BeachBoundBooks is pleased to be coordinating a Blog Tour for the children’s book The Sockkids Say No to Bullying written by Michael John Sullivan and Illustrated by Alexandra Gold. The tour will run from July 18 – August 15, 2016


On Adalinc to Life today I’m please to join The Sockkids say No to Bullying Blog Tour Hosted by Beach Bound Books and don’t forget to enter the giveaway at the bottom of the post.

About the Book

3318808 Title: The Sockkids Say NO to Bullying

Authors: Michael John Sullivan and Shelley Larkin |

Illustrator: Alexandra Gold

Genre: Children’s Picture Book/Social Issues

Number of Pages: 56 Publisher: Insider’s Report, Inc

Publication Date: June 7, 2016 amazon2

Book Description: The SockKids focus on educating children and adults how bullying affects us all and what we can do about it.Do you know where your socks go when they go missing in the washing machine? Well, the SockKids know! The SockKids are a mismatched family of socks that sometimes time travel through the spin cycle, teaching universal lessons of love and kindness, and focusing on creating a greater awareness of the many social issues that children are faced with today. The SockKids help to educate and encourage children from 2 to 92 to find solutions in helping to make this a better world. In this story, Sudsy and Wooly discover their human is being bullied at school and team up against bullies with Ethan’s newest friend, Olivia. They discover bullying hurts everyone and staying silent is not an option. More Inside! Children’s counselor and licensed therapist, Jamie Ross, gives adults and children guidelines on how to handle bullies.
Take a look inside the book…

My Thoughts:

I just love the idea of these little socks with their own personality.  One of the very first book reviews I ever did on this blog was The SockKids Meet Lincoln Blog Tour in 2013.  I loved how Sullivan used the socks to teach children reading the story about an historical figure.  In this new The Sockkids Say No to Bullying by Michael John Sullivan and Shelley Larkin and illustrated by Alexandra Gold, we learn how Sudsy and Wooly find out about their human who is being bullied at school and Wooly opens up about how he is also being bullied in the drawer by other socks as well.

Ethan, Sudsy and Wooly’s human, is being bullied at school for not hanging out with the boys and instead wanting to read and hang out with a girl who also enjoys reading.  A typical taunt by the group of boy bullies:

‘She’s a nerd. Nerds read books. We don’t hang out with nerds.”

And Wooly the sock asks:

“Is there something wrong with me because I like to read more than I like to play sports?”

The story teaches the kids and socks how to deal with the bullying, how to solve problems as a group and how helping others can make you feel good too. For parents and teachers it is such an important concept to lift our boys up for more then just playing sports, and to encourage and nourish them in whatever their passions may be.  Unfortunately, the association between being a nerd and reading is still as relevant today as it was when I was growing up. I could see this as an issue here in Canada junior high (aged 11-14) but this book would not appeal to kids that old.  This book is perhaps best suited for elementary aged children approximately aged 8-11.  This is not a picture book but more like an early chapter book as there is a fair about of text on each page to read.

The Sockkids give children a unique way to learn about making the world a better place. At the end of the book there are additional resources to help parents and children opening the door for healthy discussions.

  1. How to Deal with Bullying: Guidelines for Adults and Children by Jamie Ross, LMFT
  2. What Should I Do If I Get Bullied Quiz by Shelley Larkin
  3. Ten Indicators That Your Child is Being Bullied by Shelley Larkin and the answers for discussion.

About the Author: Michael John Sullivan

172142122 Michael John Sullivan is the creator of the SockKids. Constantly searching for his socks, he wondered whether the missing foot comforters had found another pair of feet to warm. Before his interest in socks, Sullivan started writing his first novel while homeless, riding a NYC subway train at night. Sullivan returned to his subway notes in 2007 and began writing Necessary Heartbreak: A Novel of Faith and Forgiveness (Simon & Schuster, Gallery Books imprint). Library Journal named Necessary Heartbreak one of the year’s best in 2010. His second novel, Everybody’s Daughter (Fiction Studio Books, 2012) was named one of the best books of 2012 by Sullivan has written articles about the plight of homelessness for, The Washington,, the Huffington Post, and America Online’s service.

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Blog Tour Giveaway

Prize: One winner will receive a $25 Amazon gift card or $25 PayPal cash prize, winner’s choice

Giveaway ends: August 15, 11:59 pm, 2016

Open to: Internationally

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