This is the only anti-gang children's book of its kind and probably the best-selling self published children's book ever with more than 50,000 sold since '05. In 2008 NYC Schools purchased 9,600 in a single order. The Cool Calvin books can be found in most major school districts nationwide and is available in Spanish. It has a fourth grade readability and is ideal for grades 3 to 5.
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What are readers saying about this book
"I was stopped in the hall by one of our Intervention teachers who shared how enthusiastically our students have been reading your books. She expressed amazement that she has actually had to ask students to put your book away, since that’s all they want to read. She has noticed many of the 3rd through 5th graders reading No Bandanas for Me and her excitement was evident. Several of our parents applauded us for purchasing your book for our students since they recognize that gang activity is a growing problem in this community. I am pleased that your book is available to touch young lives. Thank you for writing your book and thank you for patiently working with our school so that we could make this worthwhile purchase. Have a great day! Louis Barnett, School Social Worker"
Louis Barnett/Social Worker
Brehm Elementary School
Baltimore City Schools
“It really speaks to our kids and lets them know there are alternatives to gang life.”
Orange Board of Education
Orange, New Jersey
Who did you write this book for?
Any youngster who is romancing the idea of becoming gang related.
How did you come up with the idea for this book?
I once lived down the street from a funeral home that had a gang-related funeral every month. I decided to use my talent to help combat this epidemic killing our black boys.
What do you want readers to take away from this book?
This book tells kids about the perils of being gang-related.
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Author Ralph Burgess
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Anyone purchasing No Bandanas for Me or Cool Calvin's Solutions for the Many Faces of Bullying will receive the first book in the Cool Calvin series, The Learning Adventures of Cool Calvin, for free.
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