You Are a Social Detective Wins Again!

North River Press wins social thinking award You Are a Social Detective! Explaining Social Thinking to Kids wins a 2012 National Parenting Publications Award, joining an elite list of outstanding “must-have” products for parents


The National Parenting Publications Awards (NAPPA) has bestowed an Honors Award on You Are a Social Detective! Explaining Social Thinking to Kids, by Michelle Garcia Winner and Pamela Crooke, in its 2012 Parenting Resources competition. NAPPA is one of the oldest and most respected awards programs in the country.

You Are a Social Detective! breaks down the often-confusing social world and teaches kids to use their eyes, ears, and brains to develop their own social detective skills. Presented in an entertaining comic book format and written for use with children K-5, the book is particularly useful for students with social skills and social communication challenges, such as those with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Asperger’s Syndrome, ADHD, as well as other learning differences. Sample lesson plans help adults introduce Winner’s engaging Social Thinking vocabulary to kids in a way that makes learning fun. You Are a Social Detective! is the first book in the widely-popular Social Thinking teaching series, Superflex and the Team of Unthinkables, created by Winner and Stephanie Madrigal.

“We are extremely honored and delighted to receive such an enthusiastic response as well as recognition for our book,” said Winner and Crooke. “Kids love discovering that every one of us is a social detective and learning strategies to figure out what others are thinking or planning to do next, and what they mean by their words and actions. It gives them more confidence during social interactions.”

You Are a Social Detective! was recently honored with a Silver Award by The Mom’s Choice Award’s— ranking it as among the best family-friendly products and services.



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Michelle Garcia Winner is a speech-language pathologist who specializes in the treatment of students with social cognitive challenges at the Social Thinking Center, her clinic in San Jose, CA. In the mid-1990s she coined the term “Social Thinking” and developed a treatment framework that is now being used in schools and organizations around the world. A sought-after public speaker and prolific author, Winner has written or co-authored more than 20 books on Social Thinking. In 2008 she was awarded a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition for developing the treatment approach.

Pamela Crooke, PhD, is a speech-language pathologist and senior therapist at the Social Thinking Center. She has an active caseload of children, teens and adults and is the co-author with Winner of four books on Social Thinking. Crooke has served on the clinical faculty of three universities and is an active public speaker internationally. Her research on the effectiveness of using Social Thinking vocabulary was published in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.

For more information on the awards program and the honorees, visit For more information on Social Thinking, visit You Are a Social Detective! is co-published by Social Thinking Publishing and North River Press, in Great Barrington, Massachusetts.  Find North River Press’s Social Thinking Books division at

For more information, contact:

Amy Gallagher
North River Press
(800) 486-2665