Planning Isn’t My Priority…and Making Priorities Isn’t In My Plans

A Picture Book About How Responsibility Helps You Reach Your Goals


SKU: B617-Net

Cletus and Bocephus are back! While working on their science fair project on mealworms, they learn to appreciate and understand each other’s strengths and weaknesses. Creativity needs structure and structure needs creativity…and Cletus and Bocephus BOTH need to know how to plan and prioritize!

“You learn from mistakes and use what you learn,
so you don’t make those mistakes again.
Every time you play a video game,
you plan and prioritize to WIN!”

This storybook is the second in the Functioning Executive book series. It highlights the importance of planning and prioritizing. It also spotlights the unique differences and strengths that live in all of us. This book will help teach children to determine the necessary steps, in order, towards fulfilling a goal which is a vital executive function skill. Children who possess effective prioritizing skills can learn to manage not only daily responsibilities, but also how to prepare for future success.

Planning and prioritizing are two of the most difficult executive function skills for people to master. Planning effectively is the thinking skill that helps an individual develop strategies to accomplish goals. It allows a person to think about completing a task before it is started. Life is all about making choices. Prioritizing effectively helps a person make the best choices possible. Time is a limited commodity. To get the most out of your time and accomplish all that you need to do, you have to be able to plan and prioritize both on a long and short-term basis.

Written by Julia Cook
Illustrated by Michelle Hazelwood Hyde
Paperback ISBN 9781937870393
Grades 2-6
32 pages
Release Date February 29, 2016

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.”

A must read for all classrooms! Finally, a book that addresses the fundamental skills of organization, goal setting and how to address any kind of work with a positive mindset. This book presents proactive solutions in an engaging way. The basic life skills presented in this story will enable students to be successful throughout their academic and adult careers. My teachers and parents have been waiting for this book!

Monica Taylor
School Counselor

As a school counselor I read a lot of books about self regulation, but this kabobs of my favorites ever. I also love that you can hand it to a fourth or fifth grader and they can read it on their own and get it lot out of it.

School Counselor
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