Dealing with Bullies
Picture books for children in preschool—second grade
Unless otherwise noted, all books may be found in
the picture book section under the author’s last name.
Lucy and the bully / Claire Alexander
When a mean classmate in preschool wrecks Lucy's artwork, she discovers that they can be friends once he stops being jealous of her.
The last laugh / Jose Aruego
A wordless tale in which a clever duck outwits a bullying snake.
Shrinking Violet / Cari Best
Shy Violet, who is always teased by obnoxious Irwin, finally comes out of her shell when she is cast in a play and saves the production from disaster.
Bootsie Barker Bites /Barbara Bottner
Bootsie Barker only wants to play games in which she bites, until one day her friend comes up with a better game.
Arthur’s April Fool /Marc Brown
Arthur worries about remembering his magic tricks for the April Fool's Day assembly and Binky's threats to pulverize him.
Loudmouth George and the sixth-grade bully / Nancy Carlson
After having his lunch stolen by a bully twice his size, Loudmouth George and his friend Harriet teach him a lesson he'll never forget.
Ada Potato / Judith Caseley
Ada stops playing her violin after some older children make fun of her but Mama helps her find a way to handle their teasing.
Bully / Judith Caseley
Mickey has trouble with Mack, a bully at school, until he decides to try being nice to Mack and making him a friend.
Jake's best thumb / Ilene Cooper
When Jake goes to kindergarten, a bully teases him about sucking his thumb, but Jake discovers that everyone--even bullies--needs some help being brave.
The Meanest Thing to Say / Bill Cosby (j Er C)
When a new boy in his second grade class tries to get the other students to play a game that involves saying the meanest things possible to one another, Little Bill shows him a better way to make friends.
Mean, mean Maureen Green / Judy Cox
With help from a boy in her third grade class, Lilley gains enough confidence to stand up to the school bus bully.
Bullies never win / Margery Cuyler
First-grader Jessica worries about everything Brenda the bully might tease her about, until the day she has had enough and discovers a new way to deal with Brenda.
Trouble in the Barkers' class / Tomie dePaola
When a new girl in the Barkers' class 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.
Geez Louise! / Susan Middleton Elya
Louise the stinkbug must face the bullying cockroach Kiki in a skating contest.
Ed Emberley's bye-bye, big bad bullybug! / Ed Emberley
Just as the bullybug is about to attack some "itty-bitty baby bugs," it is chased away until it learns to behave.
Bird child / Nan Forler
When bullies pick on the new student, Eliza stands up to them in the schoolyard and, one by one, the other children add their voices against the bullies.
Weekend with Wendell / Kevin Henkes
Sophie does not enjoy energetic, assertive Wendell's weekend visit until the very end, when she learns to assert herself and finds out Wendell can be fun to play with after all.
The rat and the tiger /Keiko Kasza
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.
Goggles /Ezra Jack Keats
Two boys must outsmart the neighborhood bullies before they can enjoy their new treasure, a pair of lens-less motorcycle goggles.
Jungle bullies / Steven Kroll
To get what they want, the larger jungle animals bully the smaller ones until Mama Monkey shows them all the benefits of sharing.
Stay away from Rat Boy! / Laurie Lears
Tyler is a bully who enjoys frightening other students, but when his only friend, his class's pet rat, gets out of her cage he needs the help of a human friend, and fast.
Hooway for Wodney Wat / Helen Lester
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.
If I had a gorilla / Mercer Mayer
What's a boy to do when the big kids are picking on him? Scare them away with a gorilla, of course!
Nobody knew what to do : a story about bullying / Becky Ray McCain
When bullies pick on a boy at school, a classmate is afraid, but decides that he must do something.
Martha Walks the Dog /Susan Meddaugh
Martha the talking dog rescues the neighborhood from a bully dog with the help of a parrot.
Say something / Peggy Moss
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.
King of the playground / Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
Sammy’s father helps him find a way to deal with the boy who doesn’t let him play on the neighborhood playground.
Ant Bully / John Nickle
Lucas learns a lesson about bullying when he is pulled into the ant hole he has been tormenting.
Ker-splash! / George O'Connor
When three children encounter a big, grabby assailant with braces and a bad attitude at the beach, their alter egos come to the rescue!
The Recess Queen / Alexis O'Neill
Mean Jean is the biggest bully on the school playground until a new girl arrives and challenges Jean's status as the Recess Queen.
Myrtle / Tracey Campbell Pearson
With the help of their Aunt Tizzy, Myrtle and her baby brother learn how to deal with a mean neighbor named Frances.
Chester Raccoon and the big bad bully / Audrey Penn
When Chester tells his mother about the school bully, she asks him to gather his friends to hear a story about getting along with people who are prickly.
Mr. Lincoln’s Way / Patricia Polacco
Mr. Lincoln, "the coolest principal in the whole world," discovers that the school bully, Eugene, knows a lot about birds and he uses this interest to help Eugene overcome his intolerance.
Sneaky weasel / Hannah Shaw
When no one will come to Weasel’s party, he discovers the repercussions of his mean actions.
Hazel's amazing mother / Rosemary Wells
When Hazel and her beloved doll Eleanor are set upon by bullies, Hazel's mother comes to the rescue in a surprising way.
Ruby and Bubbles / Rosie Winstead
Ruby's best friend, her pet bird Bubbles, helps her deal with two bullying girls.
Crow Boy / Taro Yashima
A young shy Japanese school boy is ridiculed by his classmates until they learn the secret of his long journey to and from school.
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
- Dealing with Teasing / Lisa K. Adams j 303.69 Ada
- 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:
(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.)
Do an Internet search with the keyword bullies or bullying.
Some recommended sites:
Bullying.org Where you are NOT alone
Stop bullying now. Take a Stand. Lend a Hand.
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Stop Bullying Now
Helping kids deal with bullies- KidsHealth.org
Please see these other booklists online
Dealing with Bullies (for children in grades 2—4)
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 in
The Children's Library
Mt. Lebanon Public Library
16 Castle Shannon Blvd.
Pittsburgh, PA 15228