Below is an annotated list of children's literature for the elementary classroom. The books are organized by the Six Elements of Social Justice Curriculum Design (Picower, 2007). It is based on work by pre-service teachers at Montclair State University. They have read and reviewed these books and provided insights into how they can be used in K-5 settings.

Monday, February 24, 2014

The Juice Box Bully

Author: Bob Sornson and Maria Dismondy
Illustrator: Kim Shaw
Grade Level: Pre-K-6

Summary: The Juice Box Bully is about a new student named Pete that was bullied at his previous school.  He felt that if he bullied people first, it would stop him from being picked on.  Little does he know that Mr. Peltzer and his classroom made a promise on bullying.  The students introduce this promise to Pete when he bullies a girl from class.  This helps Pete realize that the students at this school are very different from his old school and his attitude changes. 

Element 4: This book relates to element 4 because it is a private movement between the students of Mr. Peltzer's class to help Pete realize that none of them will be a bystander to his bullying, because of the promise they made as a class.  This promise made each of the students peacefully work out the conflict of Pete bullying another classmate, rather then watching the bullying happen.  This changed the dynamic of the classroom when Pete realize no bullying makes school much more fun.

Activity: The activity I would do with my class after reading this book is I would hand each student a blank piece of computer paper.  I would have each student write a bully free message, and draw a picture on the paper.  I would then take all the papers and create a classroom bully-free quilt and display it somewhere in the classroom for all to see. 

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