Stacey Loscalzo

Jan 23

Books for No Name Calling Week

by Stacey

The week of January 21st through January 25th is No Name Calling Week. In recognition of these days, I wrote an article highlighting books on friendship and kindness.

You can find the article here and here and copied below.

Hopefully you can find some inspiring titles to share with the little ones in your life…

Books for No-Name Calling Week

 When I heard the word bully, I used to picture a middle school boy, looming on the playground, ready to throw a punch. As the mother of two elementary aged girls, I now know that this was naïve thinking. My oldest daughter met a ‘mean girl’ in first grade and was deep into the world of cliques and name-calling by the time she was in third grade.

Unfortunately, my daughter’s experience is not usual. According to the New York Times, in an article originally published in 2010, a survey of 273 third graders in Massachusetts found that 47 percent of children had been bullied at least once and that 52 percent had reported being called mean names.

Given what I now know about bullying, I take every opportunity I can to model and talk about kindness with my girls. Keeping an open line of communication with children is crucial to understanding the role that your child may play in social situations. While some children will open up easily with parents, some do better when talking about others.

I find that the best way to communicate with my children about difficult issues is to read with them. Below is a collection of recent books that focus on bullying, kindness and caring for elementary aged children. These titles would be perfect to read anytime but especially during “No Name Calling Week” scheduled for January 21st to January 25th.

Kindergarten & First Grade

A Sick Day for Amos McGee- Philip Stead

Chrysanthemum- Kevin Henkes

Molly Lou Melon- Patty Lovell

The Name Jar- Yangsook Choi

The Recess Queen- Alexis O’Neill

Second & Third Grade

Bully- Patricia Polacco

Each Kindness- Jacqueline Woodson

Goal!- Mina Javaherbin

Oliver- Birgitta Sif

The Quiet Place- Sarah Stewart

Fourth & Fifth Grade:

Inside Out and Back Again- Thanha Lai

Liar and Spy- Rebecca Stead

Out of My Mind- Sharon Draper

There’s a Girl in the Boy’s Bathroom- Louis Sacher

Wonder- R.J. Palacio








  1. I work in an elementary school and unfortunately, I see the problem of bullying on a regular basis. I also see plenty of compassionate, caring children whose parents must have instilled positive values in their kids. Thanks for gathering these valuable resources.

  2. Zoe says:

    My next “I’m Looking for a book about…” themed carnival is on the theme of bullying (Feb 11) so do link up with this post then, if you’d like to.

  3. With these book, hopefully every week will become “no name calling week.” I enjoyed many of these books but some are new to me. I look forward to reading them. Thanks for sharing at The Children’s Bookshelf.

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