October is Anti-Bullying Month! Book Review – Stand Up! by Lisa Roth and Karen Siris

I didn’t want October to go by without mentioning that it is anti-bullying month. During this month, our school had extra activities (assemblies, classes, programs) to make kids more aware about bullying, how to spot it, how not to do it and how to stop it. I think it is important for kids to hear a message like this. 

BUT FIRST! I have to announce the winner of the AWESOME middle-grade book Double Vision: Code Name 711 by F.T. Bradley!!! See my review of this AWESOME book HERE!




A.K.A. Brian Bern!

Congratulations! I will be emailing you to get your address so your book can be sent out! 😀


Stand Up!

By Lisa Roth, M.D. & Karen Siris, Ed.D

Illustrated by Marsha Levitin

Published by CreateSpace in  August 2012

36 pages – ages 6+

A boy who doesn’t really have any problems in school notices that other kids are getting bullied. He also notices that there are many nice and kind kids at the school too. The boy decides he has to do something to help the kids getting bullied so he starts a group called the Caring Majority. The Caring Majority stops kids from being bullied because as a group, they can Stand Up to the bullies!

 I like how the kid (never named) forms a group of kids to stand up to the bullies. I wish that this was true in every school, because, sadly, kids are being bullied everywhere, sometimes with terrifying results. I think this book will inspire kids around the country to be “up-standers”, not bystanders. The painted illustrations are very unique. All they show are feet! It is so interesting how the illustrator makes a whole story out of feet. The different positions of the feet in the illustrations really tell what is going on in the story. I think this book should be in every classroom.

Patricia Tilton from the Children’s Books Heal blog reviewed this book last year (see her review HERE).

Five out of five bookworms for Stand Up! fivebooks

Categories: Age 6-9

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18 replies

  1. This sounds like such an excellent book, Erik. Now that you mention it, I remember Ms. Tilton reviewing it as well. Bullying definitely needs to be stopped — and it takes people who can Stand Up to it to stop it. Thanks for this post, Erik!

  2. As someone who experienced a bit of bullying as a kid, I can say with certainty that bullying is something that should be addressed and it’s good to see this topic. I was blessed to have a great support system. Some bullied kids aren’t This book sounds like it would be good for all kids across the country. After all, groups standing together for what is right is something every kid should learn.

    • I am sorry you were bullied! I was bullied on the bus when I was in kindergarten. A kid who was smaller than me was really mean to me. He’d push me off my seat and tell other kids not to be my friend. I finally stood up to him and told him to stop it (I was bigger in size than him). After I told my mom, she started driving me to school. My mom drives me and my sister to school even now.

  3. Wow. That’s great! I can’t wait to read Double Vision: Code Name 711. Thanks, Erik.

    And I also want to say thanks for working to put a stop to bullying. Bullying is not fun stuff.

  4. This reminds me of a book called Say Something. It’s also about not being a bystander. But it doesn’t have so many pictures of feet. I love feet! Plus I think it’s a clever way to illustrate a book.

    Love and licks,

  5. Glad you reviewed the book, Erik. Those feet have attitude! I thought it was very unique. Thanks for mentioning me, but it wasn’t necessary.

  6. Great review, Erik! I like the idea of the Caring Majority. Takes away emphasis from the bullying.

  7. p.s. Not sure if that came out right. What I was trying to say was that it shifts the emphasis from bullying to caring.

  8. Hey! A book from my point of view! My world is all about feet. I like to hear about kids standing up for others. Like you say, I wish there was more of it.

  9. It’s great that there are more anti-bullying slogans/discussions in school recently. It also helps that there are books like this that empower children to speak up or “stand up” when the occasion calls for it. 🙂

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