Written by JULIA COOK
Illustrated by MACKENZIE HALEY

Release Date DECEMBER 4, 2018


HOPE is our children’s window for a better tomorrow. In terms of resilience and well-being, hope is a critically important predictor of success. This creative story from the best-selling author of My Mouth is a Volcano!, and Bubble Gum Brain, reminds children that dark clouds can be temporary and asking for help is always okay. We all have times when we need to borrow a little hope from someone else.

When your clouds get too dark,
and too heavy to push away,
Reach out and ask, “Can I borrow some light?”
“I’m having a really bad day.”

“It’s always okay to admit to yourself,
“I just can’t do it today.”
Everyone needs somebody sometimes,
to help them find their way.”

Sometimes the dark clouds overhead seem too heavy and you feel like giving up. Little candle knows all about this. Bad grades, blasted on social media, worried about making the team, and wondering who her real friends are—so many hard things to deal with! All she can see is darkness. But her story begins to change when someone notices she needs a boost of hope. As little candle is reminded she has purpose and her own unique gifts, and that she isn’t the only one with dark clouds, her dim light begins to shine brighter.

This hopeful story emphasizes for children (and adults) the many different ways to ask for help, and their ability to be a hope builder for others, too.


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Want to dive deeper?

Check out the A Flicker of Hope Resource Bundle that allows you to take the explore the lessons taught in the picture book further. The downloadable Resource Bundle includes:

  • About Me Worksheet
  • It’s Great to Be Me Worksheet
  • Things I am Good At Worksheet
  • My Unique Gifts Craftivity
  • If You Really Knew Me Game
  • My Family, My Feelings, and My World Discussion Cards


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This story is incredibly written. Hope is a skill that all students need to aspire to have. This is especially true as a School Counselor who works with students who have experienced trauma. I will be able to use this story for so many topic areas, including resiliency, grief and loss and bullying. I highly recommend it.

Katie Kessen-Checki (Counselor Katie)

As a school counselor and registered play therapist, I love the message this book sends. We all have special gifts we can share with others, and if our hope fades, we can ask for help. The art work and message is beautiful in this book. Very few books have brought a tear to my eye, but this one did. Can’t wait to start using this with kids. Such an important message!

Lora K. Schultz
School Counselor and Play Therapist

A Flicker of Hope is a much-needed resource for our times. As an international speaker on resilience, mental health, and suicide prevention, I have noticed diverse populations struggling with how best to reach out when times get tough. This book gives readers both the language and mindset of how we can build caring communities everywhere. Together we can build the emotional intelligence needed to create a more supportive world.

Dr. Sally Spencer-Thomas
Psychologist and Mental Health Advocate

Meet the Author


JULIA COOK, M.S. is a national award winning children’s author, counselor and parenting expert. She has presented in thousands of schools across the country and abroad, regularly speaks at national education and counseling conferences, and has published children’s books on a wide range of character and social development 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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