• Gouge Elementary School third- and fourth-graders raise their hands and hope children’s book author Julia Cook chooses them as a volunteer Monday, April 8, during her visit to the school. Cook gave hour-long presentations to the kindergarten through second-grade group as well as the third- and fourth-grade group and worked with the students during hour-long writing sessions. (Cory Spiers/MNJ)
    Gouge Elementary School third- and fourth-graders raise their hands and hope children’s book author Julia Cook chooses them as a volunteer Monday, April 8, during her visit to the school. Cook gave hour-long presentations to the kindergarten through second-grade group as well as the third- and fourth-grade group and worked with the students during hour-long writing sessions. (Cory Spiers/MNJ)

Author Julia Cook visits Gouge Elementary

Gouge Elementary School first-grade teacher Tiffany Grindstaff wrote a grant for her classroom to the Community Foundation of WNC. The $3,200 award was used to bring author Julia Cook to the school Monday, April 8, to provide hands-on learning for day-to-day social issues children face in the classroom.

Cook is nationally recognized as an award-winning children’s book author and parenting expert, and her books have been referenced in such publications as Parent’s Magazine, The New Yorker, Green Child Magazine, The Huffington Post, The Chicago Tribune, Yahoo.com, DrLaura.com and BabyZone.com. She has also been featured on CNN’s HLN News and several large metropolitan networks. 

Born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah, Cook became actively involved in teaching children how to ski, an experience that led to a love of teaching in general. Cook now lives in Fremont, Nebraska. She holds a master’s degree is in elementary school counseling and while serving as a guidance counselor, she often used children’s books to enhance her classroom lessons.

She has presented in thousands of schools across the country and abroad, and regularly speaks at national education and counseling conferences. She has published nearly 100 children’s books on a range of characters 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. 

The inspiration for her books comes from working with children and carefully listening to counselors, parents and teachers to stay on top of needs in the classroom and at home.

During Cook’s time at Gouge, she hosted several writing sessions and participated in a parent night. 

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