Anti-bullying campaign from RHCP

Anti-bullying campaign from RHCP

Random House Children’s Publishing (RHCP) is launching an anti-bullying campaign for schools based inspired by R J Palacio’s Wonder (Corgi), about a boy with a facial disfigurement.
 
The "choose kind" scheme, organised in association with the Anti-Bullying Alliance, part of children’s charity the National Children’s Bureau, is open to all primary and secondary schools in the UK and is aimed at stamping out bullying.
 
The first 300 schools that apply to take part via the website will receive a free copy of Wonder and a resources pack with ideas on how to promote anti-bullying, such as hosting a special assembly or nominating the kindest pupil or member of staff every month.
 
The school with the best initiative, chosen by RHCP, will receive £500 of RHCP books and a Wonder themed party with cupcakes and balloons. The winner will be announced after this year’s national anti-bullying week, which runs 17th-22nd November.
 
Martha Evans of the Anti-Bullying Alliance said the campaign should encourage children to celebrate their differences and those of others.
 
“Through Wonder we can educate children to see that bullying in any form is wrong; and that any environment that shows indifference to prejudice and discrimination is unacceptable,” she said.
 
Published in the UK in 2012, Wonder won the 2013 Waterstone’s children’s book prize for the 5-12 age range as well as the independent booksellers’ book award.
 
RHCP this year signed four more titles from Palacio: an e-book The Julian Chapter: A Wonder Story (RHCP Digital) this month; 365 Days of Wonder: My Browne’s Book of Precepts (Random House Children's Books), a hardback companion book to Wonder, in August; and two more books whose titles are yet to be announced.