BounceBack Books is a project of the KU Center for Public Partnerships and Research and the Iowa Department of Public Health. The project grew from the partners’ work on Lemonade for Life, a training program for family support professionals that uses ACEs research to build hope and resilience among families.

BounceBack Skills

Think Big

Thinking Big helps kids build resilience by increasing their competence, determination, and thinking abilities. These skills enable them to better solve problems and influence what happens in their lives.

Stay Strong

Resilient kids learn how to calm themselves and practice seeing the hopeful side of problems and challenges. They know how to reach out to others for help and to share difficult thoughts and feelings.

Do Good

Doing Good and helping others instills a sense of belonging and builds relationship skills. Kids who practice altruism learn how to be supportive and create pathways to accept support from others when needed.

Contribute a Book Idea!


Have a favorite picture book you think we’re missing?

We’re always looking for new ideas to add to BounceBack Books.  Send in your ideas, and we’ll work with you to feature books on this site and develop discussion prompts that fit our BounceBack criteria.

“Funds for this project are provided by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under the Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) Program (Grant Number X10MC31141), awarded to the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH). Project partners include Iowa Department of Public Health and the University of Kansas Center for Public Partnerships and Research. The content and conclusions contained herein are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.”