Over the past few days, I’ve been exploring picture books related to anti-bullying for teachers to use as we continue to promote the theme of kindness.
One Green Apple (Clarion Books, 2006), by Eve Bunting and illustrated by Ted Lewin is the story of Farah, a girl who’s recently emigrated to the United States. She doesn’t speak English and has just started school, where some students have been less than welcoming.
In Derek Munson’s Enemy Pie (Chronicle Books, 2000), illustrated by Tara Calahan King, Jeremy Ross is the new boy, and the boy next door has decided he’s the enemy. Dad has just the solution to get rid of enemies. Over the course of the story, the boy learns not to make up his mind about people before getting to know them.
In Those Shoes (Candlewick, 2009), by Maribeth Boelts and illustrated by Noah Z. Jones, Jeremy wants the same cool shoes as all his friends, but his grandma tells him they only have room for need, not want. Jeremy is determined to find a way to get his shoes, but he finds out something about himself instead.
Molly Lou Melon is the star of Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon, by Patty Lovell and illustrated by David Catrow (Putnam, 2001). She isn’t like the other children, but that doesn’t stop her from enjoying herself every minute of the day.
Molly Idle’s Flora and the Flamingo (Chronicle Books, 2013) deserves all the praise it’s received since its publication. This wordless picture book is a joyful pas de deux between two unlikely friends.
If you’re looking for similar books, an extensive list can be found at Storytime Standouts and at the Massachusetts Reading Association. Check out what others are reading today by visiting Jen and Kellee at Teach Mentor Texts.