Books for young readers

Tackling Bullying in Your School

The Bully Blockers Club (Children’s, Picture Books)
By Teresa Beteman/Jackie Urbanovic (illus)
When Lottie is bothered by a bully at school, she helps start a club where everyone is welcome. With appealing animal characters, this realistic story shows how a bully can hurt others and provides suggestions about how younger children can handle the situation. Amazon.

The Berenstain Bears and Too Much Teasing (Children’s, Early Readers)
By Stan and Jan Berenstain
Brother Bear is a master at teasing-until the tables are turned and he’s the one being heckled for being the principal’s pet. And when Brother finally understands that teasing isn’t just mean, it’s also dangerous, he actually decides to stick up for the new kid at school. Amazon.

Bootsie Barker Bites (Children’s, Picture Books)
By Barbara Bottner/Peggy Rathman (illus)
A nasty little terror who kicks dogs, throws temper tantrums, and sticks her tongue out, Bootsie Barker only wants to play games in which she bites, until her playmate comes up with a better way to have fun. Amazon.

Willy the Champ (Children’s, Picture Books, Older)
By Anthony Browne
Not very good at sports or fighting, mild-mannered Willy nevertheless proves he’s the champ when the local bully shows up. Amazon.

Loudmouth George and the Sixth-Grade Bully (Children’s, Picture Books)
By Nancy Carlson
After having his lunch repeatedly stolen by a bully twice his size, Loudmouth George and his friend Harriet teach him a lesson he’ll never forget. Amazon.

Jake Drake: Bully Buster (Children’s, Chapter Books)
By Andrew Clements / Amanda Harvey (illus)
Fourth-grader Jake Drake relates how he comes to terms with SuperBully Link Baxter, especially after they are assigned to be partners on a class project. Amazon.

Bully Trouble (Children’s, Early Readers)
By Joanna Cole / Marylin Hafner (illus)
Arlo and Robby devise a plan for dealing with a neighborhood bully. Amazon.
The Meanest Thing To Say (Children’s, Early Readers)
By Bill Cosby
When a new boy in his second grade class tries to get the other students to play a game that involves saying the meanest things possible to one another, Little Bill shows him a better way to make friends. Amazon.

The Girl With 500 Middle Names (Children’s, Chapter Books)
By Margaret Peterson Haddix / Janet Hamlin (illus)
Janie is poorer than her new classmates, and she doesn’t fit in. When her mother’s business falls apart, Janie thinks of a way to help her family. But it means she will stand out even more. Is she strong enough to face the challenge? This is the heartwarming story of a girl whose belief in her family enables her to risk embarrassment — and to make new friends. Amazon.

Pinky and Rex and the Bully (Children’s, Chapter Books)
By James Howe / Melissa Sweet (illus)
Pinky’s favorite color is pink, and his best friend, Rex, is a girl. Kevin, the third-grade bully, says that makes Pinky a sissy. Deep down, Pinky thinks Kevin is wrong, but he’s still worried. Does Pinky have to give up his favorite things, and worse, does he have to give up his best friend? Amazon.

Stop Picking On Me (Children’s, Introductory Non-fiction)
By Pat Thomas
This approachable picture book explores the difficult issue of bullying in reassuringly simple terms. The fears, worries, and questions surrounding this upsetting experience are made accessible to young children. Amazon.

Cockroach Cooties (Children’s)
By Laurence Yep
Set in the Chinatown section of San Francisco, this modern-day tale is about two brothers, eight and nine. Bobby feels responsible for getting Teddy involved with a treacherous bully at school, so he devises a plan to scare the fiend with a cockroach. Amazon.


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