5 out of 5 stars:  Amazon Verified Purchase– A Great Kid’s Book with a Wonderful Lesson. This is a great book and I love the message- that it’s cool to be a kind kid! As the mom of 2 young boys, I appreciate the lesson that good manners are more than just saying “please” and “thank you.” In a very kid-friendly format, kids will learn that good manners help make them a better person, son/daughter, student, helper, and friend. We read this book together and it has opened discussions with my kids about the choices they make and how they can do things for themselves & others that are kind.

4 out of 5 stars:  Amazon Verified Purchase—Tanner wants to be a cool kid but isn’t sure what makes him cool. Through this book (written with lots of speech bubbles) Tanner finds out that being kind, polite and showing respect is how you can be cool. Also included are two upbeat songs that can be downloaded. One is about being cool by being kind and the other one is about being polite. As a second-grade teacher, I use every opportunity to teach my students about being kind and polite citizens so this book fits perfectly into classroom management routines. The songs are fun to sing along with for a movement/brain break throughout the day.

5 out of 5 stars:  Amazon Verified Purchase—This book is essential for all young kids! My kids, 5 and 7, loved this book! They loved the story and pictures. It was a great way to start the conversations at home about bullying. I highly recommend!

Scifi and Scary Book Reviews:
These materials all work together to emphasize the value of good behavior, breaking the cycle of bullying, by attempting to guide children down a path to being better behaved in the pursuit of a redefined ‘coolness’.

Obviously, the aim is admirable. You Can Be a Cool Kind Kid seeks to break the cycle of bullying by teaching kids a new definition for cool. If the kids are young enough (and this series is definitely aimed at young readers,) this will theoretically be the definition that they associate with the word “cool”.Read the full review by clicking here!

Charles Ashbacher Reviews:

Cool Kind Kid, You Can be a “Cool Kind Kid” Picture Book Series-Book 1, Tanner Wants to be

COOL!,by Barbara Gilmour, CKK Educational

This book is a counter to the common myth that it is the cool kids that are “tough” and hard-nosed. Many think that adopting an aloof, curt, arrogant and obnoxious manner is the way to express that you are one of the important kids to emulate. The tactics illustrated in this book are those of politeness and kindness towards others, demonstrating that you are someone that others will want to be nearby or even friends with.

The style of presentation is suitable for the very young child and engages in a series of repetitive statements. For example, on pages 2 and 3 there are the phrases, “Your bike is COOL!” School is COOL!” “This game is COOL!” and “Our team is COOL!” There is more of the same on subsequent pages.

The text is presented in very short sentences like this embedded in colorful images that depict the children engaged in the do’s and don’ts of behaviors. They are very easy to interpret and understand as they reinforce the message.This is a book that is valuable when read to children in preschool or kindergarten settings. Read the full review here.