Children and Teen Books

Andrea’s children’s books and teen books and workbooks are all available on Blurb in print and Amazon in print and Kindle versions. You can find all her Amazon products on Andrea’s AUTHOR PAGE at the link just below.

Amazon.com/author/lauritzen_becomingexceptional

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Where are Joshey’s Shoes?  

This is a beautiful picture book for children of all ages. It includes a Discussion Page at the end to help grown-ups talk with children about change, stress, imagining the worst, or a host of other relatable topics from the story about a boy who’s lost his shoes and imagines them in all sorts of interesting and even dangerous places.

BLURB Soft Cover Book. Product ships in 2-3 weeks.

https://www.blurb.com/b/10147066-where-are-joshey-s-shoes

AMAZON Soft Cover Book and Kindle version.

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Dear God, It’s Me Wayne.  

The touching story of a young boy who learns he has value and is loved by a Father in Heaven even when he makes mistakes and doesn’t always make good choices. The book includes a Discussion Page to help start conversations about making mistakes, belonging, world or community events, secrets, and more.

BLURB Soft Cover Book. Product ships in 2-3 weeks.

https://www.blurb.com/b/10147068-it-s-me-wayne

AMAZON Soft Cover Book and Kindle version.

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The Christmas Mouse.  

This is the story of a small mouse who witnessed a marvelous event – the birth of the baby Jesus. A Discussion Page can make this book a conversation starter about how we, though small, can make a difference in the world. It can be shared at family Christmas festivities (or any time of the year). 

BLURB Soft Cover Book. Product ships in 2-3 weeks.

https://www.blurb.com/b/10147069-the-christmas-mouse

AMAZON Soft Cover Book and Kindle version.

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Katie Caterpillar Becomes a Butterfly

Katie Caterpillar is taken from the home she knows, nearly eaten by a bird, and drowns in a rainstorm.  We will all experience challenging circumstances. How we respond determines to a great degree who we become. A Discussion Page at the end allows adults to help children talk about changes, difficulties, and responses to life’s problems.

BLURB Soft Cover Book. Products ships in 2-3 weeks.

https://www.blurb.com/b/10195533-katie-the-caterpillar

AMAZON Soft Cover Book and Kindle version.

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The Caterpillar’s Journey

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This is a story and workbook/journal focused on supporting teens and pre-teens through hard times. Katie the Caterpillar gets blown out of her tree, falls to the ground, and is nearly eaten by a bird. She faces many challenges as she attempts to get back to her home. She receives support in unusual ways. She learns from her struggles and becomes what she was meant to be. The journal/workbook section throughout the book are meant to help individuals think about what the hard things are in their lives, how they respond to challenges, and to discover what they were meant to become. This is a book that could be used for any age and any situation to process difficult circumstances and better understand what we can learn from hard things and how these help us become better over time.

BLURB Soft Cover Book. Ships in 2-3 weeks.

https://www.blurb.com/b/10270574-the-caterpillar-s-journey

AMAZON Soft Cover Book and Kindle version.

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The Ballerina and the Warrior

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This is a delightful tale of friendship and adventure. Learn how to make new friends, to take care of and share with others, and to get along. This book includes a Discussion Page at the end for adults to use. It includes topics applicable to the book, and discussion starter questions. Great for school-aged children, and even to use in classrooms to talk about friendship and other topics.

BLURB Soft Cover Book. Ships in 2-3 weeks.

https://www.blurb.com/b/10270583-the-ballerina-and-the-warrior

AMAZON Soft Cover Book and Kindle version.

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Cinderella and her Inner Sparkle – Workbook

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Cinderella and her Inner Sparkle draws from a classic tale and adds a modern twist. This WORKBOOK includes the story as well as thought-provoking questions followed by space to write thoughts. Topics addressed include the death of a loved one, step-parenting, friendship, peer pressure, choice and responsibility, depression/discouragement, dreams/hopes, and forgiveness. The workbook contains a discussion page at the end to be used for youth and even the adults in their lives (parents/guardians, teachers, counselors, etc.) to begin those important conversations that are sometimes hard with teen/pre-teen aged youth. The characters are high school students, so age-applicable to 10-21. However, the story could be used with children of all ages, and even adults who still struggle with any of the noted topics. THIS IS A WORKBOOK. The STORYBOOK is also available and excludes the questions and answer space contained in the workbook.

BLURB Soft Cover Book. Ships in 2-3 weeks.

https://www.blurb.com/b/10270674-cinderella-and-her-inner-sparkle-workbook

AMAZON Soft Cover Book and Kindle version.

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Cinderella and her Inner Sparkle – Storybook

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Cinderella and her Inner Sparkle draws from a classic tale and adds a modern twist. This storybook includes Discussion Pages at the back to suggest possible topics to address from book content such as death of a loved one, step-parenting, friendship, peer pressure, choice and responsibility, depression/discouragement, dreams/hopes, and forgiveness. The Discussion Pages also come with questions adults (parents/guardians, teachers, counselors, etc.) can use with youth to begin those important conversations that are sometimes hard with teen/pre-teen aged youth. The characters are high school students, so age-applicable to 10-21. However, the story could be used with children of all ages, and even adults who still struggle with any of the noted topics.
A WORKBOOK version of this story is also available on Kindle and in print through Amazon. The WORKBOOK includes questions with space for answers.

BLURB Soft Cover Book. Ships in 2-3 weeks.

https://www.blurb.com/b/10270660-cinderella-and-her-inner-sparkle-storybook

AMAZON Soft Cover Book and Kindle version.

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Broken Is Beautiful, Broken Is Normal

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Broken is a story about how life may cause trauma, disappointment, or challenges we may or may not be ready to face and understand. We are all a little broken in one way or another. This healing journal/workbook provides a new perspective on life’s challenges and the opportunity to process the pain and let it go. It is a story of hope, healing, and new perspectives. This journal is age-appropriate for 10+ to adults.

BLURB Soft Cover Book. Ships in 2-3 weeks.

https://www.blurb.com/b/10270644-broken-is-beautiful-broken-is-normal

AMAZON Soft Cover Book and Kindle version.

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An Absurd Pink Bird

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An Absurd Pink Bird is a humorous story, written in verse, about a boy who doesn’t like the plastic flamingo his mom keeps in his yard because he gets teased about it. This story could be used to start discussions about teasing, consequences of our choices, being embarrassed (even by parents), and more. A discussion page at the end provides topics for discussion and questions starters to encourage conversations about important topics as listed above.

BLURB Soft Cover Book. Ships in 2-3 weeks.

https://www.blurb.com/b/10270588-an-absurd-pink-bird

AMAZON Soft Cover Book and Kindle version.

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Mortimer the Masked

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Mortimer the Masked is the story of a boy dealing with the challenges of a changing world. Though specific to COVID-19, this tale can be applied to life in general. Due to a couple of potentially scary situations (panic attack, nightmare) this book may not be appropriate for children under eight years old.  However, assess the developmental preparedness of your individual child or classroom to determine their ability to understand the challenges Mortimer faces.

We get to see life from the point of view of a 10 year old boy and how he sees the changes in his life as Mortimer deals with parental job loss, changes at school and with friends, kids not keeping the rules, and the consequences of his own choices. He also faces stress, mental health issues, nightmares, and more. Though most of us won’t be faced with all these challenges at once, we see how Mortimer and his family deal with these changes and all the many emotions involved when life presents new and different experiences. See how Mortimer and his family address issues and get through these hard times.

At the back of the story, there are several pages of questions that adults can choose from, as applicable to their specific challenges or the environmental setting (i.e. home, school, therapy) that may encourage conversations about hard things or feelings youth might be dealing with.

Mortimer the Masked is a great book to read in classrooms to help teach kids a better way to face life. Included in the story are a couple of techniques for calming down or dealing with stressful life situations.

We’re all in these challenging and changing times together. Many of us are dealing with job loss, changing and inconsistent school situations, and new social expectations that impact our circumstances, feelings, and future. Mortimer the Masked can teach us how to look at life’s challenging situations in positive ways, how working together helps us through any hard time, and how important it is to talk to someone we trust about how we’re feeling before our emotions get out of control.

As a Social Worker and having worked in school settings, Andrea understands how impactful life can be on the emotions and perspectives of children who may or may not have all the correct information about a situation, and who don’t developmentally have all that may be required to deal with the circumstances in which they find themselves. Having conversations with our children about their emotions, their thoughts, and understandings can be insightful to adults who may believe that because children are resilient that they aren’t also negatively impacted, especially due to limited ability or resources to cope with challenges.

BLURB Soft Cover Book. Ships in 2-3 weeks.

https://www.blurb.com/b/10270595-mortimer-the-masked\

AMAZON Soft Cover Book and Kindle version.

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