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Older Children and Teens Books for Bully Prevention Month

Speak by Laurie H. Anderson

Bully Prevention should be a priority for both schools and parents. In order to prevent it, you need to pay attention to the warning signs for bullying, whether your child is being bullied or he is the bully. Only then can you help your child. Here are some great books (fiction & non-fiction) I have found for young adults and teens that might help you convey the message and stop the bullying.

Fiction

Fat Boy Swim by Catherine Forde

Jimmy, in spite of being a talented in cooking, is bullied at school for being obese. He keeps his special talent a secret until he meets a pushy coach that forces him to swim and changes his life.

Hangman by Julia Jarman

When Danny moves to Toby’s secondary school, Toby dreads being seen as his friend but doesn’t want to bully Danny either. When their class visit Normandy a harmless game goes dreadfully wrong and Toby has to learn a difficult lesson. This story forces young readers to think about consequences and outcomes before acting.

Inventing Elliot by Graham Gardner

Elliot, a badly bullied kid at school, gets a chance and decides to re-invent himself so he will never be picked on again. However, it works too well. He becomes a member of the Guardians, who run the new school according to their own rules. With the membership, comes power and power can be an evil thing.

Malarkey by Keith Gray

John Malarkey has just joined High School. He is strong and determined character so when he finds he has made enemies of the Tailors, a gang who ‘run’ the school. he is willing to break a few rules to confront the bullying.

Playing it Cool by Jacqueline Roy

Grace goes to stay with her grandmother and finds her pretty different from the usual grandmoms. When Grace is bullied at school, the problem actually brings both of them closer together.

Skarrs by Catherine Forde

Danny’s teenage years have been dominated by Jakey, the school bully and a fascist rock group, Skarrs. He is on a downward spiral. Running along in parallel is his Grampa Dans story. After the death of his Grampa Dan, Danny slowly realizes what a mess his life is turning into. And now he is on a mission to set things straight.

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

Melinda beings her freshman year as an outcast because everyone thought she called the police to stop a summer party. But, the truth was that she was abused and needed help. Luckily, she finds a means of expression through an art project, with the help of a rather eccentric art teacher.

The Bailey Game by Celia Rees

Alex Lewis is haunted by the memory of the terrifying incident that took place two years ago, and by the fact that she too played the vicious game which led to it – the Bailey Game. All it takes for the game to re-start is the arrival of a new girl, Lauren Price. Ultimately her friendship with Lauren and her memory of the unstoppable Bailey Game demand that this time she opts out of the game and faces the perils of being on the outsider.

Non-fiction

Bullying: A Practical Guide to Coping for Schools by Michele Elliott

Aimed at younger teenagers, it has a very easy and readable format with a lot of quotes from teenagers and famous people who were bullied when young.

How Do I Feel About Bullies and Gangs? by Julie Johnson

A good read of the subject for younger readers which includes the different types of bullying, both subtle and the more obvious types. “Tell someone” is the main message.

I Feel Bullied by Jen Green

A simple introduction to bullying for young children and advises that the best thing to do if you feel bullied is to tell a grown-up.

It’s Always Me They’re After by Rein Broere and Ann De Bode

Peter moves into a new house and almost immediately has trouble with a bully, who lives on the same street and is in his class at school. His teacher tries to deal with the school situation, but he needs his mother’s help to resolve the overall problem.

What Do We Think About Bullying? by Jillian Powell

This book is aimed at primary age children and includes advice for parents and teachers.

Dealing With Bullying by Yvette Solomon

A book for older children that includes brief sections on bullying in institutions and sexual harassment and abuse, as well as the usual aspects of the topic. It stresses the importance of friends and gives advice on making and keeping friends.

No More Bullying by Rosemary Stones

This book shows school bullying from a child’s perspective and how the victim can seem to be the one behaving badly. The problem is solved when the bullied girl plucks up the courage to tell her teacher what is going on.

Stop Picking On Me by Pat Thomas

A picture book which has a useful section about how bullies feel as well as good advice for the bullied.

The Skinny on Bullying by Mike Cassidy

It is in an easy-to-digest format, comic style writing introducing key information about bullies and bullying, avoiding cyberbullying and talking to an adult when you are being bullied.

We’re Talking About Bullying by Anne CharlishThis book contains case studies for the children to discuss and is intended to help both the bullies and the bullied.

Last, but not the least, I discovered a cool board on Pinterest that shows books for young adults on the topic of bullying. Check it out. The board was created by Stephanie @ Read in a Single Sitting.

Share any books or resources that might have helped you deal with bullying. 

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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???)