Perfect Picture Book Friday/ Confessions of a Former Bully

HI Friends!

 

Welcome to PPBF for anti bullying week! I have a great book for you. One I am delighted to bring to you. Trudy Ludwig was introduced to me by Patricia Tilton, and her blog “Children’s books Heal ”. She suggested I do this book in her comments one day. And when I started reading this book, I was blown away by it’s brilliance. So why was it so good? Wait and see.

 

downloadConfessions of a former bully book coverTitle: Confessions of A Former Bully

Author/ Illustrator : Trudy Ludwig/ Beth Adams

Publishing info : Tricycle Press, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books, www.randomhouse.com/kids

 

Summary: Ten – year – old Katie’s consequences for bullying classmates includes making up for the hurt she has caused, and so she decides to write a book about bullying, why it is not okay, and how to start being a better friend.

Themes: Bullies, schools, behavior, experiences of every child, relationships

Ages appropriate : All ages

 

Resources : www.bullying.org  This informative website for adults and children includes antibullying commercials, drawings, stories, music, and films. It also allows users to share experiences with others who have witnessed and been involved in bullying.

 

www.cyberbully.org

Created by the Center for Safe and Responsible Internet Use, this website offers Students, parents, and educators valuable information and resources for combating online social cruelty.

 

www.eyesonbullying.org

Created by the Education Development Center, this website is both informative and user-friendly. Check out their wonderful Toolkit, in PDF format, which includes insights, strategies, activities, and resources to address bullying for caregivers, parents, and youth.

 

www.netsmartz.org

This interactive educational resource is provided by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children and Boys and Girls Clubs of America. It addresses a variety of Internet safety issues for kids ages five to seventeen, parents, guardians, educators, and law enforcement officers.

 

These are just some of the websites and resources mentioned in the prolific backmatter of this book. There are other organizations, books for adults and books for kids.

 

Why I really loved this book : This book could be for all ages. It appeals to both kids and adults and I found it fascinating. At first the reader is made to think it is about a bully but then it switches to talking about the whole bullying scene, from targets, to bystanders, to how to be a good friend. It leaves no stone unturned. Trudy Ludwig has brought a real keen technique into play, that of writing a book aimed at her peers of ten –  year- old students, about bullying and this is the  technique she uses to explore the whole bullying landscape. Even cyber bullying.

 

I think this book is more important than any other book I’ve read or reviewed for PPBF yet. I asked my husband to read it and bought a copy for my grandson who is eleven and his mother. I want all of you to tweet about this book. It is Anti – bullying week, after all. And you will be doing all moms, students, teachers and librarians a big favor by doing this. And put it on your facebook page. Here’s a big thank you in advance!

 

Thanks so much for reading this. If you would like to read more books like this one go to Susanna Leonard Hill’s Perfect Picture Books site  where you will find a treasure trove of good stories for students , parents and teachers and librarians. All categorized in alphabet order and in order of theme. Go there and see for yourself why you should and will want to tell others about it. Perfect Picture Book Friday. It’s awesome!

 

And my books?

Annie’s Special Day and Edmund Pickle Chin, a Donkey Rescue Story. See below for the jackets. And where to purchase? Amazon of course!

My Picture Books in logo by Margot Finke

My Picture Books in logo by Margot Finke

 

 

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About ClaraBowmanJahn

Journal writer. Author of "Annie's Special Day" And coauthor of Edmund Pickle Chin, A Donkey Rescue Story." Proud mother and grandmother of wonderful kids. Wife of brilliant husband. Servant of two cats. Member of Pennwriters and SCBWI.
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25 Responses to Perfect Picture Book Friday/ Confessions of a Former Bully

  1. Great pick for anti-bullying week! Trudy has written so many wonderful books about bullying, but this one is a favorite. I do love this book and I enjoyed your review. Thanks for the shoutout!

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  2. Joanna says:

    I am fascinated to see how this works for all ages, Clar. Great pick

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    • clarbojahn says:

      Yes, Joanna. It is not a picture book in the sense of being under 800 words because it is much more than that. But the illos are so informative and uses post notes for data and other stuff like comics. It is a gem. I Loved it. 🙂

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  3. Thanks for telling me about this. I will definitely check it out.

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  4. Margot Finke says:

    YES! This IS the perfect book for Anti-bullying Week. On my Pinterest Review Board and shared on Facebook. Go read it!

    Books for Kids – Manuscript Critiques
    http://www.margotfinke.com

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  5. Wow! This must really be a good one! I might need it for my book bag! Thanks Ms BJ!

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    • clarbojahn says:

      Yes, Rhythm, it a very special book and a new favorite of mine. The perfect antibullying book. Please do grab it for your book bag. It is invaluable. 🙂

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  6. Stacy S. Jensen says:

    This looks like a great book for kids on a tough topic. We’ll check it out. Right now we’re in the “just keep your hands to yourself” phase. I dread the older phases with bullying.

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  7. This sounds like it should be in every classroom!

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    • clarbojahn says:

      Yes, Indeed, Erik,

      This would do well in every classroom. And every principals office and every guidance counselor as well, too! Where ever there are kids. 🙂

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  8. Great choice for anti bullying week! Thanks for sharing.

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  9. jannatwrites says:

    Sounds like a great book. Bullying can be so destructive and hard to overcome. We need more sensitivity and compassion!

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  10. Catherine Johnson says:

    Sorry I couldn’t find your email address.
    Here’s some info
    Hi Clar,

    The first video on this website is everything you need to build your website. http://websitesmadeeasy.tv/
    First though you need a domain name and website provider. I got both from Bluehost. If you choose Bluehost which is great because it comes with a jetpack full of goodies. You can avoid lots of technical stuff by getting it. Michael.Hyatt has a great video of updating from wordpress to self-hosted. It talks you through getting website from Bluehost. Search on his site for going self-hosted on WordPress. Hope this helps. Let me know how you go.
    Best
    Catherine

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    • clarbojahn says:

      OK, Catherine. I actually did use Bue Host for my web site http://www.clarbojahn.com/

      And got my domain name from ? I’ll have to check again but I do have a domain name as well of Clarbojahn.

      Thanks so much for the link to the web sites made easy. I need that. But as well as a web site I wanted one to do blogging from. A different blog for my memoir. And how to switch my readers. Can you emaill me at Cbowmanjahn at yahoo dot com.

      I would so appreciate it if we took our conversation to the inbox there. thanks, Catherine. 🙂

      XOXO

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    • clarbojahn says:

      ok, the name for domain names came to me: GoDaddy. Did you get yours there?

      Now to decide if I want another blog? 🙂

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      • Catherine Johnson says:

        Hi Clar, I didn’t go with GoDaddy because they seemed to want an awful lot of personal info from you. I would ask around but remember the helpful Jatpack only comes with Bluehost.

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        • clarbojahn says:

          Thanks for your help, Catherine. 🙂 I appreciate all of it. 🙂

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          • Catherine Johnson says:

            I forgot to say that I went from WordPress to WordPress self-hosted so the instructions are probably different. If you already have a website I’m not sure what is best. I know WordPress is good but then you’d have two websites even if one of them is used as a blog. hmm..

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  11. Great to see so many books about bullying featured across the internet last week – this one included! Wonderful resources to share.

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  12. This looks like a great resource, Clar! Thanks so much for sharing and adding it to our list!

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  13. I loved Trudy’s The Invisible Boy, and am getting ready to read Gifts from the enemy. This sounds like another winner. Thanks.

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