Children learn that violence is never okay, that they can manage their anger and other strong feelings, and that they’re capable of positive, loving actions—like playing, making music, learning, counting, helping, taking care, and much more. Includes a special section for adults with activities and discussion starters.
Martine Agassi, Ph.D., is an award-winning children’s book author and creator of Hands Are Not for Hitting, which inspired Free Spirit Publishing’s Best Behavior series. As a behavioral therapist, she has extensive experience with counseling children and families in schools, residential facilities, foster care, and private practice.
Marieka Heinlen received her BFA at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and also studied at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London. She launched her career as an award-winning children’s book illustrator with the original edition of Hands Are Not for Hitting and has illustrated other books in the Best Behavior series and Free Spirit’s Toddler Tools board book series. As a freelance illustrator and designer, Marieka focuses her work on books and other materials for children, teens, parents, and teachers. She lives in St. Paul, Minnesota, with her husband and son.
Parent Council® Selection
Parents' Choice Approved
Midwest Independent Publisher Award
“The simple but important message…helps children understand that they have the power to choose not to hurt people.”
— Teaching Tolerance
“Imagine raising your kids without the help of Goodnight Moon
or Is Your Mama a Llama
? or Hands Are Not for Hitting
— Jennifer Garner, actress, Save the Children ambassador
“Offers youngsters an alternative to hitting and other forms of hurtful behavior, guiding them to a more peaceful and positive outcome in their dealings with other children.”
— School Library Journal
“Highly recommended...ideal ‘read aloud’ book for parents and care givers.”
— Midwest Book Review
“This is a great book to have in your personal collection whether you are a parent, teacher, or caregiver, and an excellent resource to refer to whenever your children or students need a reminder about calm and peaceful hands.”
— Chasing Supermom blog