Flashlight Press, 2005, 32 pages, Grades K-3
J.J. Jax is a boy who likes to tease his schoolmate, Patrick. But the teasing goes too far, and Patrick starts to feel afraid to go to school. After J.J. and his dad have a talk, J.J. feels badly about his bullying. He goes to visit Patrick. The boys see that they like to do some of the same things, like arm-wrestling! They become fast friends.
Amelia Takes Command
Pleasant Company Publications, 1998, 40 pages, Grades 3-5
Amelia’s first day of Grade 5 is far from fun when she is bullied at school. She deals with her feeling by writing and drawing in her journal. An adventure at Space Camp helps her to have the courage to face the bullying at school.
Anastasia and The Ghostly Owl (The Choice Was Hers!)
The purpose of this story is to reach out to as many people as possible to present hope, to inspire, and to encourage those who have been unfortunate to have experienced unfair adversity in their life.
Angel Child, Dragon Child
Scholastic, 1983, 35 pages, Grades K-3
Ut is a new student from Vietnam. She feels very sad at her new school. The other kids laugh at her when she speaks in Vietnamese. She misses her mother, who is back in Vietnam. One day, a boy named Raymond helps Ut feel better.
Angelina Ice Skates
Crown, Grades 1-3
Angelina and her friends have planned a New Years’ skating party. But some kids from school want to spoil their fun. Angelina and her friends invite the other kids to join them and everyone learns to get along.
Arthur's April Fool
Grades 3-5 Boston: Little, Brown and Company. (ISBN: 0-316-11234-8)
While Arthur and his classmates are trying to prepare for an April Fool's Assembly and magic show, they are being harassed by another student. The story illustrates how the bullying affects Arthur and how he is ultimately able to deal with Binky through humour and distraction, and with the support of his friends.
Attack of the Killer Fishsticks
Skylark, 1993, 117 pages, Grades 3-5
Four friends band together to help a new kid deal with bullying at school.
Scholastic, 1995, 112 pages, Grades 4-7
Jamie doesn’t have it easy. For starters, there’s the beast that lives outside his bedroom at night. Then there’s the bullying he has to deal with at school every day. One night, Jamie learns why some kids bully. This gives him the courage to face his problems at home and at school.
Benjamin and Tulip
Grades K-1 New York: The Dial Press (1973)
Tulip regularly bullies Benjamin until they form a truce.
Bantam Doubleday, 1976, 153 pages, Grades 4-6
When the most popular girl at school starts to bully Linda Fischer, Jill must decide what to do. Will she join in with the bullying or stick up for Linda? She discovers how she wants to treat others when she becomes a target.
1995, 32 pages, Grades K-3, Marshall Cavendish
Stories of young children who get angry and pick on someone else provide questions for a discussion on bullies.
Bully on the Bus
Parenting Press, 1988, 64 pages, Grades K-3
What would you do if you were bullied on a bus? In this book, you get to choose!
Greenwillow Books, Grades K-3
Chrysanthemum can’t wait to start school. She loves her classroom and her new teacher. When some of the other kids tease her about her name, she feels very sad and left out. The teacher shows the class why names are not meant for teasing.
Alfred A. Knopf, 1997, 176 pages, Grades 4-8
Crash Coogan thinks it’s fun to bully Penn Ward until his life shatters when his grandfather becomes ill. Crash is forced to look inside himself and figure out why he enjoys bullying others. He finally realizes that Penn makes a better friend than an enemy.
Fat, Fat Rose Marie
Grades 2-5 New York: Henry Holt and Company (ISBN 0-8050-1653-8)
This wonderful novel demonstrates the importance of one student taking a stand against bullying and others following her lead.
Feeling Happy Feeling Safe
Hodder Children’s Books, Grades K-1
This book of stories will show you different wants to face bullying. Learn how to stay safe!
1979, 112 pages, Grades 3-6, Puffin
Felita faces prejudice and harassment from the kids on her street when her Puerto Rican family moves to a new neighborhood. Her supportive relatives, especially her grandmother, encourage her to take pride in her heritage and her strength.
I Love Grandpa
Grades 2-5 Available at Toronto Women's Bookstore, Burkes Bookstore or call 905.781.7575
We all love our grandma and grandpa. Seven year old James loves his grandpa Ralph. When Grandpa becomes, ill, James learns about love and courage. He learns to understand and help his grandpa.
Jake Drake, Bully Buster
Simon & Schuster, 2001, 80 pages, Grades 2-4
Jake Drake is no stranger to bullying. When faced with a new challenge at school, he must look at how he dealt with bullying in his past and how he can change his life now.
Jerome Camps Out
Clarion Books, Grades K-3
Jerome Alligator get bullied on a school camping trip. How will he deal with Buster Wormly? Read and find out!
Joshua T. Bates Takes Charge
Alfred A. Knopf, 1993, 112 pages, Grades 3-6
It’s hard to know what to do when you are a bystander to bullying. Joshua knows how it feels to be a target. So what should he do? Should he speak out or let it happen to someone else?
Junebug and the Reverend
Farrar, Straus, & Giroux Books, 1998, 186 pages, Grades 3-6
Junebug doesn’t know what to do. He’s the new kid at school, he hardly ever sees his mother, and now he has to walk to school with Reverend Ashford. By the end of the story, Junebug learns how to make the best of his situation.
Just a Daydream
Western Publishing Company, Grades K-1
Little Critter is bullied by another kid in his neighbourhood. He daydreams about what he can do to face the bully. In the end, Little Critter makes a new friend.
King of the Playground
Aladdin Books, Grades K-3
Kevin doesn’t know what to do about getting bullied on the playground. Kevin’s dad helps him feel better so he can play without fear.
Loudmouth George and the Sixth Grade Bully
Grades K-3 Menneapolis: Carolrhoda Books, Inc.
George is confronted by a bully. His friend Harriet helps George develop a plan to stop the bullying.
Mean Maxine (no cover)
1980, 32 pages, Grades K-2, Knopf Publishing Group
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.
Providence Publishing, 2004, 32 pages, Grades K-3
Milton is teased by the other kids at school. He finds help from a clever gnome who helps him learn the difference between right and wrong.
Mr. Lincoln’s Way
Philomel Books, 2001, 40 pages, Grades K-3
Mr. Lincoln wants to know why Eugene is bullying other kids at school. He gives Eugene a new project. Once Mr. Lincoln knows more about Eugene, he can help him with his bullying.
My Brother Bernadette
Crabtree Publishing Company, 2002, 48 pages, Grades 2-4
Bernard isn’t sure if he’s going to like summer camp, especially when one of the kids nicknames him Bernadette. Bernard overcomes bullying in sewing class, where he discovers a hidden talent for design. When Bernard makes the costumes for the end-of-camp play, he shows that he’s not afraid to shine even in the face of bullying.
My Secret Bully
White Cloud Press, 2003, 32 pages, Grades 1-4
Bullying is hard to understand, especially when it comes from your own friends. In this story, Monica learns what it feels like to be left out. Her mother helps her feel better and face her problem.
Women’s Press, 1992, 30 pages, Grades K-3
The kids in this story learn that bullying can mean making fun of someone’s race. They learn that this is wrong and what they can do to stop it.
Nobody Knew What to Do
Albert Whitman and Co., 2001, 24 pages, Grades K-3
This is a story about how it feels to see a friend being bullied. Together, two friends discover what they can do to make the bullying stop.
Nothing Wrong with a Three-Legged Dog
Dell Yearling, 2000, 134 pages, Grades 4-6
Keath and Lynda don’t know what to do when they face racial bullying at school. With the help of Lynda’s beagle, Leftovers, Together, they learn why sometimes it’s good to stand out.
Oliver Button Is a Sissy
1979, 48 pages, Grades K-3, Harcourt Brace & Company
This picture book tells the story of a boy who is teased because he likes to dance. He overcomes the bullying, not by fighting, but by continuing to do what he likes best in spite of the harassment.
Painting the Fire (no cover)
1993, 40 pages, Grades K-3, Enchante Publishing
Ryan is a dreamy, unathletic boy who is plagued by the class bully, and responds by hitting and kicking not only that boy, but his other classmates as well. His teacher sends him to the principal's office, but Ryan slips into the art room where he encounters Mrs. Murgatroyd, who tells him he can use her magic paints to portray anything he wants and that he will always be in control of his creation. Ryan learns to channel his anger through art, and as a result is able to respond to the class bully without fighting, gain friends among the smaller children, and explain to his teacher why he misbehaved.
Pinky and Rex and the Bully
Aladdin Paperbacks, 1996, 40 pages, Grades K-2
Pinky is a boy who likes the colour pink. His best friend is also a girl. He decides he should change when he is bullied. But soon, he learns from his neighbour, Mrs. Morgan, that it’s all right to be who you are.
Tilbury House Publishers, 2004, 32 pages, Grades 1-3
It’s no fun seeing other kids get bullied at school. What should you do? This book about bullying will help you learn how to stick up for your friends.
Secret of the Peaceful Warrior
Starseed Press, 1991, 32 pages, Grades 3-6
Sometimes bullying happens to kids when they move to a new neighbourhood. That doesn’t make it right. Danny learns that the best way to face a bully is by becoming a peaceful warrior.
2004, 144 pages, Grades 3-6, Alfred A. Knopf
Nolan Byrd is a small but intelligent fifth grader, whose "dorky" ways earn him the nickname of "Nerd" from Bubba Bixby, a seemingly unstoppable bully who cheats, lies, steals, and terrorizes little kids. Tired of Bubba's relentless tormenting, Nolan anonymously launches shredderman.com, an online forum that chronicles the bully's transgressions. The name Shredderman is inspired by the compliment Nolan's math teacher writes on a quiz, "You shred, man!"
Simon's Hook: A Story about Teases and Put Downs
1999, 40 pages, Grades 1-3, G R Publishing
Simon experiences a "bad hair day" after his sister cuts out portions of his hair to remove some chewing gum. When his friends tease him, the boy rushes home in tears. He finds consolation when his Grandmother tells him "a fish story" that illustrates the pitfalls of providing an easy target for teasing by "biting the hook." Simon's self-esteem returns, and he rejoins his friends and withstands their comments by following his grandmother's advice. Burnett concludes with useful information for adults about teasing and instructions for using the book.
Superheroes Don't Have Dads
All children are superkids in good times and in bad. Eight year old George is sad and mad about not having a Dad until he remembers how special he is. This book helps children see the hope and laughter in every situation.
Grades 2-6 Available at Toronto Women's Bookstore, Burkes Bookstore or call 905.781.7575
The Angel of Nitshill Road
Methune, Grades 2-5
When bullying becomes a problem at school, an angel appears and teaches the kids how to treat each other.
The Berenstain Bears and the Bully
Random House, Grades K-3
Brother Bear doesn’t like it when he sees Sister Bear getting bullied at school. He knows that fighting is wrong, but he wants to help. Brother Bear helps Sister Bear by talking to some adults at school.
The Berenstain Bears and Too Much Teasing
Grades 1-5 Random House (ISBN 0-679-87706-1)
Brother Bear likes to tease his sister, but when he's the one who is taunted at school, he understands why Sister gets so mad.
Grades 2-5 New York: Scholastic ISBN: 0-590-41729-0
All the other dogs make fun of Oscar the dachshund until one Halloween when, dressed as a hot dog, Oscar bravely rescues the others.
The Hundred Dresses
1974, 96 pages, Grades 2-6, Harcourt Brace " Company (Also available in Spanish: Bt Bound, 1999)
In this classic book, Wanda Petronski wears the same faded dress to school every day, and is teased relentlessly when she claims to have a hundred silk and velvet dresses at home. The taunting forces her to leave the school, and causes Maddie to examine her role as a silent bystander during the abuse.
The Meanest Things to Say
Grades 1-5 New York: Scholastic Books (ISBN 0-590-95616-7)
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.
2001, 274 pages, Grades 4-8, Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
Skeezie, Addie, Joe and Bobby are best friends trying to survive the seventh grade in the face of all too frequent taunts based on their weight, height, intelligence, and sexual orientation/gender expression. Motivated by the inequities they see around them, the "Gang of Five" create a new political party during student council elections and run on a platform aimed at wiping out name-calling of all kinds. The Misfits explores themes including popularity and what it means to be different through characters that are not cast as victims, but as self-empowered agents of change.
The Rat and the Tiger
Grades K-3 New York: Paper Star ISBN 0-698-11604-6
A tiny rat becomes tired of his big companion Tiger's greedy, bullying manner and threatens to give up his friendship unless Tiger can mend his ways.
Grades 2-5 Toronto: Kids Can Press (ISBN 0-919964-02-8)
For lunch Vincenzo eats mortadella and provolone cheese sandwiches which the other children call “stinky meat”. He is able to stop the teasing without compromising his identify.
There’s a Boy in the Girls’ Bathroom
Alfred A. Knopf, Grades 3-6
All of the kids at school think that Bradley Chalkers has a bullying problem. Why else would he say things like “Give me a dollar or I’ll spit on you”? When a new school counsellor arrives, she sees Bradley as a sensitive, generous kid. She believes he can change—but can he?
Timothy Goes to School
Grades 1-4 New York: The Dial Press (ISBN 0-14-054715-0)
Timothy deals with taunting and jealousy by finding a friend who feels the same as him.
Walker and Company, 1997, 32 pages, Grades K-2
Helene-Angel is bullied while she waits for her brother to walk her home from school. After speaking to her grandmother, Helene-Angel still feels afraid. Finally, her friends come to help her and she sees that she is not alone.
Willy the Champ
Grades 1-4 Knopf (ISBN 0-679-87391-0)
Not very good at sports or fighting, mild-mannered Willy nevertheless proves he's the champ when the local bully shows up.
Scholastic, 2000, 40 pages, Grades K-3
Having wings and being able to fly makes Ikarus Jackson very different. The other kids bully him until a friend reaches out to him.
Yang the Third and Her Impossible Family
Yearling, Grades 3-4
Yingmei Yang has decided to be “Mary” now that she has moved to America. It isn’t easy pretending to be someone else though, especially when her parents follow traditional Chinese customs.