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Books about bullying

Books for Children Grades K-3

DePaola, T. (1979). Oliver button is a sissy. San Diego, CA: Harcourt.

Henkes, K. (1991/2007). Chrysanthemum. Green Willow Books. Girl with the name of Chrysanthemum gets teased for having a name that is long and the name of a flower. Teacher plans to name her daughter, Delphinium, and makes it known and things get better for Chrysanthemum.

Books for Children Grades 3-8

Cassidy, M. (2010). The skinny on bullying: The legend of Gretchen. Westport, CT: Rand Media.

Ripken, C. (2012). Super-sized slugger. Hyperion Books.

Rockwell, T. (1973). How to eat fried worms. New York, NY: Random House.

Books for Teens

Rawl, P. (2014). Positive. HarperCollins.

Subramanian, M. (2014). Bullying:  The ultimate teen guide (It happened to me). Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.

Books for Adults

Bazelon, E. (2013, February 19).  Sticks and stones: Defeating the culture of bullying and rediscovering the power of character and empathy.  Random House Digital, Inc.

Dansell, D.S. (2004, November). Stop bullying Bobby! Helping children cope with teasing and bullying. Fair Hills,NJ: New Horizon Books).

Drew, N. (2010). No kidding about bullying: 125 ready-to-use activities to help kids manage anger, resolve conflicts, build empathy, and get along. Minneapolis, MN: Free Spirit Publishing. Excellent activities for use with late elementary and early middle school students provided.

Einarsen, S., Hoel, H., Zapf, D. & Cooper, C. (2011). Bullying and harassment in the workplace: Developments in theory, research, and practice. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press.

Grimm, J.  (2012, April). The new bullying: How social media, social exclusion, laws and suicide changed bullying. Canton, MI: Read the Spirit Books. Kindle and Nook editions available. Website ( includes up-to-date bullying news. This book provides a very readable text that provides a comprehensive history of bullying in the United States.

High, B.  (2007). Bullycide in America - Moms speak out about the bullying/suicide connection. JBS Publishing, Inc. Book provides first-hand accounts of stories where youth who were bullied commit suicide.

Hinduja, S. & Patchin, J. W. (2009). Bullying beyond the schoolyard: Preventing and responding to cyberbullying. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications (ISBN: 9781412966894). Book provides a research-based account of cyberbullying. Cyberbullying and cyberbullicide are defined. Several real-life accounts of cyberbullying are included. Surveys and activities are also found in this text.

Huff, W.  (2013, January).  Bullies suck – How to stop bulllying and cyber bullying at school, at work & at home. Amazon Digital Services, Inc.

Jacobson, R. B. (2012). Rethinking school bullying: Dominance, identity and school culture. New York: Routledge.

Lemus, E. (2013, February 5). Bullying 101:  The facts about bullying.  Amazon Digital Services, Inc.

Marr, N. & Field, T.  (2001/2011).  Bullycide:  Death at playtime.  Vancouver, BC: Bewrite Books. Powerful text that chronicles stories of children who have committed suicide because they have been bullied.

McGraw, J.  (2008). Life strategies for dealing with bullies.  New York, NY:  Aladdin. McGraw provides several relatable examples of bullying throughout this text.  Bullying types featured include physical, verbal, cyber and relationship (elsewhere called bystander, social and peer).  Text includes anti-bullying pledges for students, parents and schools.   There is a bullying quiz on pp. 97-100 related to bullying behaviors and peer influences on bullying.  Journaling is proposed as “a great way to organize . . . ideas and feelings and . . . better express them” (p. 38).  

Myers, J. J., McCaw, D., & Hemphill, L. S. (2011). Responding to cyber bullying: An action tool for school leaders. Thousand Oaks, Calif: Corwin.

Namie,G. & Namie, R.  (2009). The bully at work:  What you can do to stop the hurt and reclaim your dignity on the job.  Naperville, IL:  Sourcebooks, Inc.

Quigg, A.-M. (2011). Bullying in the arts: Vocation, exploitation and abuse of power. Farnham, Surrey: Gower.

Scottoline, L.  (2011). Save me.  New York, NY:  St. Martin’s Press.  Mother volunteers as a lunch monitor at her daughter’s school to gain insight into the bullying her daughter is experiencing. An explosion occurs one day at lunch that leaves her daughter and the bully in the hospital. The mother becomes the target of community bullying as other mothers blame her via e-mail, Facebook, and elsewhere for the bully’s health problems in connection with the fire.

Smith, P.K., Pepler, D. J., & Rigby, K.  (2004, November). Bullying in Schools: How Successful Can Interventions Be? New York, NY:  Cambridge University Press.  Available in Google Books.

Taylor, J., Lohmann, R. & Kilpatrick, H.  (2013, May 1). The bullying workbook for teens: Activities to help you deal with social aggression and cyberbullying.  Oakland, CA:  Instant Help, Inc.

Toews, R. (2011). The bully: A discussion and activity story.  East St. Paul, MB:  Birds Hill Publishing (

Twemlow, S. & Sacco, F. (2012).  Preventing bullying and school violence. Washington, DC:  American Psychiatric Publishing, Inc.

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