For Kids

Chrysanthemum, by Kevin Henkes (Hew York: Harper Trophy, 1996). Chrysanthemum always thought her name was perfect—until she started kindergarten and the kids made fun of it.A perfect book for young kids about name-calling and put-downs.Ages 4 to 8.

Positively Mother Goose, by Diane Loomans, Karen Kolberg, and Julia Loomans (New York: H.J. Kramer, 1991). These rhymes are a delightful twist on the traditional Mother Goose tales.The authors have turned the old rhymes into new positive, affirming ones. For young ones.

The Pushcart War, by Jean Merrill (New York: Dell, 1984).A satire on the garbage strike in New York City and how negativity began to spread to all. Ages 10 to 13.

The Meanest Thing to Say: Little Bill Books for Beginning Readers, by Bill Cosby (New York: Scholastic Trade, 1997).A plain wonderful way to help kids learn a lesson of a prosocial way to combat meanness and name-calling. Ages 4 to 8.

Lord of the Flies, by William Golding (Upper Saddle River, N.J.: Prentice Hall, 1959).The classic novel about a group of English schoolboys stuck on a deserted island and the destructiveness of put-downs. Ages 12 to 15.

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