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Check it out: Stop the Bullying

7:28 PM, Apr. 12, 2013  |  Comments
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Just because someone is bigger than someone else doesn't give him the right to bully the others. Through the eyes of animated, recognizable jungle animals, that important lesson is told on a preschooler's level in this colorful tale that emphasizes the power of kindness and sharing as a response to bullying. As the animals stand up for themselves, they begin to realize that "Bullies aren't ever fair; it's a lot more fun to share!"

Children's Picture Books

"Arlo Makes a Friend" by Wendy Wax

"The Berenstain Bears and the Bully" by Stan Berenstain

"Bullies Never Win" by Margery Cuyler

Children's Non-Fiction

"Weird!" by Erin Frankel

The first in a three book series that also includes "Dare" and "Tough," should be used together to get perspectives from all three players: the bully, the bullied, and the bystander. Although these books feature girl characters, all children in the kindergarten through third grade range will recognize many of the behaviors and dilemmas presented. This series provides serviceable writing and realistic solutions. A major appeal of this series is the modern and trendy illustration, a real rarity in the character-education genre.

Children's Fiction

"Adam Canfield, Watch your Back!" By Michael Winerip

"Beware!" by Diana G. Gallagher

"The Bully from the Black Lagoon" by Mike Thaler

"Chrissa" by Mary Casanova

Parent-Teacher Collection

"The Bully, the Bullied, and the Bystander: From Preschool to High School: How Parents and Teachers can Help Break the Cycle of Violence" by Barbara Coloroso

Newly updated with a section on cyber bullying, this wide-ranging and instructive volume focuses on a three character paradigm: the bully, the bystander, and the bullied. Coloroso's hopeful outlook, grounded in techniques of recognition of bullying and combatting the behaviors, creates an atmosphere where "the scripts can be rewritten, new roles created, the plot changed."

Adult Non-Fiction

"No Room for Bullies: From the Classroom to Cyberspace Teaching Respect, Stopping Abuse, and Rewarding Kindness" by Josť Bolton

This comprehensive action plan is collaboration between teachers, child psychologists, and other pioneers in the still new field of bullying prevention and intervention. Focusing on successful protocols to transform classroom culture, this call-to-action compendium is a useful read for concerned teachers and parents.

Young Adult (Fiction and Non-Fiction)

"Dear Bully: 70 Authors Tell their Stories" by Megan Kelley Hall

Most teens who pick up this book will relate to one or more of the stories, poems, or essays within. Spanning the perspectives of bullies, bullying victims, and bystanders, the experiences of those who have struggled yet survived and thrived will provide hope to teens.

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