Suggested Reading for Bully Prevention

Books with themes of inclusion, friendship, self esteem, peer pressure, empathy, compassion, being brave, standing up, holding fast to dreams, being new, being different, and bully behavior: verbal, physical, social, cyber.

 

For Elementary Students

Agassi, Martine. Hands Are Not for Hitting. Minneapolis, MN: Free Spirit Publishing, 2000.

Andrede, Giles. Giraffes Can’t Dance. New York: Orchard Books, 1999.

Appelt, Kathi. Incredible ME!. New York: Harper Collins, 2003.

Base, Graeme. Jungle Drums. New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 2004.

Bateman, Teresa. The Bully Blockers Club. Morton Grove, IL: Albert Whitman & Co., 2004.

Buehner, Caralyn. Fanny’s Dream. New York: Dial Books, 1996.

Bradby, Marie. More Than Anything Else. New York: Orchard Books, 1995.

Burns, Peggy. Playground Survival. Chicago, IL: Raintree, 2005.

Cannon, Janell. Pinduli. New York: Harcourt, Inc., 2004.

Cooper, Ilene. Jake’s Best Thumb. New York: Dutton Children’s Books. 2008.

Couric, Katie. The Brand New Kid. New York: Doubleday, 2000.

Curtis, Jamie Lee and Laura Cornell. I’m Gonna Like Me, Letting Off a Little Self-Esteem. New York: Harper Collins, 2002.

----. Today I feel Silly & Other Moods That Make My Day. New York: Harper Collins, 1998.

Estes, Eleanor. The Hundred Dresses. New York: Harcourt Brace and Co., 1944.

Harvey, Amanda. Dog Eared. New York: Random House, 2002.

Herron, Carolivia. Nappy Hair. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, Inc., 1997.

Keller, Laurie. Do Unto Otters. New York: Henry Holt and Co., 2007.

Klein, Abby. Don’t Sit on My Lunch!. New York: Scholastic, Inc, 2005.

Langan, Paul. Bullying in Schools: What You Need to Know. West Berlin, NJ: Townsend Press, 2003.

Lin, Grace. Lissy’s Friends. New York: Viking, 2007.

Lovell, Patty. Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon. New York: G.P. Putman’s Sons, 2001.

MacDonald, Margaret Read. Earth Care: World Folktales to Talk About. North Haven, CT: Linnet Books, 1999.

----. Peace Tales: World Folktales to Talk About. North Haven, CT: Linnet Books, 1992.

McCain, Becky. Nobody Knew What To Do. Morton Grove, IL: Albert Whitman & Co., 2001.

McCarthy, Tara. Multicultural Fables and Fairy Tales: Stories and Activities to Promote Literacy and Cultural Awareness.New York: Scholastic, 1992.

McNamee, Graham. Nothing Wrong with a Three-Legged Dog. New York: Yearling Books, 2000.

Martin, Rafe. The Rough-Faced Girl. New York: G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 1992.

Michelson, Richard. Busing Brewster. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2010.

Mobin-Uddin, Asma. My Name is Bilal. Honesdale, PA: Boyds Mill Press, 2005.

Moss, Peggy. Say Something. Gardiner, Maine: Tilsbury House Publishers, 2004.

Naylor, Phyllis. King of the Playground. New York: Aladdin Paperbacks, 1991.

Nickle, John. The Ant Bully. New York: Scholastic Press, 1999.

Norfolk, Bobby & Sherry. The Moral of the Story: Folktales for Character Development.August House. 1999.

O’Neill, Alexis. The Recess Queen. New York: Scholastic Press, 2002.

Otoshi, Kathryn. One. San Rafael, CA: KO Kids Books, 2008.

----. Zero. San Rafael, CA: KO Kids Books, 2010.

Payne, Lauren Murphy. We Can Get Along: A Child’s Book of Choices. Minneapolis, MN: Free Spirit Publishing, 1997.

Permain, Elisa Davy. Once Upon a Time: Storytelling to Teach Character and Prevent Bullying. Greensboro, NC: Character Development Group, Inc, 2006.

Polacco, Patricia. In Our Mother’s House. New York: Philomel Books, 2009.

Sanders, Bruce. Let’s Talk About Bullying. Mankato, MN: Aladdin Books Ltd, 2006.

Sanders, Pete. What Do You Know About Bullying. Brookfield, CT: Copper Beech Books, 1996.

Sapp, Jeff (stories selected by). Rhinos & Raspberries: Tolerance Tales for the Early Grades. Montgomery, AL: Teaching Tolerance, 2006.

Shannon, David. A Bad Case of Stripes. New York: The Blue Sky Press, 1998.

Thomas, Pat. Stop Picking on Me: A First Look at Bullying. Hauppauge, NY: Barron’s Educational Series, 2000.

Warner, Sally. Super Emma. New York, NY: Viking, 2006.

Whitcomb, Mary. Odd Velvet. San Francisco, CA: Chronicle Books, 1998.

 

For Older Elementary and  Middle School Students

*Note: In addition to the chapter books below, take a look at some of the picture books listed above – you’ll find some contain great themes geared for mature readers.

Bauer, Marion Dane. The Double Digit Club. New York: Holiday House, 2004.

Blanco, Jodee. Please Stop Laughing at Me. Avon, MA: Adams Media Corp, 2003.

----. Please Stop Laughing at Us: One Survivor’s Extraordinary Quest to Prevent School Bullying. Dallas, TX: BenBella Books, 2008.

Butler, Dori. Trading Places with Tank Talbott. Morton Grove, IL: Albert Whitman & Co., 2003.

Criswell, Patti Kelley. A Smart Girl’s Guide to Friendship Troubles: Dealing with Fights, Being Left Out & the Whole Popularity Thing. Middleton, WI: Pleasant Company Publications, 2003.

Deans, Sis. Racing the Past. New York, NY: Henry Holt and Company, 2001.

Dowell, Frances O’Roark. Chicken Boy. New York, NY: Simon & Schuster, 2005.

Estes, Eleanor. The Hundred Dresses. New York: Harcourt Brace and Co., 1944.

Flake, Sharon. The Skin I’m In. New York: Hyperion Books, 1998.

Gardner, Olivia with Emily and Sarah Buder. Letters to a Bullied Girl. New York, NY: Harper-Collins Publishers, 2008.

Hahn, Mary Downing. Stepping on the Cracks. New York, NY: Clarion Books, 1991.

Hiaasen, Carl. Hoot. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2002.

Holt, Kimberly Willis. When Zachary Beaver Came to Town. New York: Henry Holt and Co., 1999.

McKissack, Patricia. A Friendship for Today. New York: Scholastic Press, 2007.

Marsden, Carolyn. The Gold-Threaded Dress. Cambridge, MA: Candlewick Press, 2002.

Mead, Alice. Junebug and the Reverend. New York: Farrar Straus Giroux, 1998.

Mobin-Uddin, Asma. My Name is Bilal. Honesdale, PA: Boyds Mill Press, 2005.

Montes, Marisa. Get Ready for Gabi! A Crazy Mixed-Up Spanglish Day. New York: Scholastic Inc., 2003.

Permain, Elisa Davy. Once Upon a Time: Storytelling to Teach Character and Prevent Bullying. Greensboro, NC: Character Development Group, Inc, 2006.

Romain, Trevor. Bullies Are a Pain in the Brain. Minneapolis, MN: Free Spirit Publishing, 1997.

----. Cliques, Phonies, & Other Baloney. Minneapolis, MN: Free Spirit Publishing, 1998.

Roy, James. Max Quigley Technically NOT a Bully. New York, NY: Houghton Mifflin Co, 2007.

Shreve, Susan. Joshua T. Bates in Trouble Again. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1997.

Spinelli, Jerry. Maniac Magee. New York: Little Brown and Co., 1990.

Vachss, Andrew. Heart Transplant. Milwaukie, OR: Dark Horse, 2010.

 

For High School Students

Asher, Jay. Th1rteen R3asons Why. New York, NY: Penguin Group, 2007.

Blanco, Jodee. Please Stop Laughing at Me. Avon, MA: Adams Media Corp, 2003.

----. Please Stop Laughing at Us: One Survivor’s Extraordinary Quest to Prevent School Bullying. Dallas, TX: BenBella Books, 2008.

Gardner, Olivia with Emily and Sarah Buder. Letters to a Bullied Girl. New York, NY: Harper-Collins Publishers, 2008.

Michie, Gregory. holler if you hear me. New York: Teachers College Press, 1999.

Picoult, Jodi. Nineteen Minutes. New York: Atria Books, 2007.

Vachss, Andrew. Heart Transplant. Milwaukie, OR: Dark Horse, 2010.

 

For Teachers and Parents

Anthony, Michelle and Reyna Lindert. Little Girls Can Be Mean. Four Steps to Bully-Proof Girls in the Early Grades. New York: St. Martin’s Griffin, 2010.

Barton, Elizabeth. Bully Prevention. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press, 2006.

Beane, Allan L. The Bully Free Classroom: Over 100 Tips and Strategies for Teachers K-8. Minneapolis, MN: Free Spirit Publishing, 1999.

Bennett, William J. The Book of Virtues For Young People. New York, NY: Simon and Schuster, 1997.

----. The Book of Virtues: A Treasury of Great Moral Stories. New York, NY: Simon and Schuster, 1993.

Bott, C.J. More Bullies in More Books. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, Inc., 2009.

Brody, Ed, Jay Goldspinner, Katie Green, Rona Leventhal, John Porcino. Spinning Tales Weaving Hope: Stories of Peach, Justice, & the Environment. Philadelphia, PA: New Society Publishers, 1992.

Canfield, Jack. 100 Ways to Enhance Self-Concept in the Classroom. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, Inc., 1976.

Carpenter, Deborah. The Everything Parent’s Guide to Dealing with Bullies. Avon, MA: Adams Media, 2009.

Colorosa, Barbara. The Bully, the Bullied, and the Bystander. New York, NY: Harper Collins, 2003.

Dellasega, Cheryl and Charisse Nixon. Girl Wars: 12 Strategies That Will End Female Bullying. New York, NY: Fireside, 2003.

Don’t Laugh at Me, Creating a Ridicule-Free Classroom. New York: Operation Respect, Inc., 2000.

Haber, Joel. Bullyproof Your Child for Life. New York: Penguin Group, Inc, 2007.

Mannix, Darlene. Character Building Activities for Kids. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass, 2002.

Michie, Gregory. holler if you hear me. New York: Teachers College Press, 1999.

Milford, Susan. Hands Around the World: 365 Creative Ways to Build Cultural Awareness & Global Respect. Charlotte, VT: Williamson Publishing, 1992.

Miller, Jamie. 10-Minute Life Lessons for Kids. New York: HarperCollins Publishers, 1998.

Olweus, Dan and Susan P. Limber. Olweus Bullying Prevention Program Teacher Guide. Center City, MN: Hazeldon, 2007.

Olweus, Dan et al. Class Meetings That Matter, A Year’s Worth of Resources for Grades K-5. Center City, MN: Hazeldon, 2009.

Olweus, Dan et al. Class Meetings That Matter, A Year’s Worth of Resources for Grades 6-8. Center City, MN: Hazeldon, 2009.

Picoult, Jodi. Nineteen Minutes. New York: Atria Books, 2007.

Responding to Hate at School. Montgomery, AL: Teaching Tolerance, 1999.

Shapiro, Ronald M. and Mark A. Jankowski. Bullies, Tyrants & Impossible People: How to Beat Them Without Joining Them. New York: Crown Publishing Group, 2005.

Silverman, Janis. Fairy Tales on Trial. Pieces of Learning, 1999.

Sprung, Barbara and Merle Froschl with Dr. Blythe Hinitz. The Anti-Bullying and Teasing Book for Preschool Classrooms. Beltsville, MD: Gryphon House, Inc., 2005.

Teolis, Beth. Ready-to-Use Conflict-Resolution Activities for Elementary Students. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass, 1998. (*note – Conflict resolution techniques are NOT part of your bullying prevention intervention, but I include this book here for other conflict behaviors between peers of equal power.)

Thompson, Michael and Lawrence J. Cohen and Catherine O’Neill Grace. Mom, They’re Teasing Me. New York: Ballantine Publishing Group, 2002.

Wiseman, Rosalind. Queen Bees & Wannabes. New York: Three Rivers Press, 2002.

----. Queen Bee Moms & Kingpin Dads. New York: Crown Publishers, 2006.

http://www.youthvoiceproject.com/YVPMarch2010.pdf. Davis, Stan and Charisse Nixon. Results of a survey the authors conducted among youth in grades 5-12 on what they reported made things better, made things worse, and made no difference.