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Manhattanville College Alumna Writes a Children’s Book to Stand Up Against Bullying
Friday, 25 April 2014 09:28

Monique VagueiroManhattanville College alumna Monique Vagueiro ’13 recently wrote a children’s book Allergic to Bullying.” 

Vagueiro received her bachelor’s degree from Manhattanville in Childhood Education and English, and is currently working on her Master of Professional Studies in Literacy.  She works as an elementary school teacher in her hometown of New Rochelle, New York. Her goal as an author is to promote the message that together people can help kids who are being victimized and who feel as if they do not have a voice.

“I have celiac disease and thus have many food allergies. As I was student teaching I saw students who were being made fun of and bullied because of the foods they could not eat,” said Vagueiro.

“Allergic to Bullying” tells the story of several  second grade students who are being bullied during lunch and in their classroom because of their food allergies. It goes on to show how a teacher brings her students together to demonstrate that we should all stand together and be “allergic to bullying.” The teacher helps the students who are being bullied and their classmates to come up with an anti-bullying song.  The book is available at Barnes & Noble stores, as well as on-line at,, and  Allergic to Bullying

“I was inspired to write this book because everyday students are being bullied for various reasons, and as educators we need to teach our students how to value one another and to respect one another’s needs.  We need to stand up to bullying together,” Vagueiro said.

On Monday, April 28 she will have an event at Manhattanville to share her book and discuss her writing process. The reading begins at  5:30 p.m. in the Education Resource Center on the second floor of the library.  Refreshments will be served.

Manhattanville College is located at 2900 Purchase St., Purchase, NY, 10577.