It's OK to Lose!

A Colourful Picture Book about Accepting Losing in Games and Being a Good Sport for Young Children (Behavior Science Children's Books)

Children - Educational
44 Pages
Reviewed on 09/30/2022
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Author Biography

Stephanie Chan, Ph.D.c., M.Ed., is a researcher, best-selling author, early childhood educator, and Board-Certified Behaviour Analyst. She published many children’s books and educational materials primarily in the areas of perspective-taking, problem-solving, developing and maintaining friendships, understanding emotions and feelings, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). She also published scientific papers and presented at international conferences on various topics.

Stephanie lives in Vancouver, Canada, with her lovely family. She is the clinical director of a non-profit organization PlaySmart Child Development Society.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Kathy Golden for Readers' Favorite

It's OK to Lose! is a wonderful educational story for children by Stephanie Chan on how to deal with losing in the everyday activities of life. The first thing I noticed and liked is the opening page. On this page, children can fill in the blanks with their names and ages, schools, and grades. This immediately personalizes the book for a child.

The most important aspect of the story involves the way the main character is shown dealing with losing. I think the techniques provided are excellent. They are perfect for young children to adopt without the need to understand the conditioning and metaphysics behind them. The different ways in which a child might react to losing are well chosen, and it is plain that no matter how a person might feel when losing, there is a proper way to deal with it. Perhaps the best made point of all is how relative winning and losing are.

I especially liked the questions toward the end of the book that children must ask themselves. These questions cause them to be aware that they are in control of the kind of person they want to be. Demonstrating the psychology involved in learning the lesson that it’s okay to lose is right at the level where children can understand it, apply it, and personalize it for themselves. Thank you, Stephanie Chan, for It's OK to Lose! because this book is a winner.