Raj has one rule: he never uses the bathroom at school. It’s just not the same as the one at home. All day, he avoids bathroom trips. Easy enough, since he lives by these tips: Don’t linger at the sink. Stay away from anyone who makes you laugh. Watch out for distractions, especially schoolwork. And sit still: no running, jumping, cartwheels, or sneezing. Until one day—achoo!—Raj has to break his own rule.
After he faces his fear and uses the bathroom at school, Raj feels different. He doesn’t have to rush! He can try new things, laugh, explore … even enjoy his work. He can stay awhile and play. Raj discovers things are better if you just go when you need to.
Told in speech bubbles with bright, lively art showing a diverse group of kids, this is a riotous rhyming read-aloud with an empathetic take on facing a common fear.
About the authors
Lana Button works in early childhood education. She is the author of Willow's Whispers, Willow Finds a Way, Willow's Smile and My Teacher's Not Here! Lana studied theater performance at Concordia University in Montreal, and now lives in Burlington, Ontario, with her husband and three daughters.
Hatem Aly is an Egyptian-born illustrator whose work has been featured in multiple publications worldwide. He is the illustrator of The Inquisitor’s Tale by Adam Gidwitz, which won a Newbery Honor. Hatem currently lives in the beautiful province of New Brunswick, Canada.
- Commended, Best Books for Kids and Teens
- Winner, Ontario Library Association Best Bets List Honourable Mention
"Lana Button's gentle text doesn't poke fun at Raj and his predilection. She offers a compassionate, even rational, perspective and allows Raj the opportunity to problem solve his own solutions."
CanLit for Little Canadians
"A sympathetic treatment of a common but rarely depicted childhood anxiety."
"What a great conversation starter! A wonderful melding of bouncy illustrations with a rhyming text that works well for a read-aloud."
Kiss the Book
"Button subtly and effectively conveys how actions related to anxiety might disrupt a child’s academic and social performance, but this readaloud will resonate with any reader who has faced a fear."
"This book addresses a fairly common childhood anxiety and so can be of a lot of use to many families. However, Raj’s experience can easily be applied to trying anything new that feels intimidating at first."
Youth Services Book Review
"Raj’s Rule (For the Bathroom at School) will be enjoyed by many young children and will also be helpful for children who, like Raj, are struggling with bathroom issues at new locations."
Canadian Review of Materials
"Raj’s Rule (For the Bathroom at School) has arrived just in time to help all of those who will be new to school and navigating the bathroom for the first time."
Storytime With Stephanie
"Told in rhyming couplets, this book will be great for young readers who have anxiety about using unknown restrooms, but most kids will relate to “holding it”... Not only is this a celebration of independent potty usage, this book is a terrific talking piece for overcoming personal fear."
"The rhyming verses are conversational, and written in first person voice. Expressive artwork allows those who hear this story to see and acknowledge the emotions felt by the young boy."
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