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I’m Not _____ Enough! (Shame & Bullying)


A booklist from the program Meditate with Snoopy, an after-school program for kids to help develop emotional intelligence.

Koyczan, Shane
To this day

An authentic rallying cry for anyone who has been affected by bullying. Each page is a vibrant collage of images, colors and words that will resonate powerfully with anyone who has experienced bullying themselves, whether as a victim, observer, or participant. Born of Shane's own experiences of being bullied as a child, To This Day expresses the profound and lasting effect of bullying on an individual, while affirming the strength and inner resources that allow people to move beyond the experience. A heartfelt preface and afterword, along with resources for kids affected by bullying, make this book an invaluable centerpiece of the anti-bullying movement. --ProQuest

I walk with Vanessa

Inspired by real events and told only in pictures, this is an empowering picture book about one girl who inspires a community to stand up to bullying. This simple yet powerful picture book tells the story of an elementary school girl named Vanessa who is bullied and a fellow student who witnesses the act and is at first unsure of how to help. I Walk with Vanessa explores the feelings of helplessness and anger that arise in the wake of seeing a classmate treated badly, and shows how a single act of kindness can lead to an entire community joining in to help. Target ages 4-8. --ProQuest

Bracken, Beth.
The little bully

Billy is a nice boy who likes school until he encounters a bully named Fred. Explores how bullying take away opportunities for kindness and friendship from everyone involved.

Gray, Kes.
Leave me alone

In this sensitively told story, a little boy is feeling sad because every day he has to face a bully. But the little boy also has friends. A frog, a cat, a rabbit, a cow, and other animal friends insist on helping him, even after he tells them: "There's nothing you can do for me/ There's nothing you can say." Fortunately, he is mistaken, because the next time the bully approaches, they all join with him and shout, "LEAVE HIM ALONE!" And it works! The bully turns around and goes away. Author Kes Gray's gently clever use of rhyming verse gives a difficult subject a wonderfully light touch. Large color illustrations on every page capture the spirit of a story that will have special meaning for many little boys and girls. --ProQuest

Polacco, Patricia.
Sticks and stones

Patricia Polacco tells the uplifting tale of three inseparable friends who pursue their talents and stop at nothing to achieve their dreams. Based on her own childhood memory, author Patricia Polacco shares the pivotal story of one year in elementary school. On the first day of school, she breaks out in a rash and is called "Cootie" by her classmates. It seems like the year will be a disaster for Patricia until she meets Thom and Ravenne. Each of the friends have their own talent. Thom, with his long legs and graceful manner, loves to dance ballet earning him the name "Sissy Boy." Ravenne makes kits and paints on fabric, but she's shy that people call her "Her Ugliness." Thom, Ravenne, and Patricia are bullied by their classmates causing the three friends to band together for support. For years after that fateful year, encourage each other to stay true to themselves and achieve success in their passions. This endearing and timely story celebrates uniqueness and proves that no matter what challenges stand in your way it's your differences that make you who you are. --ProQuest

Hartt-Sussman, Heather.
Noni speaks up

Views and explores bullying from the perspective of a bystander. Demonstrates the power and importance of allies and friends. One brainstorm question to explore at the end of the book might be, "What non-mean things could Noni have said other than just ignoring the bullying?"

Ludwig, Trudy.
Just kidding

Includes a very helpful foreword and closing material about bullying for parents and teachers as well as a very relatable story.

Lynch, Jane
Marlene, Marlene, Queen of Mean

Glee actress Jane Lynch takes a look at bullying head-on in her first picture book. Marlene is the self-appointed queen of the playground, the sidewalk, and the school. She is small but mighty . . . intimidating! Known for her cruel ways, the little Queen of Mean has kids cowering in fear--until big Freddy stands up to her and says what everyone has been too fearful to say. In Seussian rhyme, actress Jane Lynch, clinical psychologist Lara Embry, and former children's book editor A. E. Mikesell gently and comically depict the undoing of a bully and her efforts to reform. Tricia Tusa's charming illustrations make the story an even more accessible conversation starter for all ages. --ProQuest