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BRAVING THE BULLY

This representative listing of books, sound recordings and videorecordings on the topic of bullying was created by the Youth Services Department of the Anchorage Public Library. Included are materials for children of all ages, their parents and teachers.

PICTURE BOOKS

The Ant Bully by John Nickle

Lucas learns a lesson about bullying when he is pulled into the hole of some ants he has been tormenting.

The Araboolies of Liberty Street by Sam Swope

The kids of Liberty Street join forces to help the Araboolies when mean General Pinch orders them to move because they look different.

 

Arthur's April Fool by Marc Brown

Arthur worries about remembering his magic tricks for the April Fool's Day assembly and Binky's threats to pulverize him.

 

Big Bad Bruce by Bill Peet

Bruce, a bear bully, never picks on anyone his own size until he is diminished in more ways than one by a small but very independent witch.

 

Black Belt by Matt Faulkner

After hiding in a karate school to escape a bully, Bushi wakes up in another time and learns from a karate master that intelligence can be more powerful than mere strength.

 

Bootsie Barker Bites by Barbara Bottner

Bootsie Barker only wants to play games in which she bites, until one day her friend comes up with a better game.

 

Bully by Judith Caseley

Mickey has trouble with Mack, a bully at school, until he decides to try being nice to Mack and making him a friend.

 

Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes

Chrysanthemum loves her name, until she starts going to school and the other children make fun of it.

 

Goggles! by Ezra Jack Keats

Two boys must outsmart the neighborhood bullies before they can enjoy their new treasure, a pair of lens-less motorcycle goggles.

 

Hazel's Amazing Mother by Rosemary Wells

When Hazel and her beloved doll, Eleanor, are set upon by bullies, Hazel's mother comes to the rescue in a surprising way.

 

Hooway for Wodney Wat by Helen Lester

All his classmates make fun of Rodney because he can't pronounce his name, but it is Rodney's speech impediment that drives away the class bully.

 

Jerome Camps Out by Eileen Christelow

Jerome, the alligator, is looking forward to the Swamp School camping trip, until he and his friend learn that Buster, the class bully, will be there, too.

 

Ker-splash! by George O'Connor

When a boy and a girl are forced to stay out of the water and watch the boy's little brother, they decide to pop the younger kid's float. Then a bigger kid comes along and steals their crab; the kids must apologize to brother and team up to get back at the big kid.

 

Loudmouth George and the Sixth-Grade Bully by Nancy Carlson

After having his lunch repeatedly stolen by a bully twice his size, Loudmouth George and his friend Harriet teach him a lesson he'll never forget.

 

Marianthe's Story One: Painted Words; Marianthe's Story Two: Spoken Memories by Aliki

Two separate stories in one book, the first tells of Mari's starting school in a new land and the second describes life in her country before she and her family left in search of a better life.

 

Martha Walks the Dog by Susan Meddaugh

Martha the talking dog rescues the neighborhood from a bullying dog with the help of a parrot.

 

Monster Mama by Liz Rosenberg

Patrick Edward's fierce monster mother helps him deal with some obnoxious bullies.

 

Mr. Lincoln's Way by Patricia Polacco

When Mr. Lincoln, "the coolest principal in the whole world," discovers that Eugene, the school bully, knows a lot about birds, he uses this interest to help Eugene overcome his intolerance.

 

Oliver Button is a Sissy by Tomie de Paola

His classmates' taunts don't stop Oliver Button from doing what he likes best.

 

Prince Bertram the Bad by Arnold Lobel

A very naughty prince makes one mistake too many when he fires a stone at a witch.

 

The Recess Queen by Alexis O'Neill

Mean Jean is the biggest bully on the school playground until a new girl arrives and challenges Jean's status as the Recess Queen.

 

The Sissy Duckling by Harvey Fierstein

Elmer the duck is teased because he is different, but he proves himself by not only surviving the winter, but also saving his Papa.

 

Swimmy by Leo Lionni

A little black fish in a school of red fish figures out a way of protecting them all from their natural enemies.

 

Thank You, Mr. Falker by Patricia Polacco

At first, Trisha loves school, but her difficulty learning to read makes her feel dumb, until, in the fifth grade, a new teacher helps her understand and overcome her problem.

 

The Two Bullies by Junko Morimoto

Two bullies, one from China and one from Japan, inadvertently intimidate one another before meeting face to face.

 

The Ugly Duckling by Hans Christian Andersen; adapted & illustrated by Jerry Pinkney

An ugly duckling spends an unhappy year ostracized by the other animals before he grows into a beautiful swan.

 

Why a Disguise? by Laura Numeroff

A disguise is used to evade the school bully, Mom's lima beans and other unpleasant things.

 

Wings by Christopher Myers

Ikarus Jackson, the new boy in school, is an outcast because he has wings. But his resilient spirit inspires one girl to speak up for him in this thought-provoking story about celebrating individuality.

BEGINNING READERS

 

Camp Big Paw by Doug Cushman

Cyril and his cabin mates, Ben and Obie, run into trouble with the camp bully during Field Day contests at Camp Big Paw.

 

The Meanest Thing to Say by Bill Cosby

When a new boy in his second grade class tries to get the other students to play a game that involves saying the meanest things possible to one another, Little Bill shows him a better way to make friends.

 

Pinky and Rex and the Bully by James Howe

Pinky learns the importance of identity as he defends his favorite color, pink, and his friendship with a girl, Rex, from the neighborhood bully.

CHILDREN'S FICTION

 

Alien Brain Fryout: A Wild Willie Mystery by Barbara M. Joosse

When the neighborhood bully starts following Willy, Lucy and Kyle around and acting goofy, they suspect that he's been abducted by aliens until Scarface, the parrot, presents another possibility.

 

Amelia Takes Command by Marissa Moss

After successfully commanding the Discovery shuttle mission at Space Camp, Amelia returns to fifth grade where she deals with the bully who has been making her life miserable.

 

The Berenstain Bears and the Red-Handed Thief by Stan and Jan Berenstain

Mr. Dweebish, the new teacher at the Bear Country School, tries to explain to the class bully how democracy works.

 
 

Bad Girls by Jacqueline Wilson

Ten-year-old Mandy must endure torment from three nasty bullies in school, but she finds solace in a new friendship with an older girl.

 

Blubber by Judy Blume

Jill goes along with the rest of the fifth-grade class in tormenting a classmate and then finds out what it's like when she, too, becomes a target.

 

Boot by Bruce Brooks

Boot, an orphan, dislikes some of the more physical aspects of hockey, but while protecting his younger sister from a bully, he learns that aggression can be appropriate at times.

 

The Boy Who Lost His Face by Louis Sachar

David is cursed by an elderly woman when he helps his schoolmates steal her cane. He learns that popularity isn't everything with the help of new friends and a very nice girl.

 

Bully-be-Gone by Brian Tacang

Budding-inventor, Millicent Madding, launches her latest invention to disastrous results, and she has only days to create an antidote before the local bullies wreak havoc, and her dearest friendships are destroyed forever.

 

The Bully of Barkham Street by Mary Stolz

Efforts to reform an eleven-year-old bully's behavior meet with failure until his performance playing the bugle at a school assembly, a revealing argument with his older sister and a lost fight help him to change both his feelings and his actions.

 

Caught in the Act by Joan Lowery Nixon

Eleven-year-old Michael Patrick Kelly from New York City is sent to a foster home, a Missouri farm with a sadistic owner, a bullying son and a number of secrets, one of which may be murder.

 

Clever Tortoise: A Traditional African Tale illustrated by Francesca Martin

Clever Tortoise leads the other jungle animals in teaching bullying Elephant and Hippopotamus a lesson by tricking them into engaging in a tug of war with each other.

 

Cockroach Cooties by Laurence Yep

Teddy and his little brother, Bobby, devise strategies using bugs to defeat the school bully.

 
 
 

Cougar by Helen V. Griffith

Starting a new life on a farm in the country, Nickel has to adjust to the attentions of a local bully and the appearances of a ghost horse that was supposed to have died in a fire.

 

Crash by Jerry Spinelli

Seventh-grader John "Crash" Coogan has always been comfortable with his aggressive behavior, until his relationship with an unusual Quaker boy and his grandfather's stroke make him consider the meaning of friendship and the importance of family.

 

Dudes, the School is Haunted! by R.L. Stine

When the most timid boy in Rotten School's fourth grade becomes the target of its biggest bully, Bernie Bridges decides to fight brawn with brains by convincing the bully that a ghost is out to get him.

 

Eye of the Great Bear by Bill Wallace

The bullies called him coward. Even his brothers thought eleven-year-old Bailey Trumbull was scared of his own shadow.

 

The Field of the Dogs by Katherine Paterson

Josh, who has just moved to Vermont with his mother, stepfather and new baby brother, must deal with the bullying of a neighbor boy. On top of that, he discovers that his dog, whom he hears talking with other dogs, is also facing a bully of his own.

 

Frankenbug by Steven Cousins

Inspired by the movie Frankenstein, bug-lover Adam Cricklestein decides to create a monster bug that will protect him from the school bully, Jeb McAllister.

 

The Girl with 500 Middle Names by Margaret Peterson Haddix

Janie's parents move to the suburbs so she can go to a better school, but when she discovers that all the other students are richer than she is, she feels out of place until she realizes that there are more important things than money.

 

The Girls by Amy Goldman Koss

Each of the girls in a middle-school clique reveals the strong, manipulative hold one of the group exerts on the others and the hurt and self-doubt that it causes them.

 

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J. K. Rowling

Rescued from the outrageous neglect and bullying of his aunt, uncle and cousin, a young boy with a great destiny proves his worth while attending Hogwarts School for Wizards and Witches.

 

Hello, Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle by Betty MacDonald

A woman with a magic way of curing children's bad habits tries her hand with a bully, a whisperer and a slowpoke and formulates cures for a show-off and a crybaby.

 

How to be Cool in the Third Grade by Betsy Duffey

When Robbie York is marked as a target by a bully at school, he decides that the only way to survive the third grade is by being cool.

 

The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes

None of her classmates pay much attention to Wanda Petronski until she announces she has 100 dresses in her closet. Everyone laughs and teases her so much that she stops coming to school. Then, her classmates discover she really does have 100 dresses and discover something about teasing and themselves.

 

Indigo's Star by Hilary McKay

Spurred on by his youngest sister, Rose, twelve-year-old Indigo sticks up for himself and an American boy who has replaced him as the primary target of the school bullies.

 

Jake Drake Bully Buster by Andrew Clements

It is up to Jake Drake to take matters into his own hands when Link Baxter, SuperBully, moves into the neighborhood.

 

The Kidnappers: A Mystery by Willo Davis Roberts

No one believes eleven-year-old Joey, who has a reputation for telling tall tales, when he claims to have witnessed the kidnapping of the class bully outside their expensive New York City private school.

 

Louise Takes Charge by Stephen Krensky

Louise enlists the aid of everyone in her class, and together they outwit Jasper the bully.

 

Marvin Redpost: Why Pick on Me? by Louis Sachar

A small incident during recess threatens to turn nine-year-old Marvin into the outcast of his third-grade class.

 

Mean, Mean Maureen Green by Judy Cox

With help from Adam, a boy in her third grade class, Lilley gains enough confidence to stand up to the school bus bully, Mean Maureen Green.

 

Mighty Boy by Carol Sonenklar

When he has the chance to meet his hero, television character Mighty Boy, Howard Weinstein discovers his own strengths that help him handle a bully in his new fourth grade class.

 

The Monster's Ring by Bruce Coville

A timid boy, eager to frighten the school bully on Halloween night, acquires a magic ring and the power to change himself into a hideous monster.

 

My Life as a Smashed Burrito with Extra Hot Sauce by Bill Myers

Twelve-year-old Wally, a computer whiz who is a "walking disaster area," ends up in a competition with the bully of Camp Whacka-Whacka, and when they find themselves fighting for their lives, Wally realizes that even his worst enemy needs God.

 

Nothing Wrong With a Three-Legged Dog by Graham McNamee

With the help of his good friend and her three-legged dog, Leftovers, ten-year-old Keath learns how to handle the class bully and deal with being the only white boy in his class.

 

Nothing's Fair in Fifth Grade by Barthe DeClements

A fifth grade class, repelled by the overweight new student who has serious home problems, finally learns to accept her.

 

Owen Foote, Frontiersman by Stephanie Greene

Second grader Owen Foote is looking forward to spending time with his friend Joseph in their tree fort, until some bullies visiting his neighbor, Mrs. Gold, threaten to wreck the fort.

 

Racing the Past by Sis Deans

After the death of his abusive father, eleven-year-old Ricky tries to help his younger brother deal with his residual fears and discovers that running helps him deal with his own anger and the taunts of a bullying classmate.

 

Snowboard Maverick by Matt Christopher

Having just begun to learn how to snowboard, thirteen-year-old Dennis faces a frightening challenge when he allows a bully to shame him into racing on a difficult slope.

 
 

Stepping on the Cracks by Mary Downing Hahn

In 1944, while her brother is overseas fighting in World War II, eleven-year-old Margaret gets a new view of the school bully Gordy when she finds him hiding his own brother, an army deserter and decides to help him.

 

Sticky Beak by Morris Gleitzman

When Rowena, who is mute, rescues a pet cockatoo from the class bully, she begins to make sense of her feelings about the new baby her father and stepmother are expecting.

 
 
 

Three Rotten Eggs by Gregory Maguire

The students of Miss Earth's class in rural Vermont experience an eventful spring when they become involved with a bullying new student, a competitive egg hunt, and genetically altered chicks.

 

The Well: David's Story by Mildred D. Taylor

In Mississippi in the early 1900s ten-year-old David Logan's family generously shares their well water with both white and black neighbors in an atmosphere of potential racial violence.

 

Wringer by Jerry Spinelli

As Palmer comes of age, he must either accept the violence of being a wringer at his town's annual Pigeon Day or find the courage to oppose it.

 

TEEN FICTION

 

Blackwater by Eve Bunting

When a boy and girl are drowned in the Blackwater River, thirteen-year-old Brodie must decide whether to confess that he may have caused the accident.

 

Catalyst by Laurie Halse Anderson

Eighteen-year-old Kate, who sometimes chafes at being a preacher's daughter, finds herself losing control in her senior year as she faces difficult neighbors, the possibility that she may not be accepted by the college of her choice and an unexpected death.

 

The Chocolate War: A Novel by Robert Cormier

A high school freshman discovers the devastating consequences of refusing to join in the school's annual fund raising drive and arousing the wrath of the school bullies.

 

Double Dutch by Sharon M. Draper

Three eighth-grade friends, preparing for the International Double Dutch Championship jump rope competition in their home town of Cincinnati, Ohio, cope with Randy's missing father, Delia's inability to read, and Yo Yo's encounter with the class bullies.

 

Lord of the Flies: A Novel by William Golding

After being marooned on a desert island, a group of English school boys begin to degenerate into a state of anarchy and near madness.

 

New Boy by Julian Houston

As a new sophomore at an exclusive boarding school, a young black man is witness to the persecution of another student.

 

Rainbow Boys Alex Sanchez

Three high school seniors, a jock with a girlfriend and an alcoholic father, a closeted gay and a flamboyant gay rights advocate, struggle with family issues, gay bashers, first sex and conflicting feelings about each other.

 

Shattering Glass by Gail Giles

When Rob, the charismatic leader of the senior class, turns the school nerd into Prince Charming, his actions lead to unexpected violence.

 

Shooter by Walter Dean Myers

Written in the form of interviews, reports, and journal entries, the story of three troubled teenagers ends in a tragic school shooting.

So You Want to be a Wizard? by Diane Duane

Thirteen-year-old Nita, tormented by a gang of bullies because she won't fight back, finds the help she needs in a library book on wizardry which guides her into another dimension.

 

Stargirl by Jerry Spinell

In this story about the perils of popularity, the courage of nonconformity and the thrill of first love, an eccentric student named Stargirl changes Mica High School forever.

 

Under the Blood-Red Sun by Graham Salisbury

Tomikazu Nakaji's biggest concerns are baseball, homework and a local bully, until life with his Japanese family in Hawaii changes drastically after the bombing of Pear Harbor in December 1941.

 

Whale Talk by Chris Crutcher

Intellectually and athletically gifted, TJ, a multiracial, adopted teenager, shuns organized sports and the gung-ho athletes at his high school until he agrees to form a swimming team and recruits some of the school's less popular students.

NON-FICTION

 

Bullying: How to Deal with Taunting, Teasing, and Tormenting by Kathleen Winkler

Explains what bullying is, why bullies do it, and why victims take it. Also looks at girls who bully and explores ways that people are working together to put an end to bullying.

 

Dealing with Bullying by Marianne Johnston

Describes what is meant by bullying; then goes on to explain why bullies act as they do, how to deal with them and how to stop being one.

 
 

Smart Moves: A Kid's Guide to Self-Defense by Christopher J. Goedecke

A practical strategy guide enables young readers to prepare themselves mentally and physically for dangerous situations as brought on by bullies and other attackers, and emphasizes self-control, prevention and communication.

 

Talking about Bullying by Jillian Powell

Explains how, why, when and where people get bullied as well as who does the bullying and what can be done about it.

 

Why is Everybody Always Picking On Us?: Understanding the Roots of Prejudice by Terence Webster-Doyle

Stories, advice and activities are offered to help the children, parents and educators understand prejudice and methods to peacefully counteract it are presented.

SOUND RECORDINGS

Alabama Moon by Watt Key

After the death of his father, ten-year-old Moon leaves their forest shelter home and is sent to an Alabama institution, becoming entangled in the outside world he has never known and making good friends, a relentless enemy and, finally, a new life.

Crash by Jerry Spinelli

Seventh-grader John "Crash" Coogan has always been comfortable with his tough, aggressive behavior, until his relationship with an unusual Quaker boy and his grandfather's stroke make him consider the meaning of friendship and the importance of family.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J. K. Rowling

Rescued from the outrageous neglect of his aunt and uncle, a young boy with a great destiny proves his worth while attending Hogwarts School for Wizards and Witches.

Horns & Wrinkles by Joseph Helgerson

Along a magic-saturated stretch of the Mississippi River near Blue Wing, Minnesota, twelve-year-old Claire and her bullying cousin Duke are drawn into an adventure involving Bodacious Deepthink the Great Rock Troll, a helpful fairy and a group of trolls searching for their fathers.

Secret Identy by Wendelin Van Draanen

Fifth-grader Nolan Byrd, tired of being called names by the class bully, has a secret identity--Shredderman!

Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli

In this story about the perils of popularity, the courage of nonconformity and the thrill of first love, an eccentric student named Stargirl changes Mica High School forever.

DVDs

Chrysanthemum

Chrysanthemum loves her name, until she starts going to school and the other children make fun of it.

Five Lionni Classics: The Animal Fables of Leo Lionni

Included in these five fables is "Swimmy", the story of a little black fish who figures out a way of protecting himself and his little red fish friends from their natural enemies.  

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

Rescued from the outrageous neglect of his aunt and uncle, a young boy with a great destiny proves his worth while attending Hogwarts School for Wizards and Witches.

The Ugly Duckling

Animated story of the duckling who was so ugly he was abused by all the animals and people in his young life, until he grows up to be a beautiful swan.

FOR PARENTS AND TEACHERS

And Words Can Hurt Forever: How to Protect Adolescents from Bullying, Harassment, and Emotional Violence by James Garbarino and Ellen deLara

Citing the pervasiveness of emotional violence in schools, a guide for parents and educators identifies ways in which schools unwittingly support hostile environments while explaining why listening to teens is a key to addressing all forms of violence.

Bullies & Victims: Helping Your Child Survive the Schoolyard Battlefield by SuEllen Fried and Paula Fried

Issues surrounding child peer abuse including physical, emotional, verbal and sexual abuse are explored. Practical strategies to empower children are offered, and adults are advised how to respond correctly to bullying situations.

Bullying in Schools and What to Do About It by Ken Rigby

Topics such as the prevalence and process of bullying, resistant and passive victims and successful countering of bullying through anti-bullying policies, student support of the policies and support for both victim and bully are explored.

Coping with Bullying in Schools by Brendan Byrne

This book is aimed at all those affected by the problem of bullying in schools. The theoretical background of the subject is outlined, a definition of bullying is offered and the characteristics of both bullies and victims are described. Workable solutions to the problem of bullying are presented.

Keeping American Schools Safe: A Handbook for Parents, Students, Educators, Law Enforcement Personnel, and the Community by Anne G. Garrett

A North Carolina school administrator overviews the statistics and legal aspects of recent school violence, and presents interviews with all stakeholders including students, profiles of troubled youth (including a checklist), model school prevention and intervention programs and tips for parent and community roles in making schools and society safer.

No More Misbehavin': 38 Difficult Behaviors and How to Stop Them by Michele Borba

An in-depth examination of thirty-eight specific behaviors, such as shyness, bullying and stealing and step-by-step instructions on how to modify them.

Odd Girl Out: The Hidden Culture of Aggression in Girls by Rachel Simmons

Boys use direct physical and verbal behavior to bully others, says Simmons, but society denies those weapons to girls, so they resort to backbiting, exclusion, rumors, name-calling and manipulative psychological pain on target victims. Drawing on her training in political science and women's studies, she explores epidemic, distinctive and destructive aggression of girls.

School Violence edited by Bryan J. Grapes

A general definition of the situation on school violence is provided by a diverse group of authors who enable the reader to see how private issues can become public troubles. The work is divided into four areas: "The Nature of School Violence," "Causes of School Violence," "Personal Narratives on School Violence," and "Preventing School Violence."

Your Child: Bully or Victim?: Understanding and Ending Schoolyard Tyranny by Peter Sheras with Sherill Tippins

In this insightful yet easy-to-read handbook, Sheras challenges the long-held myth that bullying is undesirable but inevitable and presents an action plan to improve the social climate among youth.

Anchorage Public Libraries Youth Services 2012