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Books about Bullying for All Grade Levels

Bullying can take many forms and harms everyone involved–victims, perpetrators and bystanders. Here are some books that tell stories about how kids have responded to bullying, and that share ideas of how you can help stop it, wherever and whoever you are.

Big Bullies (grades K-2) Animal friends find ways to help each other stand up to a bully.

The Meanest Thing to Say (grades 1-3) A new boy in second grade tries to get the other students to play a game that involves saying the meanest things possible to one another.

Pinky and Rex and the Bully (grades 2-4) Pinky gets called a sissy because he likes the color pink, but a wise neighbor helps him deal with the situation and stay calm.

Jake Drake, Bully Buster (grades 2-5) Jake wants to avoid mean Link Baxter, but guess who he gets assigned to work with on a class project?

The Naughtiest Girl Again (grades 3-6) Elizabeth is trying so hard to live down her obnoxious behavior at school before.  So who wants her to fail at being good?

Bullies Are a Pain in the Brain (grades 3-6) Learn some good ideas on how to cope with bullies – and if needed, how to stop being a bully!

Bullying and Me: Schoolyard Stories (grades 3-8) From all kinds of backgrounds, kids and grownups talk openly about their experiences of being bullied.

Adam Canfield, Watch Your Back! (grades 4-6) As star reporter of his middle school newspaper, Adam never expected to be part of the news–until he’s beaten up and robbed by high school kids.

Blubber (grades 4-6) Jill goes along with the rest of the fifth-grade class in tormenting a classmate and then finds out what it is like when she, too, becomes a target.

Letters to a Bullied Girl (grades 8-12) Two sisters hear about an epileptic girl who is being mercilessly teased and bullied by her schoolmates. They start a campaign to send her letters of support and healing.

Dear Bully: Seventy Authors Tell Their Stories (grades 9-12) Top authors for teens share their stories about bullying–as silent observers on the sidelines, as victims, and as perpetrators.

Odd Girl Out (grades 9-12) Dirty looks, taunting notes, exclusion from activities and friendships…  Interviews with over 300 girls and women offer a glimpse of what happens when the bully is the girl next door, and offers suggestions on how to counter a culture of hidden aggression.


  1. Barbara

    A couple more:
    The Recess Queen by Alexis O’Neill ages 4+ A girl who rules the recess breaks is taught how to cooperate with others. Great illustrations. Good book for kids entering kindergarten.
    Confessions of a Former Bully, by Trudy Ludwig – From the point of view of a bully who learns the error of her ways, and comes to understand the effects of her bullying, Ages 8+
    Ordinary Magic, by Caitlen Rubino-Bradway – A fantasy about a girl who lives in a magical world but is an ‘Ord’ – an ordinary person with no magic. Ords are outcasts. How Abby the Ord learns to cope is both an exciting story and a lesson in empowerment. Age 8+

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