Books about Bullying by Kay Ellison
West Hills Friends’ sermon this week was about bullying, brought to us by our youth pastor, Mark Pratt-Russum. We’ve all had some contact with bullying. What does God want you to do about it?
Perhaps a few of these books might help you or someone you know! Do you have a book that you believe would help young people and youngsters about bullying? Please do share it on the blog!
(All words in quotations below are from Fort Vancouver Regional Library’s catalog. Pictures are covers of the books themselves, used under the fair use portion of copyright law.)
by Ezra Jack Keats
“Two boys must outsmart the neighborhood bullies before they can enjoy their new treasure, a pair of lensless motorcycle goggles.”
The Kindness Curriculum: Stop Bullying Before it Starts
by Judith Rice
“Focusing on character education in the early years, this resource aims to prevent bullying before it starts. Educators can use this comprehensive framework and developmentally appropriate activities to teach young children compassion, conflict resolution, respect, and other positive, pro-social values as they cultivate a peaceful and supportive learning environment for all children.”
Escaping the Giant Wave
by Peg Kehret
“When an earthquake creates a tsunami while thirteen-year-old Kyle is babysitting his sister during a family vacation at a Pacific Coast resort, he tries to save himself, his sister, and a boy who has bullied him for years.”
Mr. Lincoln’s Way
by Patricia Polacco
This is a favorite book of mine, heartwarming and meaningful. “When Mr. Lincoln, ‘the coolest principal in the whole world,’ discovers that Eugene, the school bully, knows a lot about birds, he uses this interest to help Eugene overcome his intolerance.”
The Berenstain Bears and the Bully
by Jan and Stan Berenstain
If your child age five or younger can listen to a longer story, the Berenstain Bears are always able to help teach a lesson.
by Patricia Polacco
“Sixth-grade friends Lyla and Jamie, both new to their school, stand up for each other when a clique of popular girls bullies them online.” Online social networking can be a huge problem that needs to be discussed by families. Your teenager could be suffering from cyber-bullying without you knowing. This book might help get a conversation started at home or in a group setting.
Dear Bully: 70 authors tell their stories
by Carrie Jones
Well known authors to elementary children and teenagers share their own experiences with bullying. Either having bullied others, been bullied themselves, or being there when bullying was happening, these 70 authors should connect with teenagers. The short sections lend themselves to a quick read-aloud before a discussion.
Bully Blocking: 6 secrets to help children deal with teasing and bullying
By Evelyn M. Field
I wish I’d known about this book when I was a kid! Or that one of my grownups had known about it.
The Recess Queen
by Alexis O’Neill
The cover of this book helps you really get the idea about Mean Jean’s way of life until a new girl comes to school. Most appropriate for kindergarten through 3rd grade, kids will respond to this book. Good conversation starter.
No Kidding About Bullying : 125 ready-to-use activities to help kids manage anger, resolve conflicts, build empathy, and get along, grades 3-6
by Naomi Drew
I don’t know this book personally, but thought it was worth showing you! “Book with CD-Rom Based on a nationwide survey of more than 2,000 students and their teachers, No Kidding About Bullying gives educators and youth leaders a diverse range of activities they can use to help kids in grades 3–6 build empathy, manage anger, and work out conflicts. Featuring 125 mini-lessons that may be completed in 20 minutes or less, the book is a flexible resource that can be used as a stand-alone curriculum or complement anti-bullying and character education programs already in place. Student activities—including games, role plays, group discussions, art projects, and language arts exercises—affirm the importance of respect, listening, and kind actions at school. Kids learn skills they can use to calm down and talk out problems when strong emotions or conflicts threaten to disrupt the peace.”