Award-Winning Author Entertains Students
Award-Winning Author Entertains Students
Betsy Bailey
Thursday, January 30, 2020

Searcy School District welcomed award-winning children’s book author and parenting expert Julia Cook to all of our elementary campuses, and she even spoke with parents at a scheduled parent night. According to her website,, she has presented in thousands of schools across the country and abroad. Having published nearly 100 children’s books, her message is to actively engage children in fun, memorable stories while at the same time teaching them to become lifelong problem-solvers.

A former school guidance counselor, Cook receives her inspiration from her long-time work with parents, teachers, and children. A couple of the books she showcased for our students included I am a Booger…Treat Me with Respect and I Can’t Find My Whatchamacallit. Students also enjoyed visiting with Ms. Cook’s sweet Chihuahua puppy, Kirby! Kirby is a fully trained service animal that travels with Cook all over the United States and assists in teaching children to stay safe from strangers.

On the evening of January 14th, Searcy School District parents spent time with the author hearing about vital social skills students need to live successful lives. Jackie Starks, Westside Elementary School assistant principal, was responsible for ensuring the visit from Ms. Cook. Starks was thrilled to be able to secure the author as Cook’s picture books can be found in classrooms across the nation and especially at Searcy Public Schools. Starks says, ”She was entertaining, informative, heartfelt, and our students and teachers thoroughly enjoyed visiting with this award-winning children’s author!” We at Searcy School District are so pleased that we were able to welcome Ms. Cook as her books' messages are known for helping to keep students on track while they work through issues they may not yet understand.