I believe almost everyone was bullied as a child, to at least some degree. It is an important life skill to learn to deal with bullying. To that purpose, books about bullying for kids are a great way to introduce the subject. Books open up an idea to children and let them look at a topic in a safe way that is removed from themselves.
5 Books About Bullying For Kids
Books about bullying offer kids the benefit of being introduced to the idea that bullying can happen. This may save them from being shocked and unprepared. Alternatively, if a child has already been bullied, a book on bullying can let them see they aren’t the only one. That it is not their fault. Such a book can let your child ask questions and about the characters and the actions and open up a dialogue on good ways to handle a bully.
He’s Not Just Teasing! A Book about the Difference Between Teasing and Bullying
He’s Not Just Teasing is a tale about bullying, the fragile friendships of boys, the willingness to stand up for others and the power of kindness.
Malcom gropes with the difference between teasing and bullying and when to draw the line and stand up for yourself or get help.
The Juice Box Bully
Have you ever seen a bully in action and done nothing about it? The kids at Pete’s new school get involved, instead of being bystanders. When Pete begins to behave badly, his classmates teach him about “The Promise”. Will Pete decide to shed his bullying habits and make “The Promise”?
This children’s picture book empowers kids to stand up for others.
My Secret Bully
Here is the all-too-familiar story of Monica. She and Katie have been friends since kindergarten. Monica loves being around her when she’s nice. But there are times when Katie can be just plain mean. And Monica doesn’t understand why.
This short chapter book deals with emotional bullying among “friends”. It helps kids learn to seek support and reclaim their power.
Llama Llama And The Bully Goat
Llama Llama is learning lots of new things at school and making many friends. But when Gilroy Goat starts teasing him and some of their classmates, Llama Llama isn’t sure what to do. And then he remembers what his teacher told him—walk away and tell someone. It works! But then Llama Llama feels badly. Can he and Gilroy try to be friends again?
My kids love Llama Llama picture books! This kids book about being bullied used the same fun rhyming technique as usual while it shares an important lesson.
Lyla finds a great friend in Jamie on her first day of school, but when Lyla makes the cheerleading squad and a clique of popular girls invites her to join them, Jamie is left behind. Lyla knows bullying when she sees it, though, and when she sees the girls viciously teasing classmates on Facebook, including Jamie, she is smart enough to get out. But no one dumps these girls, and now they’re out for revenge.
This young reader book takes on cliques and online bullying. It is great for elementary school children to help them learn how to navigate those waters and get help.
A Children’s Book About Being Bullied By Gerry Renert: Nathan and The Really Big Bully
Nathan and The Really Big Bully: The story of a hyena who enjoys bullying a penguin by splashing him. The penguin turns to Nathan who advises him the worst thing to do is to strike back. Nathan ends up being harassed by an elephant and becomes very angry. Will Nathan be a good role model for the penguin or will Nathan’s anger get the best of him?
Nathan and The Really Big Bully was Winner of the 2012 Mom’ Choice Gold Picture Book Award in the Category of: Developing Social Skills. I think it would be a great addition to any bookshelf!
It seems to me that a kids book on bullying make a conversation starter. In this way children are not caught unaware when it happens to them. Part of the deepest pain of bullying, (in my unprofessional opinion), is thinking that it is personal. And worse yet, that we somehow deserve it. For this reason, I honestly believe that reading books about bullying with your kids can save them a lot of hurt.