Picture Books: Bullying

Please see also the Children's and Parents' Corner non-fiction sections (J 302.3 and J 303.69) for additional materials.

Picture Books

Alexander, Claire. Lucy and the Bully J PIC ALE
When a mean classmate in preschool wrecks Lucy's artwork, she discovers that they can be friends once he stops being jealous of her.

Bateman, Teresa. The Bully-Blockers Club J PIC BAT
When Lottie is bothered by a bully at school, she helps start a club where everyone is welcome.

Bottner, Barbara. Bootsie Barker Bites J PIC BOT and J PB PIC B
Bootsie Barker only wants to play games in which she bites, until one day her friend comes up with a better game.

Davies, Matt. Ben Rides On J PIC DAV
The tables are turned when Ben discovers the bully who stole his bike needs his help. Will he save Adrian and what will Adrian do?

De Kinder, Jan. Red J PIC DEK
Torn between her fear of the bully on the school playground and her sympathy for her classmate, a girl must make a difficult choice.

DePaola, Tomie. Trouble in the Barkers' Class J PIC DEP
When a new girl in the Barkers' class, Carole Anne, acts like a bully, the students try talking to her and ignoring her until Morgie finally discovers what is wrong and finds a way to fix it.

Forler, Nan. Bird Child J PIC FOR
Eliza watches how the new girl, Lainey, is bullied by others at school. She is afraid and ashamed until she finds the courage to stand up for Lainey and become her friend.

Henkes, Kevin. Chrysanthemum J PIC HEN, J PB PIC H, and J CD HEN
The other children in Chrysanthemum's class tease her about her long, strange name, but when the fabulous new music teacher admires it, the other children change their tune.

Javaherbin, Mina. Goal! J PIC JAV
In a dangerous alley in a township in South Africa, the strength and unity which a group of young friends feel while playing soccer keep them safe when a gang of bullies arrives to cause trouble.

Kasza, Keiko. The Rat and the Tiger J PB PIC K
In his friendship with Rat, Tiger takes advantage and plays the bully because of his greater size, but one day Rat stands up for his rights.

Lester, Helen. Hooway for Wodney Wat J PIC LES
All his classmates make fun of Rodney because he can't pronounce his name, but it is Rodney's speech impediment that drives away the class bully.

Myers, Christopher. Wings J PIC MYE
Ikarus Jackson, the new boy in school, is outcast because he has wings, but one girl, who is also teased for being different, finds the courage to stand up for him.

Nickle, John. The Ant Bully J PIC NIC
Lucas learns a lesson about bullying when he is pulled into the ant hole he has been tormenting.

O'Neill, Alexis. The Recess Queen J PIC ONE
Mean Jean is the biggest bully on the school playground until a new girl arrives and challenges Jean's status as the Recess Queen.

Otoshi, Kathryn. One J PIC OTO
Blue is a quiet color. Red's a hothead who likes to pick on Blue. Yellow, Orange, Green, and Purple don't like what they see, but what can they do? When no one speaks up, things get out of hand — until One comes along and shows all the colors how to stand up, stand together, and count.

Polacco, Patricia. Mr. Lincoln's Way J PIC POL
When Mr. Lincoln, "the coolest principal in the whole world," discovers that Eugene, the school bully, knows a lot about birds, he uses this interest to help Eugene overcome his intolerance.

Seeger, Laura Vaccaro. Bully J PIC SEE
A little bull discovers that he has been a big bully.

Shaw, Hannah. Sneaky Weasel. J PIC SHA
Sneaky Weasel's bullying ways have made him rich but friendless. Can he find a way to make things right and be a true friend?

Yashima, Taro. Crow Boy J PB PIC Y
A young, timid boy who doesn't fit in at school is thought to be stupid by everyone until a kind teacher finds and celebrates his talents.

Parenting Section

Frankel, Erin. Weird! and Tough! and Dare! J PARENTS' CORNER PIC FRA
Three girls tell the same story from their own perspectives: Weird! by the girl who is bullied, Tough! by the girl doing the bullying, and Dare! by a bystander.

Ludwig, Trudy. Just Kidding J PARENTS' CORNER PIC LUD
With help from his father, older brother, and teacher, D.J. learns how to handle a classmate who claims that his mean-spirited "teasing" is just a joke.

Ludwig, Trudy. My Secret Bully J PARENTS' CORNER PIC LUD
Monica's friend Katie isn't always a good friend; often she can be just plain mean, particularly when other kids are around. With help from her mother, Monica faces Katie and begins to feel better about herself.

Ludwig, Trudy. Trouble Talk J PARENTS' CORNER PIC LUD
Maya gets help from a school counselor when the new student she has tried to befriend upsets her, as she has other students, by spreading rumors, saying hurtful things, and sharing information that is not hers to share.

McCain, Becky R. Nobody Knew What to Do: a Story About Bullying J PARENTS' CORNER PIC MCC
When bullies pick on a boy at school, a classmate is afraid, but decides that he must do something.

Moss, Peggy. Say Something J PARENTS' CORNER PIC MOS
A child who never says anything when other children are being teased or bullied finds herself in their position one day when jokes are made at her expense and no one speaks up.