29 Bullying Prevention Book Recommendations

29 Books to End Bullying

Heather Thomas School Counseling 3 Comments

Okay, so maybe I’m being a bit optimistic with my title. Unfortunately, it will take more than a book (or 29) to end bullying. In an aggression and violence rich society that uses material wealth and beauty as a sign of success and happiness, we need to reorient ourselves to the value of each individual regardless of any factors or variables.

Am I still being optimistic? Definitely. However, I believe that we can all work to create environments that are supportive and inclusive for all students. Books are an excellent resource to spread our message!

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By educating ourselves, parents, and students we can whittle away stereo-types and develop compassion and empathy for other people. It is not an easy task, but together we can do it.

Parent outreach is an excellent way to spread the anti-bullying message. Parents spend the most time with their children and have the most influence over their children. Even when children are teenagers, parents are still the second biggest influence right after peers.

Take advantage of parental influence by creating a “Parent Resource Center” in your library or media center. If you are thinking, “I don’t work at a school. I can’t do that!” Think again. Do you have a waiting room or maybe a small space on your office bookshelf? You don’t need a fancy place to provide resources to parents. You just need to get them the information.

Books for Parents and Educators:

Bullied by Carrie Goldman

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Highlight: Perspective of sub-groups that are often the targets of bullying. If you are not familiar with issues surrounding gender identity and how other stereotypes play a part in bullying, you should definitely read this book.

Little Girls Can Be So Mean

by Michelle Anthony & Renya Lindert

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Highlight: Provides insight into how self-esteem and coping skills can help both victims and bullies.

Queen Bees & Wanna Bees

by Rosalind Wiseman

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Highlights: Comprehensive look at the social pressures that can influence bullying and straightforward advice parents can give their children.

The Bully, the Bullied, and the Bystander

by Barbara Coloroso

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Highlight: Bystanders possess the power to end bullying.This book focuses on how to involve bystanders to break the bullying cycle.

Words Will Never Hurt Me

by Sally Ogden

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Highlight: Practical advice for parents and adults to help kids handling bullying.

Bullying Prevention Books for Educators, Social Workers, Counselors:

Understanding Girl Bullying and What to Do About It

by Julaine Field, Jered Kolbert, Laura Crothers, & Tammy Hughes

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The I Hate Wendy Club

by Debra Wosnik

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Highlights: Great resource for classroom lessons and small groups. Helps build empathy and inclusion.

I Didn’t Know I was a Bully

by Melissa Richards

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Highlights: Great resource for relational bullying and “friendship triangles”. This is another great one for classroom lessons or small groups!

Anyone who has seen my post about 10 Great Books to Help an Angry Child knows that I have had a lot of success with child-led inquiry. Basically, this is when a child is able to discover the answers to their problems. The books featured below do just that.

I was surprised how many of my students checked out the following books out on my lending library shelf in my self-contained emotional impairment classroom. A few of my students said they were only looking at them because they wanted to see “how stupid they were”. Regardless of their claims, these students read the books from cover to cover. They also did a great job when answering the prompts from when they made their own bullying dice. Guess I need to find more “stupid books”!

Stand Up for Yourself

by American Girl

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A Smart Girl’s Guide to Friendship Troubles

by American Girl

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A Smart Kid’s Guide to Online Bullying

by David Jakubiak

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Bullying in Schools: What you need to know.

by Paul Langan

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How to Deal with Insults

by Julie Fielder

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How to Handle Bullies, Teasers, and Other Meanies

by Kate Cohen-Posey

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Bullies Are a Pain in the Brain

by Trevor Romain

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Stick Up for Yourself

by Gershen Kaufman, Lev Raphael, & Pamela Espeland

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Picture Books:

Band-aid Chicken

by Becky-Henton

I look forward to this one every year! Check out some of my suggestions for using this in the classroom here.

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Trouble Talk

By Trudy Ludwig

(Great for friendship triangles!)

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Just Kidding

By Trudy Ludwig

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My Secret Bully

By Trudy Ludwig

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by Trudy Ludwig

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Alley Oops

by Janice Levy

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Simon’s Hook

by Karen Burnett

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The Berenstain Bears: No Girls Allowed

by Stan & Jan Berenstain

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The Berenstain Bears and the Bully

by Stan & Jan Berenstain

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The Bully Blockers Club

by Teresa Bateman

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Juice Box Bully

by Bob Sornson & Maria Dismondy

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Enemy Pie

by Derek Munson

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Have You Filled a Bucket Today?

by Carol McCloud

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I hope you find these books as helpful as I have! I am always on the lookout for a good book to use. Any suggestions? What book(s) do you use?

Happy Reading!


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