Young Children’s Books for Bully Prevention Month

Yup, October is Bully Prevention Month. It is a difficult situation to be in for kids and parents. But, with a little effort from parents and schools combined to prevent bullying it can be handled. Sharing books about kids’ experiences with bullying may help children, from younger kids to teens. It will help them understand what bullying is, why it is wrong, how to cope with bullies and why not to bully others. Today, I want to refer you to some books for young kids. Then, in the next post we will talk about books for slightly older kids and teens.

  Billy Bully by Ana Galan Alvaro Galan

It’s a very colorful book talking about Billy who does one bad thing after another and loses his friends on the way. This makes him realize that friends aren’t suppose to do this to friends and true friends don’t only think about  themselves. This book is also great because kids can count down to 0 and then up again from 0.

Ages: 4 – 8, Level: Pre-K – 3

The Billy Blockers Club by Teresa Bateman

It is a picture book where the subject of bullying is handled with a light touch. After a summer vacation, Lotty is very excited to return to school this year, until she meets Grant Grizzly. He starts bullying her on the very first day. Even with help from Lotty’s parents and teacher they aren’t able to stop Grant’s bullying.

Ages: 5 – 7, Level: K – 2

Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes

Chrysanthemum loves her name, but when she starts going to school, the other children make fun of it.

Ages: 5 – 7, Level: K – 2

   Jake Drake Bully Buster by Andrew Clements

It is a chapter book, great for independent readers Part of a series about a Fourth Grader, Jake Drake. He tells the story of how went from being a bully-magnet ever since preschool to becoming a bully buster in second grade.

Ages: 7 – 10, Level: 2 – 5

Pinky & Rex and the Bully by James Howe

When seven-year-old Pinky is teased by the third-grade bully because he likes pink and plays with a girl, he struggles with giving up the things he likes until he talks with an elderly neighbor.

Ages: 6 – 8, Level: K – 2

      Oliver Button is a Sissy by Tomie dePaola

This picture book, written and illustrated by Tomie dePaola, tells the story of a boy who overcomes bullying, not by fighting, but by continuing to do what he likes best in spite of the teasing.

Ages: 4 – 10, Level: Pre K – 5

Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon by Patty Lovell

Molly Lou Melon is short and clumsy and has buckteeth and a voice that sounds like a bullfrog being squeezed by a boa constrictor. But armed with the encouraging words of her grandmother, Molly Lou confidently confronts the class bully at her new school. A not-to-be missed story for the less-than-perfect part of everyone! See Scholastic Lesson Plan. You can adapt it easily at home & do fun activity while discussing this serious subject.

Ages: 4- 7, Level: Pre K – 2

Stop Picking on Mby Pat Thomas, Lesley Harker

It is a delightful picture book that helps kids understand bullying and provides ways to resolve this situation

Ages: 4- 7, Level: Pre K – 2

Trouble in the Barkers’ Class by By Tomie dePaola

There is a new student in class. She is Carole Anne and she upsets everyone by being mean to her classmates. This continues until Morgie, the best artist in the class, talks to her and finds out…

Ages: 5- 8, Level: K – 2



Quick Tips:

  • Look out for warning signs to tell whether your child is being bullied or is the bully. Be part of this phase and talk with them about it. The more you are involved with it, the more your child will be better equipped to handle this crisis.
  • Use the Scholastic Lesson Plan above and see if you can create your own activities for the other books mentioned above. Then, come back and share them with us! We as parents, can always use more help. (Is there anything like ‘more’ where help is concerned???)

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