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Books Featuring Characters Coping with Bullying

Posted on November 16th, 2020 by pajamapress

These books feature healthy child-led strategies for dealing with bullying and teasing:

Lili Macaroni

by Nicole Testa, illus. Annie Boulanger

After careless teasing makes Lili wish to be someone else, she symbolically places her hurt feelings on the wings of a paper butterfly. When she wears the butterfly to school, it begins a powerful conversation about the hurt feelings everybody carries.

Tickled Pink: How Friendship Washes the World with Color

by Andrée Poulin, illus. Lucile Danis Drouot

Filippo’s self-esteem plummets when he is excluded by two peers, but a new friend helps him realize that their opinion doesn’t determine his worth.

French Toast

by Kari-Lynn Winters, illus. François Thisdale

Phoebe reclaims the school nickname she hates by connecting it with positive associations of her family’s cross-cultural cooking.

Duck Days

by Sarah Leach, illus. Rebecca Bender

Third-grader Lauren learns to let unkind words roll off her—like water off a duck’s back.

Music for Tigers

by Michelle Kadarusman

Middle school can be tough, but Colin helps Louisa cope with her anxiety while she shows him how to tell the difference between condescension and kindness.

A Starred Review for Lili Macaroni from Kirkus Reviews!

Posted on May 8th, 2019 by pajamapress

Cover: Lili Macaroni Author: Nicole Testa Illustrator: Annie Boulanger Publisher: Pajama Press

The first review is in for Lili Macaroni, and we are very delighted to receive a ★ Starred Review ★ from Kirkus Reviews to start things off.

“Self-confidence is hard to come by when classmates make fun of the things that make Lili Macaroni herself….Boulanger’s changing perspectives and use of shadows to stand in for other kids’ teasing set the mood, Lili’s exuberant brightness changing to more somber tones with her sadness. Lili and her family are white; there is one black classmate. From Québec, a wonderfully empowering message to be yourself, with a strategy to ease heartache added for good measure.”

Click here to read the full review