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I’m looking for a book about… bullying

Posted on | February 11, 2013 | 16 Comments

Welcome to “I’m looking for a book about….”, the topic-themed monthly carnival of children’s literature.

Every month I encourage anyone who likes to review books for children (of any age) to leave links to their reviews of books that match the given month’s theme. The idea is that over time, this carnival will become a resource for parents, teachers, carers, librarians looking for books by subject.

Old reviews, new reviews, and reviews for any age are welcome. You may also submit multiple reviews, as long as they are all relevant to this month’s theme.

This month’s theme is…


This is such an important issue for children and their grown-ups. Just this week an online buddy of mine has written very movingly about how her child has been bullied, raising the question of what we can do about it and how we can support the children involved. She recommended watching and sharing this video:

It’s a great video, but me being me, I also want to promote books as a way in to talking about the difficult issue of bullying so I’m really hoping that this month we’ll be able to bring together lots of great suggestions for children of all ages.

So if you’ve a book recommendation that deals with issues which arise from bullying please do add them via the linky below, or leave their details in the comments if you don’t have a review to link to. Please note, because I’m leading the local school’s library launch tomorrow, I won’t be able to add links in the body of this blog post this month; please leave as much detail as you wish on the inLinkz title or in the comments so that fellow readers can easily find out what book(s) you are recommending.

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16 Responses to “I’m looking for a book about… bullying”

  1. cheryl
    February 11th, 2013 @ 1:19 am

    Tyrone the Horrible is a wonderful book on bullying – – best I’ve seen.

  2. sandhya
    February 11th, 2013 @ 4:20 am

    A has been facing a lot of bullying at the hands of her peers, and I desperately needed a book that addressed how to handle this without getting confrontational herself. Of course, we spoke to her at length about this, but a book is a book is a book, and we always turn to them whenever possible. Here is a wonderful book that I found, and it comes with a companion journal. It was, needless to say, extremely helpful. For children 8+ years old.
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  3. sandhya
    February 11th, 2013 @ 4:22 am

    Also, as I have said in my review: “Even though I place it at 8+, younger children can benefit from it too- as more and more, these things happen at a younger age in today’s world.”
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  4. Swapna
    February 11th, 2013 @ 6:07 am

    “Jody and the Biscuit Bully”, which is part of the Happy Kids series, is a nice book that touches upon this subject.

  5. ReadItDaddy
    February 11th, 2013 @ 8:53 am

    We quite like “Monkey Nut” which encompasses bullying and also encourages children to share. The bully in the story comes to a rather squishy end.

    Also there’s “Trouble at the Dinosaur Cafe” which deals with bullying in a non-threatening way.
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  6. Anabel Marsh
    February 11th, 2013 @ 12:36 pm
  7. Iona Burchell
    February 11th, 2013 @ 12:58 pm

    I’ve included My Huge Bag of Worries and whilst it’s not specifically about bullying it focusses on talking about what’s bothering you and the importance of not keeping things to yourself. I think these are both pertinent points in terms of bullying. Thanks for highlighting this.
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  8. gisele f barcellos
    February 12th, 2013 @ 1:59 am
  9. Karen Coombs
    February 12th, 2013 @ 3:15 am

    A book for middle grade students 8+ is BULLY AT AMBUSH CORNER, a story about a bullied boy who wants to solve his problem in a peaceful manner. You can read more about it at the blog address and see reviews at For a longer list of books about bullying, check out my Pinterest page, “Kids Books About Bullying” at

  10. Susan Stephenson
    February 13th, 2013 @ 6:28 pm

    I am Jack by Susanne Gervay is a classic in Australian literature. It handles bullying with humour but realism, putting the reader in the shoes of a victim.
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  11. LC Scott
    February 14th, 2013 @ 6:31 pm

    Janet Eoff Berend’s Vertical is a novel about bullying that teens can relate to. Josh’s childhood friendship with Brendon changes as the guys enter high school and their passion for skateboarding grows. The author, a high school English teacher, captures the authentic voices of real teens as the characters struggle with moral dilemmas while skating gnarly ramps. Endorsed by competitive skateboarders, this book will appeal to the reluctant male readers who fantasize about skating vert.

  12. Jeff@NC Teacher Stuff
    February 16th, 2013 @ 3:03 pm

    Thanks for putting this together, Zoe! Another book I would like to add is Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson. Here is a link:,,9780399246524,00.html
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  13. Jojoebi
    February 17th, 2013 @ 11:27 am

    Thank you for picking this as the topic Zoe and for all the great suggestions!

  14. Amanda Niland
    February 23rd, 2013 @ 11:44 pm

    Amazing how many books for children there are about bullying! I guess it shows how big and distressing problem it is. I agree with Iona, that finding books encouraging children to speak up about what is worrying them, so looking at broader issues, is important.
    I notice that quite a lot of picture books about bullying written for very young children use animal characters rather than children. I think we should pay children the respect of using human characters to explore human problems. Young children are often much more capable of dealing with complex emotional issues than we give them credit for.
    Thanks to everyone for the wide range of books about bullying
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  15. Stacy
    June 24th, 2013 @ 5:55 am

    “What if I Was Bigger Than a Bully?” is a great book about bullying.

  16. Stacy
    June 24th, 2013 @ 5:59 am

    Blog post for “What if I Was Bigger Than a Bully?”

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