Pink Shirt Day 2016

February 24, 2016 is Pink Shirt Day. Based on the initiative of two Nova Scotia students, Pink Shirt Day encourages all of us to stand up to bullies. By collectively refusing to tolerate bullying and developing the skills to prevent it, children and adults can help to make the world a better place for themselves and others. To learn more about Pink Shirt Day visit

Celebrate Pink Shirt Day in your classroom of library with Canadian kids’ books.

Picture Books

Bully 101
Written and illustrated by Doretta Groenendyk
The Acorn Press, 2012
ISBN 978-1-894838-84-9
IL: Ages 6-12 RL: Grade 3
This book explores both the temptations of bullying and the remarkable possibilities of kindness. It identifies ways in which bullying occurs (cyber, playground, bus), the feelings that can result for both the bully and the victim and the simple notion that anyone can chose kindness instead. It can be used as a conversation starter on why we bully, or watch it happen, and presents the idea that bullying is a choice.
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Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress
Written by Christine Baldacchino
Illustrated by Isabelle Malenfant
Groundwood Books, 2014
ISBN 978-1-55498-347-6
IL: Ages 3-8 RL: Grades 2-3
Morris loves using his imagination and he dreams about having space adventures. His favourite place in his classroom is the dress-up centre — because he loves wearing the tangerine dress! But the children in Morris’s class don’t understand. Dresses are for girls, astronauts don’t wear dresses! Warm, dreamy illustrations perfectly capture Morris’s vulnerability and the vibrancy of his imagination. This is a sweetly told story about the courage and creativity it takes to be different.
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Willow Finds a Way
Written by Lana Button
Illustrated by Tania Howells
Kids Can Press, 2013
ISBN 978-1-55453-842-3
IL: Ages 3-7 RL: Grades 1-3
Willow is thrilled when the whole class, including her, is invited to classmate Kristabelle’s fantastic birthday party. But the bossy birthday girl starts crossing guests off the list when they dare to cross her. Willow finds a quiet but convincing way to let Kristabelle know her behaviour is not acceptable. This is the companion to Willow’s Whispers.
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You’re Mean, Lily Jean
Written by Frieda Wishinsky
Illustrated by Kady MacDonald Denton
Scholastic Canada, 2009
ISBN: 978-1-4431-0788-4
IL: Ages 3-8 RL: Grades 1-2
Carly always played with her older sister, Sandy. Then Lily Jean moved in next door. The sisters are happy to have a new friend to join their games. But Lily Jean starts taking
over. Tired of being bossed around, Carly thinks up a creative way to teach Lily Jean a lesson. With Sandy’s assistance, can she transform a bully into a friend?
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Junior & Intermediate Fiction

CherryBlossomBaseballCherry Blossom Baseball
A Cherry Blossom Book)
Written by Jennifer Maruno
Dundurn, 2015
ISBN 978-1-45973-166-0
IL: Ages 9-13  RL: Grade 5
Michiko’s family is uprooted once again by Canada’s racist wartime policies. Forced from Vancouver and now the Kootenay’s, her family is moving east to Ontario. There, another small town and another bully await Michiko. One bright spot is that she is a hit at tryouts for the local baseball team. There’s just one problem: everyone thinks she’s a boy.
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The Lost Locket: 20th Anniversary Edition
Written by Carol Matas
Illustrated by Susan Gardos
Scholastic Canada, 2014
ISBN 978-1-4431-2865-0
IL: Ages 6-9 RL: Grades 2-3
Despite her mother’s warning, Sarah Rose takes her great-grandmother’s locket to show her friends at school. But then it disappears from her desk, and it looks like Curtis, the class bully, might have taken it. If he did, can Sarah find the courage to confront him and get her locket back without her parents finding out?
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SomewhereIBelongSomewhere I Belong
Written by Glenna Jenkins
The Acorn Press, 2014
ISBN 978-1-927502-27-3
IL: Ages 10-14  RL: Grades 5-6
When P.J.’s father dies, his Ma moves the family from Boston to her home in PEI. The winter is harsh, the farm chores endless, and his drunken teacher bullies him. P.J. lashes out but ends up in a heap of trouble. Then tickets arrive for a charity ballgame with Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig — will P.J. get to see his idols play ball?
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Rocket Man
Written by Jan L. Coates
Red Deer Press, 2014
ISBN 978-0-88995-494-6
IL: Ages 10-14 RL: Grades 4-5
If only Bob could go back to being Mr. Invisible, back to when he wasn’t always being compared to his basketball-god brother and perfect little sister. Back to when he wasn’t bullied. Back to when his dad wasn’t so sick with cancer. Bob channels his worries and grief into his basketball training and finds a way to bring hope to those living with cancer. His courage and determination, both on the basketball court and off, help him grow into his new nickname: Rocket Man.
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Young Adult Fiction

all the rageAll the Rage
Written by Courtney Summers
New York: St. Martin’s Press, 2015
ISBN 978-1-250-02191-5
IL: Ages 14 and up  RL: Grades 9-10
The truth about Kellan Turner has cost Romy everything — friends, family and community. Bullied and branded a liar, Romy’s only refuge is the diner where she works. But when a girl goes missing and Romy learns of another assault, she must make a choice. Nobody believed her the first time, and nothing has changed, but is the cost of her silence more than she can bear?
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written by Darren Hynes
Razorbill, 2013
ISBN 978-0-14-318714-1
IL: Ages 15 and up RL: Grades 10-11
Relentlessly-bullied Wayne Pumphrey wishes he were courageous enough to actually send the letters he writes to friends and family. When Wayne is rescued by Marjorie one morning, an unlikely friendship develops. But the bully now has plans for both of them… and nothing will ever be the same again.
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Jeremy Stone
Written by Lesley Choyce
Red Deer Press, 2013
ISBN 978-0-88995-504-2
IL: Ages 12 and up RL: Grades 6-7
After moving to a new school in a new community, Jeremy, a First Nations teenage boy, is plagued by bullying and struggling to find his place in the world. When he meets
Caitlin, who tells him about her boyfriend who committed suicide, Jeremy is plunged into a convergence of the real world and the spirit world. Determining which is which becomes less important than finding out what is right and true.
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we are all made ofWe Are All Made of Molecules
Written by Susin Nielsen
Tundra Books, 2015
ISBN 978-1-77049-779-5
IL: Ages 12 and up  RL: Grades 7-8
Thirteen-year-old Stewart is academically brilliant but socially “ungifted.” Fourteen-year-old Ashley is the “It” girl of Grade 9, but her marks stink. When Stewart and his dad move in with Ashley and her mom, their worlds collide. They are complete opposites. And yet, no matter their differences, they share one thing in common: they — like the rest of us — are all made of molecules.
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Non-Fiction & Poetry

Bullying: Deal With It Before Push Comes to Shove
(Deal With It)
Written by Elaine Slavens
Illustrated by Brooke Kerrigan
James Lorimer, 2014
ISBN 978-1-4594-0653-7
IL: Ages 9-11 RL: Grade 6
Kids deal with bullying in its many forms on a daily basis. This newly revised and updated title includes resources, checklists, quizzes, and comics to give kids the know-how to deal with bullying — as targets, witnesses, or even bullies themselves, An engaging approach a complex and all-too-common problem.
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To This Day: For the Bullied and Beautiful
Written by Shane Koyczan
Illustrated by various artists
Annick Press, 2014
ISBN 978-1-55451-639-1
IL: Ages 11 and up RL: Grades 5-7
Spoken-word artist Shane Koyczan electrified the world with his passionate anti-bullying poem which went viral on YouTube. Now his poem has been adapted into a powerful and visually arresting book with illustrations by 30 international artists. Each page is a vibrant collage of images, colors and words that will resonate with anyone who has experienced bullying, whether as a victim, observer, or participant.
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Professional Resource for Teachers

The Bully-Go-Round: Literacy and Arts Strategies for Promoting Bully Awareness in the Classroom
Written by Larry Swartz
Pembroke Publishers, 2013
ISBN 978-1-55138-285-2
IL: Adult
This book advocates the use of various literacy and arts strategies to promote bullying awareness and aid teachers and students alike in reaching a better understanding of the issues that surround bullying. This handy flipbook includes more than 35 class activities, along with resource lists and discussion prompts. It has been written for teachers of Grades 4 to 12.
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