One thing I think we can all agree on is that our world needs more kindness. Bullying in our world needs to stop. Address the problem and more importantly the solutions with these books about bullying for kids. Children’s books always provide great conversation starters.
You can even extend the discussion about clothing during a Family Dinner Book Club. See how-to below.
Books About Bullying for Children
The Junkyard Wonders by Patricia Polacco is the story of a class of kids who are the targets of the mainstream population of the school.
Also by Patricia Polacco is Bully. Cliques form and sometimes that brings a level of superiority and bullying of others. When one friend gets on the cheerleading team, she discovers there is bullying going on and she’s not going sit back and ignore it.
I Walk With Vanessa: A Story About a Simple Act of Kindness by Kerascoët is a wordless book that packs a powerful message about standing together and standing up to bullies.
Chick-O-Saurus Rex by Lenore and Daniel Jennewein is about a little chick who is smaller than the other animals. He wants to play in the treehouse but bullies block the entrance and tease him. Little chick sets off with his family to discover the strength of his ancestors which in turn gives him the confidence to feel strong and mighty. With his new-found strength, he returns to the bullies and stands up to them. The powerful message is balanced with silly cartoon illustrations which help to appeal to a younger audience.
One student bullies another student who uses a wheelchair in Arnie and the New Kid by Nancy Carlson. But, the bully learns an important lesson as he suffers an injury.
Red by Jan De Kinder explores when we are the witness to bullying. It takes courage to speak out against a bully and can feel very lonely. But, there is great strength to speaking out against bullies.
The Juice Box Bully by Maria Dismondy is the story of a class who work together to help a bully realize the wrong in his ways.
Paula and Maggie have been longtime friends but when another girl enters the picture and starts teasing Maggie, Paula starts to put distance between herself and Maggie. Eventually, Paula is reminded who your true friends are and how they should be treated. Check out My Friend Maggie by Hannah E. Harrison.
Teased for being the new kid again, Chico stands up to those that tease him and challenge them with his math brain in First Day in Grapesby L. King Perez.
Nobody really noticed little Sally McCabe in The Smallest Girl in the Smallest Grade by Justin Roberts. She was the smallest girl in the smallest grade. But, Sally noticed everything around her. One day, Sally stands up for herself and makes her voice heard. She discovers that one small voice can make a big difference. You can do a whole Family Dinner Book Club on The Smallest Girl in the Smallest Grade.
For toddlers and preschoolers, check out the board book, Spirit Day by Joy Yang. Spirit Day is an annual LGBTQ awareness day established in 2010 to rally people against bullying. Put on your purple and practice spreading joy.
The Together Tree by Aisha Saeed invites us to see the effects of a bully and how children can be allies to those who are being targeted. Come together under the willow tree and rally behind those who need it.
CHAPTER BOOK OPTIONS
The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes is the story of a young girl who tells her classmates that she has 100 dresses in her closet. Yet, she wears the same dress every day. The kids begin to tease her at school. From there, lots of lessons are learned. We have a whole Family Dinner Book Club devoted to The Hundred Dresses.
Two boys with very different backgrounds find themselves in the same boat when they have to deal with a bully in Save Me a Seat by Sarah Weeks.
Get the Printable Book List and Conversation Starters
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Also, check out our Kindness Books for Children Booklist.
Create a Family Dinner Book Club Featuring Bullying
What is a Family Dinner Book Club?
- On the first of each month, we provide all the details for your dinner.
- Sarah from Chef Sarah Elizabeth shares a themed menu to compliment the theme for the month.
- Laura from Sunny Day Family shares an activity that relates to the theme.
- And, I share a book list that compliments the themes, conversation starters, and a family service project.
Books and Conversation Starters
For our theme of BULLYING, you have found the book list and discussion starters on this page. (see above)
Check out the themed menu you can eat with your family from Chef Sarah Elizabeth. —>Get the Menu
Book Related Activity
And, visit Sunny Day Family for an activity to do with the theme.—>100 Acts of Kindness for Families to Do Together
Family Service Project
October is National Bullying Prevention Month.
This month work with your child’s school or a local playground to create a buddy bench.
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