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Bullying Tips for parents

Children’s Books Related to Bullying


The Sneetches by Dr. Seuss

All ages

This Dr. Seuss tale deals with the common peer problems of exclusion and prejudice. The Star Belly Sneetches have a star on their bellies to symbolize superiority and prestige, and they reject the Plain Belly sort. All of the Sneetches fall prey to a money-hungry stranger, and as a result join together and learn a lesson about inclusion and tolerance in the end.


Enemy Pie by Derek Munson

Grade Level: P and up

It was the perfect summer. That is, until Jeremy Ross moved into the house down the street and became neighborhood enemy number one. Luckily Dad had a surefire way to get rid of enemies: Enemy Pie. But part of the secret recipe is spending an entire day playing with the enemy!

In this funny yet endearing story, one little boy learns an effective recipes for turning your best enemy into your best friend. Accompanied by charming illustrations, Enemy Pie serves up a sweet lesson in the difficulties and ultimate rewards of making new friends.


Bully Blockers Club by Teresa Bateman

Grade Level: 1 and up | Series: Albert Whitman Prairie Books

Lotty Raccoon is excited. This year she has a new teacher, new backpack, and new shoes. But her enthusiasm quickly wanes when Grant Grizzly begins bullying her. With the help of her fellow students, she forms the Bully Blockers Club.


Molly Lou Mellon by Patty Lovell

Age Level: 4 and up | Grade Level: P and up

Leave it to Molly to transform all her 'faults' into marvelous talents. Leaves readers with the feeling that anything can be accomplished if you are the best person you can be and make the most of your gifts.

Move Over Twerp by Martha Alexander

Ages 4–7

The first day that Jeffrey rides the bus to school, older boys shout at the youngster and remove him from his seat in the back of the bus. Jeffrey makes a daring plan to deal with the boys, and he gets just what he wants.


The Big Bad Bully Bear by Ginnie Hofmann

Ages 4–7

Arthur and his friend Emmy Bear teach Bully Bear an important lesson when they recruit all of their friends to join together. Bully Bear learns what he needs to do to make friends and keep them.


The Berenstain Bears, No Girls Allowed by Stan and Jan Berenstain

In this classic tale of sibling rivalry, Brother Bear and the other male cubs try to exclude Sister from their new club after she beats them at baseball and other “boy” activities. Sister then plans a way to win the guys over.


The Berenstain Bears and the Bully by Stan and Jan Berenstain

Ages 4–8

Sister Bear learns self-defense after she is beaten up by a class bully, and together they learn about forgiveness and getting along. Brother teaches Sister Bear the basics of self-defense while reminding her to avoid the Bully, but Sister and the Bully do fight. Children can discuss other non-aggressive ways to deal with bullies and get along with peers.


My Secret Bully by Trudy Ludwig

Age Level: 5 and up

A touching, inspirational story targeted for 5-11-year olds, My Secret Bully instantly draws young readers into Monica’s world, where she is bullied by a friend and learns how to cope, survive, and thrive. Relational aggression is an act of emotional bullying hidden among tightly knit networks of friends. Instead of using knives and fists to bully others, emotional bullies employ relationships, words and gestures as their weapons of attack. Emotional bullying is often dismissed as a normal rite of passage, but research shows it is as harmful as physical aggression, with devastating, long-term effects. Name-calling, humiliation, exclusion, and manipulation are some bullying tactics Monica’s friend Katie employs. Monica learns to face her fears of betrayal and social isolation, and reclaims her power from the bully with the help of a supportive adult—her mother. Helpful tips, discussion questions, and additional resources are listed in the back of the book, which is a wonderful vehicle for parents, teachers, and counselors.


Our Friendship Rules by Peggy Moss

Age Level: 5 and up | Grade Level: K and up
It's pretty easy to join the cool crowd. All you have to do is ditch your best friend first. . . .
Alexandra and Jenny have been best friends for a long time. But when Alexandra is momentarily dazzled by the glamour of a new girl at school, she's willing to do almost anything to get to be the cool girl's friend. Ultimately, she tells her best friend Jenny's biggest, most important secret and just like that, Alexandra is in. And Jenny is out.
When Alexandra realizes what it feels like to lose her best friend, and sees the hurt she's caused, she knows she has to figure out a way to regain the relationship that's far more important to her than being invited to sit with the popular girls.


Mean Maxine by Barbara Bottner

Age 5–7

Ralph works up enough courage to confront Mean Maxine who has called him names and picked on him repeatedly. The ending of the story takes an interesting and friendly turn.


Tyrone the Horrible by Hans Wilhelm

Age 5–8

The earth’s first bully, Tyrone the Horrible, bullies little Boland dinosaur. Tyrone teases, punches, and steals from Boland who seeks the advice of his dino­saur friends. He solves the problem in a way that provides an opportunity for discussion.


Maxine in the Middle by Holly Keller

Ages 5–8

In this easy-to-read story, Maxine, the middle child, often feels left out and rejected. She believes that her older sister and younger brother are the only children who get new clothes and toys. Maxine runs away to the family tree house, where she later becomes cold and hungry. Maxine returns home and realizes how much she enjoys spending time with her brother and sister and that “sometimes middle things are best.”


Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes

Ages 5–8

Chrysanthemum is a brightly illustrated book that addresses the troubles a young girl faces after being picked on because of her unique name. Before going to school, she is proud of her name and loves the way it sounds. After being taunted by her peers, Chrysanthemum wants to change her name. Not until a teacher that the children admire compliments Chrysanthemum on her name do the other children accept her.


Loudmouth George and the Sixth Grade Bully by Nancy Carlson

Age 5–8

On the first day of school, a huge sixth grader startles George on his way to school and steals his lunch. From then on, every day starts the same way. By the end of the week, George is a nervous wreck and hungry all of the time. George turns the tables with a little help from his friend Harriet. Discussion could include other ways for George to deal with Big Mike, the bully.


Camp Big Paw by Doug Cushman

Ages 5–8

Cyril and his friends run into trouble with the bully of Camp Big Paw, Nigel Snootbutter. During field day competitions, Nigel sets out to make sure Cyril and his cabin mates lose every field day event, but Cyril saves the day with some smart thinking.



Who’s Afraid of the Big, Bad Bully by Teddy Slater

Ages 6–8

In this easy-to-read chapter book, big, mean Bertha threatens everyone, especially Max. Max learns self-defense, but he is reluctant to stand up to the bully until she tries to take his dog, Fang. Max is assertive and, along with his friends, refuses to hand over his puppy. At the end of the book, the children are get­ting along with the reformed bully.


Simon’s Hook

Age Level: 6 and up | Grade Level: 1 and up

Simon is having a bad day; a bad hair day. First his sister gives him a strange hair cut, then his friends tease him. Simon doesn't know what to do. Lucky for him he runs into Grandma Rose. After listening to his sorrowful story she helps him learn an important life lesson; how to handle teases and put-downs. By comparing teases to fishing hooks she tells him a tale of how fish learned not to bite. With fanciful characters such as Harmony Hippy Fish, Freddie Fang, Max the Mouse Fish and more, Simon learns that he, too, can swim free from the teasing hooks that people toss his way.


The Berenstain Bears and the In Crowd by Stan and Jan Berenstain

Ages 6–10

In this Berenstain Bears tale, Sister Bear is teased by the new cub in town, Queenie McBear. Queenie steals Sister’s Double Dutch partners before the big jump rope tournament and excludes Sister from their fun. The tournament proves to be a success for Sister as she learns how to deal with being left out.


What a Wimp!  By Carol Carrick

Age 7–10

Barney and his family move from the city to the country where his Mom said that people were so friendly. But, he soon becomes the target of Lenny Coots who targets Barney as his easy, smaller, and younger victim. Lenny waits for Barney daily after school. Although his teacher, mother, and brother are sympathetic and intervene, Barney learns he must face up to Lenny and do something on his own.


Joshua T. Bates Takes Charge by Susan Shreve

Age 7–10

Joshua T. Bates struggles with the biggest deci­sion of his life as he decides whether to disclose who is victimizing the new kid in fifth grade, Sean O’Malley. No stranger to bullies, Joshua flunked third grade and knows what it is like to be the target of Tommy Wilhelm and his gang, the Nerds Out.

An excellent book that tells what it is like to be an outcast and what it takes to be a hero.


Bully on the Bus by Carl W. Bosch

Ages 7–11

Written in a “choose your own ending” format, the reader decides what action to take while dealing with a bully. The reader can choose from many alterna­tives that include ignoring, talking to an adult, confronting the bully, fighting, and reconciling. There are many options and opportunities for excellent discussions with this book.


Finding the Green Stone by Alice Walker

Ages 7–11

In this tale set in a friendly rural neighborhood, Katie and her brother Johnny each possess an iridescent green stone with special powers. When Johnny loses his stone, he accuses Katie of stealing it. Later, he tries to steal her stone, and the stone immediately loses its luster. When he finds the stone, Johnny learns that it embodies his character and integrity. The stone loses its power and radiance as a result of its owner’s failings and mean-spirited actions.


Trouble Talk by Trudy Ludwig

Age Level: 7 and up | Grade Level: 2 and up

Maya's friend Bailey loves to talk about everything and everyone. At first, Maya thinks Bailey is funny. But when Bailey's talk leads to harmful rumors and hurt feelings, Maya begins to think twice about their friendship.


Confessions of a Former Bully by Trudy Ludwig

Age Level: 8 and up | Grade Level: 3 and up

After Katie gets caught teasing a schoolmate, she's told to meet with Mrs. Petrowski, the school counselor, so she can make right her wrong and learn to be a better friend. Bothered at first, it doesn't take long before Katie realizes that bullying has hurt not only the people around her, but her, too. Told from the unusual point of view of the bullier rather than the bullied, Confessions of a Former Bully provides kids with real life tools they can use to identify and stop relational aggression.

Just Kidding by Trudy Ludwig

Age Level: 8 and up | Grade Level: 3 and up

A rare look at emotional bullying among boys from the best-selling author of My Secret Bully.D.J.'s friend Vince has a habit of teasing D.J. and then saying, Just kidding!" as if it will make everything okay. It doesn't, but D.J. is afraid that if he protests, his friends will think he can't take a joke. With the help of his father, brother, and an understanding teacher, D.J. progresses from feeling helpless to taking positive action, undermining the power of two seemingly harmless words. Trudy Ludwig takes another look at relational aggression, the use of relationships to manipulate and hurt others, this time from the boy's point of view.Back matter includes discussion questions, a "dos and don'ts of teasing" list, and a resource guide for parents and teachers.Endorsed by Full Esteem Ahead, The Hands & Words Are Not For Hurting Project, and The Ophelia Project.


Mitch and Amy by Beverly Cleary

Ages 8–12

In this amusing book, twins Mitch and Amy put aside their squabbles and rivalry and join together to deal with a neighborhood bully, Alan Hibbler. Mitch and Amy try various ways of dealing with Alan, even choosing fist fighting. There are numerous opportu-nities to discuss the benefits and consequences of all of the possible ways to handle Alan.


Bullies are a Pain in the Brain by Trevor Romain

Ages 8–13

Funny and easy to read, this book describes truths about bullies and offers advice on how to effectively cope with them. For bullies, this book also helps explain how to get along with other kids and feel good about yourself. The book is loaded with practical suggestions for kids to help them gain the confidence to handle themselves and become more “bully proof.”


Fourth Grade Rats by Jerry Spinelli

Ages 9–12

A lighthearted Spinelli story about some boys recently promoted to fourth grade. The narrator, Suds, who acquired his name because he enjoys taking warm baths to relax, is having a difficult time complying with his friend Joey’s demand that he grow up and follow the familiar chant, “First grade babies. Second grade cats. Third grade angels. Fourth grade rats!” Suds learns that he doesn’t have to be a tough guy in order to grow up.


Crash by Jerry Spinelli

Ages 9–12

Crash is a seventh grader who loves football and tormenting his geeky neighbor. The story follows Crash as he grows from an obnoxious teenaged jock into a more mature and accepting young man. Spinelli deals with real issues like bullying and illness in a lighthearted but realistic manner.


Little Girls Can Be Mean by Michelle Anthony and Reyna Lindert

Worried about mean girls?  Help your daughter respond to bullying where it starts, in elementary school.  In today’s world, girls are facing myriad friendship issues, including bullying and cliques.  As a parent, you are likely wondering how to guide your daughter through these situations effectively.  Little Girls Can Be Mean is the first book to tackle the unique social struggles of elementary-aged girls, giving you the tools to help your child become stronger, happier, and better able to enjoy friendships and handle social cruelty.


Odd Girl Out by Rachel Simmons

When Odd Girl Out was first published, it became an instant bestseller and ignited a long-overdue conversation about the hidden culture of female bullying. Today the dirty looks, taunting notes, and social exclusion that plague girls’ friendships have gained new momentum in cyberspace.

In this updated edition, educator and bullying expert Rachel Simmons gives girls, parents, and educators proven and innovative strategies for navigating social dynamics in person and online, as well as brand new classroom initiatives and step-by-step parental suggestions for dealing with conventional bullying. With up-to-the-minute research and real-life stories, Odd Girl Out continues to be the definitive resource on the most pressing social issues facing girls today.Show More

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Queen Bees and Wannabes

When Rosalind Wiseman first published Queen Bees & Wannabes, she fundamentally changed the way adults look at girls’ friendships and conflicts–from how they choose their best friends, how they express their anger, their boundaries with boys, and their relationships with parents. Wiseman showed how girls of every background are profoundly influenced by their interactions with one another.

Now, Wiseman has revised and updated her groundbreaking book for a new generation of girls and explores:

•How girls’ experiences before adolescence impact their teen years, future relationships, and overall success
•The different roles girls play in and outside of cliques as Queen Bees, Targets, and Bystanders, and how this defines how they and others are treated
•Girls’ power plays–from fake apologies to fights over IM and text messages
•Where boys fit into the equation of girl conflicts and how you can help your daughter better hold her own with the opposite sex
•Checking your baggage–recognizing how your experiences impact the way you parent, and how to be sanely involved in your daughter’s difficult, yet common social conflicts

Packed with insights about technology’s impact on Girl World and enlivened with the experiences of girls, boys, and parents, the book that inspired the hit movie Mean Girls offers concrete strategies to help you empower your daughter to be socially competent and treat herself with dignity.