mad boy behind fenceExperts agree that most incidences of bullying occur during middle school. According to the website nobullying.com,  20 percent of U.S. students in grades 9-12 reportedly have experienced bullying or are feeling bullied, while 28 percent of students in grades 6-12 report the same. Being a witness to bullying is even more common: 70.6 percent of teens have seen bullying occurring in their schools.

With this in mind, it’s important to provide stories with messages and solutions kids can embrace. In her article “Sticks, Stones, and Sneering Tones” (Children & Libraries, Winter 2013), Kim Becnel recommends “titles that create complicated, relatable characters for both the bully and victim roles are preferable to those that rely on one-dimensional or stereotypical figures” and that “books that portray realistic solutions and outcomes will resonate with readers” Below are some suggestions for school age kids and teens.

Learn more about how to help your child deal with bullying in an upcoming free talk by Dr. Leeza Steindorf. Monday, April 3 from 7:00-8:30 pm at Cedar Mill Library meeting rooms. 

Bullying Resources for Parents

Bullying Resources for Young Kids

Chapter books:

I Funny: a middle school story (also: I even funnier: a middle school story) by James Patterson

Adam Canfield, Watch Your Back by Michael Winerip

Amelia’s Bully Survival Guide by Marissa Moss

Confessions of a Former Bully by Trudy Ludwig

Beany and the Meany by Susan Wojciechowski

Calvin Coconut: trouble magnet by Graham Salisbury

How to Eat Fried Worms by Thomas Rockwell

Blubber by Judy Blume

Jake Drake, Bully Buster by Andrew Clements

Secret Identity (Shredderman series) by Wendelin Van Draanan

Bullybooks

Teen Fiction:

The Bully Book by Eric Kahn Gale

Bystander by James Preller

The Outsiders by SE Hinton

This is What I Did by Ann Dee Ellis

Shooter by Walter Dean Myers

The Misfits by James Howe

Nonfiction:

Dear Bully: Seventy Authors Tell Their Stories

The Bullying Workbook for Teens

It Gets Better: coming out, overcoming bullying and creating a life worth living

Odd Girl Speaks Out: girls write about bullies, cliques, popularity and jealousy by Rachel Simmons

Stand Up for Yourself & Your Friends by Patti Kelley Criswell

We Want You to Know: kids talk about bullying

Videos:

Chrissa Stands Strong: an American girl

Dealing with Bullies…The Right Way!

Internet Bullies: What Should I Do?