Saturday, October 8, 2016

Bullying Prevention Month, library display

Book covers: Weird!, Dare! and Tough! by Erin Frankel and illustrated by Paula Heaphy
Image credit: Free Spirit Publishing
In honor of Bullying Prevention Month (October), I put books on display again this year, that address the subject of bullying. The books are available from our collection in Bellview Elementary School library.

Among highlighted books, Weird!, Dare! and Tough! by Erin Frankel (302.34 FRA) tell the story of an ongoing incident of bullying from the perspectives of the target, bystander and the student who instigated the bullying.

Just Kidding, My Secret Bully and Trouble Talk by Trudy Ludwig (302.34 LUD) address aspects of bullying and conflict. Friends (Mostly) by Barbara Joosse (E JOO) addresses children who disagree but remain friends.

One of the library’s newer additions is Dealing with Bullying by Susan Martineau (302.3 MAR). It pairs informational-text features (including glossary and index) with graphic-novel format illustrations that explain to young readers how to identify and cope with the various types of bullying.

Another couple of new resources, especially for older girls, include Smart Girl’s Guides to Friendship Troubles: Dealing with Fights, Being Left Out, and the Whole Popularity Thing by Patti Kelley Criswell (158.25 CRI) and Drama, Rumors & Secrets: Staying True to Yourself in Changing Times by Nancy Holyoke (305.23 HOL).

Returning to the display this year are informational books about Consideration, Cooperation and Tolerance by Lucia Raatma (177 RAA, 179 RAA and 179 RAA), as well as Joy Berry’s Every Kid’s Guide to Handling Disagreements (302.3 BER).

Entire schools and communities must unite to support the targets of bullying. By promoting these books, I hope in my small way to promote a cruelty-free world. I encourage adults to do their part and share these resources with students.

Recent reviews of books that address bullying

Matters of Opinion: Bullying by Carla Mooney
6Rs of Bullying Prevention by Michele Borba, Ed.D
Bullying is a Pain in the Brain by Trevor Romain
What YOU Can Do About Bullying by Max & Zoey by Ari Magnusson

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