Books to help handle bullying
International Falls Public Library
October is bullying awareness month and the library has books to help parents and teachers handle the issue and books and videos to be shared with children, helping them learn to stop it and prevent it from happening.
Parents, teachers and other adults wanting to understand the issues, the programs and more about stopping bullying might consider these titles. Sticks and Stones: defeating the culture of bullying and rediscovering the power of character and empathy by Emily Bazelon or Bullied: what every parent, teacher and kid need to know about ending the cycle of fear by Carrie Goldman or even The Complete Guide to Understanding, Controlling and Stopping Bullies and Bullying: a complete guide for teachers and parents by Margaret R. Kohut. We also own Keeping Our Children Safe and Healthy from Pre-K through High School: an a to z emergency guide for educators and parents by Albert David with David Farcy, The Right to Be SAFE: putting an end to bullying behavior by Cricket Meehan and Preventing Violence and Crime in America’s Schools: from put-downs to lock-downs by William L. Lassiter and Danya C. Perry. Other titles to consider include Sexual Harassment and Bullying: a guide to keeping kids safe and holding schools accountable by Susan L. Strauss, or Little Girls Can Be Mean: four steps to bully proof girls in the early grades by Michelle Anthony and Reyna Lindert. And then to play devil’s advocate consider Why School Antibullying Programs Don’t Work by Stuart W. Twemlow and Frank C. Sacco.
Middle school and high school students might want to consider reading and using these books both to help them understand the issues and how to avoid the problems. Cyberbullying by Teri Breguet, part of the “Teen Life: FAQ” series. Bullying by Anne Rooney or We Want You to Know: kids talk about bullying by Deborah Ellis. The Bullying Workbook for Teens by Raychelle Cassada Lohmann and Julia V. Taylor includes activities to help teens deal with social aggression and cyberbullying. The book provides antibullying tips and strategies, how to manage emotions that bring you down and how to build self-esteem and confidence.
Elementary students might find these titles valuable, Talking about Bullying by Jillian Powell, How to Deal with Bullies by Jonathan Kravetz, Dealing with Cyberbullies by Drew Nelson, A Smart Kid’s Guide to Online Bullying by David J. Jakubiak, Positive Steps: Dealing with Bullying by Susan Martineau and Dealing with Bullying by Marianne Johnston.
We also have a couple of DVD’s that focus on providing kids with language to help stop bullying and more. Stop Bullying Now! is a complete tool kit to help kids take a stand and lend a hand the dvd contains 12 animated episodes, television and radio PSAs and workshops for professionals. All ages can Stop Bullying with Mike Hall, a former victim of bullying. He carefully and thoughtfully explains the bully, the target, and how we react then walks participants through ‘the 4 C’s of How to Handle a Bully.”
Pictures and Pens
"Pictures and Pens – Year 3!" The library’s program to encourage both photographers and writers in their craft. Each month we will post a theme for writers and photographers to work with. Writings of less than 1,000 words and 8x10 photographs will be accepted up to the last day of each month the library is open. A winning writing and photograph that best capture the theme will be selected with each winning entry receiving a $50 prize. After we have selected twelve photos and stories we will print them together in a small book. Everyone is eligible to enter these contests (although if you win one month, you are not eligible the next month). For more information, visit the library blog, or contact Diane at the library.
The October theme is 'hunting.'