Bullying Prevention Resource List


Books for Children

Ages 4 to 8

  • Benny Gets a Bully Ache by Jane Bomberge
  • The Berenstain Bears and the Bully by S. and J. Berenstein
  • Big Bad Bruce by Bill Pee
  • Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes
  • Crow Boy by Taro Yashima
  • Dealing With Bullying by Marianne Johnston
  • Just a Bully by Gina Mayer
  • Nobody Knew What To Do: A Story About Bullying by Becky McCain
  • The Rag Coat by Lauren Mills
  • Rat and the Tiger by Keiko Kasza
  • Simon's Hook: A Story About Teases and Put-Downs by Karen Burnett
  • Stop Picking On Me by Pat Thomas

Ages 6 to 10

  • Arthur's April Fool by Marc Brown
  • Blue Cheese Breath and Stinky Feet: How to Deal With Bullies by Catherine DePino and Bonnie Matthews
  • Bullies Are a Pain in the Brain by Trevor Romain
  • Don't Feed the Monster on Tuesday by Adolph Moser
  • Don't Sit on My Lunch! by Abby Klein and John McKinley
  • Finding the Greenstone by A. Walker
  • How to Lose All Your Friends by Nancy Carlson
  • Talking About Bullying by Jullian Powell

Ages 9 to 12

  • The Araboolies of Liberty Street by Sam Swope
  • Blubber by Judy Blume
  • Bullies are a Pain in the Brain by Trevor Romain
  • The Bully Buster Book by John William Yee
  • Crash by Jerry Spinelli
  • Freak the Mighty by Rodman Pilbrick
  • How To Handle Bullies, Teasers and Other Meanies: A Book That Takes the Nuisance Out of Name Calling and Other Nonsense by Kate Cohen-Posey
  • The Hundred Dresses by E. Estes
  • Peace on the Playground: Nonviolent Ways of Problem-Solving by Eileen Lucas
  • Simon's Hook: A Story About Teases and Put-Downs by Karen Burnett
  • Stick Up For Yourself by Gershen Kaufman and Lev Raphael
  • When Kids Drive Kids Crazy: How to Get Along With YourFriends and Enemies by Eda LeShan
  • Who Belongs Here : An American Story by Margy Burns Knight
  • Why is Everybody Always Picking On Me? A Guide to Understanding Bullies For Young People by Terrence Webster-Doyle

Books for Young Adults

  • The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier
  • Ironman by Chris Crutcher
  • I Wish I Knew What to Do ?! . . . Teens Tell It Like It Is On What to Way to Get BULLIES to Leave You Alone edited by Beth Carls and Amy Looper
  • Working Out Conflicts: How to Keep Cool, Stay Safe, and Get Along by Naomi Drew

Books for Adults

  • The ABCs of Bullying: Addressing, Blocking and Curbing School Aggression available from US Dept of Health & Human Services, Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services
  • And Words Can Hurt Forever: How to Protect Adolescents from Bullying, Harassment, and Emotional Violence by James Garbarino
  • Bullies & Victims: Helping Your Child Survive the Schoolyard Battlefield by Suellen Fried
  • Bullying at School: What We Know and What We Can Do by Dan Olweus
  • Bullying: Practical and Easy-to-Follow Advice by Jenny Alexander
  • Bully Busting: How To Help Children Deal With Teasingand Bullying by Evelyn M. Field
  • Bully Proofing Your Child by Carla Garrity, Mitchell Baris, and William Porter
  • Caring School Community: Cross-Age Buddies Activity Book. Developmental Studies Center; www.devstu.org
  • Easing the Teasing: A Parent's Guide to Helping Children Deal with Name-Calling, Ridicule and Verbal Bullying by Judy Freedman
  • Mom, They're Teasing me: Helping Your Child Solve SocialProblems by Michael Thompson
  • See Jane Hit: Why Girls Are Growing More Violent and What We Can Do About It by James Garbarino
  • Weakfish: Bullying Through the Eyes of a Child by Michael Dorn
  • "Words Will Never Hurt Me": Helping Kids Handle Teasing,Bullying and Putdowns by Sally Ogden

Other Resources

Prevent Bullying, Promote Kindness: 20 Things All Schools Can Do - Thomas Lickona -excellence & ethics

Prevent Peer Cruelty and Promote Kindness - Thomas Lickona - chapter 9 from Character Matters: How to Help Our Children Develop Good Judgment, Integrity, and Other Essential Virtues

Digital-based resources

Tip sheets and assessment tools

cyberspace safety


Building an Intentional School Culture
(touchstone resource), C. Elbot & D. Fulton

Character Matters, Thomas Lickona

Character Quotations, Tom Lickona & Matt Davidson (Kagan Publishing)

"Children's Literature and Character Development," Joy Mosher

"Creating a Climate of Respect" (developing upstanders) , J. Cohen, R. Cardillo and T. Pickeral

Educating for Character: How Our Schools Can Teach Respect and Responsibility, Thomas Lickona

Educational Leadership, Promoting Respectful Schools, Sept. 2011 issue

Kagan Cooperative Learning

Lessons from the Classroom, 20 Things Good Teachers Do

Olweus Bullying Prevention Program support materials

Class Meetings That Matter (K-8)
Cyber Bullying Curriculum (6-12 )
The Peaceful School Bus Program (K-12)

Power2Achieve (high school curriculum; see units on relationships and communication)

School-Connect (high school curriculum for social, emotional, and academic skills)

Second Step Violence Prevention (K-9 curriculum)

Smart & Good High Schools (100 promising practices),

Social-Emotional Learning Assessment Measures for Middle School Youth, Kevin Haggerty, et al

Heartwood Institute: Teaching Life Lessons Through Literature

Think, Care, Act: Teaching for a Peaceful Future, Susan Gelber Cannon

Child Abuse Prevention Services

Department of Health and Human Services
Online bullying courses and information

National Resource Center for Safe Schools (NRCSS)
101 SW Main, Suite 500, Portland, OR 97204
1-800-268-2275 or (503) 275-0131
(503) 275-0444

Bully Proofing Your School (both elementary and middle school versions) is available from:

Sopris West
4093 Specialty Place
Longmont, Colorado 80504



Hands & Words Are Not For Hurting (Purple Hands Project)

An effective tool in violence prevention education


WordsCanHeal.org is a national campaign to eliminate verbal violence, curb gossip and promote the healing power of words to enhance relationships at every level; www.WordsCanHeal.org.

Compiled in part by Catherine Smith, MLS, medical librarian at the Family Health Library, The Children's Hospital, Denver, CO.


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