Day of Pink
It’s time to dig through your closet for your favourite pink clothing because April 11th is the International Day of Pink. Students, parents and teachers across the country and around the world are showing their support with educational initiatives to increase awareness of all forms of bullying.
This movement began in Nova Scotia where two courageous high school students started a pink T-shirt campaign after a Grade 9 boy was harassed for wearing pink. Their positive example has inspired communities around the world on this important day.
As both an educator and a mother, I believe that children’s books play a role in shaping our youth and teaching them about empathy from a young age. Here are four books to share with readers to promote the Day of Pink and the impact of friendship:
I Like Myself!
Written by Karen Beaumont, Illustrated by David Catrow
For ages: 0 – 3
This bright board book is the perfect introduction for early readers to learn about self-esteem. The young protagonist shares a simple story about the importance of liking oneself. This pick’s colourful pages and easy-to-read-aloud lyrchiical text will definitely appeal to children. Parents will particularly enjoy sharing this important message with little ones.
Abigail the Whale
Written by Davide Cali, Illustrated by Sonja Bougaeva
For ages: 5 – 8
This picture book is excellent to read with elementary students and supports the significance of anti-bullying. Abigail dislikes swimming lessons despite being a good swimmer because she is teased by her peers.She is
taunted with the phrase, “Abigail is a whale!”
Fortunately, her teacher has a profound impact
on the situation by teaching Abigail how to alter
her thinking. It’s a feel-good story that will
leave students cheering for Abigail and students
who have overcome adversity.
The Pink Umbrella
Written by Amélie Callot, Illustrated by Geneviève Godbout
For ages: 6 – 9
This vibrant pink-coloured book is symbolic of the Day of Pink. The main character, Adele, runs the Polka-Dot Apron café and is loved by all her customers for the warmth she shows them. However, when it rains, Adele’s normally cheery façade fades and dampens her spirit. Luckily for her, she has a friend who leaves her mysterious pink surprises to help her overcome her sadness. This picture book celebrates acts of kindness and the difference friends can make.
TBH, This is SO Awkward
Written by Lisa Greenwald
For ages: 8 – 12
The drama of middle school and pre-teen text messaging is captured in this very unique chapter book told entirely in texts, e-mails and notes. Cecily, Prianka, and Gabby are a tight group of friends in the 6th Grade who have been BFFs since birth. The new girl in school, Victoria, tries to befriend them and has her feelings hurt after a group text message goes wrong. The author promotes a message of inclusivity and the importance of communicating beyond cell phones. A warning to adults who skim through the pages: you may need the glossary in the back to decode abbreviations such as TBH (To Be
Which book will you pick for Day of Pink?