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BECOMING is better than BEING.

I have Bubble Gum Brain. I like to chew on my thoughts, flex, bend and stretch my brain, and expand the way I think! I make great mistakes that help me learn.

I have Brick Brain. With me, things are the way they are...and they're probably not going to change much. I am the way I am...and that's just how it is.

Meet Bubble Gum Brain and Brick Brain: two kids with two VERY different mindsets. Bubble Gum Brain likes to have fun adventures, learn new things, and doesn't worry about making great mistakes. Brick Brain is convinced that things are just fine the way they are and there's not much he can do to change them, so why try?

When Bubble Gum Brain shows Brick Brain how to peel off his wrapper, Brick Brain begins to realize just how much more fun school...and life... can be!

This creative story teaches children (and adults) the valuable lesson that becoming is better than being, which can open the door to a whole new world of possibilities!

Ready, Get Mindset...GROW!!


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."

Allison Valentine is an artist and illustrator who spends her time creating fun and colorful artwork from her Connecticut art studio. She has illustrated multiple children's books, including several of Julia Cook's previous books, and has also received the AEP (Association for Educational Publishers) Distinguished Achievement Award.


As a huge endorser of the "Power of Yet," I highly recommend Bubble Gum Brain for every child, parent and teacher! It reminds us that it's ok to make a lot of great mistakes and doing so helps us grow. This book won't see much shelf time in my classroom. My kids are going to wear out the pages! I can't wait to see them peel off their own wrappers and rediscover their powerful Bubble Gum Brains.

Lauren Jacoby M.S.
Reading specialist and classroom teacher

Wow! Yet another creatively entertaining book by Julia Cook with a valuable message – this time introducing readers young and old to the power of developing and embracing a growth mindset. In a world where one's ability to learn has become far more important than what one already knows, this book is a real winner!

Laura A. Jana, MD
Pediatrician, Author of The Toddler Brain, Nurture the Skills Today That Will Shape Your Child's Tomorrow

April 25
National Center for Youth Issues
National Center for Youth Issues

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