Lynn McCain makes special appearance at Lara Kendall

National Bullying Prevention Month

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TUCKER AND THE BIG BAD BULLY—Author Lynn McCain reads Lara Kendall Elementary School students her latest book, “Tucker and the Big Bad Bully.” Photo by Lindsey Bell.

Lara Kendall third grade students got a special treat on Friday, October 25 when author Lynn McCain read them two of her newest books.

McCain also spoke to students about bullying.

McCain, also known as Jamie McCain, read her newest books, “Tucker and the Big Bad Bully” and “My Colorful World.”

“Tucker and the Big Bad Bully” follows Tucker, who begins a new school and faces bullying. He overcomes the terrible situation through kindness and makes new friends. An especially exciting part of the book for students was that it is set at their very own school, with scenes taking place in Nadine Ford’s third grade classroom and Whitney Ayers’s library.

“My Colorful World” focuses on celebrating people’s differences. After reading the books, McCain took some time to answer questions and talk with students about enjoying their differences and being kind to one another.

“Let’s take Tucker’s advice and be kind and be true to who you are,” McCain said.

Kindness Counts

Because October is National Bullying Prevention Month, students have already been talking about bullying and being kind in class. During the week before McCain read to the students, they submitted names to the “kindness basket” when they witnessed another student being kind to classmates.

During McCain’s visit, two names were drawn from the basket. The winners, Makenzie Wiggins and Kailyn Chisholm, each won an autographed copy of one of McCain’s books.

One of Kailyn’s classmates said she submitted Kailyn’s name to the kindness basket because she was being nice to everyone.

KINDNESS—Makenzie Wiggins (left) and Kailyn Chisholm (center) won autographed copies of Lynn McCain’s books. Photo by Lindsey Bell.

Leaunna Hopper said she submitted Makenzie’s name because she tries to make everyone happy.

“She’s nice to everyone and when I have a bad day she tries to make me happy,” Leaunna said.

Before returning to class students signed Tucker’s Kindness Contract and pledged to stay away from bulling. They agreed to be kind with words, tell teachers about bullying, and respect each other’s differences.

Lynn McCain has published several children’s and young adult books. She is originally from Lake County, and currently lives in Alabama.

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