Time to Get Started

A Story about Learning to Take Initiative and Get Things Done


SKU: D461-Net

Blake generally has a good time… until someone interrupts him and tells him he needs to do something RIGHT NOW!

He doesn’t understand why he has to clean his room THIS SECOND! And he’d much rather be doing ANYTHING than learning multiplication.

Blake’s mom steps in and helps him see that not all tasks are hard or boring – sometimes he can find a fun way to accomplish a chore of he looks hard enough. She also teaches him an important skill that her father taught her when she was young – the steps to taking initiative. Blake learns questions to ask himself about why he doesn’t want to do something, and what he needs to do to get started right away and complete the task.

Will Blake be able to take initiative at school and at home?

Time to Get Started! is another engaging title in the Executive FUNction series that inspires children in grades K through 5 to be flexible, organized, and resourceful. True to the author’s style, this story offers an entertaining lesson on taking initiative. Tips for parents and educator to help children overcome procrastination are included at the end of the storybook.

Written by Bryan Smith
Illustrated by Lisa M. Griffin
Paperback ISBN 9781944882310
Grades K-5
31 pages
Release Date October 19, 2018

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Boys Town Press

Bryan Smith comes from a family of educators. He has worked in education for the past 22 years. Bryan began his career as an elementary school teacher before realizing he had a passion for helping children deal with difficult issues. He has since spent 17 years as an elementary school counselor, where he teaches students life skills that will help them succeed. Through his writing, Bryan hopes to motivate, educate and inspire children. His stories address topics like sportsmanship, executive functions, self-control and self acceptance. When he isn’t working as a school counselor or writing, Bryan enjoys coaching his two boys in baseball.

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