Special Selections from Perrot's Youth Services Staff
Here are some books that may make discussing this difficult subject with your children a little bit easier.
The Last Laugh
by Jose Aruego and Ariane Dewey
A not very nice snake is scaring all the animals by sneaking up on them. When he opens his mouth to scare the duck, he swallows him instead. Now when he tries to scare anyone, a not so scary "quack" comes out. With very little text but perfect illustrations, the lesson of treat others as you would like them to treat you will be clearly understood.
Pinky and Rex and the Bully
by James Howe, illustrated by Melissa Sweet
Pinky is a 7-year-old boy who got that name because he loves the color. . . PINK! He's got no problem with the name until a school bully begins calling him a girl and making fun. Pinky considers changing his name back to Billy, until he meets an older neighbor who warns him that if he tries to change to suit other people, he will give up too much of himself. Author James Howe shows kids how to respect other people's choices and deal with conflict in a non-violent manner. A great lesson for all of us!
By R.J. Palacio
J FICTION PALAC
Ten-year-old Augie was born with severe facial deformities and has had 27 surgeries in his short life. Because he has been in and out of the hospital so often, he has always been homeschooled-- but now his parents have decided to have him start fifth grade in a small private school in New York City. Will the other kids accept him?
by James Preller
J FICTION PRELL
Eric is the new kid in seventh grade. Griffin wants to be his friend. When you’re new in town, it’s hard to know who to hang out with-- and who to avoid. Griffin seems cool, confident, and popular. But something isn’t right about Griffin. As Eric gets drawn deeper into Griffin’s dark world, he begins to see the truth about Griffin: he’s a liar, a bully, and a thief. Eric wants to break away, do the right thing. But in one shocking moment, he goes from being a bystander. . . to the bully’s next victim.
My Secret Bully
by Trudy Ludwig
Monica doesn't know what to do when her good friend begins to call her names and make fun of her in front of their classmates. But with her mother's help, she finds a way to regain her confidence and realize that not everyone is a friend.
Bullies Never Win
by Margery Cuyler, illustrated by Arthur Howard
No Matter what Jessica does, wears or says, her mean classmate Brenda Bailey picks on her. How will Jessica solve this problem? A great book to break the ice about the subject of bullying.
Four Hens and a Rooster
by Lena Landström, illustrated by Olof Landström
When a rooster of a small farm starts to bully his four hens, the hens must take a course in self-esteem to reclaim their fair share.
by Nan Forler, illustrated by François Thisdale
by Chris Crutcher
J PBK CRUTC
When Sarah Byrnes was three years old, her face and hands were badly burned in a mysterious accident, and her father refused to allow reconstructive surgery. Eric Calhoune, who is overweight, befriends the cold but smart Sarah, and they bond over their "terminal uglies" and the mockery they suffer from their peers. When Sarah suddenly stops talking and is committed to a mental institution, Eric knows he has to help, but finds himself in over his head. This is a darkly funny and suspenseful book about true friendship.
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