Smarter than the SCOOPERS

A Picture Book About Keeping Your Child Safe from Predators


SKU: B153-Net

Keeping your child safe from predators.

Give children “the scoop” on personal safety with this powerfully important story written to empower children with the skills and confidence needed to make right choices in their daily social interactions.

SCOOP is an acronym to help children remember five personal safety strategies to keep them safe in everyday situations:

  • be Smart
  • use your Call list
  • zerO talking to strangers
  • keep strangers Out of your personal space, and
  • always Pair up.

This book is an excellent tool to help parents, teachers, counselors, and caregivers equip children with safety skills to prevent child abduction. Written in a friendly, non-threatening manner, SCOOP takes a refreshingly empathetic approach to the topic of personal safety from a child’s point of view.

Written by Julia Cook
Illustrated by Allison Valentine
Paperback ISBN 9781937870072
Grades K-3
32 pages
Release Date July 15, 2012

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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.”

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