You can use our books to tackle tough topics such as neurodiversity, anger and stress management, childhood and teenage depression, anxiety, grief and loss, and gender. And sometimes our sound advice includes a sense of humor.
Free Spirit Professional® books for educators complement our books for kids by providing educators with a complete offering of resources to improve teaching and learning. We offer a wide range of free resources too!
A former classroom teacher and gifted-education specialist, Free Spirit founder Judy Galbraith searched in vain for kid-friendly information that addressed the real-life issues her students faced. In 1983, she decided to fill that void by starting Free Spirit to offer accessible, contemporary books that help young people develop socially, emotionally, and intellectually.
Free Spirit pushes boundaries on behalf of young people. For example, we pioneered the use of the term learning differences to replace learning disabilities, because we know that kids with LD are eager and able to learn—just in a different way.
Free Spirit is also a recognized leader in meeting the needs of another special population—gifted and talented kids. Judy Galbraith’s groundbreaking The Survival Guide for Gifted Kids: For Ages 10 & Under and The Gifted Teen Survival Guide, first published in 1984 and now with over 300,000 copies in print, have remained perennial best sellers through several updates and revisions.
We continue to publish bilingual editions of our classic titles from the Best Behavior® series, the Learning to Get Along® social skills series, and others. One of Free Spirit’s newest ventures is in story-based SEL picture books and books to build empathy and increase awareness of important issues, such as childhood depression and consent.
In 2021, Teacher Created Materials acquired Free Spirit. As an imprint of Teacher Created Materials, Free Spirit Publishing will continue to publish award-winning children's and professional books that people have loved for the past 40 years.
Free Spirit has millions of books in circulation around the world and our titles have been translated into 32 languages, including Croatian, Japanese, and Icelandic. Our award-winning books have also received recognition from esteemed institutions including:
Free Spirit's expert authors have been critically hailed on broadcast outlets including:
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Free Spirit Publishing collaborates with other like-minded companies to better serve the needs of our customers.
Certified Woman-Owned Business
Free Spirit Publishing is an imprint of Teacher Created Materials, which is WBENC-certified Women’s Business Enterprise. This certification enables us to help our business partners foster diversity and continue to develop their diversity programs.