Personal Space Camp

Book: Personal Space Camp

Author:   Written by Julia Cook and illustrated by Carrie Hartman

Age:   Preschool, Early Elementary, Upper Elementary

Description:   Louis is sent to Personal Space Camp in the Principal’s office.  When he discovers that “personal  space” is different than “outer space”, his disappointment abates as he learns how to better manage his body and space.


  • Body/space awareness
  • Body language
  • Spatial relations
  • Perspective taking
  • Tone of voice
  • Friendship

Why I like this book:  The story and illustrations grab kid’s attention as they watch Louis crash into others.  Once they are immersed in this book, kids find the concepts easy to learn.

Ideas for use:

  • Read before a play date to get kids ready to manage their bodies.
  • Read after a play date to help lower arousal levels and process body and space awareness.
  • Practice some of the activities described in the book that Louis does in his “Personal Space Camp”.   They are easy to do and fun.
  • Discuss the importance of tone of voice when Louis talks about his teacher’s “cranky voice.”
  • Spend time looking at and discussing facial expressions and body language depicted when Louis crashes into others.
  • Have children demonstrate some of the facial expressions seen in the book and have others predict what they are feeling and why they might feel that way.
  • Talk about why managing personal space is important for friendship.
  • Discuss various strategies that can be used to help kids maintain their personal space in various situations.
  • Have kids practice what to say to others when their personal space is invaded.

 Submitted by:  Jill Perry, MHA, MS, OTR/L

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