Free Spirit Publishing 1.800.735.7323

Words Are Not for Hurting / Las palabras no son para lastimar

Best Behavior® Series


The older children get, the more words they know and can use—including hurtful words. The paperback edition of Words Are Not for Hurting is written for a time of growing vocabularies and increasing awareness of how much kind words matter.

In both English and Spanish, children learn that their words belong to them: They can think before they speak, then choose what to say and how to say it. The book makes the connection between hurtful words and feelings of anger, sadness, and regret. It introduces positive ways for children to respond when others say mean or unkind words to them. And it reinforces the importance of saying “I’m sorry,” two little words that can be a big help. Includes activities and discussion starters in both languages that parents, caregivers, and educators can use when working with children.

Read More


Paperback $11.95 23128W Paperback 23128W $11.95

View where you can purchase the eBook.

ISBN: 978-1-57542-312-8
Reading Level: Grade 1
Interest Level: Ages 4–7
Guided Reading Level: I
Lexile Measure: 130L (Spanish text)
Illustrated: color illust.
Trim Size: 9" x 9"
Page Count: 40
Awards for the Best Behavior series:
  • Creative Child Seal of Excellence and Preferred Choice Award
  • Dr. Toy’s 10 Best Socially Responsible Products and Best Children’s Product
  • National Parenting Center Seal of Approval
  • Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Special Needs Award
  • Read America! Selection
  • iParenting Media Hot Award Winner
  • Common Core State Standards


Related Resources

Just Because I Am bilingual
We Can Get Along bilingual
I’m Like You, You’re Like Me Bilingual

Free Spirit’s monthly e-newsletter, Upbeat News, is full of practical tips, free downloads, and special offers. Sign up today!