Interview, Promotions & Events LISTEN IN: Interview with Newbery author Rebecca Stead on bullying and why “books are an important connection between people.”

October is National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month. But Listening Library is committed to helping to prevent bullying year-round with

Today we’re revisiting a wonderful conversation with Newbery Winner Rebecca Stead. She stopped by our New York City recording studio last year to discuss the power of words and friendship; she also revealed a bit about her writing process, including how she is able to truthfully portray her characters in titles like Goodbye Stranger and When You Reach Me, as they navigate the complexities of bullying and school.

The power of literature can help erase bullying by generating important conversations in classrooms and communities. The right audiobook can also provide support to those who experience bullying either directly or indirectly. Head over to to listen to our interview with Rebecca Stead.

Why is GOODBYE STRANGER a great choice for classrooms and anti-bullying collections?
Praised by The New York Times Book Review as “Masterly. . . . Sensitively explores togetherness, aloneness, betrayal and love,” Goodbye Stranger has received five starred reviews and has three talented narrators: Kimberly Farr, Meera Simhan & Kirby Heyborne. Bridge is an accident survivor who’s wondering why she’s still alive; Emily has new curves; and Tabitha sees through everybody’s games—or so she tells the world. Plus, this year everything is different for Sherm Russo as he gets to know Bridge Barsamian. Each memorable character navigates the challenges of love and change—and seventh grade—in this captivating listen.


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