More Books About Bullying for K-2nd Graders

“Each of us deserves the freedom to pursue our own version of happiness. No one deserves to be bullied.”
― Barack Obama

Good-bye Bully Machine.  Debbie Fox and Allan L. Beane, Ph.D.  Free Spirit, 2009.
Clearly defines many types of bullying and gives practical, helpful ways to combat it.
Teachers and counselors will find it very useful as a discussion starter.  Picture Book.
Read-aloud 1st-5th grade


Chrysanthemum.  Kevin Henkes.  Greenwillow, 1991.
Chrysanthemum is teased about her long name.  Her parents a music teacher help her and the other kids understand that unique is good.  Picture Book.
Read-aloud K-2nd grade


Lucy and the Bully.  Claire Alexander.  Albert Whitman, 2008.
Tommy destroys Lucy’s art because he is jealous of her ability and the attention she gets.  Lucy is afraid to tell at first, but finally tells her mother, who tells her teacher.  The problem is solved sensitively.  Picture Book.
Read-aloud K-1st grade

The Super Hungry Dinosaur.  Martin Waddell.  Dial, 2009.
A boy stands up to a hungry dinosaur who threatens to eat his dog and family.
Picture Book.
Read-aloud K-2nd grade


King of the Playground.  Phyllis Reynolds Naylor.  Aladdin, 1994.
Whenever Kevin goes to the playground, Sammy threatens to tie him to a slide, put him in a deep hole, etc.  Kevin’s Dad gently helps him overcome his fear so he can stand up to Sammy.  Picture Book.
Read-aloud K-2nd grade



Jungle Bullies.  Steven Kroll.  Marshall Cavendish, 2006.
This cumulative tale is a good introduction to bullying for the very young.  Larger animals bully the smaller ones until Mama Monkey shows her youngster how to stand up to bullies.  Five and six-year-olds will like the refrain:  “Don’t you tell me what to do, this tree’s (pond, road, etc.) big enough for two.  Share it with me as a friend, don’t be mean to me again.”  Picture Book.
Read-aloud K-1st grade


Just Kidding.  Trudy Ludwig.  Tricycle Press, 2006.
This book os a very useful companion to “My Secret Bully.”  D.J. is hurt by Vince’s persistent teasing.  He learns good strategies for dealing with Vince from his father and teacher.  This book does a great job of distinguishing between destructive and good-natured teasing.  Includes an excellent forward by Stan Davis, bullying prevention consultant, as well as discussion questions and a list of do’s and don’ts.  Picture Book.
Read-aloud 1st-5th grade

Goal!  Mina Javaherbin.  Candlewick, 2010.
Six boys in a South African shantytown are always on the lookout for danger when they play soccer with their new federation size ball.  They are united in thwarting a gang of bullies.  Picture Book.
Read-aloud 2nd-4th grade


One.  Kathryn Otoshi.  KO Kids Books, 2008.
A very unusual and creative way to address bullying.  Red picks on Blue.  The other colors stand by not knowing what they can do.  One unites the colors and helps everyone learn about acceptance and boundaries.  Picture Book.
Read-aloud K-4th grade
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