The Tuesday 12: 12 Fantastic Books to Discuss Bullying with your Students

With Bully Awareness Week on hand, todays Tuesday 12 is a list of books that can be used in the classroom to open discussions and develop conversations as a community. Through discussions students can develop an understanding of what bullying is and what it looks like.  Through their discussions, students will develop an understanding for methods of preventions.  Remember, students can be great agents of change.

1) Don’t Laugh at Giraffe, Rebecca Bender


A lovely story from the perspective of a giraffe and a bird who like to rile each other up.  But one day it goes a little too far and bird needs to rectify the situation.  


2) Have you filled a Bucket Today, Carol Macloud


This lovely book focusses on the effects of our actions and words on others.  Through positive behaviours, daily acts of kindness students understand how they can be agents of change.


3) How full is your bucket today? For Kids, Tom Rath and Mary Reckmeyer

This story geared towards a younger audience helps children understand that acts of kindness are for the good of others and for themselves too.  The metaphor of a bucket is a great way for young people to visualize the meaning.


4) Confessions of a Former Bully, Trudy Ludwig   

A great story written in a very matter of fact way!  The perspective of a former bully is a different view that most students have never experienced.  With this perspective, students can identify and relate to relationships that are hurtful and how to change that behaviour.


5) The Bully Blockers Club, Teresa Bateman

How about eliciting the help of your students?  Here is a great book to discuss how students can help rid bullying in the school yard!  Students are our greatest asset and challenging them to be the leaders will help the whole school.


6) Say Something, Peggy Moss

Another great book that takes a different perspective!  Not the bully, not the victim but the bystander.  This story helps students understand that just watching also helps the bullying.  There are some suggested activities at the back of the book in order to help your classroom discussions.


7) Each Kindness, Jacqueline Woodson

A great young child book where learning about making others feel welcome is the central message.  The development of the story is based on the belief that each kindness makes the world a little better.



8)Teammates, Peter Golenbock


A fantastic story about Jackie Robinson becoming the first coloured man to play baseball and the strength of friendship superseding fear and ridicule.


9)The Bully Goat Grim, A Maynard Moose Tale, Willy Claflin

The story of a Bully Goat and a Baby Troll.  It is a high flying story with lots of characters and a funny story.  At the heart of the story is the essence of being strong willed and loving yourself enough to stand up for yourself.


10) Way to Be!  How to be Brave, Responsible, Honest and an                   All Around Great Kid, Mary Small

A wonderful book showing how one’s character counts.  There are many examples on choosing right from wrong with a text that is easy to understand.



11) Colours of Me,  Brynne Barnes

A child’s interest in the colors of the world around her, help her develop an understanding that it is great to be anyone of them.  An inspiring perspective in acceptance of differences.



12) Don’t Laugh at Me, Steve Seskin and Allen Shamblin


A sweet book for young children helping them understand diversity is acceptable.    Furthermore, it builds on language skills for students to use in order to stop teasing.


We hope you find our list useful in your classroom.

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