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Books in this category address a wide range of historical and current forms of bigotry, prejudice that is both intentional and systemic and prejudice that is unintentional, but just as hurtful. In some books prejudice is the primary focus of the story; in others it is part of the fabric of the book but not its central theme.
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1.   Abash and the Cyber-Bully
Matt Casper (Author), Ted Dorsey (Author)
The "Emotes" books are set in the high tech, make-believe cyber-world of Emotia, where kids (Emotes) ride to school on hover boards and take the gyro-bus to camp. In "Abash and the Cyber Bully," shy Abash makes a simple mistake that leads to an embarrassing run-in with a cyber-bully named Boom. A series of events unfolds that helps everyone become more aware of this problem. Abash, with the help of his friends, finds the inner strength to face his embarrassment and confront the bully.
[Grade Level: 2 - 4]
2.   Abash and the Cyber-Bully
Matt Casper (Author), Ted Dorsey (Author)
The "Emotes" books are set in the high tech, make-believe cyber-world of Emotia, where kids (Emotes) ride to school on hover boards and take the gyro-bus to camp. In "Abash and the Cyber Bully," shy Abash makes a simple mistake that leads to an embarrassing run-in with a cyber-bully named Boom. A series of events unfolds that helps everyone become more aware of this problem. Abash, with the help of his friends, finds the inner strength to face his embarrassment and confront the bully.
[Grade Level: 2 - 4]
3.   Alley Oops
Janice Levy (Author), C. B. Decker (Illustrator)
J.J. Jax has been tormenting an overweight boy, Patrick, who is now afraid to go to school. After Mr. Jax tells J.J. a story about when he acted as a bully and how sorry he feels now, J.J. bikes over to Patrick’s house to talk things over. J.J. is surprised to discover how much he and Patrick have in common. The boys’ shared interests become the conduit for growth, resolution and a budding friendship.
[Grade Level: 1 - 4]
4.   Arnie and the New Kid
Written by
Nancy Carlson
Philip uses a wheelchair and has the challenge of being new to town. Arnie targets Phillip with acts of bullying and name-calling, until Arnie falls, breaks his leg, and finds himself temporarily disabled. As Arnie begins to understand and experience a physical disability, the two become friends.
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 3]
5.   Blue Cheese Breath and Stinky Feet: How to Deal with Bullies
Catherine de Pino (Author), Bonnie Matthews (Illustrator), Charles Beyl (Illustrator)
Steve has to do something about Gus. But what? He doesn't know how to make Gus leave him alone. He's afraid to ask for help. And he's afraid things will get even worse if he tells. When his parents find out anyway, Steve is surprised to feel relieved. And when they help him come up with a plan to send Gus on his way, he knows he can do it. The next time Gus tries to bully "Blue Cheese Breath and Stinky Feet," he is in for a big surprise!
[Grade Level: 1 - 3]
6.   Bully on the Bus
Carl Bosch (Author), Rebekah Strecker (Illustrator)
A book used for students to help find solution's for common problems
[Grade Level: 2 - 6]
7.   Carla's Sandwich
Debbie Herman (Author), Sheila Bailey (Illustrator)
Carla likes to bring in creative lunches to eat in school. Carla's classmates tease her because they think it is "unusual".
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 3]
8.   Cartas a mi mama
Teresa Cardenas (Author), David Unger (Adapter)
The narrator of Cartas a mi mamá is a young Afro-Cuban girl who, upon the death of her mother, is forced to live with her aunt and cousins who tease and taunt her about her dark skin color. To keep her mother’s memory alive, and to remember that she was once deeply loved for who she is, she writes letters telling "Mami" what she is feeling.
[Grade Level: 6 & Up]
9.   Chrysanthemum
Written by
Kevin Henkes
Chrysanthemum loves her name until the other children at school start to make fun of it. Only when a well-respected teacher compliments her name do the other children begin to accept Chrysanthemum.
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 3]
10.   Crash
Written by
Jerry Spinelli
Crash Coogan is a seventh grade "jock" who enjoys teasing his skinny Quaker neighbor. When one day Coogan's grandfather has a stroke and becomes severely disabled, Crash no longer sees the fun in playing brutal pranks and quickly learns about what is important in life.
[Grade Level: 5 & Up]
11.   Crow Boy
Written by
Taro Yashima
Chibi’s classmates dislike him because he is different, but a kind teacher appreciates Chibi’s unique talents and helps him gain friendship and acceptance.
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 3]
12.   Fat Boy Swim
Written by
Catherine Forde
Jimmy Kelly, an obese middle school student, is savagely bullied by his peers. He keeps his one talent, cooking, secret for fear that community members who enjoy the desserts he donates for charities would be repulsed to learn the identity of the chef. The football coach, known as "GI Joe" for his aggressive manner, teaches Jimmy to swim, and Jimmy comes quickly into his own, shedding pounds, getting fit, becoming a champion swimmer, and developing the confidence to stand up to the bullies and to go after the girl he likes.
[Grade Level: 5 - 9]
13.   Faux Paw Meets the First Lady: Keeping Children Safe Online
Jacalyn Leavitt (Author), Sally Linford (Author), Sandman Studios (Illustrator)
Created for the Internet Keep Safe Coalition, the Faux Paw series features a six-toed, Web-surfing cat, who gets into trouble online and learns the lessons of Internet Safety. In this story, Faux Paw encounters an online bully while visiting the White House and, with help from the First Lady, learns to keep personal information private, not to respond to "flame" and to tell an adult when a problem arises online. The book comes with a CD-ROM that includes cartoon versions of the Faux Paw books and Internet safety information for adults.
[Grade Level: 2 - 4]
14.   Frequently Asked Questions About Cyberbullying
Written by
Teri Breguet
This book provides an overview of cyberbullying, discusses the profile of a typical cyberbully, explores the controversy surrounding restrictions on free speech, and offers suggestions for taking action against cyberbullying. Chapters include Bullying Through Technology, Cyberbullies and Their Victims, Are You Being Cyberbullied?, Dealing with Cyberbullying and Cyberbullying and the Law. A glossary of terms is also included.
[Grade Level: 6 & Up]
15.   Goggles!
Written by
Ezra Jack Keats
Archie and Peter find a pair of motorcycle goggles that the neighborhood bullies try to take from them. They use their dog, Willie, to help them outsmart the bullies.
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 3]
16.   Harry and Willy and Carrothead
Written by
Judith Caseley
Three boys overcome their prejudices and become friends.
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 3]
17.   Hooway for Wodney Wat
Helen Lester (Author), Lynn Munsinger (Illustrator)
Rodney Rat is teased mercilessly by all the other rodents because he can’t pronounce his R’s. When Camilla Capybara joins the class and announces that she is bigger, meaner, and smarter than any of the other rodents, everyone is afraid, especially Wodney. One day he unwittingly catches Camilla out in a game of Simon Says, and surprises himself and saves his classmates from big bully Camilla.
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 2]
18.   King of the Playground
Written by
Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
Sammy, self-proclaimed "King of the Playground," will not let Kevin play on the swings, slide, or monkey bars. Fortunately, Kevin's father, who believes that words are stronger than fists, subtly suggests ways to respond to Sammy, and a friendship between the two boys begins.
[Grade Level: K - 2]
19.   Mr. Lincoln's Way
Written and Illustrated by
Patricia Polacco
A story about Mr. Lincoln, the school principal's efforts to get the school bully, to help him attract birds to the school's new atrium.
[Grade Level: K - 6]
20.   My Brother Bernadette
Jaqueline Wilson (Author), David Roberts (Illustrator)
Sara tries to take care of her younger brother when he is teased and called Bernadette at summer camp.
[Grade Level: 2 - 4]
21.   My Name Is Bilal
Asma Mobin-Uddin (Author), Barbara Kiwak (Illustrator)
Bilal and his sister transfer to a school where they are the only Muslim students. Bilal tries to hide his identity, until his teacher gives him a biography of an important figure in the history of the Islamic faith also named Bilal.
[Grade Level: 2 - 6]
22.   My Secret Bully
Written by
Trudy Ludwig
A girl tells her mom about a girl bullying her in school.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
23.   Nobody Knew What to Do: A Story about Bullying
Becky Ray McCain (Author), Todd Leonardo (Illustrator)
When bullies pick on a boy at school, a classmate decides that he must do something.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
24.   Nothing Wrong with a Three-Legged Dog
Written by
Graham McNamee
Keath and his best friend Lynda are in the fourth grade. Some kids call Lynda Zebra," because her mother's black and her father's white. And Keath is "Whitey." "He's vanilla in a chocolate school" where Toothpick, a bully, has it in for him. Lynda and Keath both love dogs. Dogs don't care about what color is the right one. Dogs don't hate anybody. Their favorite dog is Leftovers, Lynda's three-legged beagle. When he got hurt, his first owners gave up on him, but Lynda and Keath turn him into a winner, a pooch that shows Keath that sometimes it's good to stand out, to be special, and that even when you look different, there are ways to fit in.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
25.   Oliver Button Is a Sissy
Written and Illustrated by
Tomie DePaola
A little boy must come to terms with being teased and ostracized because he'd rather read books, paint pictures, and tap-dance than participate in sports.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
26.   Pig and the Shrink
Written by
Pamela Todd
Tucker Harrison needs to come up with a winning science fair project in a hurry, so he convinces Angelo "Pig" Pighetti, the heaviest kid in the seventh grade, to participate in a weight-loss experiment. But Angelo, whose family owns a pizza restaurant, gains instead of loses weight. As Tucker watches the warm and loving family work together to make great food, he realizes that Angelo isn't cut out to be anyone's experiment. Tucker begins to look beyond outward appearances and gains a clear sense of Angelo's individuality and worth.
[Grade Level: 4 - 8]
27.   Pinky and Rex and the Bully
James Howe (Author), Melissa sweet (Illustrator)
The third grade bully, Kevin, taunts Pinky because his favorite color is pink and his best friend, Rex, is a girl.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
28.   Primer Dia en Las Uvas
L. King Perez (Author), Robert Casilla (Illustrator)
Primer Dia en Las Uvas (First Day in Grapes) tells the story of Chico, a young boy and his family, migrant workers who move up and down the state of California. Every September they pick grapes and Chico starts a new school. Often Chico gets picked on because he’s always “the new kid” and because he speaks Spanish sometimes. The story focuses on Chico’s first day of third grade at a new school- things are a little different this time. Chico learns to be proud of his abilities in math and to stand up for himself when some other students bully him and make fun of his heritage. Originally written in English.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
29.   Rosie's Story
Written by
Martine Gogoll
Unhappy because the other students in her class make fun of her red hair and freckles, Rosie writes a story about how she feels and discovers that she is not alone.
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 3]
30.   Safety on the Internet
Written by
Lucia Raatma
This book provides an overview of online safety, including choosing age-appropriate sites, e-mailing, instant messaging, netiquette, and maintaining one's privacy. The layout is appealing, with many full-color photos and triple-spaced text.
[Grade Level: 4 - 7]
31.   Say Something
Lea Lyon (Illustrator), Peggy Moss (Author)
A young narrator describes different examples of bullying that she witnesses at school and on the bus, but remains silent. One day, when her friends are absent, she must sit alone in the cafeteria, and several students make jokes at her expense. In addition to feeling angry about being treated this way, the girl is frustrated with the other kids who look on sympathetically but say nothing. She is then able to empathize with other victims. The next day, she approaches a quiet girl who is often teased and finds a new friend.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
32.   Secret of the Peaceful Warrior: A Story About Courage and Love
Dan Millman (Author), Robert D. San Souci (Editor), Taylor Bruce (Illustrator)
Danny learns that the best way to deal with a bully is through courage and love.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
33.   Simon's Hook
Karen Burnett, (Author), Laurie Barrows (Illustrator)
Simon is constantly being teased. To help him, his grandmother offers him advice every time he is targeted by acts of taunting and bullying.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
34.   Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon
Written by
Patty Lovell
When Molly Lou Melon starts at a new school, the class bully, Ronald, teases her for being short, having buckteeth and a voice that sounds like "a bullfrog being squeezed by a boa constrictor." Molly remembers what her grandmother told her to always feel good about herself, which helps her overcome the bully’s taunts.
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 3]
35.   Stop Picking on Me (A First Look At Series)
Written by
Pat Thomas
Written by an experienced psychotherapist and counselor, this picture book explores bullying in simple terms. It explores the fears, worries, and questions surrounding bullying and the dynamics in young children’s relationships. It encourages children to understand personal and social problems as a first step toward solving them.
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 3]
36.   The Big Bad Bully Bear
Written by
Ginnie Hofmann
Arthur and his friend, Emmy Bear, invite all the teddy bears in the neighborhood over for cake. They all join together to teach Bully Bear a valuable lesson, and Bully Bear realizes that he would rather have friends than be a bully.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
37.   The Bully Blockers Club
Teresa Bateman (Author), Jackie Urbanovic (Illustrator)
Lotty Raccoon encounters Grant Grizzly, the class bully, who taunts and teases her at every turn. Ignoring him does not work, nor do several other tactics she tries. Finally, she comes up with a solution: a Bully Blockers Club. She recruits other students who have been bullied by Grant.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
38.   The Gold-Threaded Dress
Written by
Carolyn Marsden
In Thailand she was named Oy, but in the U.S. they call her Olivia. Other things are not so easy to change. When Oy draws a portrait of herself, her classmate makes fun of her and calls her Chinese. And the popular girl Liliandra barely speaks to her, until she sees a photo of Oy's special Thai dancing dress from her grandmother, and wants to wear it. Oy risks shaming her family to win Liliandra's approval, as she searches for acceptance in a complex culture and learns to treasure all that she is.
[Grade Level: 2 - 5]
39.   The Misfits
James Howe (Author), Bagram Ibatoulline (Illustrator)
Four best friends are trying to survive the seventh grade as they are teased about their weight, height, intelligence, and sexual orientation/gender expression. These four friends decide to fight back by running for student coucil and creating a platform aimed at wiping out name-calling of all kinds.
[Grade Level: 5 & Up]
40.   The Recess Queen
Written by
Alexia O'Neill
Mean Jean is the playground bully. All of the children are fearful of her. When a new student, Katie Sue, comes to school, she unknowingly does all of the things that Mean Jean forbids. When Mean Jean attempts to set the record straight, Katie Sue pulls out a jump rope and asks Mean Jean to play with her. She does, and the social environment of the playground is improved for everyone.
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 2]
41.   The Revealers
Written by
Doug Wilhelm
Three seventh graders always seem to get picked on and bullied during school. Tired of being the outcast, they join together and create an unofficial e-mail forum where they post their experiences of being bullied. Suprisingly, big changes begin to take place around the school.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
42.   The Sissy Duckling
Harvey Fierstein (Author), Henry Cole (Illustrator)
Elmer is a duckling that enjoys doing much different things than other male ducks his age. His father is ashamed and tries to teach him how to play sports, he gets bullied in school, and eventually decides to run away from home. Only when Elmer saves his father’s life and nurses him back to health that his father realizes that he should be proud of his brave son.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
43.   The Skin I'm In
Written by
Sharon Flake
Maleeka Madison is lacking in self-confidence because she feels that her skin is too dark. Miss Saunders, who's skin is blotched with a rare skin condition, teaches Maleeka about loving who she is and being comfortable in her "own skin."
[Grade Level: 6 & Up]
44.   Totally Joe
Written by
James Howe
Howe continues the story of 13-year-old Joe, one of the protagonists from The Misfits, in this "alphabiography." As an English assignment, Joe is told to write about his life from A to Z, with each alphabetical chapter ending in a "Life Lesson.” Joe reveals his life in short vignettes, discussing with humor his struggles as a gay adolescent, including his relationship with his athletic brother, his first boyfriend, and dealing with bullying at school.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
45.   Wings
Written and Illustrated by
Christopher Myers
Wings is the retelling of a myth that highlights the beauty and perils of being different. Ikarus Jackson is very different: he has wings and he can fly. But at school, his wings attract too much attention, and kids think he is 'showing off.' One girl realizes he must be lonely being the only one who has wings, and resolves to step in and stop the name-calling and teasing towards Ikarus.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
46.   Yoko
Written by
Rosemary Wells
When a young girl brings her favorite lunch of sushi to school, her classmates make fun of what she eats until one classmate tries it for himself.
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 1]
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