April 26, 2018

The Advocate's Toolbox

SLJ Resources for Bullying Prevention

October is National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month, when organizations and groups nationwide unite to raise awareness on how, with education and support, bullying can be obliterated from schools and communities. School Library Journal has compiled a list of tools for librarians, parents, and teachers that highlights what authors are doing to fight against bullying, initiatives like “Mix It Up” Day—which encourages kids to sit with classmates they don’t usually sit with—and practical ways to tackle cyberbullying.

The Bully in the Backpack: There’s no limit to the cruelty of online bullies. Here’s what you can do.
By Debra Lau Whelan
Bullying prevention experts explore the cyberbullying epidemic and pinpoint ways educators can address the pervasive issue.

Most Teens Are On Social Networking Sites; 20 Percent Report Being Bullied
By Debra Lau Whelan
In 2011, a whopping 95 percent of teens between the ages of 12-17 are now online—and one in five of them say they’ve been bullied in the last year, either in person, online, by text, or by phone.

Collection Development Tools
Choice Books to Spark Discussion on Bullying
By Joy Fleishhacker
Geared toward the middle school audiences, these fiction and nonfiction books address the issue of bullying in a variety of ways, providing information, offering the comfort of knowing that others are facing similar challenges, and presenting strategies for surviving. Booktalk them and recommend them to teachers to share with their students to increase awareness and empathy, initiate discussion, and begin to bring about change.

Welcoming Schools Project Offers Anti-Bullying Resources for Educators
By SLJ Staff
Welcoming Schools—a project of the Human Rights Campaign Foundation that provides tools and lessons to educators to stop bias and bullying in schools—is releasing a new short film and related materials for educators and parents. The film spotlights teachers in the classroom generating open conversations with students about the impact of bullying and the power of students to stop it.

Review: Permanent Record | A Chair, A Fireplace & A Tea Cozy
By Elizabeth Burns
SLJ columnist Liz Burns reviews Leslie Stella’s Permanent Record, a young adult novel about an Iranian American teen who is bullied because of his culture while also living with clinical depression and anxiety.

Authors Taking a Stand Against Bullying
YA Author Explains Why We Need National Bullying Prevention Month
By Patty Blount
Young adult author Patty Blount was inspired to write her debut novel Send after her son was bullied, and was then accused of being a bully himself. Blount has come to realize that “perception is the root of most bullying.”

The “Radioactive Energy” of Bullies | An Interview with Meg Medina
By Jennifer M. Brown
Meg Medina knows firsthand about bullying—the topic of her young adult novel. In Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass, the author explores its consequences when 15-year-old Piddy Sanchez becomes victimized at her new school.

The Power of Empathy: Q&A with Emily Bazelon
By Karyn M. Peterson
Emily Bazelon helps debunk some of the popular myths about bullying; offers insights and advice for educators, parents, and kids; and shares some of her most surprising discoveries while researching for her first book, Sticks and Stones.

Author Lesléa Newman by the fence in Wyoming where Matthew Shepard was killed.

Interview: Lesléa Newman Discusses her Novel in Verse About the Death of Matthew Shepard, ‘October Mourning’
By Mahnaz Dar
Matthew Shepard’s death in October 1998 brought national attention to the issue of homophobic bullying and helped galvanize anti-bullying awareness nationwide. With October Mourning, author Lesléa Newman explores Shepard’s death in 68 poems. SLJ talked with Newman about how she came to write it and the challenges of writing about this painful topic.

NYPL Panel Offers Advice for Bullied Kids—and Bullies
By Mahnaz Dar
In a New York Public Library Children’s Literary Salon that coincided with National Bullying Prevention Month, authors Paul Griffin, Madeleine George, and others came together to talk about bullying: strategies for ending it, their own personal experiences, and the positive effect their books have on their readers.

Palacio’s ‘Wonder’ Launches Companion Anti-Bullying Campaign
By Debra Lau Whelan
Knopf, publisher of R.J. Palacio’s debut novel, Wonder, has launched a campaign called Choose Kind to encourage kids, educators, and readers of all ages to join the fight against bullying.

News Coverage
Mix It Up Day Draws Protests from Christian Group
By Lauren Barack
A Christian group’s protests has spurred some schools to pulled their involvement Mix it Up at Lunch Day—a program meant to reduce prejudice among students that’s sponsored by the Teaching Tolerance project, part of the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC).

Teaching Tolerance with Mix It Up at Lunch Day
By Dodie Ownes
Do you have plans for recognizing Anti-Bullying Month in October? One great way to wrap up the month is to join the national Mix It Up at Lunch campaign. Mix It Up at Lunch Day can be plan for any day, any time of the year.

Mayor Gray signs the Youth Bullying Prevention Act of 2012 into law.

DC Mayor Signs Law Requiring Youth Anti-Bullying Policies in Libraries, Other City Agencies
By Debra Lau Whelan
District of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray signed a bill that requires public libraries, schools, recreation centers, and other city agencies that work with young people to adopt and implement anti-bullying policies.