2nd Edition

A Wellbeing & Resilience Program


Bounce Back! has been extensively updated and revised. Three new Bounce Back books are now available. The original (2003) series of 4 Bounce Back! books are now out of print as they have been extensively revised, updated and condensed into three new books which are available for purchase. The 3 second edition books are supported by online materials and interactive whiteboard teacher tools and games and additional new picture books and novels which will be regularly added to the online lists each year. Access to these online materials is free to purchasers.


K-2 | Years 3-4 | Years 5-8

Each new Bounce Back! book is a flip book. The Teacher’s Handbook is on one side and the Teacher Resource Book with the Bounce Back! curriculum is on the other side.



Teacher's Resource Books

Each Teacher Resource Book has nine curriculum units:


Core values:

developing positive and pro-social values


People Bouncing Back:

developing strategies for coping and bouncing back



finding courage in both everyday life and difficult circumstances


Looking on the bright side:

teaching optimistic thinking



amplifying positive emotions and managing negative emotions



skills for building and maintaining friendships



as a coping skill

No bullying:

skills for countering bullying



(STAR, CHAMP, WINNERS): skills and attitudes for being successful



Teacher's Handbook

The teacher’s handbook explores the theory, rationale and research behind the BOUNCE BACK! program and outlines strategies for its delivery


NEW online component

Available from Pearsonplaces:


•  over 170 IWB activities and games;
•  extensive resource lists featuring current children’s literature, songs, websites and movies,
•  Bounce Back! parenting notes for each curriculum topic
•  Elasticity: an additional curriculum unit
•  Assessment tools and
•  More than 200 blackline masters

The new online component is free to anyone who has purchased one of the new Bounce Back books.


What is the Bounce Back! program?

Bounce Back! is an award-winning wellbeing and resilience class-based program for children and young people from Kindergarten to Middle School.


Bounce Back! offers practical strategies to help children and young people function well at school and in life.


A whole school social and emotional learning curriculum program.


Promotes positive mental health, wellbeing and resilience for students and teachers plus safe and supportive class and school learning environments.


The Key Features of Bounce Back!

•  It is a long-term, multi-year, multi-faceted whole-school program  and not just an ‘add-on’.

•  It  is a universal program taught to all students, not just selected students. However concepts and skills from the program can also be further consolidated in individual or small-group sessions.

•  The components and teaching strategies in the program are all evidence-based

•  It is taught by classroom teachers and based predominantly on children’s literature (especially younger and older picture books) and follow-up language/literacy activities.

•  There is a strong focus on circle time, cooperative learning approaches & educational games to build positive relationships, positive emotions and teach social-emotional skills.
•  The social and emotional knowledge, skills and concepts in Bounce Back! are integrated with academic content wherever possible. Many aspects of the program can also be integrated with History, Social Studies, Health, Maths, Science, Music, Art & Drama

•  The psychological content of Bounce Back! is predominantly drawn from two core models: Cognitive Psychology and Positive Psychology

•  Parenting notes are provided on the Bounce Back topics so parents can be supporting the key messages in the home.



Bounce Back CD

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See Milikapiti Primary School on Tiwi islands perform their own Bounce Back song

Bounce Back Songs 


The CD is made up of 10 original songs that complements the Bounce Back Program. It's available to all schools. 

These songs were written for the Bounce Back program by Frank Servello, a school principal and a composer and singer. The songs communicate the message of wellbeing and resilience in a fun and musical way to all our students.

Songs include:


The Bounce Back Theme

An easy way to teach the Bounce Back acronym


Friends Care, Friends Share

A look at the qualities of friends.


Come On, Let's Get Together

No child should be left alone to play in the playground


Reach Out

Everyone should reach out to their true potential. We need to have a go.


Courage Is All It Takes

If we have courage anything is possible.


Bounce Back Wriggle Jive

A fun song. Your students will love it!


Do You Know What Hope Is?

What can we achieve if we have hope?


Nobody's Fault

It's nobody's fault but our own if we choose not to participate

Star Catcher

Another song that looks at the true meaning of friends

I've Got Everyone Around

Life can be great when we have support

The CD can be ordered from