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No Name-Calling Week is an annual week of educational activities aimed at ending name-calling of all kinds and providing schools with the tools and inspiration to launch an on-going dialogue about ways to eliminate bullying in their communities.  No Name-Calling Week was inspired by a middle-grade novel entitled The Misfits by popular author James Howe in which a group of students organize a "No Name-Calling Day" at school. Motivated by this simple, yet powerful idea, the No Name-Calling Week Coalition, created by GLSEN and Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing, and consisting of over 40 national partner organizations, organized an actual No Name-Calling Week in schools for the first time in 2004. The event is now held annually in schools nationwide.

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In 2001, James Howe published The Misfits, the story of four outcast seventh-graders who try to end name-calling in their school. The book was instantly beloved by kids, teachers, and librarians, and it inspired the national movement known as No Name-Calling Week, sponsored by GLSEN (The Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network).

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Totally Joe: Lovable misfit Joe Bunch's story of coming out—and coming of age.  Get the Totally Joe Reading Group Guide >>

Addie on the Inside: Addie Carle confronts labels, loss, and what it means to grow up. Get the Addie on the Inside Reading Group Guide >>

Also Known as Elvis: Skeezie Tookis navigates a pivotal summer of first crushes and tough choices. Get the Also Known as Elvis Reading Group Guide >>

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James Howe is the author of over eighty books for young readers, including the modern classic Bunnicula and its highly popular sequels.  In 2001, Howe published The Misfits, the story of four outcast seventh-graders who try to end name-calling in their school.  The Misfits is now widely read and studied in middle schools throughout the country, and was the inspiration for the national movement known as No Name-Calling Week, an event observed by thousands of middle and elementary schools annually.Totally Joe, a companion novel to The Misfits, was published in 2005, followed by Addie on the Inside in 2011 and Also Known as Elvis in 2014.  Howe’s many other books for children from preschool through teens frequently deal with the acceptance of difference and being true to oneself. Find out more at JamesHowe.com

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If you've ever been bullied—or maybe you've been a bully yourself—our friend and author Russell Brand has a few words for you.

Simon & Schuster authors speak out against bullying


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