Bullying Awareness Week

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This week (November 17-23) we take the time to celebrate Geography Awareness Week as well as Bullying Awareness Week.  For those of us who need a little refresher course on geography, we have plenty of children’s atlases, books on each of the United States and countries around the world, and various books on maps and mapping.  We’ve also got some great resources on bullies and bullying that would work either for the classroom or for the home.  With new books coming all the time, bullying is a topic that is not only on the radar of parents, but educators and publishers as well.

Bullying takes form in many different ways, and mocking the unique differences  in others is one of the big ways children bully each other.  Nancy Carlson’s story Henry and the Bully shows children that they do not always have to suffer at the hands of bullies, but they can solve many problems by using creativity and empathyLion vs. Rabbit by Alex Latimer uses wit and humor to prove that you don’t have to be bigger than the bully, just smarterBully by Laura Vaccaro Seeger also uses humor to tell the story of a bull who realizes that kind words are much better than calling his friends hurtful names.

Another characteristic of bullying involves being selfish and not sharing.  This lesson is illustrated in Jungle Bullies by Steven Kroll using  a variety of jungle animals who each constantly push aside other smaller animals until Mama monkey gives the sage advice that sharing can be more fun than playing alone.  A similar sentiment is proved in All for Me and None for All by Helen Lester and Lynn Munsinger (creators of Tacky the Penguin and Hooway for Wodney Wat), showing that sharing is also an important part of real friendship.

For these and more great books, check out this Bullying Booklist (Word Document/.doc file).

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While we’ve mostly focused here on picture books that would be great for young children, we also have many other chapter books that deal with bullying in older children, including the Middle School series by James Patterson, The Bully Book by Eric Kahn Gale, and Confessions of a Former Bully by Trudy Ludwig.  There are also resources for teachers and educators that can help in the classroom.

Happy Geography and Bullying Awareness Week from the Library!

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