34 Books to End Bullying

Okay, so maybe I’m being a bit optimistic with my title. Unfortunately, it will take more than a book (or 34) 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 of all students. Books are an excellent resource to spread our message!

By educating ourselves, parents, and students we can whittle away stereotypes 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

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.

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little girls can be mean

Little Girls Can Be So Mean by Michelle Anthony & Renya Lindert

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

Queen Bees & Wanna Bees by Rosalind Wiseman

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

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

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


Bullying Prevention Resource Books 

The I Hate Wendy Club by Debra Wosnik

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

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


Self-Help & Workbooks for Kids

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 a 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


A Smart Girl’s Guide to Friendship Trouble by American Girl


A Smart Kid’s Guide to Online Bullying  by David Jakubiak


Bullying in Schools: What you need to know. by Paul Langan


How to Deal with Insults by Julie Fielder


How to Handle Bullies, Teasers, and Other Meanies by Kate Cohen-Posey


Bullies Are a Pain in the Brain by Trevor Romain


Stick Up for Yourself by Gershen Kaufman, Lev Raphael, & Pamela Espeland


Bullying Picture Books

Band-aid Chicken by Becky-Henton

I look forward to this one every year! If you don’t have this one in your collection, you’re missing out. Such a cute story…and the kids love it! Check out some of my suggestions for using this in the classroom here.


Trouble Talk By Trudy Ludwig

Great for friendship triangles!


Just Kidding

Just Kidding By Trudy Ludwig


my secret bully

My Secret Bully By Trudy Ludwig

This is one of my FAVORITE books to teach kids about relational aggression. You can check out my best-selling activity pack here or by clicking on the image below.

My Secret Bully -Lesson Plan Bullying Activities - The Helpful Counselor


The Invisible Boy by Trudy Ludwig

The Invisible Boy by Trudy Ludwig

Highlight: The main character, Brian, is often overlooked and ignored by his classmates until an act of kindness helps Brian shine.


Sorry by Trudy Ludwig

Sorry by Trudy Ludwig


Alley Oops by Janice Levy


Tease Monstery by Julia Cook


Simon’s Hook by Karen Burnett


Weird! by Erin Frankel

Weird! by Erin Frankel

Highlight: Luisa learns how to come out of her shell and speak up for herself


Dare! by Erin Frankel

Dare! by Erin Frankel

Highlight: The main character, Jayla, is caught in the middle of friendship bullying (also known as relational aggression)


Tough! by Erin Frankel - The main character thinks it's cool to be tough but has a change of heart

Tough! by Erin Frankel

Highlight: The main character, Sam, thinks it’s cool to be tough…until her teacher confronts her and Sam befriends a free spirit at school.


The Bully Blockers Club - Picture book to help kids talk about bullying and standing up for each other

The Bully Blockers Club by Teresa Bateman


Elementary Counseling Activities Juice Box Bully

Juice Box Bully by Bob Sornson & Maria Dismondy


Enemy Pie by Derek Munson


Have You Filled a Bucket Today? by Carol McCloud


potato chip champ

Potato Chip Champ by Maria Dismondy

Highlight: Discover the connection between a bit of kindness and creating friendships. Read more about Potato Chip Champ and encouraging kindness her or by clicking on the image below.

Prevent Bullying with Empathy

You, and Me, and Empathy by Jayneen Sanders

Highlight: Gorgeous illustrations and charming verse. Sure to spark great conversations.


Be Kind

Be Kind by Pat Miller

Highlight: Told through the perspective of a child trying to decide how to respond when a friend spills grape juice on herself.

I’d love to hear what your favorite books are in the comments below!





5 responses to “34 Books to End Bullying”

  1. Hope Avatar

    I’m so glad you have this website with this article in it. I’m not a mom, or teacher, but actually a 7th grade student! I’m glad there are people out in the world like you that help prevent bullying.I was a bully victim myself, I didn’t know what to do, and I kept it to myself.That was 3 years ago, and now I want to try and help prevent it happening to other people.I want people to know, that there sweet, little innocent child, might not be so sweet and nice to other people.With people like you, then people do realize it’s real, and that it does happen to people, also that it hurts a lot.Thank you so much for helping to show people what really happens outside of there house.It really makes me happy seeing how your helping to prevent things like bullying in out communities.:)

    1. Heather Avatar

      Wow Hope, thanks for that really encouraging comment. Taking your pain and advocating for others is a really empowering way to respond to your own experience.

      People that have experienced hardships can empathize and relate to others that are experiencing the same thing. With more and more young people, such as yourself becoming involved in the fight to end bullying I am optimistic about our ability to create a more kind and caring culture.

      I would love to hear about your efforts! Be sure to keep in touch or ask questions if there is anything I can do to help.

      All my best!

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  4. Carole Leclerc Avatar
    Carole Leclerc


    I experimented the bullying myself when I was in high school and today I’m a mother and I want to do my best to prevent my children to live the same bad experiences than me. So I’m documenting and reading a lot about bullying at school and I want to share with you a very good book I discovered recently. It gives very good advices to kids to learn how to survive from bullying. Here is their website, there is a list of all the chapters inside :


    Hoping to help some people with that. Good luck for those who still endure this, or for your children if you are parents here.

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