Beyond the textbook: Talking about bullying
School poses many academic challenges, but social dynamics also play a role in a child’s overall educational experience. Books about bullying can help children identify and cope with negative social interactions and create awareness about how to treat classmates with respect. Check out one of these books on bullying from your Milwaukee Public Library.
Recommended by Milwaukee Public Library children’s librarians Karli Pederson and Deborah Stewart
1. Ginny Louise and the School Showdown by Tammi Sauer; illustrated by Lynn Munsinger (Ages 4-7)
New student Ginny Louise uses her cheerful personality and selective listening to disarm Make-My-Day-May and her partners in crime.
2. Felix Stands Tall by Rosemary Wells (Ages 5-8)
Felix uses the invisible Magic Protection Suit his best friend Fiona gives him to stand tall and speak up for himself.
3. How to Deal with Bullies Superhero Style: Response to Bullying by Wiley Blevins; illustrated by Debbie Palen (Ages 6-9)
In this beginning reader, Zach, in his alter ego of Superhero, shows his friends how to use words to stop bullying and be nice to each other.
4. How Can I Deal with Bullying?: A Book about Respect by Sandy Donovan (Ages 7-9)
This primer on dealing with bullying will help young readers address challenging situations and encourages them to seek adult help when needed.
5. My New Team by Ryan Howard and Krystle Howard (Ages 7-9)
Little Rhino is excited to be a part of a new baseball team, but realizes that being a part of a team can be a challenge when not everyone acts like a good teammate.
6. Cleo Edison Oliver, Playground Millionaire by Sundee T. Frazier; illustrations by Jennifer L. Meyer (Ages 8-12)
Self-proclaimed entrepreneur Cleo Edison Oliver has a lot to deal with, including being bullied.
7. The Mean Girl Meltdown by Lindsay Eyre; illustrated by Sydney Hanson (Ages 7-10)
When Sylvie finally gets to join the local hockey team, she needs a little help from her friends to confront Jamie, a fellow teammate who has been trying to sabotage her.
8. Stand Up For Yourself & Your Friends: Dealing with Bullies & Bossiness and Finding a Better Way by Patti Kelley Criswell; illustrated by Angela Martini (Ages 8-12)
This updated edition is chock full of good advice on dealing with being bullied or helping a friend who is experiencing bullying.
9. The Misadventures of Max Crumbly Locker Hero by Rachel Renée Russell; with Nikki Russell & Erin Russell (Ages 9-12)
Max loves comics, but is feeling like much less than a superhero when he starts at public school for the first time after being home-schooled, and finds that he must face down a mean classmate.
For more great book ideas, visit metroparentmagazine.com/books.