26 Must-Read Anti-Bullying Books for Kids

Bullying is a pervasive issue faced by children and adolescents worldwide. It can cause severe emotional and psychological trauma, sometimes leading to long-term consequences. Teaching kids about empathy, kindness, and standing up against bullying is crucial in nurturing a positive environment at school and home. One effective way to facilitate these important conversations is through literature. Here are 26 must-read anti-bullying books for kids that help address this significant subject.

1. Wonder by R.J. Palacio

2. The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes

3. Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson

4. The Invisible Boy by Trudy Ludwig

5. El Deafo by Cece Bell

6. Stick and Stone by Beth Ferry

7. Enemy Pie by Derek Munson

8. Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes

9. Spaghetti In A Hot Dog Bun: Having The Courage To Be Who You Are by Maria Dismondy

10. The Juice Box Bully: Empowering Kids to Stand Up To Others by Bob Sornson and Maria Dismondy

11. My Secret Bully by Trudy Ludwig

12. The Recess Queen by Alexis O’Neill

13. The Bully Blockers Club by Teresa Bateman

14. Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon by Patty Lovell

15. The Three Questions by Jon J Muth

16. Leave Me Alone: A Tale of What Happens When You Stand Up to a Bully by Kes Gray

17. Confessions of a Former Bully by Trudy Ludwig

18. One-Third Nerd by Gennifer Choldenko

19. Beans on Toast No Bullies Allowed!: Teaching Children about Acceptance and Kindness through Storytelling (The Adventures of Beans on Toast) (Volume 1) by Sue-Anne Hammersmith

20. Lyla, the Silly Little Superhero (Anti-Bullying Book) by Nina Riggs

21. Lucy, the Octopus®, and The Bullyfish by Charley Moyeda

22. Big Red and the Little Bitty Wolf: A Story About Bullying by Jeanie Franz Ransom

23. Bodacious Blob: A Bullying Blob Tale by Seliana Moonshadow

24. Yam In The Classroom: An Anti-bullying Book by Seliana Moonshadow

25. Tommy Trouble and the Magic Marble by Ralph Tellone

26. I Walk with Vanessa: A Story About a Simple Act of Kindness by Kerascoët

The books listed above represent a mix of fiction and non-fiction titles that focus on empathy, kindness, bullying awareness, diversity, and standing up against bullies. Each story helps children understand the importance of treating one another respectfully while providing a safe and supportive environment for their development.

Make sure to integrate these must-read anti-bullying books into your child’s reading routine or curriculum to foster an inclusive atmosphere at home, school, and beyond.

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