James Howe

No Name-Calling Week

No Name-Calling Week was inspired by the popular young adult novel The Misfits by James Howe. The book tells the story of four best friends trying to survive the seventh grade in the face of all too frequent taunts based on their weight, height, intelligence, sexual orientation, and gender expression. The friends create a new political party during student council elections and run on a platform aimed at wiping out name-calling of all kinds. The No-Name Party wins the support of the school's principal for their cause and their idea for a “No Name-Calling Day” at school.

Motivated by this simple, yet powerful, idea, the No Name-Calling Week Coalition created by GLSEN and Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing, consisting of over 60 national partner organizations, organized an actual No Name-Calling Week in schools across the nation, which began in 2004. Since then, No Name-Calling Week has been adopted by schools everywhere and has grown into one of the largest bullying-prevention initiatives in the country.

For more information on how you and your school can participate, visit the No Name-Calling Week website.


Click the button below to download the What Can You Do to End Name-Calling and Bullying? PDF for more ideas on how to stop bullying.


Common Core Curriculum Guides

  The Misfits  Curriculum Guide

The Misfits Curriculum Guide

  Totally Joe  Curriculum Guide

Totally Joe Curriculum Guide

  Addie on the Inside  Curriculum Guide

Addie on the Inside Curriculum Guide

  Also Known as Elvis  Curriculum Guide

Also Known as Elvis Curriculum Guide


Downloadable Activities

 Tales from the House of Bunnicula Series Activities

Tales from the House of Bunnicula Series Activities


In the six Tales from the House of Bunnicula books, Howie, the wirehaired dachshund puppy from the Bunnicula series, alternates journal entries with chapters of far-fetched parodies of some of his favorite genres: horror, science fiction, time travel adventures, and superhero comic books.  One book, Howie Monroe and the Doghouse of Doom, is a spoof of Harry Potter!

These downloadable activity sheets offer young writers the chance to have a good time with writing the way Howie does: through all kinds of word games and writing prompts and exercises.  Who knew that writing could be so silly and so much fun!

School Visits and Speaking Appearances

I have enjoyed visiting schools all over the country for nearly forty years. I’ve made friends of many teachers and students, and have even met some of those same students years later who are now teachers themselves! But the time has come for me to focus my energies on my writing and other parts of my life.  And so I have made the difficult decision to cut back on school visits and other speaking appearances and do only a few at most each year.

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If you are interested in a school visit…

please contact Roberta Stout at author.appearances@simonandschuster.com.

If you are interested in a different type of speaking engagement…

For conferences, book festivals, or other events, please contact childrenspublicity@simonandschuster.com.




Contact James Howe

Please send me a letter c/o
Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing
1230 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10020