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Sep 23

9 Children's Books About Bullying by Genesis Gaule

Posted to Campbell Unclassified on September 23, 2021 at 6:37 PM by Genesis Gaule

At least 1 out of every 5 children will be the target of bullying [] and the unfortunate truth is that--whether as a victim, bystander, or even as the bully themselves--nearly every child will be involved in bullying behavior at some point in their lives.

Bullying is defined “as intentional, repeated and power-imbalanced forms of emotional or physical abuse." []. It can start as early as age 3 and often develops from “pre-bully” behaviors that have been allowed to continue unchecked. By modeling empathy and helping children learn skills for handling bullying behavior, caring adults can help turn the tide before it becomes a serious problem.

October is National Bullying Prevention Month, a time to focus and raise awareness on bullying and its harmful effects on children. Looking for a way to participate? Talking openly about bullying and its effects with the young children in your lives is just one way you can help prevent and process bullying trauma--and books are a great way to get conversation started.

These are just a sampling of the anti-bullying books we have available at the library. For more on this topic, visit our catalog or ask a librarian.

I Talk Like a River

by Jordan Scott

When a boy who stutters feels shunned, isolated, and incapable of communicating the way he'd like, it takes a change of perspective to help him find his voice. Masterfully illustrated, the expressive paintings powerfully mirror the text's emotion, putting you in the boy’s shoes. Based on the author’s own experiences, this moving book is for any child who feels unable to fit in due to physical differences and helps foster empathy in those who don’t. // Easy // Grades K-4


by Kevin Henkes

Until Chrysanthemum started kindergarten, she believed her parents when they said her name was perfect. But at school, Chrysanthemum begins to suspect that her name is far less than perfect from her classmate’s incessant teasing. Heartbroken, Chrysanthemum's parents try to piece her self-esteem back together again. // Easy // Grades PreS-3

A Big Guy Took My Ball

by Mo Willems

Piggie is upset because a whale took the ball she found. What will Gerald and Piggie do? Willems has a way of delivering funny, emotionally perceptive stories for just-emerging readers and this tale on sharing, assumptions, and feelings of injustice is no exception. // Easy // Grades: PreS-2

You, Me and Empathy

by Jayneen Sanders

Empathy--being able to understand how another person is feeling and recognizing their needs--is one of the most important skills a child can learn. This charming story follows Quinn through every-day situations as they model empathy towards others. Discussion questions are included as well as suggested activities to promote empathy and kindness. // Easy // Grades K-3

The Invisible Boy

by Trudy Ludwig

This gentle story beautifully illustrates what it feels like to be excluded and how simple acts of positive peer pressure can make a world of difference. Including a discussion guide and resources for further reading, The Invisible Boy is a valuable resource addressing the needs of quieter children. // Easy // Grades 1-4

Each Kindness

by Jacqueline Woodson

Chloe won’t let the new girl, Maya, play with her and her friends. Bullied and excluded, Maya eventually stops coming to school. Told from Chloe’s perspective, we get an inside look on how easy it is to fall into negative peer pressure. Although this story does not have a happy ending, it contains a powerful anti-bullying message. // Easy // Grades 2-6

Trouble Talk

by Trudy Ludwig

Maya’s friend Bailey loves to tell jokes and spread rumors about the troubles in other children’s lives. But when Bailey hears Maya’s parents fighting and turns it into a rumor that they’re going to get divorced, Maya realizes how painful this “trouble talk” can be. Includes notes, resources, and discussion questions for caregivers to help empower and encourage their children towards healthier friendships. // Easy // Grades 2-5

Duck Days

by Sara Leach

Third-grader Lauren, who has Autism Spectrum Disorder, is practicing the skill of 'going with the flow,' but finds that difficult when she learns that her best friend Irma has made another friend, Jonas. Straightforward text and frequent black-and-white illustrations make this an accessible chapter book for young readers and a great family read. // Junior // Grades 2-5

Stand Up for Yourself & Your Friends

by Ame Dyckman

This book from the popular American Girl brand focuses on teaching girls how to identify bullying and how to stand up and speak out against it. The mix of quizzes, quotes from other girls, and age-appropriate advice can help tweens learn that there is no one right way to deal with bullying. // Nonfiction // Grades 3-7

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Aug 27

How to Get the Most Out of Your Read Aloud Time by Andrea Lorenz

Posted to Campbell Unclassified on August 27, 2021 at 9:21 AM by Genesis Gaule

Research shows that one of the best things you can do to prepare your children for school and later success is to read aloud to them. Even just 15 minutes a day is enough to make a big difference. Here are some tips to help you get the most out of your read aloud time.

1) Book Choice 

When you’re looking for your next bedtime book, look for something that will interest your child. You can choose books related to their special interests, like tractors or spiders, or you could choose books that relate to experiences your child has had lately, like losing a tooth or visiting the zoo. Whatever it is, find something your child will be into and at an appropriate reading level. (Need help choosing? Any of our librarians would be happy to help!)

2) Pre-Read

Take a look through the book before you start your read aloud. This can help you identify jokes, figure out what kind of voices you want to do, and familiarize you with the plot and the text.

3) Use Some Expression

You don’t have to have an EGOT* to be a good reader. Your child will love reading time because they love spending time with you! But a little vocal expression never hurt anyone. Find places to slow down and speed up, get louder or softer. You can even try out some voices! (I personally love making teeny tiny squeaky mouse voices.)

4) Point Out Words and Letters

As you read, follow the text with your finger. Point out specific words that you see, or specific letters that your child might be familiar with. This helps children to understand that you’re reading the words and not the pictures! You can talk about what new words mean and point out when words are BIGGER than others and what that might mean.

5) Ask Questions

You can make read alouds more engaging by asking your child questions as you read. These can be as simple as “What do you think will happen next?” or a little more complex like “What would you do in that situation?” Gear your questions toward your child’s comprehension level (for example, you might ask a three year old “What’s that?” and point to a picture on the page, but you’d probably ask a six year old “What does this remind you of in your own life?”)

6) Have Fun!

Reading time should be fun. Make silly faces and laugh. Don’t finish books you don’t like. Choose another one instead. Above all, enjoy the time you have together.

Some of Miss Andrea's favorite read aloud books:

read-alouds cover collage


Elementary School: 

Chapter Books (Elementary and up):

*EGOT: Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony awards (People who have received all four awards are said to have an EGOT and include Rita Moreno, Audrey Hepburn, Mel Brooks, and more)