Anti-Bullying Books

October is National Bullying Prevention Month. Bullying comes in many forms, and every community member has a responsibility to keep schools and other community spaces safe for young people. This list features some of our favorite anti-bullying books for young people!

Each Kindness By Jacqueline Woodson, E. B. Lewis (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Jacqueline Woodson, E. B. Lewis (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780399246524
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Published: Nancy Paulsen Books - October 2nd, 2012

WINNER OF A CORETTA SCOTT KING HONOR AND THE JANE ADDAMS PEACE AWARD!

Each kindness makes the world a little better


My Footprints By Bao Phi, Ngoc Diep Barbara Tran (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Bao Phi, Ngoc Diep Barbara Tran (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9781684460007
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Published: Capstone Editions - September 1st, 2019

Every child feels different in some way, but Thuy feels double different. She is Vietnamese American and she has two moms. Thuy walks home one winter afternoon, angry and lonely after a bully's taunts. Then a bird catches her attention and sets Thuy on an imaginary exploration. What if she could fly away like a bird? What if she could sprint like a deer, or roar like a bear?


Chrysanthemum: A First Day of School Book for Kids By Kevin Henkes, Kevin Henkes (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Kevin Henkes, Kevin Henkes (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780688096991
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Published: Greenwillow Books - September 16th, 1991

Chrysanthemum is a funny and honest school story about teasing, self-esteem, and acceptance to share all year round. 


Lunch from Home By Joshua David Stein, Jing Li (Illustrator), Niki Russ Federman (Contributions by), Ray Garcia (Contributions by), Preeti Mistry (Contributions by), Mina Park (Contributions by) Cover Image
By Joshua David Stein, Jing Li (Illustrator), Niki Russ Federman (Contributions by), Ray Garcia (Contributions by), Preeti Mistry (Contributions by), Mina Park (Contributions by)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780593384459
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Published: Rise x Penguin Workshop - August 30th, 2022

What happens when a child’s favorite packed lunch is met with disparaging comments at the school lunch table?


I Love My Colorful Nails By Alicia Acosta, Luis Amavisca, Gusti (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Alicia Acosta, Luis Amavisca, Gusti (Illustrator)
$15.95
ISBN: 9788417123598
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Published: Nubeocho - April 2nd, 2019

Coauthors Acosta (Little Captain Jack) and Amavisca (Bang Bang I Hurt the Moon) keep their focus tight, concentrating on Ben's feelings and the way the boys' taunting torments him ("He felt even sadder than the day his fish went to fish heaven").


A Big Guy Took My Ball! (An Elephant and Piggie Book) (Elephant and Piggie Book, An #19) By Mo Willems, Mo Willems (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Mo Willems, Mo Willems (Illustrator)
$9.99
ISBN: 9781423174912
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Published: Hyperion Books for Children - May 21st, 2013

Gerald is careful. Piggie is not.
Piggie cannot help smiling. Gerald can.
Gerald worries so that Piggie does not have to.

Gerald and Piggie are best friends.

In A Big Guy Took My Ball! Piggie is devastated when a big guy takes her ball! Gerald is big, too...but is he big enough to help his best friend?


Llama Llama and the Bully Goat By Anna Dewdney Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780670013951
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Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - August 6th, 2013

Llama Llama likes to sing.

 

Gilroy laughs at everything.

Llama sings out just the same.

Gilroy says a not-nice name.

 

Teacher has some things to say:

calling names is not OK.

 


The Name Jar By Yangsook Choi, Yangsook Choi (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Yangsook Choi, Yangsook Choi (Illustrator)
$8.99
ISBN: 9780440417996
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Published: Dragonfly Books - October 14th, 2003

A heartwarming story about the new girl in school, and how she learns to appreciate her Korean name.


Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon By Patty Lovell, David Catrow (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Patty Lovell, David Catrow (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780399234163
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - August 27th, 2001

Be yourself like Molly Lou Melon no matter what a bully may do.

Molly Lou Melon is short and clumsy, has buck teeth, and has a voice that sounds like a bullfrog being squeezed by a boa constrictor. She doesn't mind. Her grandmother has always told her to walk proud, smile big, and sing loud, and she takes that advice to heart.


Speak Up, Molly Lou Melon By Patty Lovell, David Catrow (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Patty Lovell, David Catrow (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780399260025
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - September 8th, 2020

The beloved modern classic character, Molly Lou Melon, is tackling the timely topic of speaking up for yourself and others.

Molly Lou Melon's mother taught her to use her big voice for good--to speak up for what's right, for those who can't, and even when it's hard. So she does.


The Berenstain Bears and the Bully (First Time Books(R)) By Stan Berenstain, Jan Berenstain Cover Image
$4.99
ISBN: 9780679848059
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - October 19th, 1993

This beloved story is a perfect way to teach children about bullies, problem-solving, and communication!

Come for a visit in Bear Country with this timeless classic from Stan and Jan Berenstain. There is a bully at school, and the bully is picking on Sister! Will she ever be able to stand up for herself? Includes over 50 bonus stickers!


It's Okay To Be Different By Todd Parr Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780316666039
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - September 1st, 2001

It's okay to need some help.
It's okay to be a different color.
It's okay to talk about your feelings.


From the bestselling author Todd Parr comes a reassuring book about being who you are.


I'm Gonna Like Me: Letting Off a Little Self-Esteem By Jamie Lee Curtis, Laura Cornell (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Jamie Lee Curtis, Laura Cornell (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780060287610
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Published: HarperCollins - July 31st, 2007

From the #1 New York Times bestselling team of Jamie Lee Curtis and Laura Cornell, creators of Today I Feel Silly and Where Do Balloons Go?, comes I’m Gonna Like Me, a funny and moving celebration of self-esteem and loving the skin you’re in.


The Hundred Dresses By Eleanor Estes, Louis Slobodkin (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Eleanor Estes, Louis Slobodkin (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780152051709
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Published: Clarion Books - September 1st, 2004

A 1945 Newbery Honor Book

Eleanor Estes’s The Hundred Dresses won a Newbery Honor in 1945 and has never been out of print since. At the heart of the story is Wanda Petronski, a Polish girl in a Connecticut school who is ridiculed by her classmates for wearing the same faded blue dress every day.


The Hundred Dresses By Eleanor Estes, Louis Slobodkin (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Eleanor Estes, Louis Slobodkin (Illustrator)
$8.99
ISBN: 9780152052607
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Published: Clarion Books - September 1st, 2004

This Newbery Honor classic, illustrated by a Caldecott Medalist, is a beautifully written tribute to the power of kindness, acceptance, and standing up for what's right.


I Eat Poop.: A Dung Beetle Story By Mark Pett, Mark Pett (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Mark Pett, Mark Pett (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250785633
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - October 26th, 2021

In the vein of Please Don't Eat Me and We Don't Eat Our Classmates, I Eat Poop. by Mark Pett is a heartwarming and hilarious picture book about friendship, fitting in, and accepting each other's differences.

Dougie has a secret: he’s not a ground beetle.
He’s a dung beetle, and he loves eating poop.


Wonder By R. J. Palacio Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780375869020
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - February 14th, 2012

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Millions of people have fallen in love with Auggie Pullman, an ordinary boy with an extraordinary facewho shows us that kindness brings us together no matter how far apart we are. Read the book that inspired the Choose Kind movement, a major motion picture, and the critically acclaimed graphic novel White Bird.


Real Friends By Shannon Hale, LeUyen Pham (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Shannon Hale, LeUyen Pham (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9781626727854
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Published: First Second - May 2nd, 2017

“Fresh and funny.” —New York Times Book Review

Newbery Honor author Shannon Hale and New York Times bestselling illustrator LeUyen Pham join forces in this graphic memoir about how hard it is to find your real friends—and why it's worth the journey.

When best friends are not forever . . .


Save Me a Seat (Scholastic Gold) By Sarah Weeks, Gita Varadarajan Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780545846615
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Published: Scholastic Inc. - April 24th, 2018

A new friend could be sitting right next to you.

Save Me a Seat joins the Scholastic Gold line, which features award-winning and beloved novels.


Stargirl (Stargirl Series #1) By Jerry Spinelli Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780375822339
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Published: Ember - May 14th, 2002

ONE OF TIME MAGAZINE’S 100 BEST YA BOOKS OF ALL TIME  •  NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

A modern-day classic from Newbery Medalist Jerry Spinelli, this beloved celebration of individuality  is now an original movie on Disney+!

And don't miss the author's highly anticipated new novel, Dead Wednesday!


Blubber By Judy Blume Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9781481410137
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - April 29th, 2014

What happens when teasing goes too far? This classic middle grade novel from Judy Blume addresses the timeless topic of bullying and has a fresh new look.

“Blubber is a good name for her,” the note from Caroline said about Linda. Jill crumpled it up and left it on the corner of her school desk.


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Wolf Hollow By Lauren Wolk Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9781101994849
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Published: Puffin Books - April 3rd, 2018

A Newbery Honor Book
New York Times Bestseller

Wolf Hollow has stayed with me long after I closed the book. It has the feel of an instant classic." —Linda Sue Park, Newbery Medalist and New York Times bestselling author of A Long Walk to Water


Speak Up! By Rebecca Burgess, Rebecca Burgess (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Rebecca Burgess, Rebecca Burgess (Illustrator)
$13.99
ISBN: 9780063081192
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Published: Quill Tree Books - September 13th, 2022

For fans of Click and Brave, this touching coming-of-age middle grade graphic novel debut follows an autistic girl who finds friendship where she least expects it and learns to express her true self in a world where everyone defines her by her differences.


Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda By Becky Albertalli Cover Image
$11.99
ISBN: 9780062348685
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Published: Balzer + Bray - June 7th, 2016

Now a major motion picture: Love, Simon, starring Nick Robinson and Katherine Langford!

William C. Morris Award Winner: Best Young Adult Debut of the Year * National Book Award Longlist

"A remarkable gift of a novel."—Andrew Smith, author of Grasshopper Jungle


I Like Being Me: Poems about kindness, friendship, and making good choices By Judy Lalli, M.S. Cover Image
$11.99
ISBN: 9781631980923
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Published: Free Spirit Publishing - August 12th, 2016

Twenty-five rhyming poems invite children to believe in themselves, learn from mistakes, cooperate, share, help others, solve problems, be kind, tell the truth, make positive choices, and more. The short poems are quick to read, easy to learn, and fun to recite—making them perfect for teaching social skills to young children.


Stand Up to Bullying!: (Upstanders to the Rescue!) (Laugh & Learn®) By Phyllis Kaufman Goodstein, Elizabeth Verdick Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781575424835
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Published: Free Spirit Publishing - August 4th, 2014

Who has the most power to stop and prevent bullying? Teachers? Parents? The Principal of the Universe? No, no, and no way! When it comes to changing bullying behavior, nobody has more power than upstanders—all the people who see bullying or know it’s happening . . . and decide to do something about it. How strong are upstanders? Stronger than a snarling seventh grader.


Bullying Is a Pain in the Brain (Laugh & Learn®) By Trevor Romain, Steve Mark (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Trevor Romain, Steve Mark (Illustrator)
$10.99
ISBN: 9781631980657
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Published: Free Spirit Publishing - April 27th, 2016

No one wants to be picked on, pushed around, threatened, or teased.


Ease the Tease (Little Laugh & Learn™) By Judy S. Freedman, M.S.W., L.C.S.W., Mimi P. Black, Ph.D., Steve Mark (Illustrator) Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781631983504
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Published: Free Spirit Publishing - August 16th, 2021

Ten easy-to-learn strategies to help kids ease the pain of teasing and stand up for themselves.

Teasing happens to lots and lots (and lots!) of kids. Every day. Sometimes that teasing can be fun, but other times it hurts.


Stand Up for Yourself & Your Friends: Dealing with Bullies & Bossiness and Finding a Better Way By Patti Kelley Criswell, Angela Martini (Illustrator) Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781609587383
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Published: American Girl Publishing Inc - March 1st, 2016

You can make a difference, and this book is here to help It gives you the tools you need to recognize bullying -- and be prepared to handle it. Take a quiz to learn your speak-up style, and read great advice from girls who have been in similar situations.


Stick Up for Yourself!: Every Kid’s Guide to Personal Power and Positive Self-Esteem By Gershen Kaufman, Ph.D., Lev Raphael, Ph.D. Cover Image
$13.99
ISBN: 9781631983221
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Published: Free Spirit Publishing - March 21st, 2019

Fully refreshed to address modern issues, this popular essential guide helps kids build self-confidence and assert themselves.

Using simple words and real-life examples, this book shows kids how to be assertive with other kids—and with adults. Kids will learn to feel better about themselves, stronger and more secure inside, and more in charge of their lives.


The Self-Love Revolution: Radical Body Positivity for Girls of Color (Instant Help Solutions) By Virgie Tovar Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781684034116
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Published: Instant Help Publications - May 1st, 2020

"A terrific resource that shows readers how to start feeling good about their body and rewire their sense of self-worth."
--School Library Journal starred review

It's time to ditch harmful, outdated beauty standards and build real, lasting body positivity. It's time for a self-love revolution