Tuesday, April 2, 2013

‘Addressing Bullying Through Books’

Book cover: "Sticks and Stones" by Emily Bazelon
Image credit: EmilyBazelon.com
The timing couldn’t be better for an ALA Booklist webinar, “No Name Calling: Addressing Bullying Through Books.” Taking place at 11 a.m. Pacific today, the webinar coincides with World Autism Day.

Children with autism experience high rates of bullying, which gives the webinar personal relevance.

This free, hour-long webinar focuses on how children’s and young adult literature can help prevent bullying. I have a three-fold interest in the webinar as a survivor of childhood peer abuse, former journalist and aspiring library professional.

I value the role of library workers and journalists as information gatherers; I believe they are especially well placed to share the message that bullying is not OK and that bystanders have a powerful role to play in prevention of bullying.

Moderated by Booklist associate editor Annie Kelley, the webinar features a presentation by Emily Bazelon, author of Sticks and Stones: Defeating the Culture of Bullying and Rediscovering the Power of Character and Empathy (Random House, 2013). Tbe webinar is sponsored by Books on Tape/Listening Library, Free Spirit and Lorimer.

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