Friday, May 3, 2013

Dear Bully: Seventy Authors Tell Their Stories

As the title says, this book is comprised of seventy short "stories" with famous authors writing about their experiences with bullying.  Some have written poems, some cartoons, some are framed as letters to their bullies, and some even describe how the author was a bully him or herself.  Not all of the stories moved me but many of them touched me or sounded similar to what I experienced and what I see happening with students at my school.  And although I'm a big fan of the "It gets better" campaign, I was happy to see that these stories didn't just rely on that slogan and instead presented lots of messages about bullying - stand up for others, it happens to everyone, it's not about you, and there are so many little ways to exclude others that we don't even think about - among others.  A really great book that can be absorbed by individual readers but is also very helpful for lessons by pulling out individual stories or even paragraphs.