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  Blubber
Written by
Judy Blume
When overweight Linda gives an oral report on whales, the cruel and power-wielding class leader, Wendy, starts calling her "Blubber." The name-calling escalates into more intense bullying and humiliation. The novel's narrator, Jill, is a full participant from the start. Over time, though, she comes to question everyone's behavior, including her own. Finally, she challenges Wendy's power and learns that there are consequences, as well as rewards, to taking a stand.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
 
  Blue Cheese Breath and Stinky Feet: How to Deal with Bullies
Catherine de Pino (Author), Bonnie Matthews (Illustrator), Charles Beyl (Illustrator)
Steve has to do something about Gus. But what? He doesn't know how to make Gus leave him alone. He's afraid to ask for help. And he's afraid things will get even worse if he tells. When his parents find out anyway, Steve is surprised to feel relieved. And when they help him come up with a plan to send Gus on his way, he knows he can do it. The next time Gus tries to bully "Blue Cheese Breath and Stinky Feet," he is in for a big surprise!
[Grade Level: 1 - 3]
 
  Blue Jay in the Desert
Isao Kikuchi (Illustrator), Marlene Shigekawa (Author)
This is the story of a Japanese-American boy and his family, who are interned during World War II. The boy doesn't quite understand what the internment is all about, but through his eyes we are able to see how it has affected the adults around him. The book includes a brief historical overview of the Japanese-American internment.
[Grade Level: 2 - 4]
 
  The Blues of Flats Brown
Nina Laden (Illustrator), Walter Dean Myers (Author)
A junkyard dog runs away from his abusive master and makes a name for himself playing blues on his guitar.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
 
  Bon Odori Dancer
Karen Kawamoto McCoy (Author), Carolina Yao (Illustrator)
A young girl feels clumsy and insecure during her traditional Japanese dance class until the other girls start helping her.
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 3]
 
  Boundless Grace
Mary Hoffman (Author), Caroline Binch (Illustrator)
When Grace gets the opportunity to go to Africa and visit with her father and his new family, she feels a little strange. But Nana says families are what you make them, and Grace is going to make the most of hers! Mary Hoffman and Caroline Binch bring their spunky heroine to life in this sequel to "Amazing Grace."
[Grade Level: K - 3]
 
  Brian's Bird
Patricia A. Davis (Author), Layne Johnson (Illustrator)
A young boy who is blind learns to care for his new parakeet.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
 
  The Brothers' Promise
Frances Harber (Author), Thor Wickstrom (Illustrator)
A retelling of a story found in the Talmud where two brothers keep a promise to their father and always take care of one another.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
 
  Brown Bag Ideas from Many Cultures
Written by
Irene Tejada
Ethnic art activities for children that teach traditional designs and techniques from a variety of cultures.
[Grade Level: K - 6]
 
  Brown Honey in Broomwheat Tea
Floyd Cooper (Illustrator), Joyce Carol Thomas (Author)
A collection of poems to remind us who we are.
[Grade Level: K - 6]
 
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