Author: Becky Ray McCain
Illustrated by Todd Leonardo
Interest Level: Ages 6-10
Publisher's Note: Straightforward and simple, this story tells how one child found the courage to tell a teacher about Ray, who was being picked on and bullied by other kids in school. Faced with the fact that "nobody knows what to do" while Ray is bullied, the children sympathetic to him feel fear and confusion and can only hope that Ray will "fit in some day." Finally, after Ray misses a day of school and the bullies plot mean acts for his return, our narrator goes to a teacher. The children then invite Ray to play with them, and, with adult help, together they stand up to the bullies.
Why It's On My Bookshelf: I cannot imagine what my bookshelf would be like without this book. I read it in the beginning of the school year and once again after winter break. Nobody Knew What To Do encourages kids to report bullying when they see it happening. I also love the title. I will ask kids: 'Do you know what to do?' And they passionately respond 'yes'. There is a powerful message to kids within the pages. One of those messages is the adults will back you up! I get so sad when kids keep bullying a secret and don't report it. Put this on your shelf to help break the silence.
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About This Book: Howard the bunny is being bullied at school by the Snorton twins. Even though his intuition tells him to tell the teacher about it, he chooses different strategies. Howard tries ignoring, avoiding, making jokes and getting back at the bullies. Nothing works and things get worse. He finally tells his teacher. She takes action and makes him feel okay and safe. This book comes with a lesson and resources to deal with bully issues.
Be brave, be bold
a teacher must be told.
Why It's On My Bookshelf: I love all of the editorial reviews on amazon about this book because they are right on the button. Children need to learn the difference between small problems they can deal with themselves and big problems which need to be reported to an adult. Howard B. Wigglebottom tries to use different strategies to deal with bullies, however, the strategies fail over and over again. He then realizes he he must report the problem. When kids repeated attempts of trying to stop bully behavior fail, I consider this a full on big bully problem. If you are a school counselor, I strongly recommend this book be part of your bully curriculum. Oh, and the author's website, The We Do Listen Foundation is chalk full of goodies like games, lesson plans, songs, coloring pages, AND the books are animated. The kids LOVE watching the animated version. I of course read this book first and use the animated version as a follow up.
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