I'll Never Get All of That Done!

A Story to Encourage Young Readers to Prioritize and Plan their Responsibilities

Author: Bryan Smith
Illustrator: Lisa M. Griffin
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It seems that the older Blake gets, the more he is expected to do! 

Blake's baseball team is having a bake sale fundraiser, and he just can't wait for his mom to whip up a batch of her famous chocolate chip cookies! That is, until Mom reminds Blake that it is HIS fundraiser, so he needs to help. But Blake has a to-do list that's already WAY too long. How can his parents and teachers expect him to finish his homework, clean his room AND bake cookies for the baseball bake sale? Don't they know there's something urgent he has to do now - like play video games with his friends?!

When Mom encourages Blake to follow the 3 Ps - prioritizing, planning and posting a reminder of what needs to be done - he's unimpressed. Why not just do things that need doing as they come? That’s always worked for Blake before. But as Blake’s increasing responsibilities start to really pile up (like his laundry and the mountain of papers on his school desk) and his deadlines quickly approach, he has to figure out that what NEEDS doing now takes priority over what he WANTS to do.

Planning is the ability to create a roadmap to reach a goal or achieve a task, while prioritizing involves the ability to make decisions about what is important for you to focus on next. 

Can following Mom's and his teacher’s advice using the 3 Ps really make a difference and help him get everything on his plate done? And will Blake be able to prioritize what needs to get done (doing his homework and cleaning his room) before what he wants to get done (playing video games)? School counselor and award-winning author Bryan Smith reveals the answers in this very relatable story about the power of preparation, prioritizing and planning. It's the latest tale from the author's Executive FUNction picture book series. Tips for parents and educators to help reinforce the message of time-management and self-reliance in children are included.

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Published by Boys Town Press
ISBN: 978-1-944882-50-1
Juvenile Fiction
Full Color Illustrations
31 pages
Softcover, 9"x9"
Grades K-5; Ages 5-11
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