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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Book Giveaway!

I am so happy to announce my first book giveaway of Mrs. Joyce Gives the Best High-Fives by Erainna Winnett! Below is her guest post and at the very bottom is how to entry to win one of five signed copies! The giveaway runs from Tuesday, July 25th until Monday, July 31st. What a great resource to have in your hands to start of the next school year!




First, thank you so much for having me as a guest blogger, I am honored to share my story with your readers. I've been in education for the past twenty-two years. After fifteen years in the classroom, I felt a calling for something more - a deeper way to connect with and help children, which is how I discovered school counseling.

I moved from classroom teacher to school counselor in 2011 and absolutely fell in love. However, I soon discovered there weren’t a lot of up-to-date resources available for school counselors. After hearing me gripe about it for months my husband finally told me to write my own resources. Isn’t it nice to have someone who knows what you need before you do?

And so, I began researching self-publishing and taught myself the basics of publishing a book. To be honest, there were some costly mistakes: the cover for Mrs. Joyce Gives the Best High-Fives was redesigned five times—YIKES—before I found one that I felt was ‘right’. Most students didn’t even know their school had a counselor, much less how one could help them.

The first week of school during my second year as a counselor I went into every classroom and read the Mrs. Joyce book. The children loved it and I received many thank-yous from teachers. Needless to say, the following week my office was constantly busy.

I continued listening to my students and knew that I needed to write other books to address individual needs. This launched me into the Helping Kids Heals therapeutic activity book set. I’m thrilled with how well all of these books have been received. Just last week, I woke up to an email from Ireland requesting copies of my books. Who would have ever thought a small-town Texas counselor-author could reach professionals across the ocean?
As educators, counselors are often the least familiar to parents, students and sometimes teachers. I hope my efforts have offered you some tools and helped you appreciate the power of your roles in our children’s lives. And I invite you to continue to add to our community. I wish you luck in the giveaway and hope you are having a relaxing, restful summer. All the best and Happy Counseling. 
- Erainna







To enter for a chance to win 1 of 5 signed copies:


  • Leave a comment on my blog about your favorite beginning of the school year activity.
  • Tag a fellow school counselor or educator on my Facebook page post about the giveaway to help let others know.
For each of the above your name will be entered in the drawing and I will randomly select 5 winners at the end. So if you comment on my blog post and tag a fellow school counselor or educator your name will be entered twice!
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15 comments:

  1. Not sure if I'm doing something wrong, but when I logged in with my email, the widget didn't let me enter the giveaway.

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    1. Hi Jessica - I think I have fixed the problem, would you mind trying again? I am sorry for the error.
      Thanks!

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    2. Hi Jessica - I can't get the widget to work after several attempts so check out the new way to enter the drawing.
      Thanks!

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  2. My favorite beginning of the year activity is teaching my introduction school counselor lesson to Kindergarten using Mrs Potato Head!

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    1. Congratulations, Veronica! You are one of the book giveaway winners!! Could you please email your mailing address to Cheryl.CESC@gmail.com and CounselingWithHeartBooks@gmail.com. Thank you!!

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  3. Name games to learn the names of our entire new grade level.

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  4. I'm a brand new counselor! And tomorrow is my first day! As a classroom teacher, my favorite beginning of the year activities was making videos to go along with our First 20 Days of Behavior.

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  5. As a first year counselor, I anticipate my favorite beginning of the year activity being introducing myself to all of my classes! I would love to have this book to help my students understand what my role is!

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  6. I am excited to introduce "families" in our classrooms where I will work with students on learning to take care of one another.

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  7. Thanks Cheryl! My favorite beginning of the year activity last year as a first year school counselor was introducing myself to staff during the in-service. I went to each teacher to personally introduce myself to them and get to know them. I also enjoyed introducing myself to students during the first week or two of the school year by doing a class lesson. I've borrowed Mrs. Joyce Gives the Best High Fives for Lessons before, but I don't have a copy of my own. This would be the perfect addition to my collection!

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  8. Thanks for doing this! As a first year school counselor this coming fall, I'm feeling excited and the desire to vomit all at the same time! :) I'm planning to introduce myself by playing a basketball game where I bring in a nerf basketball hoop and divide the group in two. Each team has to answer questions about getting to know the counselor and if they get the question right, they throw a basket. The team with the most points at the end of the game gets to be the first group to sit in my "alternative seating area" which is bean bag chairs and pillows!

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    1. Congratulations, Danielle! You are one of the book giveaway winners!! Could you please email your mailing address to Cheryl.CESC@gmail.com and CounselingWithHeartBooks@gmail.com. Thank you!!

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  9. Thanks so much for doing this! This will be my first year as a school counselor, but was a classroom teacher for 7 years. What I'm looking forward to the most in this role is getting to know my kiddos through a "counselor's toolbox" lesson where I can describe what my role entails in helping them! I'd LOVE to have this book to share with my kids as well!!

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    1. Congratulations, Becca! You are one of the book giveaway winners!! Could you please email your mailing address to Cheryl.CESC@gmail.com and CounselingWithHeartBooks@gmail.com. Thank you!!

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  10. I love watching the kids walk through the doors with big warm smiles on the first day of school!

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