About

About Author Jessica Speer along with photos of Jessica and her work

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

“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:

Lisa Damour (Untangled – Guiding Teenage Girls Through the Seven Transitions into Adulthood, Under Pressure, and The Emotional Lives of Teenagers)

Phyllis Fagel (Middle School Matters)

John Gottman (Raising an Emotionally Intelligent Child)

Diana Graber (Raising Humans in a Digital World) and Founder of Cyberwise and Cyber Civics

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

Becky Kennedy (Good Inside – A Guide to Becoming the Parent You Want to Be)

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

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) and Founder of Cultures of Dignity

“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