Written by JULIA COOK
Illustrated by CARRIE HARTMAN

Release Date AUGUST 27, 2020


Control your wiggles and be the BOSS of your ants.

In I Have Ants in My Pants, Julia Cook helps normalize the feeling many kids have when they struggle to control their wiggles and provides strategies for improving impulse control.

Some children just can’t sit still—no matter how hard they try. And Louis is no exception. He accidentally kicks his friend during story time. He can’t stand still in the lunch line. And he wiggles in his seat at the movie theater.

Everyone keeps telling him he has ants in his pants, but Louis doesn’t see any ants! Louis’ mom explains that this means he wiggles a lot, and she teaches him a special tool, the Wiggle Dance.

Wiggle and jiggle.
Jump up and down.
Shake your hands
and turn around.

Take a deep breath.
Scrunch up your nose.
Wobble your knees
and wiggle your toes.

With a little practice and a few helpful tools, Louis learns that he can calm his wiggles and become the boss of the ants in his pants!


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Want to dive deeper?

Check out the I Have Ants in My Pants Resource Bundle that allows you to take the explore the lessons taught in the picture book further. The downloadable Resource Bundle includes:

  • How to Be the Boss of Your Ants poster
  • DIY Balloon Fidget Tools for Kids
  • Wiggle Breaks for Children
  • How Big is Your Personal Space Bubble? activity
  • Teach Children How to Finger Knit
  • Coloring page from the book

PRAISE FOR I Have Ants in My Pants

I Have Ants in My Pants by Julia Cook is relatable fun that had my students giggling through my reading of the book. This story tells the tale of a boy who is very wiggly and people keep telling him that he has ants in his pants. He keeps trying to find those ants until his mom finally clues him in that they are talking about his wiggly he is. Love, love, love!

Amy Pope
First grade teacher, Instagram @firstgradesparkles

This book written by Julia Cook is so fun to read. This would be a great book to read to an entire class to discuss other ways to deal with the wiggles. It would also be good for digital learning to discuss ways that teachers and students can get the wiggles out when being in front of the screen all day. This book made me laugh and it also made me smile. 

Nita Creekmore
Instagram @loveteachbless

I love the easily relatable story and the tips at the end of the book to help students control their wiggles! A classroom must-read. 

Jeanine Schneider
Teacher, Instagram @thinkgrowgiggle

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 nationally and internationally, regularly speaks at 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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