The Helping Rock

A Story to Celebrate the Ways We Help Each Other

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Learning to ride a bike is hard work for Lani, especially because she won’t accept any help. But when Mama uses the helping rock to teach Lani the value of both giving and receiving help, Lani begins to see the joy and connection sparked by working together.

The Helping Rock provides a framework for showing children the importance of sharing our gifts with others and the strength we gain by working together. As a colorful sparkling rock is passed among Lani’s friends, readers witness the many ways we help each other.

By exploring this book and the included activities, parents, educators, and counselors can promote a growth mindset and encourage children to share their gifts and be open to receiving help when they need it.


The Helping Rock is a beautifully illustrated story that highlights the wonder of a growth mindset and the joy of sharing our abilities.
- Patti Sutherland, School Social Worker, Winnipeg School Division

This book teaches us that we all have the power to spread love and kindness throughout our communities. By remembering to share our gifts and openly receive the gifts of others, we create opportunities for growth every day.
- Jocelyne Lalonde, mother of three (ages 4, 4, and 7)

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Learn More About The Helping Rock

About the Author

Tanya Hoover

Image of Tanya Hoover, author of The Helping RockTanya works as a Play Therapist in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. She loves supporting children as they find their gifts and learn to value the help they receive along the way. Tanya’s favorite way to play is by exploring nature with her family: cross-country skiing in winter, and camping and swimming in Manitoba’s lakes in summer. Tanya lives with her two children, her husband, and her two snuggly and playful cats, Cinnamon and Holly. This is Tanya’s first published book.

About the Illustrator

Shannon O’Toole

Image of Shannon O’Toole, Illustrator of The Helping RockShannon is a painter, children’s book illustrator, and an elementary school teacher living outside of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. She loves exploring new ways to tell stories through her art. Shannon’s artistic practices are inspired by the many unique characters and people in her life. When she is not painting, Shannon enjoys watching classic movies and exploring new recipes to cook. This is the 12th children’s book she’s illustrated.


This resource skillfully offers a guided path for using the transformational practice of journal writing to cultivate both gratitude and resilience from within. The author shows you how to put pen to paper with the help of powerful and intentional prompts that are sure to help you build your gratitude and grit in authentic and empowering ways.
- Lynda Monk, Director, International Association for Journal Writing

“This journal is a gentle invitation to take another step forward in cultivating the most significant relationship you will ever have – the one you take up with yourself. I am eager to share this resource with my clients as a guide for their journey toward realizing their fullest potential.”
- David Fung, Private Practitioner and Director of the Okanagan Learning Circle in Family Therapy

Connecting the practice of expressing gratitude with the exploration of grit is an inspired concept. This guided journal helps the reader truly appreciate the strength and resilience that they cultivate as they explore their personal experiences of gratitude and grit.
- Paige Gryba, Individual, Couple, and Family Therapist

“I love this journal! The idea of exploring gratitude and grit together makes so much sense. The guiding questions really helped me reach a deeper understanding of myself and strengthened my own inner wisdom and resilience.”
- Lindsay Storey-Iliffe, Social Worker, Student Support Services, Red River College