Teachers in lower grade elementary schools are constantly reading to their classrooms. Why not incorporate Bully Awareness Books in their reading? Children love to be read to, and it’ll open up discussions about bully awareness.
You can even ask parent volunteers to read to the class. Or have a “Read to Your Class” week, where parents and officials come to each class and read them a book.
Here are books that I’ve read and are perfect for teachers of elementary schools. As of the writing of this blog, all could be found on www.amazon.com. Descriptions are directly from Amazon.com.
Jake’s Best Thumb by Ilene Cooper – Jake is an expert at doing things with his best thumb. He can walk the dog, watch TV, even ride his bike. Jake and his thumb are happy together until kindergarten begins and the class bully teases Jake, calling him “thumb sucker”. Jake doesn’t want to give up his habit, but with some help from a new classmate and the realization that everyone “even bullies” sometimes need a little extra help to feel brave, Jake might finally be ready to try.
The Bully Blockers Club by Teresa Bateman – Lotty Raccoon is excited. This year she has a new teacher, new backpack, and new shoes. But her enthusiasm quickly wanes when Grant Grizzly begins bullying her. With the help of her fellow students, she forms the Bully Blockers Club.
I’m Gonna Like Me, Letting Off a Little Self-Esteem – by Jamie Lee Curtis – Celebrate liking yourself! Through alternating points of view, a girl’s and a boy’s.
Playground Survival by Peggy Burns – ‘Kids Guides’ is a series that discusses and explores the day-to-day problems that children in the 5 to 8 year-old age group might experience.
Pinduli by Janell Cannon – Pinduli’s mama has always told her that she’s the most beautiful hyena ever. But Dog, Lion, and Zebra don’t think so. Why else would they make her feel so rotten about her big ears, her fuzzy mane, and her wiggly stripes?
The Brand New Kid by Katie Couric – Everyone remembers feeling excited and nervous each fall on the first day of school. It’s no different for Ellie McSnelly and Carrie O’Toole. But this year, there’s not only a new teacher to meet, but a brand new kid as well. Lazlo S. Gasky doesn’t look or speak quite like the other kids, and no one is sure what to make of him.
Today I feel Silly & Other Moods That Make My Day by Jamie Lee Curtis –
Today I feel silly. Mom says it’s the heat.
I put rouge on the cat and gloves on my feet.
I ate noodles for breakfast and pancakes at night.
I dressed like a star and was quite a sight.
The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes – At the heart of the story is Wanda Petronski, a Polish girl in a Connecticut school who is ridiculed by her classmates for wearing the same faded blue dress every day. Wanda claims she has one hundred dresses at home, but everyone knows she doesn’t and bullies her mercilessly. The class feels terrible when Wanda is pulled out of the school, but by that time it’s too late for apologies.
You can find more through Scholastic and other educational book sellers. If you do find some, I’d love to put them on my list. Please send me a quick note and I’ll put them on the list.
Good luck and have fun.
I appreciate your comments.
Dedicated to reducing bullying at your school!
John Abrams – www.AmazingSchoolAssemblies.com
Southern California’s Top Elementary School Assembly Performer