“A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest.” ~C.S. Lewis
Justin and the Bully
Bibliographic information: written by Tony and Lauren Dungy, illustrated by Vanessa Brantley Newton, c. 2013
Synopsis: Justin is so excited about starting the soccer season, that is, until he gets to the first practice and Taylor calls him “Shorty.” After learning that there is a bully on the team, the coach effectively solves the problem.
Rationale in the classroom: This is a good beginning reader story that will get their attention with two relevant topics: soccer and bullying. It has a good moral with a great outcome.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.K.7 With prompting and support, describe the relationship between illustrations and the story in which they appear
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.K.4 Ask and answer questions about unknown words in a text.