Recommended Books on Bullying.
Ferry, Berry. Stick and Stone. Illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015. 48 pages. Tr. $16.99, ISBN 978-0544032569
Stick and Stone are great friends. They play together at the playground, and they care for each other. One day, Pine Cone comes along and start bullying Stone. Stick stands up for his friend, Stone, and tells Pine cone to leave his friend alone. This picture book is an excellent resource. It tells the story of two friends who stands up for each other against the bully. This book is recommended for ages 4 and up.
Dewdney, Anna. Llama Llama and the Bully Goat. Illustrated by Anna Dewdney. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015. 48 pages. Tr. $17.99, ISBN 978-0544032569
Llama Llama loves to sing and play, but Gilroy Goat is being a bully to him by calling him names. What should Lllama Llama do to stop Gilroy Goat from calling him mean names? "Llama Llama and the Bully Goat" is a story about Llama who did nothing to provoke Gilroy Goat to be mean to him. This book is a great resource for teachers to show in class and discuss about the bullying and how name-calling is inappropriate behavior.
O'Neill, Alexis. The Recess Queen. Illustrated by Laura Huliska-Beith. Scholastic, Inc., 2002. 32 pages. Tr. $17.99, ISBN 978-0439206372
Mean Jean is the mean girl at the playground. She will not let anyone play the swings or on the slide until she gets on it first. Everyone is afraid of Mean Jean until a new kid arrives and puts Mean Jean in her place. This book tells a story of a young bully who wants to control the playground. Teachers can use this book as part of their curriculum and have an open discussion about how bullies behave.
Munson, Derek. Enemy Pie. Illustrated by Tara Calahan King. Chronicle Books LLC, 2000. 40 pages. Tr. $15.95, ISBN 978-0811827782
Jeremy Ross had moved to a new home on a summer day. However, his new neighbor does not like Jeremy and sees him as an enemy. Jeremy's dad has a plan to make Jeremy's enemy become his friend by making an enemy pie. This story teaches children of finding ways of making your enemies be your best friend with the support of a parent.
Ludwig, Trudy. The Invisible Boy. Illustrated by Patrice Barton. Random House Children's Books, 2013. 40 pages. Tr. $16.99, ISBN 978-1582464503
Brian is the invisible boy. He is very shy and hardly talks to anyone. No one includes Brian in their games or groups. That is until Justin, the new kid, arrives and befriends Brian. Brian feels so happy with his new friend with Justin that he starts taking part in his classroom activities. This book teaches kids about being nice with others even if the other person is quiet and shy. This is an act of kindness of befriending someone who doesn't fit in with other kids.
Ludwig, Trudy. My Secret Bully. Illustrated by Abigail Marble. Random House Children's Books, 2015. 32 pages. Tr. $12.99, ISBN 978-0553509403
Monica and Katie are very good friends. However, Katie can be mean at times by picking on Monica and calling her mean names. This book tells a story about two friends and how even friends can be a bully and emotionally hurt by calling names or mistreating their friends. In addition, this story can teach kids that even best friends can be bullies, and it is never right to mistreat friends like Katie treats Monica.
Ludwig, Trudy. Nobody Knew What to Do: A Story about Bullying. Illustrated by Abigail Marble. Random House Children's Books, 2015. 32 pages. Tr. $12.99, ISBN 978-0553509403
A bully is picking on a boy, and the boy's friend does not know what to do. Should the friend step up and defend his friend or risk getting bullied as well? This book tells a story of friend who does not know what to do in a situation when he sees his friend get picked on by a mean boy. Should the friend tell a teacher about it? This book is very helpful because it teaches kids about standing up and defending their friend against bullies. In addition, the book emphasizes the importance of telling an adult about the bully.
Penn, Audrey. Chester Raccoon and the Big Bad Bully. Illustrated by Barbara Leonard Gibson. Tanglewood Press IN, 2008. 32 pages. Tr. $16.95, ISBN 978-1933718156
There is a bully problem at school, and Chester Raccoon's mom is going to investigate the problem. Mrs. Raccoon meets the bully and learns that sometimes bullies are unhappy creatures, and that is why they like to bully others. This book teaches kids that bullies can sometimes change if given the opportunity to change.
Palacio, R.J. Wonder. Random House Children's Books, 2012. 320 pages. Tr. $16.95, ISBN 978-0375869020
10-year old August "Auggie" Pullman wants to be a normal boy and fit in at school. However, Auggie was born with a facial disorder. Auggie is tired of home school and wants to go to a real school and make new friends. This story is told from Auggie's point of view. Auggie goes to school and meets new friends; however, he will meet a boy name Julian who will make Auggie's school experience a horrible one.
Telgemeier, Raina. Smile. Scholastic, Inc, 2010. 224 pages. Tr. $10.95, ISBN 978-0545132060
Raina wants to fit in like any other 6th grader. However, after spending time with her friends, Raina loses her two front teeth. Raina must now accept her braces and survive middle school at the same time. Raina's friends are not supportive while Raina's family is driving her insane. Raina will have to find peace with herself as she struggles 7th grade while losing her friends and meeting a new crush. This book is recommended for middle school. The story "Smile" discusses several topics including bullying. Raina's friends began to bully her right after having her accident. Sometimes, friends can actually become the bullies.
Medina, Meg. Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass. Candlewick Press, 2014. 272 pages. Tr. $13.06, ISBN 0-399-22146-8.
Piddy Sanchez is the new girl at her high school. She is having a hard time making friends at school because of her honors class and work. Things get worst when Yaqui Delgado wants to fight Piddy for unknown reasons. Piddy must find a way to survive both high school and personal life. Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick your Ass is a great resource for teens because it discuss about real life issues such as bullying and divorce. The author makes sure that the story and content are described accurately on what most teens face today with peer pressure. This book is recommended for ages 14 and up. *Advance Readers*