Books on: Bullies

Books which cover the subject of bullying, either written from the point of view of the victim or the perpetrator. Some books suggest practical ways to prevent bullying taking place while others attempt to explain the possible reasons why people bully others.

This is Our House
Author: Michael Rosen
Illustrator: Bob Graham
How this book may help: Promoting tolerance, co-operation and acceptance. Celebrating diversity.
The story is set in an urban environment, in a playground surrounded by high-rise buildings. All... read more

Tags: co-operation, bullying, being different, diversity, prejudice, rudeness, sharing, tantrums

Is It Because...?
Author: Tony Ross
Illustrator: Tony Ross
How this book may help: A good starting point to introduce the subject of bullying and why it happens. It may encourage children to explore the feelings of the bully as well as the victim.
This skilfully written book handles the subject of bullying in a refreshing and thought-provoking... read more

Tags: sadness, hitting, emotions, bullying

This Book Belongs to Aye-Aye
Author: Richard Byrne
Illustrator: Richard Byrne
How this book may help: This entertaining book explores the idea of 'being different'. The central character has less conventional looks than his classmates, but the story reveals that his kindness and intelligence are more important than the way he looks. The book also has an anti-bullying message.
The hero of the story is Aye-Aye (an Aye-Aye is a rather curious-looking animal that lives in the... read more

Tags: being different, bullying, co-operation, friends, helping, persistence, prejudice, school

Good Little Wolf
Author: Nadia Shireen
Illustrator: Nadia Shireen
How this book may help: Although predominantly an entertaining story, this quirky picture book also explores the idea of being true to oneself and defying stereotypes. It reinforces the message that you don't need to 'go with the crowd' if the crowd's actions are not wise.
Rolf is a good little wolf who likes gentle activities like baking, helping his friends and being... read more

Tags: behaviour, being different, bullying, helping, politeness

The Great Big Book of Feelings
Author: Mary Hoffman
Illustrator: Ros Asquith
How this book may help: A child struggling with negative emotions may find great comfort in this sympathetic, entertaining and reassuring book which explores many different feelings: happy, sad, excited, bored, interested, angry, upset, calm, silly, lonely, scared, safe, embarrassed, shy, confident, worried, jealous and satisfied.
The book is presented in bite-size chunks of information which should hold the attention of a child... read more

Tags: anger, anxiety, bullying, comfort, death, depression, emotions, fears, friends, hitting, jealousy, loneliness, loss, persistence, phobias, prejudice, sadness, shyness, violence

Lucy and the Bully
Author: Claire Alexander
Illustrator: Claire Alexander
How this book may help: Reassuring young children that it's good to let an adult know if they are being bullied or teased. Gently suggests that bullies may have insecurities or issues themselves, and sometimes tolerance and understanding can alleviate the problem.
Lucy enjoys nursery, but she doesn't like the way classmate Tommy treats her. He knocks paint over... read more

Tags: anger, bullying, friends, nursery, playgroup, relationships

The Shopping Basket
Author: John Burningham
Illustrator: John Burningham
How this book may help: A positive account of how a child uses his brain to outsmart bullies. May encourage children to react to teasing and bullying in ways other than physical retaliation.
Steven's mum sends him on an errand to buy groceries from the shop. He takes her shopping basket... read more

Tags: bullying

Rude Rabbit
Author: Jacqui Hawkins
Illustrator: Colin Hawkins
How this book may help: Highlights the negative impact that bad manners and rudeness can have. Promotes the idea that if someone is polite then they will be happier and have more friends.
Rude Rabbit lives up to his name. He hasn't got any friends because of his rudeness and bad... read more

Tags: swearing, politeness, manners, helping, emotions, bullying, behaviour, anger, violence

Billy and the Big New School
Author: Catherine Anholt
Illustrator: Laurence Anholt
How this book may help: Allaying fears associated with starting school.
Billy is starting big school next day and is very nervous. He worries about all the things that... read more

Tags: school, growing up, bullying

How Should I Behave?
Author: Mick Manning
Illustrator: Brita Granstrom
How this book may help: A good way to start a discussion with young children on what constitutes acceptable behaviour. Promotes good manners, co-operation, helping and politeness.
This book is set out in question and answer format and deals with behaviour: helpfulness,... read more

Tags: table manners, swearing, rudeness, politeness, manners, helping, compliance, co-operation, bullying, behaviour, tidiness

Dad David, Baba Chris and Me
Author: Ed Merchant
Illustrator: Rachel Fuller
How this book may help: May help and support children who are being parented by gay men. Encourages an appreciation of, and acceptance of, same-sex parents, and shows that families come in all shapes and sizes. Promotes a positive view of gay relationships.
Seven-year-old Ben has a pretty ordinary life in all respects but one: he has three dads. 'Baba... read more

Tags: multicultural, friends, father, emotions, diversity, being different, anxiety, anger, adoption, prejudice

I Feel Bullied (Your Feelings)
Author: Jen Green
Illustrator: Mike Gordon
A very clear look at how being bullied may make someone find it hard to eat, sleep, feel like their... read more

Tags: hitting, fears, bullying, anxiety, violence

Shaun The Shy Shark
Author: Neil Griffiths
Illustrator: Peggy Collins
How this book may help: It shows shyness and being different in a positive way.
Shaun is not the usual scary shark, he is actually very shy and scared of many other sea creatures.... read more

Tags: being different, bullying, confidence, shyness

Giraffes Can't Dance
Author: Giles Andreae
Illustrator: Guy Parker-Rees
How this book may help: The story would be a good starting point for a discussion on self-esteem and persistence, or the positive side of being different. It also has an anti-bullying/acceptance message.
Gerald was a very self-conscious giraffe; he was painfully aware of his gangly legs which made him... read more

Tags: anxiety, being different, bullying, confidence, diversity, emotions, loneliness, persistence, prejudice, sadness, shyness

Everybody Matters: A First Look at Respect for Others
Author: Pat Thomas
Illustrator: Lesley Harker
How this book may help: This non-fiction picture book introduces children to the concept of respect, fair treatment and anti-discrimination. It explains that you can earn respect by being polite, honest and by listening to others: qualities that will ultimately lead to making the world a better place.
An important part of the book explains how bullies often try to force people to respect them... read more

Tags: behaviour, being different, bullying, diversity, manners, prejudice, relationships

Invisible Isabelle
Author: Wendy Sefcik
Illustrator: Wendy Sefcik
How this book may help: This may encourage children to embrace their creativity and self-expression and not to succumb to peer-pressure and bullying.
Isabelle adored designing and creating clothes, so when she received a sewing box for her seventh... read more

Tags: being different, confidence, diversity, persistence, prejudice

The Bad Tempered Ladybird
Author: Eric Carle
How this book may help: Encouraging children to share and value friendship, rather than bullying to get what they want.
The bad-tempered ladybird doesn't like to share and picks fights with all the other animals to get... read more

Tags: bullying, friends, relationships

Manfred the Baddie
Author: John Fardell
Illustrator: John Fardell
How this book may help: A cautionary tale to reinforce the message that people who behave badly are avoided by others.
Manfred the Baddie steals, kidnaps and bullies people, but one night ends up with a cold. No-one... read more

Tags: hitting, bullying, behaviour, violence

Hugo and the Bully Frogs
Author: Francesca Simon
Illustrator: Caroline Jayne Church
How this book may help: Bullying
Hugo is a small frog with a squeaky little croak. How can he deal with a gang of bully-boy frogs?... read more

Tags: bullying

Leave Me Alone
Author: Kes Gray
Illustrator: Lee Wildish
How this book may help: This may help a bullied child to see that with the help of friends they can stand up to the bully
A little boy struggles to stand up to a bully but discovers that with the help of his friends he... read more

Tags: bullying, friends

Eric!...the Hero?
Author: Christopher Wormell
Illustrator: Christopher Wormell
How this book may help: Any child who sometimes feels less intelligent, less capable and less successful than others will be heartened by the story of Eric who isn’t much good at anything but turns out to be a hero.
Dramatic illustrations, fairy-tale setting, a friendly narratorial voice and effective use of... read more

Tags: anxiety, autism, bullying, confidence, emotions, fears, loneliness, monsters, prejudice

Leave Me Alone
Author: Kes Gray
Illustrator: Lee Wildish
How this book may help: This picture book shows how a group of friends can stand together to stop bullying. It accurately reflects how sad and lonely a child can feel who is being bullied.
Friendly animals try to help a sad boy sitting alone but his response to them is "leave me alone".... read more

Tags: anxiety, bullying, emotions, fears, friends, sadness

Cheeky Charlie!
Author: Ben Redlich
Illustrator: Ben Redlich
How this book may help: A simple, funny story which ends with a clear message: no-one is perfect and you should take a close look at yourself before teasing others!
Charlie chimp prances around the jungle giving cheek to everyone he meets - Ostrich can’t fly,... read more

Tags: behaviour, bullying, politeness, rudeness

Witches and Fairies
Author: Eva Montanari
Illustrator: Eva Montanari
How this book may help: Children can sometimes form friendship circles which exclude others, which can be difficult for the children left on the outside. This book focusses on Clotilda, a little girl who doesn’t really fit into the group of fairies and group of witches she longs to play with.
Clotilda has to make do with watching them, or refereeing their races and battles. One night, the... read more

Tags: friends, diversity, confidence, co-operation, bullying, being different, prejudice

Tyrannosaurus Drip
Author: Julia Donaldson
Illustrator: David Roberts
How this book may help: While predominantly being a book for pure entertainment, this book also has the underlying themes of bullying, acceptance and prejudice.
Publisher's summary: "Whoever heard of a vegetarian T. rex? Everyone knows that tyrannosauruses are big and scary, so..." read more

Tags: bullying, being different, prejudice

Don't be a Bully, Billy!
Author: Phil Roxbee Cox
Illustrator: Jan McCafferty
How this book may help: This cautionary tale may discourage a child from bullying another. It reinforces the message that bullying is wrong.
Publisher's summary: "An amusing and tongue-in-cheek story designed to introduce young children to the concept of right..." read more

Tags: bullying

Manners in School
Author: Arianna Candell
Illustrator: Rosa M.Curto
How this book may help: By encouraging children to behave in a thoughtful, polite and caring manner at school.
Publisher's summary: "The 'Manners' series shows children how to resolve small difficulties they might face in their..." read more

Tags: behaviour, bullying, co-operation, compliance, diversity, friends, hygiene, politeness, prejudice, school, sharing

Let's Talk: Have you got a Secret?
Author: Jennifer Moore-Mallinos
Illustrator: Marta Fabrega
How this book may help: The situations explained in this book help children to distinguish between good and bad secrets and encourage communication between the child reader and an adult.
Publisher's summary: "Every child has secrets, and many secrets are fun to keep, for example a surprise birthday gift for..." read more

Tags: anxiety, bullying, emotions, fears, sadness, violence

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