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.
LANA BUTTON has a background in early childhood education and is the author of several picture books. Lana’s books are often used to help children overcome anxiety and boost self-esteem. She and her husband live in Burlington, Ontario and have three grown daughters, a doting dog and a spoiled cat.
HATEM ALY is an Egyptian-born artist whose work ranges from editorial illustration to comics, graphic novels, and children’s books. Hatem lives in Bathurst, New Brunswick, with his wife, son, a houseful of pets, and one super friendly toilet.
"A sympathetic treatment of a common but rarely depicted childhood anxiety."
"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."
"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."
"What a great conversation starter! A wonderful melding of bouncy illustrations with a rhyming text that works well for a read-aloud."
"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."