When Annie Fox's first book People Are Like Lollipops (Holiday House) was published, she wasn't old enough to legally sign the contract! By the time she turned 21, though, she decided that helping kids would be her life's work. After graduating from Cornell University with a degree in Human Development and Family Studies then completing her Master's in Education, she began exploring ways to use technology to entertain kids while building their emotional intelligence skills.
In 1977, Annie and her husband David opened Marin Computer Center, the world's first public access microcomputer facility. Her work there led her to write her best selling book, Armchair BASIC: An Absolute Beginner's Guide to Microcomputers and Programming in BASIC (Osborn/McGraw-Hill). After a detour into the world of screen writing, Annie returned to computers as an award-winning writer/designer of children's CD-ROMs. (Putt-Putt; Madeline; Get Ready for School, Charlie Brown; and Mr. Potato Head Saves Veggie Valley are just a few of the titles on which she worked.)
At the dawn of the Internet age, Annie dreamed up the idea for The InSite (TheInSite.org), a place "for teens and young adults to turn their world around." She is the creator, co-designer, writer, and executive producer of that award-winning site. One of The InSite's most popular features is Hey Terra, a Cyberspace Dear Abby. Annie's first book for teens, The Teen Survival Guide to Dating & Relating: Real World Advice About Guys, Girls, Growing Up And Getting Along (2000, 2005 Free Spirit Publishing), is based on hundreds of emails to Terra and Annie's responses to them. Teen Survival Guide is now available as a free PDF download from TeenSurvivalGuide.com.
Are You My Friend? a Read-it-to-Me iBook was written by Annie Fox, illustrated by Eli Noyes and produced by Electric Eggplant. This digital story book for 4-8 year olds is the first of the Raymond and Sheila Series and is now available in print form on Amazon, and as Android apps for Kindle Fire, Nook Tablet, and other Android tablets. The second Raymond and Sheila story "Are We Lost?" will be available in print in 2013. See RaymondAndSheila.com for more info.
Annie's other books include: Too Stressed to Think? A Teen Guide to Staying Sane When Life Makes You CRAZY, co-authored with Ruth Kirschner (Free Spirit Publishing) and the popular 3 book Middle School Confidential™ series (Free Spirit Publishing). Annie's Middle School Confidential apps (developed by Electric Eggplant) are available for iPad, iPhone, Kindle Fire, Nook Tablet, and other Android tablets (see MiddleSchoolConfidential.com).
Through her conference appearances and public events for kids, tweens, teens, parents, and educators, Annie continues working toward her goal of empowering young people through increased emotional intelligence skills, social courage, and stress-reduction strategies. Her new book for parents and teachers, Teaching Kids To Be Good People, is now available in print and for Kindle (see TeachingKidsToBeGoodPeople.com)
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“Not all teachers are parents, but all parents are teachers. When we teach kids to be good people who possess the social courage to do the right thing, we help to make the world a safer, saner, more accepting place for all of us.” —Annie Fox, M.Ed.
We live in a time shaped by a viral culture of cruelty. Now and in the future, we desperately need more good people. But where will these young people come from? From the homes of parents with a game plan! In Teaching Kids to Be Good People, Annie Fox has written a very personal, step-by-step guide to teaching your children to make healthy choices (online and off). Because being good is not enough. We have to do good.
This very pragmatic and funny guide includes essays, podcasts, prompts, tools, questions, answers, and self-assessment quizzes, all for the purpose of teaching kids to be good people. Hopefully, you’ll become so engaged in this process that you will inspire your children to do the right thing when no one's watching, and when everyone is watching.
“Stellar! Unlike many solution-based parenting books, Teaching Kids to Be Good People is insightful, intuitive on so many levels… a truly meaningful book for our times.”
—Lynne Kenney, Psy.D., author of The Family Coach Method
“[G]reat advice on how exactly we can help our kids with their most important skill set—the social-emotional one.”
—Rick Ackerly, author of The Genius in Every Child
“Annie Fox has a genuine passion for helping our young people and she has many years of experience doing it. Both are evident in this wonderful resource for parents and teachers.”
—Dr. Hal Urban, Ed.D., author of Life’s Greatest Lessons