The series of 16 books are supported by contributions from James’ sister, Lucy,
and a friend of the family, Neil Hurst. James writes from his heart and has considered
not only why people sometimes bully others but solutions to help them stop.
The stories cover themes of: difference and diversity; social relationships; coping strategies;
bystanders; and, pro-social behaviour. James has included many potential trigger factors
which can lead to the occurrence of bullying and always concludes with a strategy that
may help to reduce the reoccurrence and impact of these types of behaviours.
Please see excerpt from James’ own Story ‘Ballet Boy’
Within the resource these books can be used as a teaching aid. They are a base to help
generate ideas from pupils focusing on: what may occur; what action may have led to the
incident being avoided or its impact reduced; and, how help could be sought.
Curriculum based social and emotional well-being modules could be used to integrate this
anti-bullying resource into teaching time. The stories are not the sole focus of this pack, however,
when taken as a child’s own words on life today in the playground and fears of what may
occur, they are a very rich resource to build on.
They can be excellent thought-shower tools, drama freeze frames and alternative outcome scenarios.
Pupils could write their own stories, poems and songs, thus allowing social skills to develop alongside an
understanding of bullying behaviour, the role of bystanders and the necessity to tell
someone and seek help. This is an embedding aid for anti-bullying practice.
Each book is beautiful illustrated by artist Emily Hargreaves. These books can be bought individually
for home use either from this web site or through Amazon.