Book Title: I Can Handle It! (Mindful Mantras)
Author: Laurie Wright
Category: Children’s Fiction (Ages 3-7), 32 pages
Genre: Children’s Picture Book
Publisher: Laurie Wright
Release date: August 2016
Content Rating: G. This children’s book is for everyone.
Your child will incorporate the idea of ‘I Can Handle It’ almost immediately after reading this book, even in our current uncertain times. After reading this book, they will have great ideas for how to ‘handle’ tough situations! When they are tired of having to stay home, they will think ‘I can handle it’! When they are missing their friends, they will think ‘I can handle it’! When they are feeling worried about the future, they will think ‘I can handle it’! Even if they aren’t saying the words out loud, this mantra will become a part of their self-talk. Over 300 5-star reviews say so! Positive self-talk is vital for improving and maintaining strong mental health which is exactly what the world needs right now. Help your child feel emotionally strong along with Sebastien, and provide a tool to help them get through these challenging times. And because parents have such a difficult and important job, this book includes updated free resources.
I Love Hedgehogs! (Okay now that I have that out of my system…)
Sebastien is a typical kid dreaming up some funny ideas of how he could accomplish things. It brought to mind the adage “if at first you don’t succeed, try, try, again.” I really enjoyed Laurie Wrights’s style of writing and I can see my classroom of kids loving how it speaks their language. The illustrations also added another element of cuteness and engagement geared towards kids. From Sebastien’s best friend (who is a Hedgehog) to all the creative ways he thinks of ways to handle situations Laurie Wright emphasizes that kids can do things and she leads them to some really helpful ways to process how to do them.
I think that this book is one every kid needs to read and grasp the concepts of. It helps take “I Can’t” out of their dictionaries and replaces it with “I Can Handle It”. I HIGHLY recommend this book and give it 5 out of 5 stars.
*I volunteered to read this book in return for my honest feedback. The thoughts and opinions expressed within are my own.
Interview with Laurie Wright!
Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by Laurie!
What made you write a book about a kid who thinks of silly ways to handle problems?
I taught kindergarten for ten years, and I consider 4 & 5 year olds my people! I wrote the book in ‘kid language’ so they’d really ‘get’ it. And kids don’t jump to the best way to solve a problem off the bat. (really, adults don’t always either!) Kids love thinking about outrageous things they could do… which naturally leads to the potential outcomes too. It’s a wonderful way for them to decide how they can handle their problems.
There are many books out there about helping kids deal with worries and anxiety. What makes yours different?
It’s different because it actually works, and doesn’t come off as preachy. Kids enjoy the amusing illustrations and the outrageous possibilities of how they ‘could’ handle their problems. It all rings true for them, because they’ve had the same thoughts so often themselves. Frequently after reading it just once kids start to say the words, ‘I can handle it’, meaning they are realizing they CAN handle it!
Do you have another profession besides writing?
I do! After writing 9 books in the series, I really fell in love with the marketing aspect of being an indie author. So now I help other authors market their books too.
How long have you been writing?
My first book came out in 2016, but I actually wrote it about 10 years before that. Prior to that I didn’t write anything except lesson plans.
What is the last great book you’ve read?
A book on negotiations! 😂 I’m hoping to try it out on the original Sebastien – who is now 12 years old!
In today’s tech savvy world, most writers use a computer or laptop. Have you ever written parts of your book on paper?
When I first get an idea for a book, I have to write in one of my many notebooks! I write and rewrite the old fashioned way, it just doesn’t work for me on a computer. (plus I often get ideas when I’m on the go, so a notebook is in my bag at all times)
How many books in The Mindful Mantras series have you sold?
I don’t know the exact number, but over 100k in English alone! The series is also being published in 7 other languages. (my personal favorite is Icelandic)
That is awesome Laurie! I want to read “I Can Handle it” in Russian! 😂 Thanks again for your time and letting me and my readers get a glimpse of the author behind the pages!
The Travelers Wife
Children’s author and book marketing coach, Laurie Wright is a silly but smart, busy mom of three who laughs at her own jokes just a bit too much. The minivan is her sanctuary, and the only place she can sing out loud without being shushed. She’s known for her short term memory and extreme love of chips and dip. Usually on her best behavior, watch out when her filter wears off! Never without her laptop and a notebook. Trust her with your kids and your books, but not your coffee!
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