- Posted October 9, 2013 by
San Diego, California
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Bullying awareness: Your story
Discouraging Bullying Through Storytelling
One of the great joys of life for me is writing children's books with my sons. The process has been loads of fun, and packed with development opportunities for them. They've learned about writing, giving art direction to an illustrator, public speaking, being confident, being responsible, and handling money.
Our stories have the primary goals of entertaining young readers and encouraging literacy. But I believe it's also important to select a theme that subtly conveys positive messages. Just because a story isn't preachy, doesn't mean it cannot contain a valuable lesson. I suppose this is the literary version of the parental trick of hiding nutritious broccoli under melted cheese.
October is National Bullying Prevention Month, so it is only fitting to mention that two of our books discourage bullying.
“How the Rhino Got His Skin” is a picture book retelling of Rudyard Kipling's classic Just So Story. In our version, the Cake Baker likes baking for his friends. He creates an enormous cake, but a gluttonous Rhino barges in and eats it. Without giving away the ending, let's just say that the clever Cake Baker teaches the Rhino a lesson that discourages him from taking other people's things.
“Nimpentoad” is a fantasy early chapter book. Nimpentoad is a Nibling, one of the smallest creatures in the forest. As such, Niblings are always being picked on by the larger creatures like goblins and trolls. Nimpentoad leads his tribe of Niblings through the forest to a castle where they hope they'll find refuge. Along the way, they must use their wits to avoid the dangerous denizens of the forest. Kids enjoy the tale while subconsciously absorbing the lessons about teamwork, perseverance, and bullying.
Please consider books as a fun and effective way to teach kids about bullying! Interested readers can learn more about our books at www.henryherz.com.