Saturday, October 8, 2016

Anti-bulling month - bookwraps on the theme

Bullying and cyberbullying is a terrible thing.  Everyone involved - students parents and teachers, know that it is increasing every day across our land. We must stop and take a hard look at the damage it does and how this horrific problem can be solved.  

Did you know that 1 out of 4 teens are bullied and 1 out of 5 kids admit to being a bully. Those are very high statistics and unsatisfactory.  Approximately 282,000 students are physically attacked in secondary schools ... each month.  Now that is appalling!  

Here are some books that I can suggest that may bring the act of bullying to the forefront and be a catalyst for dialogue and solving this shameful, unacceptable behaviour.


Chrysanthemum  by Kevin Henkes

(PS - Grade 3)

A popular picture book, Chrysanthemum is a story about teasing, self-esteem and acceptance. It has sold more than a million copies and was named a Notable Book for Children by the American Library Association.


Recess Queen by Alexis O’Neill 

(PS - Grade 3)

A popular picture book, Chrysanthemum is a story about teasing, self-esteem and acceptance. It has sold more than a million copies and was named a Notable Book for Children by the American Library Association.

The Juice Box Bully - Empowering Kids to Stand Up for Others  by  Bob Sornson and Maria Dismondy

(PS - Grade 5) 

One of the best things kids can do to combat bullying is to stand up for one another, which is exactly what The Juice Box Bully is about. Students will learn how to have each other's backs instead of doing nothing when they witness bully confrontation.

Enemy Pie by Derek Munson

( PS - Grade 7) 

Readers will learn about the benefits of making new friends in this book. When Jeremy Ross tries to get rid of enemies, his dad comes to the rescue. The catch? The only way for Jeremy to succeed is to spend an entire day playing with the enemy. Soon, his best enemy turns into his best friend!

Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson

( K - Grade 3) 

This book has a powerful anti-bullying message and follows the story of Chloe, who won't let the new girl, Maya, play with her and her friends. Eventually Maya stops coming to school and Chloe realizes that a small act of kindness–like giving Maya friendship–could have gone a long way.

The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes

(Grades 1-4)

The Hundred Dresses won a Newbery Honor in 1945 and has never been out of print since. It addresses a classmate who is ridiculed by bullies for wearing the same dress to school every day, while other students stand by and do nothing to help. 

The Invisible Boy by Trudy Ludwig

(Grades 1-4)

This book sensitively addresses the needs of quieter children and reminds readers how small acts of kindness can help other children to feel included.

Bully by Patricia Polacco 

(Grades 2-5) 

Here's a book that takes on cyberbullying and cliques. When students begin teasing classmates on Facebook, Lyla knows something needs to be done. This is a perfect read for our increasingly digitally-savvy students. 

Unwrapping  some amazing books on bullying....

Authored by Erin Frankel 

(Ages 5-9 ) 

Luisa is repeatedly teased and called "weird" by her classmate Sam, even though she is simply being herself—laughing with her friends, answering questions in class, greeting her father in Spanish, and wearing her favorite polka-dot boots. Luisa initially reacts to the bullying by withdrawing and hiding her colorful nature. But with the support of her teachers, parents, classmates, and one special friend named Jayla, she is able to reclaim her color and resist Sam’s put-downs.

The Weird! Series
These three books tell the story of an ongoing case of bullying from three third graders’ perspectives. Luisa describes being targeted by bullying in Weird! Jayla shares her experience as a bystander to bullying in Dare! And in Tough!, Sam speaks from the point of view of someone initiating bullying. Kids will easily relate to Luisa, Jayla, and Sam, as each girl has her own unique experience, eventually learning how to face her challenges with the help of friends, peers, and caring adults.

Part of the Bully Free Kids™ line

About the author...

Erin Frankel has an M.A. in English education and is passionate about teaching and writing. She
taught ESL in Alabama before her recent move to Madrid, Spain, with her husband and three
daughters. Erin knows firsthand what it feels like to be bullied, and she hopes her stories will help
bring smiles back to children who have been involved in bullying. In her free time, Erin loves

hiking in the Spanish mountains and kayaking in her hometown of Mays Landing, New Jersey.

About the illustrator...

Paula Heaphy is a print and pattern designer in the fashion industry. She’s an explorer of all

artistic mediums from glassblowing to shoemaking, but her biggest love is drawing. She jumped

at the chance to illustrate her friend Erin’s story, having been bullied herself as a child. She lives

in Brooklyn, New York.

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