Barnes & Noble Announces January is “No Name-Calling Month”

Barnes & Noble has announced that January will be celebrated as “No Name-Calling Month” in its stores and online. The bookseller has partnered with Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing and the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network to bring attention to the problem of bullying. Barnes & Noble’s website (bn.com) will feature exclusive video from bestselling children’s, teen, and adult authors like Hilary Duff, Lisa McMann, Laurie Halse Anderson, Ellen Hopkins, Margaret Peterson Haddix and Ian James Corlett. The authors will discuss their thoughts on and experiences with bullying.

Barnes & Noble stores across the country have events planned throughout January to recognize No Name-Calling Month including:

All stores will host a national Storytime event on Saturday, January 15 at 11 a.m. The event will include a Storytime reading of the books Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes and One by Kathryn Otoshi, arts and crafts and other activities.

From January 15 through January 23, stores will host Barnes & Noble Educator Appreciation Week. Stores will have No Name-Calling materials available for teachers and educators including book recommendations, tip sheets for organizing No Name-Calling events, lesson plans for elementary and middle school students, classroom posters and buttons.

In-store panel discussions with GLSEN local chapters.

Exclusive No Name-Calling articles by James Howe and Jodi Picoult will be featured in the January line-up of the More In Store program available on NOOK, the Barnes & Noble eBook Reader.

“Bringing awareness to the seriousness and severity of name-calling, teasing, bullying and cyber bullying is very important to Barnes & Noble. We’re pleased to be partnering with Simon & Schuster and GLSEN for such an important effort,” said Mary Amicucci, vice president of Children’s Books for Barnes & Noble. “Barnes & Noble has always provided parents, teachers and children with books, magazines and other materials, as well as in-store activities, that engage people in on-going dialogues and inspire ways to communicate with one another. This campaign is just one more way we can help.”

Go to the No Name-Calling page (www.bn.com/noname) for more information.

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