Did you know that October is National Bully Prevention Awareness Month? 2015 New Apple Award winner, Charlie's Birthday Wish, was written by a former educator for educators, counselors, and parents to help them in their character education efforts. Although the story is serious in its message, it is light enough to entertain children at a critical stage of their social development. The book teaches children to consider how bullies can be misunderstood, remorseful, and even forgiven. But it also explores the consequences faced by those who choose to be unkind.
Charlie's Birthday Wish
Charlie’s Birthday Wish, has light-hearted rhyme with an anti-bullying message, told from the point of view of the antagonist, Charlie. Charlie bullies his way into a crisis when he alienates his friends with his unkindness, just as his birthday quickly approaches. Charlie sets out to change his fate before he finds himself alone at his own party. In the end, he experiences the power of forgiveness and learns that friendships must be earned.