Written by Munib Rezaie, an educator and school counselor, Meet Coach Ben is the first installment in a brand new series of children's books that features a diverse cast, positive models of masculinity, and practical parenting advice, all rendered in beautiful hand-drawn comic-book style illustrations!
In Meet Coach Ben, Lucas gets to spend all week with his cousin Hasan, and Hasan can't wait to introduce him to his favorite teacher ever: Coach Ben! Hasan says Coach Ben is so strong that he can do anything, but that makes Lucas nervous. When an accident brings Lucas to tears, he can't help but wonder: does Coach Ben ever cry?
Coach Ben's Parenting Playbook
Each book in the Coach Ben series ends with a page from "Coach Ben's Parenting Playbook." Drawing on his experience and research as an educator and school counselor, Dr. Munib Rezaie provides practical parenting advice tied to the events of the book. In the first book of the series, Meet Coach Ben, the playbook shares some "Do's" and "Don'ts" for how to productively guide a crying and distressed child through their intense emotions in a positive way.
Meet the Characters!
Hasan is a fun-loving kid who embraces life and jumps at every opportunity to try something new. He's excited to have Lucas visit for the week, and can't wait for him to meet Coach Ben!
Lucas is a worrier. He's happy to be with his cousin, but a little scared to be away from his parents. He feels nervous when he hears Hasan talk about Coach Ben, and wonders if someone who sounds that strong would ever cry...
Coach Ben is Hasan's favorite teacher. To Hasan, there is nothing Coach Ben can't do! Lucas can't help but wonder what he'll be like, or if he ever cries when he's sad or hurt.