Children encouraged to speak out if they are being bullied

Random House Children’s Publishers have just announced that they are going to be working in partnership with the Anti-bullying Alliance in order to encourage schools to stock more books which focus on anti-bullying, and encourage children to speak out if they are being bullied.

The National coordinator of the anti-bullying Alliance is Lauren Seager Smith and she has recently commented, “It is great to be able to work with Random House in order to bring information about bullying to schoolchildren.

One of the best ways to communicate with children is through books, and storytelling, so we really feel that this is a positive way to bring the message to schools. We need to let children know that if they speak up against being bullied, they are going to be heard.”

RHCP publish a range of books for children and young adults with bullying as a theme, including titles from bestselling authors John Boyne, Malorie Blackman, Jacqueline Wilson and Anne Fine.

The first book will be the best-selling Wonder by R.J. Palacio. Wonder tells the story of Auggie Pullman – a young boy born with a rare facial disfigurement, who faces life in a new school.

Wonder author R. J. Palacio says “One child at a time, one person at a time, there’s no greater antidote to bullying than the steadfast refusal of children, teachers, and parents to accept a culture where bullying is tolerated. I am delighted to be working with the Anti-Bullying Alliance and hope Wonder will inspire children to be kind to one another.”

Lauren Bennett, Publicity Manager at RHCP says “We are thrilled to be working with such a fantastic organisation and we hope that through literature we can educate children and inspire kindness and understanding.  We hope that through reading and discussion children will feel encouraged to celebrate their differences and those of others.”

Children and teachers from the ABA School and College Network will review the books. Their insights will be shared through the ABA website, which will hopefully inspire others to read the titles and, in turn, encourage children to speak up about bullying.

To become a member of the School and College Network, or to find out more about ABA’s new book club, visit www.anti-bullingalliance.org.uk or email aba@ncb.org.uk

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