Sally loves to be first at everything! She is first in line at school. She is first out the door at recess. She is first at dinner finishing her mac 'n' cheese! Unfortunately, Sally dislikes losing and this can lead to hot tempers and hurt feelings. She even gets the nickname "Sally Sore Loser" from her classmates at school.

With the help of her teacher and her mom, Sally learns the rules for being a good winner and a good loser. She learns to say to herself, "I've won if I had fun!"

A Note to Parents is included, with practical tips for teaching children to be good winners and good losers.

About the Author

Frank J. Sileo, PhD, is a New Jersey licensed psychologist and the executive director of the Center for Psychological Enhancement, LLC in Ridgewood, New Jersey.

Dr. Sileo received his doctorate in psychology from Fordham University in New York City. He is the author of three other children's books, Toilet Paper Flowers: A Story for Children About Crohn's Disease, Hold the Cheese Please! A Story for Children About Lactose Intolerance and Bug Bites and Campfires: A Story for Kids About Homesickness.

Dr. Sileo is an active public speaker and speaks across the country to children and families. He has been featured in psychological journals, newspapers, magazines, the web, radio, webcasts, and television.

You can learn more about Dr. Sileo on his website.

About the Illustrator

Cary Pillo grew up in a small town near the Cascade Mountains in Washington state, and now lives in Seattle with her husband and their dog, Atlas. She has illustrated many children's books, including A Terrible Thing Happened, Gentle Willow, Striped Shirts and Flowered Pants, and Tibby Tried It.

Reviews & Awards
  • Gold Medal, Mom's Choice Award for Children's Picture Books

Sally Sore Loser is an invaluable resource for teaching an important lifelong social skill, highly recommended for parents as well as for school and public library children's collections.
Midwest Book Review

I found Dr. Frank's book, Sally Sore Loser to be spot on when it comes to helping children understand the concept of what it means to be a good sport. There's a misconception in our culture that in order to be successful, you have to be angry and crush the competition. In my experience, nothing can be further from the truth, and Dr. Frank illustrates this point so well when he emphasizes the importance in having fun and being polite to the opposite team. The irony here is that the more fun young children have with the sports they are playing, the greater the chance they will experience success. Think about it…what good is success if when it's finally achieved you're miserable and nobody likes you? I especially enjoyed and found extremely valuable the "Note to Parents" section where Dr. Frank talks about modeling good sportsmanship. The best way parents can make a positive impact on their children's lives is to be there for them in good times, and bad — to be good listeners to help children process their feelings and to validate their self-worth, no matter what the outcome. I love the statement, "As adults, we need to be good sports, too!" I would highly recommend this book and give it a 10.0!
—Mitch Gaylord, Olympic gold medalist, father

Sally Sore Loser is a wonderful book about some of the challenges many children face as they develop their own athletic and personal identity. Dr. Frank Sileo provides a wonderful story and excellent suggestions on being a good sport. Even if you have a child who isn't dealing with these issues, it is likely she/he knows someone who is, and this story can help understand this friend and how best to work with this friend and keep a friendship going strong. You'll enjoy this story!
—Michael L. Sachs, PhD, Professor, College of Health Professions, Temple University

Frank Sileo has written a children's book that's entertaining for kids but also educational for both kids and parents…I'd call that a winner…Thanks Frank!
—Jason Priestley, actor, director, father