New Books for Kids with Important Messages and Fun Appeal
New books that help youngsters deal with bullying, grief and weighty philosophical questions also promote kindness and thankfulness.
“I am Jack” by Susanne Gervay; Tricycle Press; 126 pages; $14.99.
School bullying is all too common and all too harmful. In this sensitive yet funny portrayal of an 11-year-old boy being pushed around at school, Gervay writes with realism and candor. Though lovable and fun to be around, Jack becomes the butt of other boys’ jokes, which escalates due to the contagious and destructive nature of bullying.
All is not lost, however, as Gervay positively portrays the power of bystanders, family, friends and educators who come to protect and support young Jack. A truly important read for kids, educators and parents, “I am Jack” is a very special book.