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Jessica Speer’s books engage and entertain readers by combining the stories of preteens and teens with fun activities and practical insights. She has a master’s degree in social sciences and explores social-emotional topics in ways that connect with kids. She is regularly featured in and contributes to media outlets on topics related to kids, teens, parenting, and friendship.

“Relationships are where life really happens. Through relationships, including our relationship with ourselves,…we connect, we mess up, we grow and we learn to be our best.

Jessica Speer

Inspiring Thought Leaders:

Brene Brown (Daring to Lead, Daring Greatly, The Gifts of Imperfection, Rising Strong)

Lisa Damour (Untangled – Guiding Teenage Girls Through the Seven Transitions into Adulthood)

Glennon Doyle (Untamed, Love Warrior)

Phyllis Fagel (Middle School Matters)

John Gottman (Raising an Emotionally Intelligent Child)

Katie Hurley (No More Mean Girls, The Happy Kid Handbook)

Jessica Lahey (The Gift of Failure, The Addiction Anoculation)

Trudy Ludwig (My Secret Bully, Confessions of a Former Bully, Sorry, Too Perfect, The Power of One)

Rachel Simmons (Enough as She Is, Odd Girl Out, The Curse of the Good Girl)

Signe Whitson (8 Keys to End Bullying, How to be Angry)

Rosalind Wiseman (Masterminds & Wingmen, Queen Bees & Wannabes, Queen Bee Moms & Kingpin Dads)

“When parents offer their children empathy and help them to cope with negative feelings like anger, sadness, and fear, parents build bridges of loyalty and affection.”

John M. Gottman, Raising An Emotionally Intelligent Child

“The best way to measure how much you’ve grown isn’t by inches or the number of laps you can now run around the track, or even your grade point average — though those things are important, to be sure. It’s what you’ve done with your time, how you’ve chosen to spend your days, and whom you’ve touched this year. That, to me, is the greatest measure of success.”

Auggie Pullman from R.J. Placio’s book, Wonder