselves in a group setting when appropriate. Diverse set of interventions are used such as Cognitive Behavioral, Solution Focus and/or play or art interventions.

  61. Kristine Jacobs says:

    I love teaching “I” statements. It is a great way to learn assertive communication.

  62. Kristin Sherk says:

    I think teaching children to communicate and use their words to express their feelings is key. These books would be a great resource to use!

  63. Gary Metzenbacher says:

    I just try to get students to see a different perspective and step away from their personal view for just a moment. I often offer myself as an object for them to review [giving them a description of myself for them to laugh at]

  64. Jamie C Hutchison, MS says:

    I have dividers that kids are able to use to signal to others they need to be in their “alone zone” to cool off or process. This gives them time to think before reacting.

  65. Londa cutshaw says:

    I am a preschool teacher so I teach kids to get along

  66. Melissa Massey says:

    I help children get along by having them talk through their issues. I allow children time to talk about their situations so they can figure out what the underlying cause is to their issues.

  67. Genni Luberda says:

    I like you on Facebook

  68. Hilary Kalahan says:

    I try to help kids by giving each child a turn to talk about how a negative moment made them feel, then let any other child involved have a turn telling side calmly. If there is yelling, we freeze for as moment a nd continue when all parties are calm. Sometimes when children really hear how it affects another progress can be made, It doesn’t work 100% of the time, but at least it gets them talking and not yelling.

  69. Genni Luberda says:

    Sometimes it can be tricky to have siblings and really close relatives to get along. I try to talk about how they are feeling and how it might make the other person feel. I have them try to talk it out and see if they can find a solution.

  70. Nancy Snow says:

    I use read alouds with sibling characters to allow students to connect and work through scenarios.

  71. Angela Pate says:

    We make rules together about specifically how to be kind, friendly, a good listener and care for others. Then, when issues arise, we revisit the rules we all made together, and determine what the next best steps would be to act within our values. We support each other in it, and we are a team.

  72. Jaime J Juchems says:

    Sharing books and having discussions about possible scenarios is one way that I, as the librarian, help kids get along better.

  73. Stefanie Dingbaum says:

    I help kids get along in many ways. I am the SEL leader of our school, therefore promoting SEL across the building and in our classrooms. I also help kids through individual counseling teaching them appropriate skills to use in the classroom, at home, and in the community.

  74. I would love to win this set for my students! As a school counselor, most of my day is spent helping students learn the tools needed to navigate their world from a social, emotional, or behavioral perspective. All four of these stories are topics that I work on with students frequently and would be greatly utilized and appreciated resources. Thanks for considering my students!

  75. Sarah Johnson says:

    I help my kiddos get along by mediating only when necessary. I use positive words and tell them what is excepted, without using ‘don’t’!

  76. Shannon Thompson says:

    These are so precious and fun! I use games and five-word sharing to build rapport, diffuse tense situations and help kids “get along”.

  77. Karen Sackheim says:

    Hello, as a Special Education Teacher, I would love to win these books.

  78. Nancy Van Ert says:

    Quoting Thumpers mother from Bambi. “If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all.”

  79. Katharine Gindin says:

    Following on pinterest

  80. Katharine Gindin says:

    Liked on facebook

  81. LInda Jancola says:

    When there is a conflict I will ask each student to write out their side of the story. I then bring both parties together to discuss things away from the class. I mention the common elements in their accounts and then we discuss where their accounts differ. If we cannot come to a resolution, we meet again the next day when emotions have settled down a bit. Usually, the individuals have worked things out on their own.

  82. Katharine Gindin says:

    Sometimes I like to draw kids attention to the things that they already do to support each other, like a knowing smile that shows they have their classmate’s back, or moving to make room for someone to join them. As the kids reflect sometimes they realize that they do know how to be a good friend and they can and do make a difference for others. It can also get them thinking about what makes them feel good and how they can pass that along to someone else.

  83. In a world today where people are so mean to each other children tend to pick up on those traits. As a professional who works with children who have issues with getting along with others and that may not as ways mean other kids I have to think outside of the box. I would have team building activities for the children to do together to help them work together and get along. There are different programs that can be incorporated into the everyday classroom to help students get along with each other

  84. Molly says:

    I find the best way to show kids how to get along is modeling respect toward others in my own life. I also always encourage kids to use each other’s names correctly each and every time they talk with each other.

  85. Kelly says:

    Empathy! Kids need to learn to recognize and relate to people’s feelings and reactions to choose a respectful response. I love to teach this through fictional characters.

  86. Eugenia Canales says:

    it would help kids behavior in general

  87. Amanda Ellen Allaire says:

    I love to use humor to help my students whether it is in counseling or just at my after school program I work at. If I can get them to smile you can see their whole body relax and then they are ready to talk. It also helps to gauge where they are in terms of being upset and ready to talk.

  88. As a public librarian, I not only serve children, but their parents, their educators and their religious leaders who all have requested materials such as these for use with their students/children. As a free resource for the community, the library provides up to date informative and entertaining materials covering a wide range of topics and interests of young people and their parents/guardians and educators alike. Even during Covid lock downs, the library was still able to serve our patrons through video resources, curbside deliveries and through limited in-person use of our facility. Now we are one of just a few libraries in our area which allow patrons back into the building and demand for our materials has skyrocketed. Materials from Free Spirit Publishing have always been popular and I have no doubt that these will “fly” off of our shelves.
    Thank you for offering this giveaway.

  89. Julie Hadden says:

    We are a small Special Education class with 12 students. At the beginning of the year we stress that we are a “family΅. We spend a lot of time together so we need to be kind to each other.

  90. Kimberly Johnson says:

    I am a counselor for students with emotional disabilities and students diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders. I am always working on peer relationships with my students. We talk about respecting others differences, empathy, conversation skills, etc. I feel these books would help out tremendously!

  91. Bettie Miller says:

    Building connections in playful situations.

  92. Paula Rocha says:

    By helping them cooperate and play together

  93. I try to speak with them or try to see them see the laughter as to how silly the situation is in the fight.

  94. Beth VanBuren says:

    We create a safe, respectful environment and we listen to one another share thoughts/ feelings.

  95. Crystal says:

    When my students are having disagreements, I encourage them to clarify their position without comment from the other student, just listening. I have them think about how the other person may feel. Then we work on a resolution. Communicating and empathy are always emphasized to resolve any conflicts.

  96. Kristin Calvert says:

    I do classroom lessons to teach ways for students to get along and run small groups that focus on social skills. I love incorporating books into my lessons.

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