Book Review: Nobody Knew What To Do - A Story About Bullying

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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