The new Operation Beautiful book comes out on December 27!   Girls make up a huge portion of the audience.  They love writing positive, self-esteem boosting messages on Post-Its and leaving them in public spaces for a stranger to find.  They stick them in library books, on bathroom mirrors, and on magazines in the check-out line at the grocery store.  I love the first Operation Beautiful book, but it’s for adults.  The girls needed their own book. 


I am so excited to take you on a little tour of my new Operation Beautiful book, One Note at a Time.


The book is for girls age 8 – 14 or so.  It’s a seven-by-seven square, a perfect size for flipping through while you snuggle up on the couch.  Remember what the cover used to look like?  I love everything about the final cover. 





There are two components to each of the Operation Beautiful books.  The first component is my writing – based on research and interviews, I tackle the biggest issues that girls this age fact.  My Girls on the Run troops were truly instrumental in writing this book.  In fact, Molly Barker, the GOTR founder, loved the book so much that she wrote a special message in the inside back flap, making this a great gift for Girls on the Run teams! 


The advice is presented in a fun, dynamic way and encourages lots of introspection and journaling.


The other component of the book are Operation Beautiful notes – no Operation Beautiful book would be complete without the creative and inspiring notes themselves.  Adjacent to each note is an interview with the note-writer (or the note-finder!).  Most of these notes were written by girls, but some of the interviews feature adult women reflecting on their tween and teenage experiences. 




When my publisher mailed me the first real copy of the book, I squealed when I unwrapped the package.  It’s so well-designed and fun to read.  I love that it looks like a girl has doodled in every page, and the colors pop.  But we all know that it’s what’s on the inside that really counts, and I’m so proud of the message in this book.  I really hope that every girl who reads this book is touched in some way.


Thanks as always for supporting me and the Operation Beautiful mission.  <3


Available on December 27, 2012.  Presales available at:





  • Joy December 4, 2012, 9:09 pm

    The new cover is beautiful. I liked the previous cover, but think this one is more classic-looking. I’m going to buy a copy for my niece for her tenth birthday, which is in just a couple of months. I hope she loves the book.

    • Caitlin December 4, 2012, 9:10 pm

      Thank you Joy!

  • Mel December 4, 2012, 9:15 pm

    Wait, what’s the third component?

    • Caitlin December 4, 2012, 9:15 pm

      haha you are more awake than i am… TWO! TWO components!

      • Mel December 4, 2012, 9:33 pm

        No worries. My brain gets stuck on stuff like that.

        I like the new cover. The old one had that blue front that uses on all their actual lists.

  • Laura December 4, 2012, 9:16 pm

    Ahh love it! Very excited for you! But I have to ask–why didn’t you release it BEFORE Christmas?? I’d love to buy some for Christmas but hate to not have the actual book until the 27th! Did you not want to release it around now to increase sales bc of the holidays?

    • Caitlin December 4, 2012, 9:19 pm

      Alas, not up to me. This is a decision that the publisher makes. I wish it was available before Christmas, too, but I think there is reason to the madness. 🙂 However, I have to say that books usually ship early, so you may get in time for Christmas! Or you could give the girl a pack of Post-Its and a promise the book will arrive soon!

  • Katie @ Talk Less, Say More December 4, 2012, 9:50 pm

    Seriously excited about this and looking forward to giving it as a gift. 🙂

  • Clare @ Fitting It All In December 4, 2012, 9:54 pm

    CANT WAIT to buy a bunch of these! for me and for gifts.

  • Jacqueline December 4, 2012, 10:21 pm

    Congratulations on this book, Caitlin!

  • Aja December 4, 2012, 11:03 pm

    Congrats on the book. It looks amazing! I hope that many people find it inspiring.

  • Kristy December 4, 2012, 11:46 pm

    That’s amazing! Congratulations! You should be very proud of yourself.

  • Corrie Anne December 5, 2012, 1:06 am

    The cover is gorgeous!! Congratulations!

  • jassy December 5, 2012, 3:26 am

    this book is pretty 🙂

  • Shannon December 5, 2012, 6:51 am

    Congratulations, Caitlin! It looks awesome. Listen, if you’re still looking for a fellow author to do a review, I’d be thrilled to review it on my blog. I have an 8 year old daughter, am a psychologist who specializes in girls & women, and am passionate about parenting girls, health, and fitness, so this book is right up my alley. Please e-mail me if you need my address again. If you don’t need any reviewers, no worries! 🙂 Congrats and enjoy!!!

  • Katie @ Peace Love & Oats December 5, 2012, 7:28 am

    This book looks so amazing! And it’s inspired me to bring some post-its to school and the airport tomorrow!

  • Sara December 5, 2012, 8:50 am

    This looks like it would be good for Girl Scouts troops too! It would be a fun troop project–to read the book and then the girls could put post-it notes out and discussing body and other issues that are in the book could be a patch one day! Cool.

  • Amy Q December 5, 2012, 8:58 am

    Just bought two- fingers crossed that it comes on 12/24 🙂

  • Hope December 5, 2012, 9:00 am

    I so wish this were going to be out before Christmas!! It would be perfect for my 16 year old sister. Oh well, maybe I’ll get her a New Year’s present? 🙂

  • Emily @ Perfection Isn't Happy December 5, 2012, 9:13 am

    I love the cover! I think this would make a great Christmas present for a preteen!

  • McCaela Donovan December 5, 2012, 9:32 am


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  • Stefanie December 5, 2012, 10:07 am

    Is there any way to get a copy before Christmas……I would love to give my cousins’ girl it for Christmas since she is at the difficult age, let me know….thank you!!!!

  • Colleen December 5, 2012, 10:22 am

    Love it! Can’t wait to place my order.

  • Julie (etsy stalkers) December 5, 2012, 11:01 am

    Amazing! You are an inspiration for girls and women everywhere!

  • Jamie @ StudioEats December 5, 2012, 11:17 am

    Congrats…the book looks beautiful!

  • Andrea December 5, 2012, 11:24 am

    I wish I could go back in time and give myself a copy of this book at the age of 9. Thanks for writing this and for being so awesome Caitlin! Congrats!

  • Katie @ Balanced RD December 5, 2012, 12:10 pm

    Congratulations on the new book! It loos like such a fun book 🙂 I read the first one and thought it was great!

  • Janet December 5, 2012, 1:17 pm

    Thank you so much for releasing this awesome book! and Congrats!! I just pre-ordered a copy for my goddaugther who is turning 13 this month. She has been having some big self esteem issues, bullying problems and overall hard time ‘growing up’. I’m hoping she gets as much out of it as I do out of the ‘big girl’ version! Please don’t stop spreading your message of self-love! Something everyone woman (man too) deserves. There aren’t enough words of gratitude!

  • May December 5, 2012, 2:35 pm

    OK so I feel so dumb but for the longest time I thought Operation Beautiful was like an operation or plastic surgery or something and the relationship to becoming ‘beautiful’. So this really clears it up! 🙂
    I think it was punctuation or something? Like Operation: Beautiful. I have no idea?! Lol

  • Hilary December 5, 2012, 3:24 pm

    Congrats on your latest published book! I wanted to say that I’ve read your blog for a few years and I have been so impressed by all that you’ve accomplished, especially considering you haven’t even hit the big three-oh yet!!! I am going to start coaching a GOTR team in the winter/ spring and I cannot wait! Your blog / you/ has been instrumental in getting me here. I hope to get ‘my’ girls your book at the end for the group gift.

  • Becky @ Olives n Wine December 6, 2012, 8:57 am

    What a great way to build self-esteem and confidence in young women! Congrats on this book and being such a great role model – I am going to get this book for my 11-year old cousin for a late Christmas present 🙂

  • Amy @ Seeking Amy December 6, 2012, 9:07 am

    Yay! I can’t wait to see the finished product for myself! 🙂

  • Alex @ Raw Recovery December 6, 2012, 12:48 pm

    My godson’s sister is only 2, but I want to get her this book so that she’ll have it when she needs it. I wish I had something like this growing up. I love how much compassion you have for others, Caitlin, and not just the younger generations but for everyone!

  • Katy D December 12, 2012, 4:29 pm

    LOVE THIS, can’t wait to give it to my 9, 12, and 13 year-old nieces. Thanks for the idea of giving them post-its if it doesn’t arrive in time!

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