BULLYING


Note: Books are in order alphabetically by author's last name.

Easy Picture Books

Shrinking Violet by Cari Best, illustrator Giselle Potter
Violet, who is very shy and hates for anyone to look at her in school, finally comes out of her shell when she is cast as Lady Space in a play about the solar system and saves the production from disaster.

Bootsie Barker Bites by Barbara Bottner and Peggy Rathman
Bootsie is told by her mother that she must learn to get along with other children. Bootsie gets her comeuppance in the end and the book makes a good start on the care and handling of bullies.

Henry and the Bully by Nancy L. Carlson
When a new second grader begins bullying Henry and the other first graders, Henry stumbles onto a secret that just might save them.

How to Lose All Your Friends by Nancy L. Carlson
Offers advice on the kinds of things to do if you don't want to have any friends.

Bully by Judith Caseley
Mickey has trouble with Mack, a bully at school, until he decides to try being nice to Mack and making him a friend.

Louder, Lili by Gennifer Choldenko
A formidable librarian makes readers not only out of the resistant residents of her small town, but out of a tough-talking, television-watching motorcycle gang as well.


Jake Drake Bully Buster by Andrew Clements
Jake faces the challenge of cooperating with the school bully on a class project.

Mean Mean Maureen Green by Judy Cox
With help from Adam, a boy in her third grade class, Lilley gains enough confidence to stand up to the school bus bully, Mean Maureen Green.

Red by Jan De Kinder
Torn between her fear of the bully on the school playground and her sympathy for her classmate, a girl must make a difficult choice.


Llama Llama and the Bully Goat by Anna Dewdney
Following their teacher's lead, Llama Llama speaks to Gilroy Goat and tells him he should not act like a bully on the playground.

Stepping on the Cracks by Mary Downing Hahn
Two girls are bullied by Gordy. They later find out that Gordy’s behavior is caused by his abusive home life.

The New Dog by Barbara Shook Hazen
The new dog is tiny and pampered. He gets bullied by the older dogs and ends up in trouble, but the end has a turnabout and vindication.

Chester’s Way by Kevin Henkes
Lilly frightens the bullies away with her nifty disguise.

Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes
Chrysanthemum loves her name, until she starts going to school and the other children make fun of it.

Weekend with Wendell by Kevin Henkes
Sophie tames the bully by asserting herself.

The Rat and the Tiger by Keiko Kasza

Goggles! By Ezra Jack Keats
Peter and his friend find a pair of goggles and must protect them from the neighborhood bullies.

The Night the Bells Rang by Natalie Kinsey-Warnock
Mason bears the brunt of bullying from Aden Cutler, the school bully. When Aden is killed in WWI, Mason is the only one who extends kindness to Aden’s mother.

Stand Straight, Ella Kate by Kate Klise

The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf

Thomas the Toadilly Terrible Bully by Janice Levy
After feeling ignored in his new town, a young toad tries to act like a bully but learns the value of being a good friend instead.

Otis and the Tornado by Loren Long

Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon by Patty Lovell, illustrator David Catrow
Even when the class bully at her new school makes fun of her, Molly remembers what her grandmother told her and she feels good about herself.

Nobody Knew What to Do: A Story About Bullying by Becky Ray McCain, illustrator Todd Leonardo
When bullies pick on a boy at school, a classmate is afraid, but decides that he must do something. Includes note regarding bullying prevention.

Pearl and Wagner: Four Eyes by Kate McMullan

Martha Walks the Dog by Susan Meddaugh

Enemy Pie by Derek Munson, illustrator Tara Calahan King
Hoping that the enemy pie which his father makes will help him get rid of his enemy, a little boy finds that instead it helps make a new friend.

King of the Playground by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor, illustrator Nola Langner Malone
With his dad's help, Kevin overcomes his fear of the "King of the Playground" who has threatened to tie him to the slide, put him in a deep hole, or put him in a cage with bears.

The Recess Queen by Alexis O’Neill, illustrator Laura Huliska-Beith
Mean Jean is the biggest bully on the school playground until a new girl arrives and challenges Jean's status as the Recess Queen.

It’s Okay to be Different by Todd Parr
Illustrations and brief text describe all kinds of differences that are "okay," such as being a different color, needing some help, being adopted, and having a different nose.

Bully by Patricia Polacco

The Junkyard Wonders by Patricia Polacco

Mr. Lincoln's Way by Patricia Polacco

Thank You, Mr. Falker by Patricia Polacco
At first, Trisha loves school, but her difficulty learning to read makes her feel dumb, until, in the fifth grade, a new teacher helps her understand and overcome her problem.

My Best Friend by Mary Ann Rodman

The Araboolies of Liberty Street by Sam Swope, illustrations by Barry Root
Conflicts occur between next-door neighbors when the Araboolies move next door to the Pinches. A humorous look at conformity.

Stop Picking on Me by Pat Thomas, illustrator Lesley Harker
Explains the problem of bullying to children, discussing why it happens, how it might make them feel, and how they can handle bullies.

Bad Girls by Cynthia Voigt
Mikey and Margalo team up to deal with the class bully. The bully ends up so enraged he gets expelled from school.

Three on Three by Eric Walters
Nick, Kia, and Marcus are three great players on their school's basketball team and Nick must confront the bully in a tournament.

Odd Velvet by Mary E. Whitcomb, illustrator Tara Calahan King
Although she dresses differently from the other girls and does things which are unusual, Velvet eventually teaches her classmates that even an outsider has something to offer.

Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson

Attack of the Killer Fishsticks by Paul Zindel
Four 5th graders are on a quest to help the new kid in school, Max, deal with two school bullies.




Juvenile Fiction

Sticks by Joan Bauer

Friendship According to Humphrey by Betty Birney

Blubber by Judy Blume
Jill goes along with the rest of the fifth-grade class in tormenting a classmate and then finds out what it's like when she, too, becomes a target.

Small Persons With Wings by Ellen Booraem

Notes From a Liar and Her Dog by Gennifer Choldenko

Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes
In winning a medal she is no longer there to receive, a tight-lipped little Polish girl teaches her classmates a lesson.

Tulip Touch by Ann Fine
This exceptionally insightful tale offers a fascinating study of a much-victimized child striking out at the world.

The Liberation of Gabriel King by K. L. Going

Raymond and Graham: Bases Loaded by Mike Knudson

The Girls by Amy Goldman Koss

Katie Kazoo: Anyone But Me by Nancy Krulik

The Best Bad Luck I Ever Had by Kristin Levine

In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson by Bette Bao Lord
In 1947, a Chinese child comes to Brooklyn where she becomes Americanized at school, in her apartment building, and by her love for baseball.

Larger-Than-Life Lara by Dandi Daley Mackall

Secret Saturdays by Torrey Maldonado

Mal and Chad: Food Fight! by Stephen McCrainie

Nothing Wrong With a Three Legged Dog by Graham McNamee
With the help of his good friend Lynda and her three-legged dog Leftovers, ten-year-old Keath learns how to handle the class bully and deal with being the only white boy in his class.

Junebug by Alice Mead
An inquisitive young boy who lives with his mother and younger sister in a rough housing project in New Haven, Connecticut, approaches his tenth birthday with a mixture of anticipation and worry.

Junebug and the Reverend by Alice Mead
Sequel to: Junebug. Having moved out of the housing project and into a new home along with his mother and sister, ten-year-old Junebug discovers that bullies are everywhere and that the elderly can make great friends.

TJ Zaps series by Lisa Mullarkey

Slob by Ellen Potter

Crash by Jerry Spinelli
Seventh-grader John "Crash" Coogan has always been comfortable with his tough, aggressive behavior, until his relationship with an unusual Quaker boy and his grandfather's stroke make him consider the meaning of friendship and the importance of family.

Wringer by Jerry Spinelli
As Palmer comes of age, he must either accept the violence of being a wringer at his town's annual Pigeon Day or find the courage to oppose it.

Emma-Jean Lazarus Fell Out of a Tree by Lauren Tarshis

Dragonbreath by Ursula Vernon

EllRay Jakes is Not a Chicken by Sally Warner

Super Emma by Sally Warner

The Boy in the Dress by David Williams

Bad Girls by Jacqueline Wilson
Ten-year-old Mandy must endure torment from three nasty bullies in school, but she finds solace in a new friendship with an older girl.

The Fingertips of Duncan Dorfman by Meg Wolitzer

Feathers by Jacqueline Woodson

YA Fiction


Playground by 50 Cent

Twisted by Laurie Halse Anderson

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

Because I Am Furniture by Thalia Chaltas

Leverage by Joshua Cohen

Keep Holding On by Susane Colasanti

Chocolate War by Robert Cormier
A high school freshman discovers the devastating consequences of refusing to join in the school's annual fund raising drive and arousing the wrath of the school bullies.

Ironman by Chris Crutcher
While training for a triathlon, seventeen-year-old Bo attends an anger management group at school which leads him to examine his relationship with his father.

Jerk, California by Jonathan Friesen

The Difference Between You and Me by Madeleine George

Looks by Madeleine George

For the Beautiful People by Hannah Godard

The Orange Houses by Paul Griffin

Outsiders by S. E. Hinton
The struggle of three brothers to stay together after their parent's death and their quest for identity among the conflicting values of their adolescent society.

Freak the Mighty by Rodman Philbrick
At the beginning of eighth grade, learning disabled Max and his new friend Freak, whose birth defect has affected his body but not his brilliant mind, find that when they combine forces they make a powerful team.

Freak Show by James St. James

Give a Boy a Gun by Todd Strasser
Events leading up to a night of terror at a high school dance are told from the point of view of various people involved.

Crossing Lines by Paul Volponi

The Rules of Survival by Nancy Werlin

Sources:
Follett Library Resources: Titlewave
Penguin Young Readers Group: Think Twice, Play Nice




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