Noni Speaks Up

Heather Hartt-Sussman • Geneviève Côté

3-7 years

Noni always tries to do the right thing. But she doesn’t know how to help her classmate Hector, who is constantly bullied for his name, his size and his giant glasses. Noni stands by silently, afraid that the kids will turn on her if she speaks up. Yet “doing nothing” doesn’t feel very good. Will Noni be brave enough to take matters into her own hands?

Heather Hartt-Sussman’s charming story, complemented by the playful, expressive illustrations of Geneviève Côté, is a heartwarming exploration of conquering fear and finding the courage to help others.

What People Are Saying:


Nominated for the Ontario Library Association’s Blue Spruce Award

Listed in Today’s Parent KIDS BOOKS WE LOVE 2016

Noni Speaks Up would be particularly useful for parents and teachers as a read-aloud. Young readers could participate in a shared reading experience or could dramatize the story by taking on the roles of the characters in the story. They could also discuss what happens after the picture book ends. The story will provide the basis for lively discussion with parents. caregivers or teachers on topics such as bullying, peer pressure, friendship, responsibility and caring for others.”

– CM Magazine


“…. this tale shines a beacon of light on the issue [of bullying] …. Noni gives children the courage to speak out against bullying …. Cote’s always charming illustrations support the theme with zest and humour.”

– Resource Links


“The impressionistic illustrations perfectly convey Noni’s emotions …. This book could generate good discussion about standing up for one’s self and handling difficult relationships, including ways to establish and maintain friendships when everyone involved has a chance to react honestly and without fear.”

– School Library Journal

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