Experts 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.
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
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
Dear Bully: Seventy Authors Tell Their Stories
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
Chrissa Stands Strong: an American girl
Internet Bullies: What Should I Do?