Random House, the largest book publisher in the world, recently launched an anti-bullying Tumblr site called Choose Kind. It was inspired by one of Random House’s recent children’s novels, Wonder, which tells the story of a ten-year-old boy with severe facial deformities attending school for the first time. The website encourages people who have been affected by bullying to share their stories and “pledge to Choose Kind every day” (Choose Kind).
Bullying has been covered extensively in the media over the past few years, and several children’s and young adult authors have recently stepped up and covered the difficult issue in their books. Wonder was an eye-opener and an inspiration for many at Random House. Chris Gibson, president and publisher of the division that published the book, said, “The outpouring of enthusiasm from book lovers and educators moved us to the poignant message of the novel with a wider audience. I am proud to give them, and anyone around the world, the opportunity to discover the story and pledge with us to Choose Kind” (Shelf Awareness).
What does it mean to Choose Kind?
Choosing Kind can mean many things. Standing up for a kid who is being bullied; consciously deciding to say positive things instead of negative statements; talking to your kids about the dangers of bullying. Bullying isn’t just a children’s issue. We all have the power to affect the actions of the children in our lives. Whether you are an older sibling, a teacher, a parent, or a grandparent, your own attitudes and actions provide a model for children to follow. It’s never too late to Choose Kind, even if you’ve moved beyond playground drama.
Other books about bullying
There are several great books out there that discuss bullying in a way that reaches kids and helps them understand the consequences of their actions. Here are a few:
This Is What I Did by Ann Dee Ellis
The Truth About Truman School by Dori Hillestad Butler
Amelia’s Bully Survival Guide by Marissa Moss
Blubber by Judy Blume
Bullyville by Francine Prose
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