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Get Kids Talking About Bullying With Charlie’s Birthday Wish

1StopMom was provided with product for review purposes only.

October is National Bullying Prevention Month. Bullying is something very close to my heart because I was bullied when I was younger. During those times I felt I had no one to turn to for help and ended up suffering a lot. As a parent I make sure to talk to my kids all the time about bullying. I started doing this when they were young. I wanted to make sure they knew what to do if they are being bullied and how to not stand by and watch someone else suffer at the hands of a bully. Bullying is a topic that should be discussed all the time. This month is a great time to help bring awareness to the topic and keep the discussion going.

I was recently sent the book Charlie’s Birthday Wish by Educator and Mom, Rene Micka to review.

charlie's birthday wish review

Rene Micka is a parent and an educator who has worked with children of all ages for 15 years. She spends a great deal of time volunteering at her children’s Catholic school, where she runs many of the programs. Character education is a focus of all her efforts in the classroom. As a member of the Big Brothers Big Sisters Program, Micka’s experiences have led her to have a greater understanding of the issues affecting children in distressed situations. Although she is no longer teaching, she has made it her mission to see to it that children get the better life they deserve. Charlie’s Birthday Wish is her debut children’s book.

This book stands out against other books about bullying because it is told from the viewpoint of the bully. Written for children ages 3-9, this story is about Charlie who is about to celebrate his birthday.  Unfortunately for him, he is not as excited as he should be because he is afraid none of his friends will attend his birthday party. Charlie has not been very nice to his friends. He has made fun of them and called them names.

charlie's birthday wish

Charlie did look forward to telling his Mom what he has done. When he finally does tell her, she helps him to apologize to his friends and invite them to his party.

I think that Charlie’s Birthday Wish is a great book for young children to learn about the consequences of being a bullying. The story shows how bad Charlie felt for the way he treated others and how he fixed the problem.

Connect with Rene Micka at Better Day Books and on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, and Shelfari.

Charlie’s Birthday Wish is available in print and ebook format and can be purchased from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other major online booksellers.

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