Dealing with Bullies- Grades 2 - 4
Books for children in grades 2 - 4
Unless otherwise noted, all books may be found in
children’s fiction under the author’s last name.
Blubber / Judy Blume (grades 3-5)
Jill goes along with the rest of the fifth-grade class in tormenting a classmate and then finds out what it's like when she, too, becomes a target.
What a Wimp / Carol Carrick (grades 2-4)
Although his family is supportive, Barney must find his own way to deal with a bully.
Lower! Higher! You’re a Liar! / Miriam Chaikin (grades 3-5)
Ten-year-old Molly, daughter of Palestinian parents, organizes a club to boycott the neighborhood bully during a summer in Brooklyn at the time of the second World War.
Jake Drake, bully buster / Andrew Clements (grades 2-4)
Fourth-grader Jake Drake relates how he comes to terms with SuperBully Link Baxter, especially after they are assigned to be partners on a class project.
Vive la Paris / Esmé Raji Codell (grades 4-6)
Fifth-grader Paris learns some lessons about dealing with bullies of all kinds as she wonders how to stop a classmate from beating up her brother at school and as she learns about the Holocaust from her piano teacher, Mrs. Rosen.
Mean, Mean Maureen Green / Judy Cox (grades 2-4)
With help from Adam, a boy in her third grade class, Lilley gains enough confidence to stand up to the school bus bully, Mean Maureen Green.
The Hundred Dresses / Eleanor Estes (grades 2-4)
In winning a medal she is no longer there to receive, a tight-lipped little Polish girl teaches her classmates a lesson.
Owen Foote, Frontiersman / Stephanie Greene (grades 2-4)
Second grader Owen Foote is looking forward to spending time with his friend Joseph in their tree fort, until some bullies visiting his neighbor, Mrs. Gold, threaten to wreck the fort.
Pinky and Rex and the Bully / James Howe (grades 2-4)
Pinky learns the importance of identity as he defends his favorite color, pink, and his friendship with a girl, Rex, from the neighborhood bully.
Third Grade Bullies / Elizabeth Levy (grades 2-4)
Being short and having moved four times in the last three years makes Sally defensive, so although she tries to help a classmate stand up to two bullies, she gets off to a bad start in her new school.
Just kidding / Trudy Ludwig (grades 1-4)
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.
Larger-than-life Lara / Dandi Daley Mackall (grades 4-6)
Using the writing techniques she has learned in school, fourth-grader Laney relates how an obese girl changes the lives of those around her, despite being bullied by her peers.
Junebug and the Reverend / Alice Mead (grades 3-5)
Having moved out of the housing project and into a new home, ten-year-old Junebug discovers that bullies are everywhere and that the elderly can make great friends.
Amelia Takes Command / Marissa Moss (grades 3-5)
After successfully commanding the Discovery shuttle mission at Space Camp, Amelia returns to fifth grade where she deals with the bully who has been making her life miserable.
Tarantula power! / Ann Whitehead Nagda (grades 2-4)
Forced to work with the class bully on a project to design a new breakfast cereal, Richard also tries to stop him from picking on second-graders by using tarantula power.
Roxie and the hooligans / Phyllis Reynolds Naylor (grades 2-4)
Roxie Warbler, the niece of a famous explorer, follows Uncle Dangerfoot's advice on how to survive any crisis when she becomes stranded on an island with a gang of school bullies and a pair of murderous bank robbers.
The field of the dogs / Katherine Paterson (grades 2-4)
Josh, who has just moved to Vermont with his mother, stepfather, and new baby brother, must deal with the bullying of a neighbor boy and discovers that his dog, whom he hears talking with other dogs, is also facing a bully of his own.
Thank you, Mr. Falker / Patricia Polacco (grades 3—5)
At first, Trisha loves school, but her difficulty learning to read makes her feel dumb, until, in the fifth grade, a new teacher helps her understand and overcome her problem.
Cowboy Boy / James Proimos (grades 2-4)
Ricky Smootz is very afraid of everything, especially Keanu Dungston, the bully who terrorizes their middle school, but with advice from his grandmother Ricky transforms himself into Cowboy Boy and stands up to Keanu and his henchmen.
Max Quigley : technically not a bully / James Roy (grades 3-5)
After playing a prank on one of his "geeky" classmates, sixth-grader Max Quigley's punishment is to be tutored by him.
Calvin Coconut : trouble magnet / Graham Salisbury (grades 2-4)
Nine-year-old Calvin catches the attention of the school bully on the day before he starts fourth grade, while at home, the unfriendly, fifteen-year-old daughter of his mother's best friend has taken over his room.
Joshua T. Bates Takes Charge / Susan Richards Shreve (grades 3-5)
Eleven-year-old Joshua, worried about fitting in at school, feels awkward when the new student he is supposed to be helping becomes the target of the fifth grade's biggest bully. Sequel to "The Flunking of Joshua T. Bates."
Shredderman: Secret identity / Wendelin Van Draanen (grades 2-4)
Fifth-grader Nolan Byrd, tired of being called names by the class bully, has a secret identity--Shredderman!
Dragonbreath / Ursula Vernon (grades 2-4)
Danny Dragonbreath and his friend Wendell get an up-close underwater tour of the Sargasso Sea from Danny's sea-serpent cousin, encountering giant squid and mako sharks--and learn about standing up to bullies in the process.
Super Emma / Sally Warner (grades 2-4)
Third-grader Emma becomes a reluctant heroine when she defends a friend from a bully.
First grade king / Karen Lynn Williams (grades 1-3)
Relates the experiences first-grader Joey King has at school: making friends, learning to read, and dealing with the class bully.
Beany and the meany / Susan Wojciechowski (grades 2-4)
When Beany's best friend Carol Ann pairs with the new girl at school to create a science project, Beany must work with Kevin the bully.
Cockroach cooties / Laurence Yep (grades 2-4)
Teddy and his brother Bobby devise strategies using bugs to defeat the school bully.
In the children’s library:
Bullies are a pain in the brain j DVD 303.69 Bul
Stop bullying now! : take a stand, lend a hand j DVD 303.69 Sto
In the adult library:
Bullying : what every adult needs to know DVD 302.3 B84
Stop bullying! : standing up for yourself and others DVD 302.3 S85
Non-fiction in the children’s library
Please look for non-fiction titles under this call number: j 303.69
A smart kid's guide to online bullying / David J. Jakubiak j 303.69 Jak
Good-bye bully machine / Debbie Fox j 303.69 Fox
How to deal with bullies / Jonathan Kravetz j 303.69 Kra
Stop picking on me: a first look at bullying / Pat Thomas 303.69 Tho
When Kids Drive Kids Crazy / Eda LeShan j 155.4 Les
Non-fiction in the adult library
Please look for non-fiction titles in the adult library under this call number: j 371.58. (Books in the adult collection are written for adults to help children understand and deal with bullying.)
The bully, the bullied, and the bystander : from pre-school to high school : how parents and teachers can help break the cycle of violence / Barbara Coloroso 371.58 C64
And words can hurt forever : how to protect adolescents from bullying, harassment, and emotional violence / James Garbarino 371.58 G36
Bullies & victims : helping your child survive the schoolyard battlefield / SuEllen Fried 371.58 F73
Mom, they're teasing me : helping your child solve social problems / Michael Thompson 371.58 T55
The bully in the book and in the classroom / C.J. Bott 371.58 B67
(A resource for teachers to help them create an environment where bullying is not tolerated. Includes a bibliography divided by grade levels as well as discussion topics and activities.)
To find more books-
Search the catalog using these keywords to find more books about bullies and bullying:
Do an Internet search with the keyword bullies or bullying.
- Helping kids deal with bullies- KidsHealth.org
Please see these other booklists
Dealing with Bullies (for children in preschool - grade 2)
Dealing with Bullies (for children in grades 5 and up)
or ask for a copy at the children’s desk.
Look for these and other great books at
The Children's Library
Mt. Lebanon Public Library
16 Castle Shannon Blvd.
Pittsburgh, PA 15228
412/531-1913 / 2/10