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Michele Walker, Creator of Choiceworks & Choiceworks Calendar Apps

Great addition to your 'calming toolbox' for kids. Creative way of explaining life's up and downs to kids. Helpful suggestions for life's roadblocks, curveballs, and green lights! Teaches self--regulation techniques and self-control.


Natalia Paruzel-Gibson, Author

A wise bird, an approachable analogy that’s bound to capture budding young minds, and accessible language carefully crafted to the methodically mapped out pace of the story arc - simply brilliant! An important addition to your child’s bookshelf; ideal for family read aloud time to help calm adults, too!


JLW, Author

Empowering and fun. Engaging with lots of interactive, relatable messages and bright colourful illustrations that jump off the page, all combine to entertain. I especially love the 'Personal Space Zone'.

Yong Kim, Edward Jones

I bought the book "Buckle Up' to read with my grandson who normally can't sit still in one spot. He is used to running around the room, and even can't lie still before going to bed. With the colourful illustration and being able to follow along with the story, he lay still beside me as I read the book. At every moment when the instruction was to take a deep breath, he would turn to me and blow on my face which allowed us to laugh and interact together. This book has now become our regular book to read before bedtime!


Children's Bookshelf

This is a really interesting concept for a book. In the hands of the right teacher or parent I think it can do wonders. Basically it takes the reader on a driving lesson en route to the park. Of course it’s much deeper than that... along the journey different things come up like bad weather or bumps in the road etc. Really a super creative way of teaching self control, and emotional and situational awareness. It also offers some excellent mantras throughout the book that I really like. It’s definitely a read aloud and can for sure be an amazing opener for some important conversations about behavior.

Leah Kuypers, MA Ed., OTR/L

Creator and Author of The Zones of Regulation

An imaginative adventure which puts the reader in the driver's seat as they navigate through the bumps in the road. 

Playful and engaging, Buckle Up takes readers on a journey to reinforce regulation and coping skills as they take control of the wheel.

Alison Paul Klakowicz,


Podcast and Blog

Stephanie Scott has written a lovely book to teach children valuable lessons in self-control. In times such as now during the era of #socialdistancing, life can present all types of new challenges which are completely out of our control. Scott’s debut, Buckle Up: A Children’s Imaginary Journey About Self-Control provides kids and their parents the tools they need to master the bumpy road ahead. 

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Melanie Braga,

Momma Braga


Buckle Up is a children’s story that can be used as a tool to help navigate a child’s emotions. We all know how difficult it can be to express how we are feeling and at times how to express it. This book is perfect to help children navigate their own feelings so they can better understand and cope with them.

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Gilbert-Ian Rueda,

Educator and Literacy Advocate

The book exceeded my expectations. This reminds us that sometimes, we need to change our speed or slow things down until we regain control of a situation in better, safer, helpful and more positive ways. Sometimes, it takes time to find ways to improve.

Click here to watch his read aloud and review on YouTube!


Janet Arnold, Author and

Behavioural Consultant

Self-regulation and self-control are not only important, they are essential! These skills help us manage our behaviour in several ways. They are our bodies ability to manage our energy, emotions, thoughts and behaviours in an acceptable way. Self regulation can tell us how excited, relaxed, alarmed or safe we feel. Self-control is necessary for regulating one's behavior in order to achieve specific goals. For some children, the ability to deal with stress and challenges can be difficult and they end up not controlling their behaviour and emotions well. This book, Buckle Up by Stephanie Scott, helps children understand the concept of self-control in a creative and interactive way.

All Booked Up Now,

PNW Homeschooler &

 Book Reviewer

Add this one to your must buy list because I’m positive you will love this book for your children (and a great reminder for us adults!). This book is a children’s imaginary journey about self-control. The author has cleverly used driving as a means for children to understand life. Sometimes we’ll have to make unexpected stops, the weather is unpredictable, there are beautiful views along the way, and so much more. What an interesting way to see how our lives parallel to driving to a destination! Along the way, the author gives us great reminders to stay calm and slow down, among others. I really, really enjoyed reading this with my son! It’s definitely a must have book, if you ask me!

“Let’s navigate through these roads together, keeping in mind that you always have control of the steering wheel.” “But you can handle them.” “Take a deep breath and let’s keep going.” “I am patient. I can wait.” “Now, let’s choose the most positive and helpful option.”  

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