The recent suicide of 12 year old Ronin Shimizu has sparked social media flurry about the seriousness of how out of control bullying has become for too many. If you are a parent, teacher, or care about children in your life, it is incumbent upon you to build up a anti-bullying curriculum through books and movies.
I wrote Rojo, The Baby Red Panda at the Zoo specifically to prevent the depression and anxiety that I have suffered for 10+ years as an adult for my daughter and other children. It’s a book that will challenge you the parent as your child asks you to read it over and over again. The cute, cuddly, red pandas make hearing the message a pleasure and lighten the seriousness of the topics I address. You won’t get bored like you do with other texts.
Please slow down and discuss the various topics that I cover through your car rides and conversations over meals. Respecting ourselves and others is crucial when encountering our many differences.
There’s a plethora of new authors with interesting books regarding bullying. Get out there and start building your library. And then read, re-read, and discuss. Your children are crying out for it.