Noni Speaks Up

by Heather Hartt-Sussman (2016) Illustrated by Geneviève Côté (Ages 3 to 7)

This is the story of a little girl who tries to do the right thing. Noni notices her classmate Hector being bullied and excluded at school. While at times she is speechless, Noni feels the need to do something to help Hector feel included, and to let her classmates know that it’s not okay to judge others just because they are different.

An empowering story about the importance of helping others, Noni Speaks Up will no doubt invite classroom discussions about bullying, inclusion and how to treat others with respect. Reading it aloud may prompt students to predict how Noni will act and to then ask themselves: How can I make sure my classmates feel included?

This book is a thought-provoking read for children about how their voices can make a difference.

This book may be available at your local library. It can also be purchased from independent children’s bookstores, as well as from Penguin Random House here and from Chapters here.