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Toronto teacher Lucy Falcone wins ETFO Award for Children’s Literature

Her book highlights the many ways that children are bullied at school.

August 13, 2019

TORONTO - The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario (ETFO) has presented Toronto teacher Lucy Falcone with its 2019 Children's Literature Award for her picture book entitled I Didn't Stand Up.

The award is presented to a member or non-member to recognize published quality children's literature that is in keeping with ETFO's positions on social justice and equity.

An occasional teacher with the Toronto District School Board, Lucy's book addresses the many types of bullying and discrimination that children face. Written from the perspective of a child, the main character watches as children who are racialized, living in poverty, gay, recently immigrated or disabled are bullied by others. Styled after the iconic poem First They Came about people who were oppressed by the Nazis, the child bystander does nothing until he becomes the victim.

Lucy starting her writing career working on children's television series at CTV, CBS and Nickelodeon before becoming a book author. She has published four middle-grade novels including Walking with the Dead and The Midnight Curse and three chapter books in The Ghost and Max Munroe series. I Didn't Stand Up is Lucy's first picture book. It is illustrated by Calgary's Jacqueline Hudon.

"With this book, Lucy has dealt with the very timely issues of discrimination and bullying, which elementary educators see too often in schools each day," said ETFO President Sam Hammond. "Our Federation and members are dedicated to creating classrooms that are welcoming and inclusive and Lucy's book is a timely resource to assist that work."

The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario represents 83,000 elementary public school teachers, occasional teachers and education professionals across the province. ETFO's Building Better Schools education agenda can be viewed at