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04/02/2020

A very special LIVE reading of my story The Incredible Floating Girl! Friday! 10 am CST! With cellist Chelsea McGough accompanying! Please do not miss this!

This story is a key part of my new book 'Becoming Better Grownups' and I cannot wait to bring it to life in this way. Thank you to EVERYONE who has been cheering this book on. Please continue to spread the word, support local booksellers, and if you do feel moved - please post a review. This book could use your love, friends.

THANK YOU!
Brad

This is a virtual event designed to encourage healthcare workers going live at 12 pm cst. If you know someone on the fro...
04/02/2020
Virtual Salon with Brad Montague -- Hope is Where We Are

This is a virtual event designed to encourage healthcare workers going live at 12 pm cst. If you know someone on the front lines of all this in any way, let them know.

Grateful to the team putting this on (The Experience Lab) and all the ways they work year round to create space where the healers can heal. https://youtu.be/RAM29zrA1nk.

When it comes to radiating hope, there is no better exemplar than Brad Montague. Join us for a In this inspiring conversation as Brad explores ways we can sh...

How do we think like a kid when we are surrounded by grown up problems? Brad will be chatting with Jeff Shinabarger of P...
04/02/2020

How do we think like a kid when we are surrounded by grown up problems? Brad will be chatting with Jeff Shinabarger of Plywood People about that today! Join the virtual Black Box at 1 pm CST/2pm EST.
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#smallbusinesses #nonprofits #innovation #together #grownupproblems #thinklikeakid #hope #blackbox #inspiration

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Here is something we can all do. Kids. Grownups. Families. Anybody.Call and leave a message of gratitude, hope, love and...
04/01/2020

Here is something we can all do.
Kids. Grownups. Families. Anybody.

Call and leave a message of gratitude, hope, love and support for health heroes at the forefront of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Call 877-226-4376. Go!

04/01/2020
Kid President

Here's a conversation about Brad's new book with one of the great interviewers of our time.

Here's something to celebrate! Brad and Robby are live to discuss the new book Becoming Better Grownups -- a book for anybody who cares about kids or ever used to be a kid.

#becomingbettergrownups #societyforbettergrownups #booksconnectus #joyfulrebellion

It's here! A book for anybody who cares about kids or ever used to be a kid! Becoming Better Grownups by Brad Montague (...
03/31/2020

It's here! A book for anybody who cares about kids or ever used to be a kid! Becoming Better Grownups by Brad Montague (the creator of Kid President)

Grow and help others grow. Dance and help others dance. Fly and help others fly!

How you can help:
The first week in a book's life is an important one. Here's what you can do!

1. Buy the book!

Buy multiple copies! Start a bookclub! During this challenging season, it'd be especially awesome if you purchased from an indie bookseller in your community.

2. Share the book!

Share this post! Share images of you and your family in quarantine mode with the book on social media! Let everyone know that you're a proud member of the #societyforbettergrownups.

3. Post a review!

This is a big one. Help by sharing your thoughts over on Amazon, Goodreads, and elsewhere! This will lift the book to places where more and more people will discover it.

4. Stay home!

These are all things you can do from home. Please take care of each other. Stay safe. Stay well. Let's do some good.

03/30/2020
Stay at Home Book Club -- Joy Rebels!

Meet four people who are making good things happen amid a world of challenges. Joy rebels unite! Celebrate the release of my new book "Becoming Better Grownups" out tomorrow!

03/27/2020

We were honored to be guests on our friends' podcast Love or Work! It's rare we get to do an interview TOGETHER! Check it out and while you're at it, listen to their previous episodes. Such a good conversation they're sparking around how relationships and career don't have to be separated. Download the full episode here: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/love-or-work/id1409843661?i=1000469310887

This is going to be really fun! Friday morning join me for a live virtual CreativeMornings event. Of course I am sad thi...
03/26/2020

This is going to be really fun! Friday morning join me for a live virtual CreativeMornings event. Of course I am sad this couldn't happen in person, but thrilled for it to now be opened up for more people to be part of.

I'll be sharing a piece from my new book and offering up some encouragement.

https://creativemornings.com/talks/brad-montague-217

a note to check ina wave from a windowa makeshift home officehair brushed out of a child’s eyescalendars shiftedapologie...
03/25/2020

a note to check in
a wave from a window
a makeshift home office
hair brushed out of a child’s eyes
calendars shifted
apologies spoken
condolences given
space provided
the “how are you”s
the ”I see you”s
tiny graces given
giant gifts received
prayers spoken without a sound
all the unseen acts of love
that made our world go around

what are some unseen acts of love that made your world go round today?

#teameverybody

JUST ONE WEEK UNTIL THIS BOOK IS OUT! Here’s how you can help!1️⃣Pre-order your copy (or a copy for a friend!)This is a ...
03/24/2020

JUST ONE WEEK UNTIL THIS BOOK IS OUT!
Here’s how you can help!

1️⃣Pre-order your copy (or a copy for a friend!)
This is a great time to support your favorite local bookseller.

2️⃣ Share this post and let people know why you’re excited about this book!

3️⃣ Make sure you sign up for the pre-order exclusive Society for Better Grownups membership pin! (We are shipping those out to you good people THIS WEEK!)

4️⃣ Celebrate great kids and grownups all around you. We need each other. Now more than ever.

This is certainly not what I envisioned the world to look like during book launch. As I set out to write it, I was really wanting to write a children’s book. I’m still wanting to write and release several children’s books. That will come. Yet, I found myself visiting classrooms and having conversations with children that wouldn’t leave my mind. Kids had so much to say about the adults in their lives and so many ideas about what it meant to mature and age. Seeing just how much kids want, need, and deserve great adults in their lives made me realize this was the book my heart needed to write.

Is it perfect? No. Does it have pictures? Yes. Am I proud of it? I’m going to be most proud of the conversations it can spark or the next steps it might inspire. I’m excited for the high school senior who finds it and reads it. I’m excited for the tired parents, anxious educators, caring neighbors, confused college students — all the people who somehow someway hopefully find this book and then live in a way to creates a better world for the kids around them.

Strange time to release a book (or do anything really) Continually glad we can do all this together.

#becomingbettergrownups
#bookstagram #joyfulrebellion #joyrebels

03/20/2020
Montague Workshop

Here it is! Watch the replay and be encouraged.

Today would've been Mister Rogers' 92nd birthday. I was supposed to be speaking at the Fred Rogers Center in Latrobe, PA this week to celebrate. Today, though, I'm on my couch in Tennessee. I've invited some friends to help share thoughts on a call to action from Fred in one of his final speeches: "How do we make goodness attractive?"

Let's do this.

Get the book 'Becoming Better Grownups' : http://BeABetterGrownup.com
How to talk with children about COVID-19: https://www.fredrogerscenter.org/what-we-do/child-wellness/coronavirus-response

#beabettergrownup #stayathomebookclub #joyfulrebellion

03/20/2020
Stay at Home Book Club -- What would Fred Rogers Do?

Today would've been Mister Rogers' 92nd birthday. I was supposed to be speaking at the Fred Rogers Center in Latrobe, PA this week to celebrate. Today, though, I'm on my couch in Tennessee. I've invited some friends to help share thoughts on a call to action from Fred in one of his final speeches: "How do we make goodness attractive?"

Let's do this.

Get the book 'Becoming Better Grownups' : http://BeABetterGrownup.com
How to talk with children about COVID-19: https://www.fredrogerscenter.org/what-we-do/child-wellness/coronavirus-response

#beabettergrownup #stayathomebookclub #joyfulrebellion

I was supposed to be speaking in Latrobe, PA at the Fred Rogers Center this week to celebrate what would've been Fred Ro...
03/19/2020

I was supposed to be speaking in Latrobe, PA at the Fred Rogers Center this week to celebrate what would've been Fred Rogers' 92nd birthday.

It was going to be an incredible event! It was going to be a giant invitation into a larger conversation on what Fred Rogers might do right now! It was one of the first stops as we launch my new book!

It was … well… you know how things are at the moment … justifiably canceled (as all in person gatherings should be right now) This also means that every event connected to the release of my upcoming book was also canceled.

Did I panic for a little bit? Yes.
Am I ready to joyfully rebel and make something else good happen? Yes.

So, I’m starting the STAY AT HOME BOOK CLUB!

There is still so much good to spread and so many conversations to have. It’s just going to be a little different. ABSURD TIMES CALL FOR ABSURD AMOUNTS OF LOVE! Now I get to invite more people to join in the adventure.

I’ve invited several friends to be part of the fun: Rainn Wilson, Krista Tippett of The On Being Project , Morgan Harper Nichols ,Nikkolas Smith , Josh Lovelace of NEEDTOBREATHE , Chris Ulmer from Special Books by Special Kids, and more!

Tune in. Share. Spread the word. It won’t be the same without you. See you soon live from my couch in Tennessee.

FRIDAY MARCH 20 at 11 am EST/10 am CST/8 am PST
here on Facebook Live. Also on @bradmontague Instagram.

#joyrebels #joyfulrebellion #societyforbettergrownups #stayathomebookclub

03/18/2020
A Test of the Bradcasting System

Have been working on something special for later this week. Testing things out to see if it'll work. Can you let me know if you're seeing this? Thanks friends!

Where are you seeing love right now? Here’s to filling the world with absurd amounts of love. It's needed.
03/17/2020

Where are you seeing love right now? Here’s to filling the world with absurd amounts of love. It's needed.

03/16/2020

Sometimes when I get discouraged I revisit a folder on my desktop. It’s packed with helpful reminders from friends and people I’ve met along the way. One of the things in that folder is a video sent to me by a friend named Andrew. He’d seen a story I shared about a bird. It reminded him of this interaction with a hummingbird he’d captured on camera.

Sharing this with all of you today because I’ve been revisiting that folder and needed to see that bird take flight. Hope it’s encouraging to you. Maybe you feel like you’ve hit a window. Maybe your vision is cloudy and you’ve forgotten who you are and why you’re here. Maybe you just need to be reminded that good things can and are happening. Not just in the past. Right now. All around us.

FLY and help each other FLY. That’s the giant lesson I learned as I looked for good grownups while working on my book. I witnessed it in schools and homes and ball fields and stages and nursing homes. It’s humanity at its best. Flying and helping each other fly.

#becomingbettergrownups #joyrebels #joyfulrebellion #teameverybody

Together. We will get through this together. Who are some people inspiring you at the moment? Go TEAM EVERYBODY! Rooting...
03/16/2020

Together. We will get through this together.

Who are some people inspiring you at the moment?

Go TEAM EVERYBODY! Rooting for us.

Kid President
03/13/2020

Kid President

Hello, my name is Brad. (I was the guy behind the camera on all those Kid President videos.) I drew this little comic to show that sometimes stories get messed up. Sometimes scribbles interrupt the script. In those moments it takes all the collective creativity and compassion we can muster to make things right.

Together we can write what happens next.

With you.
Love you all.
Brad

03/12/2020

Real question: How can we bring hope and open-heartedness at a time of social distancing and anxiety?

Confession: I’ve been pretty anxious lately. Overwhelmed. Stressfrated. (Sometimes you have to invent new words for how you feel) There’s a lot going on.

My book #BecomingBetterGrownups releases at the end of this month. Throughout the entire process of writing the book the thing that kept me going? Actually releasing it! Being with people! Seeing actual humans! In real life!

Now that's looking less and less like what I had envisioned. I was supposed to be at SXSW EDU this week. Canceled. Many other upcoming events have been canceled or awaiting final decisions. So in uncertainty I sit.
Wanting everyone to be safe. Wanting to be of service. Wanting to give this book the launch it deserves. Currently exploring some ways we can connect and celebrate together here online. Hope you’ll be part of them.

Though upcoming book launch events are uncertain, there are some ways you can continue to support!

😮You can pre-order the book today.
😎 You can let everybody know about it.
😷 You can let me know of any ideas you might have on how to best release a book during a pandemic.
🥳 You can help celebrate the book and the conversations I hope it’ll spark.

Stay safe. Stay well. We need you.

No matter what we find ourselves going through, here's hoping we can show kids what it looks like to go through it well....
03/11/2020

No matter what we find ourselves going through, here's hoping we can show kids what it looks like to go through it well. To hold fast to what is true and good. Thanks for all the ways you're already doing it.

03/02/2020

It's BOOK RELEASE MONTH! Signed copy giveaway!

#BecomingBetterGrownups flies into stores on March 31! None of this would be possible without the help of so many of you. So, to celebrate I'm giving away one of the first copies, signing it, and stuffing it with extra stickers and other fun surprises.

+Enter by tagging 3 friends who are awesome humans in the comments below! (Giveaway closes Wednesday 3/4)

Thank you to everyone who has pre-ordered the book already! Wow! Let's keep the momentum going. Pre-ordering let's relailers know that real people are actually really excited about this book, creating a better world for kids, and they should keep LOTS of this thing in stock!

You got this.
03/02/2020

You got this.

02/28/2020

We recorded an audiobook version of my upcoming book BECOMING BETTER GROWNUPS! How did I warm up before each session? By doing the ‘Down Down Baby’ chant from the movie “BIG”, of course. The book (in audio and print) launches out into the world March 31! Still time to pre-order and sign up for your very own exclusive ‘Society for Better Grownups’ pin.

What would a younger version of you have done if a Zoltar machineturned you into an adult like it did in the classic Tom Hanks movie?

to hope!
02/27/2020

to hope!

This is for all the joy rebels — anyone joyfully rebelling against what is to create a better version of what should be....
02/27/2020

This is for all the joy rebels — anyone joyfully rebelling against what is to create a better version of what should be. Some rebellions are fueled by anger. Not this one. Joy rebels have a bright vision of what could be and they’re marching towards that.

My new book features a few stories of real life joy rebels (young and young at heart)! Kids who saw needs and created solutions. Kids who saw problems and turned them into opportunities to do good. Former kids who embraced a childlike view of life and created a better world around them.

Preorder the book and you can join my not-so-secret society! The Society for Better Grownups needs you. (Swipe to see the cool pin you could receive if you preorder and then fill out the form via the link in my bio!)

Find a way to have a childlike view of what’s happening today. Look for ways to be creatively compassionate. Because there’s the way things are, there’s the way things could be, there’s also a YOU and there’s also a ME.

#joyfulrebellion #becomingbettergrownups #joyrebels #bookstagram #bettergrownups

who makes your day?
02/26/2020

who makes your day?

FLY and help each other FLY! We are weeks away from my new book  #BecomingBetterGrownups landing into people’s hands and...
02/26/2020

FLY and help each other FLY!

We are weeks away from my new book #BecomingBetterGrownups landing into people’s hands and bookshelves. I’m feeling all the feelings. One thing I keep going back to is this little floating girl. Sort of the start of this adventure.

The first time I held my daughter I was stuck with an image. It felt as if she were so full of joy and lightness that she’d simple laugh herself up to the ceiling. I, on the other hand, felt terrified that I was just going to mess it all up. This became a story called ‘The Incredible Floating Girl’. It’s been something I’ve shared with audiences over the last few years and it has grown into more than I ever thought. A few people have even gotten floating girl tattoos!

The incredible floating girl is part of this really special book packed with things I’ve long wanted to share. (The three parts of the story frame the three sections of the book!) I’m thrilled for Becoming Better Grownups to release soon. I’m super thrilled at the response so far! I am also most thrilled to say that my daughter is still teaching me about what joy looks like. Also what it looks like to fly… and help each other fly. It’s what we’re here to do.

Pre-order now! The Society for Better Grownups is growing daily! Looking forward to all the ways we can work together to create a better world for kids. They want, need, and deserve — better grownups!

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Hello everyone!! Last year met Brad at Wonder in Chicago and signed up on the spot for "STORY" in Nashville. Brad was wonderful and he was why I signed up. Fantastic event--did not disappoint. Bought tickets then for 2018. Scooter Robin (me) unable to come this year and pass out origami birds. Sad for me. GOOD for you! I have a pair of tickets at the original price of $255 each that I need to sell- Face Value. Please dm me for arrangements. Hope this helps out someone(s) who wants to attend Story 2018 Sept 20-21 Nashville. It's well worth it.
Hi! I made some things today and wanted to share with Montague Workshop!!!!
Wore my shirt to work. Loving it! Thank you!