October is a month filled with many fun observations and celebrations. But now that our kids are back to school (kinda) there needs to be a renewed effort to note that October is also National Bullying Prevention Month. And what better way to ignite honest conversations than with BOOKS.
Author Tonya Duncan Ellis created an excellent list of 9 Diverse Middle-grade Books for National Bullying Prevention Month for the Multicultural Children’s Book Day blog.
“What’s one of the best ways to prevent children from bullying or being bullied? Talk about it. Statistics show that when discussions about bullying go up between parents and children, teachers, and school officials, bullying incidents go down. Reading some of the recommended multicultural, chapter, and middle-grade books that address bullying is a great way to get conversations started.” Read the article in its entirety HERE.
Let’s start ’em learning young with this wonderful Pre-K Anti-Bullying Booklist from Pacer.org! This list of book recommendations also includes titles for Elementary, Middle School, and High School readers. Though not all of the books listed are diverse, this topic is too important to ignore this carefully curated list.
Pacer.org has been a national leader in the mission to raise awareness of bullying and cyberbullying. Their vast free resources include downloadables like Spookley the Square Pumpkin Digital Toolkit. This toolkit provides educators and caregivers with resources to help promote kindness, acceptance, and inclusion in their classrooms, homes, and communities. Visit Pacer.org and more about their mission and how we all can prevent bullying before it starts.
We Are Teachers agree that it’s more important than ever to teach students about the negative effects of bullying and to do so as early as possible. With the help of their awesome teacher community, they’ve compiled this list of anti-bullying books (organized from youngest to oldest) that addresses teasing, friendship, self-esteem, and more HERE.
Svenja from Colours of Us always has exceptional booklists and the multicultural children’s books on this list are a great starting point for talking about bullying with children and teenagers!
Keep calm and read on!
Rebecca “Becky” Flansburg is an author, freelance writer, and project manager for the non-profit online children’s literacy initiative, Multicultural Children’s Book Day/ #ReadYourWorld. Join the celebration! Our 8th annual celebration will take place on January 29, 2021. For more information, visit Multicultural Children’s Book Day on the web.