Sticks and Stones – Teaching Kids the Power of Words
3 Top Book Picks for Teaching Kids the Power of Words
Words matter! Help kids deal with bully words. Here are some children’s book titles that can help you and your young reader consider the power of words:
The Bully Blockers Club by Teresa Bateman
The Bully Blockers Club harnesses the power of the group in standing up to,and stopping (err, make that “blocking’),bullies. In this cute story for pre-school and early elementary school readers, Grant Grizzly teases Lottie Raccoon mercilessly, withstanding all of her best individual efforts to ignore him and walk away. But when Lottie rallies others kids who have been bullied by Grant into a club designed to stop the Grizzly in his taunting tracks, they find strength in numbers and success in standing up for one another. The Bully Blockers Club is a great book for sparking discussion with young kids about bullies, bystanders, and standing up for what is right.
Bullies Never Win by Margery Cuyler
This easy-to-relate-to children’s book tells the tale of Brenda Bailey, a bully who persistently and relentlessly taunts and teases her classmate, Jessica. Cuyler creates an accurate portrayal of how targets like Jessica typically respond to bullying, including experiencing anxiety, losing sleep, quitting sports, changing their style of dress, and fearing asking for help. She also uses Jessica to show young readers that the best way to handle bullies is to stand up to them in assertive ways. Jessica’s bold “Toothpicks may be thin, but bullies never win,” is a triumphant moment of self-defense that can inspire and embolden elementary school-aged readers.
Don’t Laugh at Me by Steven Seskin
The text for this children’s book began as a song about encouraging kindness among children. Now, Don’t Laugh at Me is the anthem for Peter Yarrow’s (of Peter, Paul and Mary fame) educational program, Operation Respect. Sold as a book/CD combo, this set imparts an important message about respect for differences and the importance of language in communicating worthiness, love, and compassion.
By Signe Whitson, LSW. She has been a child and family therapist for over ten years. Her life’s work is dedicated to stopping bullying by enlightening people about the psychology behind the behaviors. Her new book is due out June 2011 entitled – How to Be Angry: A 15-Session Assertive Anger Expression Group Guide for Kids and a currently available book she co-authored “>The Angry Smile: The Psychology of Passive Aggressive Behavior in Families, Schools and Workplaces.” As the Chief Operating Officer and Master Trainer for the Life Space Crisis Intervention Institute, she works with children and adolescents in turning their lives around by seeing life’s challenging moments as a chance to teach them positive ways to change self destructive behaviors.
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