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You Got a Phone! (Now Read This Book)

$30.95 inc GST $28.14 ex GST

Kids learn about the super awesome powers of their phones—and how to use them safely.

Phones are super fun, really convenient, and amazingly useful tools! But when kids and smartphones are together, problems can pop up. This award-winning book offers fun and straight-to-the-point advice for kids who have phones and parents who want to keep phone trouble at bay.

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SKU: 9781631986406 - 16 Categories: , Ages: 6 - 12 Author: Katharine Covino, Elizabeth Englander Illustrator: Steve Mark Publisher: Free Spirit Publishing Page count: 128 ISBN: 9781631986406

Product overview

Kids need to know about the screen-related cyberbullying, neurological changes, and sleep problems that come with having a phone—before it becomes an issue. You Got a Phone! (Now Read This Book) features a humorous yet supportive tone and hilarious illustrations that draw readers in and keep them engaged. Kids can do awesome things with their phones, and this book shows them how.

Starting with six basic phone rules to help keep kids safe online with a healthy life balance, You Got a Phone! (Now Read This Book) also includes information on:

  • How to avoid muddled misunderstandings
  • Bullying, cyberbullying, and phone-y meanness
  • Safely posting and sharing photos online and how to avoid phone-related stress or anxiety


“Unreservedly recommended.”—Children’s Bookwatch

“As families and caregivers carefully weigh the pros and cons of entrusting their children with cell phones, the actual recipients of these devices––children––may lack the intellectual capacity and emotional maturity to navigate their newfound independence. Drs. Covino and Englander’s You Got a Phone! provides essential tools for productive cell phone usage, encouraging readers to pause, employ impulse control, and maintain a healthy life balance. Steve Marks’ witty illustrations pair perfectly with this text, providing a light-hearted perspective to this common-sense guide. Insightful, research-based, and developmentally appropriate, You Got a Phone! should be a requirement for ALL children receiving a cell phone. In fact, why not buy a copy and wrap it with a bow to present alongside the shiny new device? Then, you will be content knowing that you set your child up for a successful transition toward independence!”—Dr. Sharon Ryan, Literacy and Social Studies Curriculum Coordinator

“Aimed at middle-grade students, You Got a Phone! is an informative, fun, and truly educational handbook on the care and feeding of a new cell phone. The layout ensures a smooth and fast read with its colorful and often very funny illustrations. As an adult cell phone owner, I found the advice and information to be relevant and sensitive to various configurations of home life and family. Frequent phone foibles, and how to avoid them, are wisely and hilariously discussed and illustrated. There is just so much in this book that can help kids become thoughtful, considerate, and careful phone users—and good humans. What a great book to read with your child!”—Annamary Consalvo, Associate Professor, Literacy