By Kathryn Otoshi
Set up as a color and counting book (Red is a meanie), it emphasizes how one person can make a big difference in a group dynamic.
The Juice Box Bully
By Bob Sornson and Maria Dismondy
Written by teachers—who clearly understand playground dynamics—the message here is that you’re not alone.
By Karen Gedig Burnett
A simple fishing analogy—Don’t bite at every “hook”—helps kids deal with teasing and tough situations.
My Secret Bully
By Trudy Ludwig
Ages 6 to 9
This story deals specifically with emotional bullying—exclusion, manipulation—in a group of girl friends. The main character takes power back with the help of her mother.
Stand Up for Yourself and Your Friends
By Patti Kelley Criswell
“This is a concrete guide to understanding friendship dynamics, and it encourages girls to hold a mirror up to themselves and their friendships. It’s kind of like having a therapist in the room,” says Pauline Jordan.
Blue Cheese Breath and Stinky Feet
By Catherine Depino
A short chapter book that shows how one picked-on kid makes a plan—with the help of his awesome parents!—to deal with a hurtful bully.
By Laurie Halse Anderson
Ages 12 to 18
An empowering young-adult novel (note: the plot deals with a rape in high school) about learning to speak up for yourself.