Dr. JoAnn Deak, author of Your Fantastic Elastic Brain, spoke at the 2011 Montessori Back to School Conference, hosted by The Institute of Montessori Education on August 20, 2011. Her innovative and timely book teaches children that they have the ability to stretch and grow their own brains. The book introduces children to the anatomy and various functions of the brain in a fun and engaging way. Children will learn that "making mistakes is one of the best ways your brain learns and grows". A tidy summary at the end reinforces the book's message: "The harder you try without giving up, the more you will learn." JoAnn Deak's book Your Fantastic Elastic Brain is a powerful book to share with young and old alike.