Bubble Gum Brain

A Picture Book About Growth Mindset


SKU: B815-Net

Becoming is Better Than Being!

I have Bubble Gum Brain. I like to chew on my thoughts, flex, bend and stretch my brain, and expand the way I think! I make great mistakes that help me learn.

I have Brick Brain. With me, things are the way they are…and they’re probably not going to change much. I am the way I am…and that’s just how it is.

Meet Bubble Gum Brain and Brick Brain: two kids with two VERY different mindsets. Bubble Gum Brain likes to have fun adventures, learn new things, and doesn’t worry about making great mistakes. Brick Brain is convinced that things are just fine the way they are and there’s not much he can do to change them, so why try?

When Bubble Gum Brain shows Brick Brain how to peel off his wrapper, Brick Brain begins to realize just how much more fun school…and life… can be!

This creative story teaches children (and adults) the valuable lesson that becoming is better than being, which can open the door to a whole new world of possibilities!

Ready, Get Mindset…GROW!!

Written by Julia Cook
Illustrated by Allison Valentine
Paperback ISBN 9781937870430
Grades K-6
32 pages
Release Date April 25, 2017

Additional information






National Center for Youth Issues

Julia Cook, M.S. is a award-winning children’s author, counselor, and parenting expert. She has presented in thousands of schools and speaks at education and counseling conferences nationally and internationally. Julia has published almost one hundred children’s books on a wide range of character and social development topics, and regularly contributes to print and television media about these topics. The goal behind Cook’s work is to actively involve young people in fun, memorable stories and teach them to become lifelong problem-solvers. Inspiration for her books comes from working with children and carefully listening to counselors, parents, and teachers, in order to stay on top of needs in the classroom and at home. Cook has the innate ability to enter the worldview of a child through storybooks, giving children both the “what to say” and the “how to say it.”

As a huge endorser of the “Power of Yet,” I highly recommend Bubble Gum Brain for every child, parent and teacher! It reminds us that it’s ok to make a lot of great mistakes and doing so helps us grow. This book won’t see much shelf time in my classroom. My kids are going to wear out the pages! I can’t wait to see them peel off their own wrappers and rediscover their powerful Bubble Gum Brains.

Lauren Jacoby M.S.
Reading specialist and classroom teacher

Wow! Yet another creatively entertaining book by Julia Cook with a valuable message – this time introducing readers young and old to the power of developing and embracing a growth mindset. In a world where one’s ability to learn has become far more important than what one already knows, this book is a real winner!

Laura A. Jana, MD
Pediatrician, Author
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