Classroom Bullying Prevention, Pre-K–4th Grade
Children's Books, Lesson Plans, and Activities
by Melissa Allen Heath, Tina Taylor Dyches, and Mary Anne Prater
January 2013, 131pp, 8 1/2x11
1 volume, Linworth

Paperback: 978-1-61069-097-3
$40, £30, 34€, A58
eBook Available: 978-1-61069-098-0
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Bullying occurs everywhere, with children of all ages, and the damage it causes is both devastating and permanent. Educators need to personally and collectively take a stand against bullying while also preparing students to do likewise. By mentoring and encouraging student bystanders how to actively take a stand, step in, and speak up at a young age, the pervasive pattern of bullying can be broken.

Featuring 20 selected bully-themed children's picture books, this teacher-friendly resource book offers lesson plans and activities to assist educators in strengthening bystander support against bullying.

Classroom Bullying Prevention, Pre-K–4th Grade: Children’s Books, Lesson Plans, and Activities provides strategies to deter and prevent bullying—a serious and widespread social problem that starts early and causes great harm to not only the victims but also the bullies themselves.

The book’s content and the included lesson plans are specifically designed to supplement school-wide efforts to reduce and eliminate bullying. The lesson plans enable students to understand the importance of environments where everyone feels welcomed, valued, and respected. Supplemented by creative illustrations and summarized tables of key information, the book will be helpful to community and school librarians, elementary school teachers, and paraprofessionals serving pre-K through 4th grade students. Additionally, school-based mental health professionals such as school counselors, psychologists, and social workers can utilize the book’s resources to teach social skills in classrooms and group counseling sessions.

Melissa Allen Heath, PhD, is associate professor in the Department of Counseling Psychology and Special Education at Brigham Young University, Provo, UT. She coauthored School-Based Crisis Intervention: Preparing All Personnel to Assist and has written numerous articles that support bibliotherapy as an effective intervention to address children's social-emotional needs. Heath holds a doctorate in school psychology from Texas A&M University.

Tina T. Dyches, EdD, is associate professor in the Department of Counseling Psychology and Special Education at Brigham Young University. She has worked in the field of helping individuals with disabilities and their families for over 25 years as a special educator, professor, and consultant. Dyches has written several articles and two books about using children's literature that includes characters with disabilities. She is one of the founders of the Dolly Gray Children's Literature Award, which recognizes high-quality children's books that portray characters with developmental disabilities.

Mary Anne Prater, PhD, is professor in the Department of Counseling Psychology and Special Education at Brigham Young University. She has taught in Utah, Illinois, Hawaii, and Alaska. Her areas of expertise include instructional strategies for students with mild to moderate disabilities, special education teacher preparation, and the portrayal of disabilities in children's literature. She is a cofounder of the Dolly Gray Children's Literature Award and has written several books, including Teaching Strategies for Students with Mild to Moderate Disabilities and A Teacher's Guide to Communicating with Parents: Practical Strategies for Developing Successful Relationships.

Reviews

"This valuable book is filled with literature-based, easy-to-use lessons that will be a welcome addition to any elementary classroom or library."—Library Media Connection, August 1, 2013
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