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Trouble Talk Hardcover – Illustrated, 1 May 2008

4.6 out of 5 stars 82 ratings

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"Given the prevalence of these behaviors, young readers will readily identify with Maya's dilemma and appreciate the straightforward text. Colorful and expressive mixed-media art depicts a refreshing and realistic multicultural schoolyard. This picture book would be well used by school counselors or social workers to interface with a child who's exhibiting or harmed by "trouble talk." -- School Library Journal, June, 2008

"Ludwig acknowledges the lure of connection and the pleasure of sharing information about each others but also exposes the harm that words can do." -- Kirkus Reviews, April 14, 2008

"While the message in Trouble Talk is clear to young children, the story is realistic and does not become didactic. A foreword by Charisse L. Nixon, director of research for the Ophelia Project, explains that girls are more vulnerable to this destructive way of connecting to their peers. The author concludes with a brief note on relational aggression, ways to engage children in healthier friendships and empower bystanders of trouble talk, questions for discussion, a list of related organizations and Web sites, and a bibliography. As she notes that researchers are discovering that trouble talk is on the rise and equally or even more harmful than physical bullying, this picture book will prove to be a valuable resource for children, educators, and parents alike." -- ForeWord, May, 2008

Trudy Ludwig, author of Trouble Talk, is a recipient of the prestigious Mom's Choice Award. The Mom's Choice Awards honors excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. An esteemed panel of judges includes education, media and other experts as well as parents, children, librarians, performing artists, producers, medical and business professionals, authors, scientists and others. A sampling of the panel members includes: Dr. Twila C. Liggett, Ten-time Emmy-winner, professor and founder of Reading Rainbow; Julie Aigner-Clark, Creator of Baby Einstein and The Safe Side Project; Jodee Blanco, New York Times Best-Selling Author; LeAnn Thieman, Motivational speaker and coauthor of seven Chicken Soup For The Soul books; Tara Paterson, Certified Parent Coach, and founder of the Mom's Choice Awards. Parents and educators look for the Mom's Choice Awards seal in selecting quality materials and products for children and families. This book/product has been honored by this distinguished award. --Mom's Choice Awards, 2009

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* Includes foreword by Dr. Charisse L. Nixon, author of Girl Wars: 12 Strategies That Will End Female Bullying.

Product details

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Tricycle Press; Illustrated edition (1 May 2008)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 32 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1582462402
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1582462400
  • Reading age ‏ : ‎ 6 - 9 years
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 346 g
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 21.29 x 0.91 x 26.19 cm
  • Customer Reviews:
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Trudy Ludwig

Making a Difference in Kids' Lives, One Book at a Time(R)

Trudy is a nationally acclaimed speaker and an award-winning author who specializes in writing children's books that helps kids connect and engage with their peers in kind, caring ways. She has received rave reviews nationwide from educators, experts, organizations, and parents at schools and conferences around the US for her passion and compassion in addressing peer aggression and friendship issues.

An active member of the International Bullying Prevention Association, Trudy collaborates with leading US experts and organizations, including the Committee for Children, and has been featured in numerous national and regional media outlets. She has also served as content advisor for Sesame Workshop's "Good Birds Club" TV episode and as an expert panel member on Sesame Street's video series on bullying.

Trudy's books have received numerous awards and citations including the IBPA Gold Benjamin Franklin Award, the Gelett Burgess Children's Book Award, NAPPA's Gold Medal for Books, Mom's Choice Gold Awards, Moonbeam Children's Books Gold Award, and are included in the Cooperative Children's Book Center's Best of the Year Selection, ADL's "Read4Respect" Program Book Selection, NCSS-CBC Notable Social Studies Books for Young People Selection, National Crime Prevention Council's Circle of Respect Book Club Selection, Junior Library Guild Selection, School Library Journal Best Picture Books Selection, and Scholastic Instructor Recommended Back-to-School Picks.

"Because the social world of today's children is very complex and difficult to navigate, I try to include in my stories the wisdom and insights of young readers so that my books resonate with the authenticity of their life experiences and views," she says. "I also have the added pleasure of tapping into my own inner child--letting her laugh, cry, and simply breathe."

For more information about Trudy, her books, school visits, conference keynotes, and workshop presentations, please visit

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