The Gelett Burgess Center believes children deserve the very best resources available, even though finding them can be somewhat of a challenge. Their advisory council spends the year reviewing children’s books from self-published, independent, and mainstream publishing companies in an effort to find the best family-friendly, creative and educational books on the market.
The prestigious Gelett Burgess Children's Book Award highlights excellence in family-friendly books covering the broad expanse of a child's existence, helping them grow: socially, emotionally, ethically, intellectually, and physically. This list is promoted throughout the year to parents, educators, librarians, and youth service workers in the United States.
“In Don’t Call Me a Tattletale!, Kimberly Koskos has impressively described real kids dealing with the tough decisions regarding when to ask an adult for help. Shelley Johannes’s illustrations are beautiful and bring the characters and their emotions to life. This wonderful book will help children understand the important difference between tattling and reporting.” ~Bob Sornson, Founder of the Early Learning Foundation and Author of Stand in My Shoes: Teaching Kids about Empathy and The Juice Box Bully
“It is not okay to let someone bully you. Don’t Call Me a Tattletale! showed me ways to solve a problem when a bully is involved.” ~Emilie B., age ten, fourth grader
“Kimberly Koskos uses her background as an educator to artfully address the current scourge of bullying and the confusion that often accompanies these painful actions. She provides a much needed tool for both parents and teachers alike that helps open the lines of communication and understanding for children that struggle daily in social isolation. The message of this book may just make the life-altering difference in that child receiving the assistance that they need in a timely fashion. I believe it is a ‘must read’ for every child and the adults with whom they interact.” ~Randy Tomko, Lead Pastor, Rockpointe Community Church, Sterling Heights, Michigan
“Good materials to teach children how they should treat each other are very difficult to find. Kimberly Koskos perfectly captures the world of children when relationships aren’t going well, and then follows through with believable, positive, problem-solving actions to which we can all relate. This story is told in a simple and direct way that teaches, entertains, and ultimately, encourages discussion.” ~Ron Roberts, School Superintendent
“Don’t Call Me a Tattletale! offers children a clear, positive model for how to react to bullying in productive and non-violent ways, a lesson that grows ever more important in the today’s educational climate. Specific and thoughtfully illustrated, this book will be tremendously useful in contemporary classrooms seeking to reinforce notions of citizenship and civility.” ~Barbara Meeusen, Elementary Teacher and Parent
“Don’t Call Me a Tattletale! a great book. I specifically like the message about the differences between tattling and reporting. I think this book will be good for teachers to read to their students to show them that bullying is not acceptable and help remind others to treat others the way that they would like to be treated. I really enjoyed reading the book with its positive message and wonderful pictures.” ~Joshua J., fifth grader
“Don’t Call Me a Tattletale! depicts the universal helplessness, pain and confusion that children face daily when being teased or bullied. This timely book gently helps children differentiate between the stigma of tattling and the self-respect and self-esteem that come from the skill of reporting inappropriate behavior in others. As a psychologist, I see the lasting damage that is done when these skills are not learned. I, therefore, enthusiastically recommend this book for children, parents, counselors and educators everywhere who are interested in preventative medicine and value the development of compassion and caring in our society.” ~Lawrence T. Wentworth, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist
“Don’t Call Me a Tattletale! is a wonderful book with a great message. It is important to know the difference between reporting and tattling. This book really clarifies what reporting is and it finally clarified to me what is right and what is not. This book makes learning about behavior fun.” ~Alexis H., age eleven, fifth grader
“I loved this book and think that other kids would love it, too. I found that it taught a lesson in an entertaining way.” ~Joshua B., age ten, fifth grader