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Bernie Gets Bullied

Written by J.G. Serls

Suggested Audiences: Ages 4-6

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Bernie is a Bull. He’s not your typical scary bull. He’s soft, shy and always picked on. He’s the laughing stock of the school. When the book opens Bernie doesn’t even want to get out of bed. He is teased all the way to school and throughout the day. This day is different. This is the day Bernie will make a change. Today is the day he is going to do something about it. Today is the last day Bernie gets Bullied.

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The Horse That Looked Different

By Stacy Einfalt

Suggested Audiences: Ages 3-6

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The Brown family instantly fell in love with and welcomed Starlit, a spotted Appaloosa horse, to their farm. The family's three chestnut Quarter horses, Max, Milo, and Monty, weren't as easily willing to accept him because he looked different from them. Until one day when the four horses go on a wild adventure and get lost. They soon begin to realize Starlit's unique qualities aren't so bad after all.

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Stick and Stone

Written by Beth Ferry, Illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld

Suggested Audiences: Ages 4-8

When Stick rescues Stone from a prickly situation with a Pinecone, the pair become fast friends. But when Stick gets stuck, can Stone return the favor? The warm, rhyming text that includes a subtle anti-bullying message even the youngest reader will understand. The New York Times best-selling illustrator Tom Lichtenheld imbues Stick and Stone with energy, emotion, and personality to spare. In this funny story about kindness and friendship, Stick and Stone join George and Martha, Frog and Toad, and Elephant and Piggie as some of the greatest friend duos in children’s literature.

Access the online activity kit to explore the power of friendship with Stick and Stone.

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WAHE

Words by Junior and Zusk
Pictures by Sophia Brody

Suggested Audiences: Age 3 and beyond

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Wahe (pronounced like HA) is the story of an adventurous little girl in the big city, who learns a small choice can make a big difference.

A portion of book sales and related products are donated to PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center

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Little Lucky LadyBug

By Melissa Carter, Illustrations by Jeanne A. Benas

Suggested Audiences: Ages 3 to 7

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Little Lucky Ladybug travels to each place where she meets different creatures. All of these creatures see the beauty and uniqueness in Ladybug, and she helps them each discover that they possess special qualities as well. Ladybug shows them that they are all beautiful and unique in their own way.

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Mighty Millie

By Rachel E Brown and Felicity Chastney

Suggested Audiences: Ages 3 to 8

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Mighty Millie is a beautifully illustrated story written in verse. It is the tale of Millie, a shy little mouse who likes to stay unnoticed. One day, Millie discovers bullies are picking on other mice at her school. At first, Millie is scared and not sure what she can do to help. Despite her own fears and shyness, Millie decides that she can’t let this bullying carry on - she must stand up for others. Soon enough, other mice start to follow Millie's lead and stick up for each other. By being an upstander, Millie not only helps the mice being picked on, she also begins to overcome her own shyness. This story encourages young readers to put themselves in Millie’s place and think about how they would react to a similar situation.

There is an accompanying lesson plan and teaching ideas available for download here.

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Bob the Artist

By Marion Deuchars

Suggested Audiences: Ages 3 to 5

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An affirming picture book for ages 3+ about the power of art and of being confident. Bob the bird is just like all his friends, apart from his skinny legs. When Bob is teased, he decides to try and change himself to fit in. But little does he know where all his efforts will lead him.

Elementary School

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The Legend of Spookley the Square Pumpkin

By Joe Troiano and illustrated by Susan Banta

Suggested Audiences: Kindergarten – 4th Grade

Spookley the Square Pumpkin is a square pumpkin who lives in a round pumpkin patch world. The Legend of Spookley the Square Pumpkin, available as both a book and movie, delivers a message of tolerance and kindness in a fun, accessible format that is easily grasped by young students. By making these advanced concepts easily understood by early learners, teachers can help stop bullying before it begins.

This online toolkit includes resources educators can use to effectively present The Legend of Spookley the Square Pumpkin as a multi-subject learning opportunity. The core elements of the online toolkit involve a reading of the book supplemented by downloadable lesson plans and other activities that teach bullying prevention and character values.

Access the online toolkit “Stop Bullying Before It Starts”

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Lead With Your Heart

Written and illustrated by Jena Ball

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Suggested Audiences: Grades 1-6 and beyond
$1 from every book sold will be donated to PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center.

The heartwarming story of a misunderstood pit bull and a very shy little girl named Reny. Together, with the help of friends, family, and a goofy pack of mixed breed dogs, they confront and overcome the challenges of being misjudged and bullied.

The adventure begins when Lance is adopted by Reny's family and must learn to be an "inside dog." He and the quiet little girl become buddies when Lance tries to help Reny overcome her anxiety about school where she is being teased and bullied. However, it quickly becomes apparent that Lance has problems of his own. Big, black and tough-looking, Lance often frightens people who don't know him. He is thrust into the limelight of a bigger problem when Mrs. Krutch, a grown-up who bullies, introduces a law to ban pit bulls from the town.

It takes a petition signing campaign, an appearance at city hall by everyone involved, and an act of courage by Reny to defeat the proposed law. In the end, it is Reny's ability to lead with her heart and speak her truth that overcomes Mrs. Krutch's fear and reminds everyone not to judge a book by its cover.

For information about Jena Ball, ordering books, author visits, and how to introduce Project Based Learning (PBL) initiatives at your school, visit the author's site at: www.critterkin.com

Reviews and praise for Lead With Your Heart and "Be Kind" projects visit: Critterkin/Books.

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The Grumpy Bull

Written and illustrated by Adrienne Kummerl

Suggested Audiences: Kindergarten to 4th grade

A grumpy bull walks into a village seeing animals of different color, shapes, and sizes. The bull can’t believe his eyes and points, laughs and criticizes. A lion approaches the bull and begins to explain without strife about differences as he teaches the bull an important lesson in life.

View the artwork of Grumpy Bull at http://www.adrienne-noel.com/RetailSite.asp.

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The Good, the Bad, and the Bullies

Written by Levi Fallavollita
Illustrated by Gabe Villa

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Suggested Audiences: 2nd to 4th grade

Young author Levi Fallavollita and his friend Gabe Villa collaborated to tell their story about bullying in the hopes that their book will raise awareness about bullying and help other students who are struggling. Now in middle school, Levi and Gabe know what it’s like to be bullied, and this simple, powerful story will touch students and adults alike.

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Bullied Comics

Written and Illustrated by Daniel Keane

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Suggested Audiences: 1st to 8th grade

July 2014 marks the release of the first issue of “Bullied Comic.” This is a story about Joshua who, while just trying to get through school like everyone else, encounters a bullying problem. This story is told from the children’s point of view. It is a story of friendship, betrayal, parenting, and acceptance. Author Daniel Keane believes that “art has the ability to make the world a better place and unite people all over the world. Watch for future issues of the soon-to-be series!

My Secret Bully

My Secret Bully

By Trudy Ludwig

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Random House

Suggested Audience: Elementary School

A touching, inspirational story targeted for 5- to 11-year-olds, My Secret Bully instantly draws young readers into Monica's world where she is bullied by a friend and learns how to cope and thrive. Relational aggression is an act of emotional bullying hidden among tightly knit networks of friends. Instead of using knives and fists to bully others, emotional bullies employ relationships, words, and gestures as their weapons of attack. Emotional bullying is often dismissed as a normal rite of passage, but research shows it is as harmful as physical aggression, with devastating, long-term effects.

Name-calling, humiliation, exclusion, and manipulation are some bullying tactics Monica's friend Katie employs. Monica learns to face her fears of betrayal and social isolation and reclaims her power from the bully with the help of a supportive adult - her mother. Included in this wonderful resource for children, parents, teachers, and counselors are helpful tips, discussion questions, and additional information.

Just Kidding

Just Kidding

By Trudy Ludwig

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Random House

Suggested Audience: Elementary School

When Teasing Is No Laughing Matter. A joke that has a sharp edge to it can cut you to pieces. That’s what D.J. finds out from his encounters with Vince, a smart-aleck classmate whose biting humor is more hurtful than funny. With the help of his dad and teacher, D.J. learns how to stand up to put downs and make healthier friendship choices.

A beautifully illustrated story, Just Kidding captures the truth of harmful teasing when children hide behind the words “just kidding” after treating others in embarrassing, hurtful or mean-spirited ways.

A great resource for children and all who work with them, Just Kidding includes useful tips, discussion questions and additional information to help young readers understand that one-sided fun really isn't much fun after all.

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The Invisible Boy

By Trudy Ludwig

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Random House

Suggested Audience: Elementary School

Meet Brian, the invisible boy. Nobody ever seems to notice him or think to include him in their group, game, or birthday party…until, that is, a new kid comes to class. When Justin, the new boy, arrives, Brian is the first to make him feel welcome. And when Brian and Justin team up to work on a class project together, Brian finds a way to shine. Author Trudy Ludwig shows how small acts of kindness can help children feel included and allow them to flourish.

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Loukoumi and the Schoolyard Bully

By Nick Katsoris

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Suggested Audiences: Kindergarten – 4th Grade

Our names are an important part of who we are, so having someone make fun of your name can hurt a lot – and make you feel bad about who you are. In this story, Loukoumi is about to have a baby brother. When her friends discuss what to name him, Igor the alligator makes fun of Loukoumi’s name. With kindness and the support of her friends, Loukoumi leads Igor to see that bullying isn’t okay.

The audio narration of this book features award-winning actors Morgan Freeman, Nia Vardalos, and Olympia Dukakis.

Watch Loukoumi's story unfold!
You can watch the Make a Difference with Loukoumi TV Special online. It's a great opportunity to watch an engaging, educational, and fun show with your kids. Look for PACER's Kids Against Bullying pledge during the show!

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Heart Eyes: Beth and the Bullies

By Vicki Chandler

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Suggested Audiences: Kindergarten – 4th Grade

Heart Eyes: Beth and the Bullies addresses the growing evidence that bystanders are also intimidated by bullies, rendering some of them fearful of reporting bullying. Parents and educators will find this book helpful when teaching bystanders how they can create a safer place. The central character, Beth, sees others differently. With her heart eyes she notices the pain and potential in children who are bullied. Her story will inspire readers to find creative, non-confrontational solutions to bullying.

The book includes follow-up questions adults can use to guide discussions. The author, Vicki Chandler, shares the collective frustration about bullying as a parent (her son has ADHD and was bullied) as an adjunct professor (teaching special education courses at Cairn University), and as a former school administrator, special education teacher, and classroom teacher.

Find out more about this series by visiting the Heart Eyes website.

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The Weird Series

by Erin Frankel and illustrated by Paula Heaphy

Suggested Audiences: Kindergarten – 4th Grade

These three books tell the story of an ongoing case of bullying from three third graders’ perspectives. Luisa describes being targeted by bullying in Weird! Jayla shares her experience as a bystander to bullying in Dare! And in Tough!, Sam speaks from the point of view of someone initiating bullying. Kids will easily relate to Luisa, Jayla, and Sam, as each girl has her own unique experience, eventually learning how to face her challenges with the help of friends, peers, and caring adults.

The books may be read separately or as a set; readers will enjoy tracking small details that carry over from one book to another. These books on bullying each conclude with “activity club” pages for kids, as well as information to help parents, teachers, counselors, and other adults reinforce the books’ messages and foster dialogue with children.

Download “A Leader’s Guide to the Weird Series”

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Nobody! A Story About Overcoming Bullying in Schools

by Erin Frankel and illustrated by Paula Heaphy

Suggested Audiences: Kindergarten – 4th Grade

Thomas feels like no matter what he does, he can’t escape Kyle’s persistent bullying. At school, at soccer — nowhere feels safe! “Mom said Kyle would grow up over the summer and stop picking on me, but he didn’t grow up, he just grew.” With support from friends, classmates, and adults, Thomas starts to feel more confident in himself and his hobbies, while Kyle learns the importance of kindness to others. The book concludes with “activity club” pages for kids, as well as information to help parents, teachers, counselors, and other adults foster dialogue with children about ways to stop bullying

Download “A Leader’s Guide to NOBODY”

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Great Things To Be

By Kenin O'Connor

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Amazon

Suggested Audiences: Ages 3-8

Great Things To Be, Mom's Choice Award Recipient, features upbeat rhymes and colorful, full-page illustrations that teach children positive characteristic traits that encourage and build up their self-esteem and improve their approach to life. Let’s help children choose kindness over bullying and confidence over self-doubt as they embrace these easy to understand messages.

Download the teacher / parent guide to Great Things To Be

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The Bully and the Shrimp

By Catherine Allison and Kim Geyer

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Suggested Audiences: Kindergarten to 3rd grade

When small-for-his-age Noah Shrimpton moves to a new school, the class bully starts picking on him. Noah has no friends to support him and is afraid to tell anyone. He starts to use his journal to express himself, doodling all sorts of outlandish scenarios where he beats the bully (sometimes involving superheroes or giants!). Follow Noah as he learns to make friends and gain the confidence to stand up to the bully in this contemporary tale. Developed in conjunction with school teachers and child development experts, this picture book deals with the current issue of bullying in a sensitive way and is perfect for any school-aged child and their parents.

Download the special The Bully and the Shrimp doorknob hanger!

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The Dinosaur’s New Shoes

Written by James S. Martinez, Illustrated by Timothy T. Civick

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Suggested Audiences: Ages 5 to 12

The Dinosaur's New Shoes is a wonderfully inspiring story about Teddy T-Rex, a young dinosaur that, when he sees someone being bullied, stands up to the bullying, instead of just being a bystander. This story helps to teach children how to properly confront bullying and demonstrates how, through empathy, compassion and caring for others, that bullying can be overcome and eliminated. This book provides a way to open a fun dialogue with children, parents, and educators through a lovable and engaging role model, named Teddy T-Rex, with whom they can identify and follow his example. This book also includes resources for kids, parents and educators on anti-bullying, such as how to identify someone who bullies, who may be at risk, and how to properly respond to bullying. Parents and children will love the wonderful life lessons found in this book. “The Dinosaur’s New Shoes” will inspire all readers to change the world by helping those in need.

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Frenemy Jane: The Sometimes Friend

By Stephanie Sorkin

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Suggested Audiences: Ages 4 to 8

Have you ever felt like you’re riding a wave? Day to day, you don’t know how your friend will behave? Join us as we tackle the issue of a “sometimes friend.” Nice one day, not so nice the next!

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Amanda’s Big Dream

Written by Judith Matz, illustrated by Elizabeth Patch

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Suggested Audiences: Kindergarten – 4th grade

Weight bullying is one of the most common forms of bullying faced by kids. Amanda’s Big Dream helps parents, teachers and other caregivers discuss this topic with children in an entertaining and positive way.

Amanda’s Big Dream is the engaging story of a girl who dreams of a solo in the Spring Ice Show. When her skating coach makes a comment about her weight, Amanda loses confidence in her ability to make her dream come true. Despite reassurances from her parents, her doctor, and her best friend, Amanda decides to quit skating. Will Amanda return to the ice? Or has she given up forever? Come along with Amanda as she realizes the true secret to following her big dream!

Free conversation guide, more information and resources available at www.amandasbigdream.com.

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A Friend for Lakota: The Incredible True Story of a Wolf Who Braves Bullying

By Jim and Jamie Dutcher

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Suggested Audiences: Preschool – 5th grade

In the heartwarming story of Lakota the shy wolf pup, readers will learn of Lakota’s strength growing up as the lowest ranking and frequently picked on member of a wolf pack until he finally finds that supportive and nurturing friend he always wanted. Matsi, the packs high ranking wolf, stands up for Lakota and through their friendship Lakota is able to open up and develop the courage to just be himself. The book also introduces young readers to the need for wildlife conservation awareness; through Lakota’s life story, children will come to understand the many challenges wolves in the wild face today.

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A Wrinkled Heart

Written by Tracy Hoexter, Illustrated by Lindy Burnett

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Suggested Audiences: Pre-K through 3rd Grade

A Wrinkled Heart is a touching and delightful story about learning to be kind to others. This eBook is based on a folktale long used by teachers to teach that words do matter. Elliott, a young bunny, encounters some friends who hurt his feelings and his heart begins to wrinkle… until it's all wrinkled up! Later, his friends and family apologize for their hurtful words and try to take the wrinkles out. Elliott feels better, but some wrinkles get left behind. He decides to always be careful with his words so he doesn't wrinkle anyone's heart. Readers learn the importance of kindness, friendship and the Golden Rule.

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Gladys Glasses

Written by Harry E. Pacheco, Illustrated by Phill Villanueva

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Suggested Audiences: Kindergarten through 5th Grade

Gladys is an elephant going to school for the very first time, and is bullied because of her glasses. She teaches kids it’s okay to be different, to be nice to each other and gives them a few lessons on being nice no matter how you look like.

Middle School

Out of My Mind

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Simon and Schuster

By Sharon M. Draper

Suggested Audience: Grade 5 and older

Melody is not like most people. She cannot walk or talk, but she has a photographic memory; she can remember every detail of everything she has ever experienced. She is smarter than most of the adults who try to diagnose her and smarter than her classmates in her integrated classroom—the very same classmates who dismiss her as mentally challenged, because she cannot tell them otherwise. But Melody refuses to be defined by cerebral palsy. And she’s determined to let everyone know it…somehow.

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Confessions of A Former Bully

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Random House

By Trudy Ludwig

Suggested Audience: Middle School

Ever wonder what goes on in the mind of someone who bullies? Katie never thought of herself as a bully. So what if she excludes kids from games or says some harsh things to her friends every once and a while? It’s not like she ever hits anyone. What’s the big deal? After Katie gets caught teasing a schoolmate, she faces consequences for her actions. The consequences help Katie realize that bullying has hurt not only the people around her, but her, too. Told from the unusual perspective of the aggressor, Confessions of a Former Bully provides kids with real life tips and tools they can use to help identify and overcome emotional bullying. An informative Author’s Note to Parents & Teachers and recommended resources are included.

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The Adventures of Emery Jones, Boy Science Wonder

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By Charles and Elsheba Johnson and Illustrated by Charles Johnson

Suggested Audiences: 5th – 9th grade

Emery Jones is a genius – he even built a robot butler to do his chores. Despite his brains, however, Emery’s life isn’t easy. The other students don’t understand him, and that makes them lash out at him. When Emery accidentally sends one of the students who bullied him 190 million years back in time, he must figure out how to save him…or even if he wants to.

Told from the perspective of Emery’s best friend, Gabby, The Adventures of Emery Jones is sure to thrill and delight students. Combining an engaging story with real, tough lessons about responsibility and forgiveness, this book is an excellent way to open up discussions with students.

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Wonder

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Random House

By R.J. Palacio

Suggested Audiences: 5th – 7th grade

August Pullman was born with a facial deformity that, up until now, has prevented him from going to a mainstream school. Starting 5th grade at Beecher Prep, he wants nothing more than to be treated as an ordinary kid—but his new classmates can't get past Auggie's extraordinary face. Wonder by R.J. Palacio begins from Auggie's point of view, but soon switches to include his classmates, his sister, her boyfriend, and others. These perspectives converge in a portrait of one community's struggle with empathy, compassion, and acceptance. In a world where bullying among young people is an epidemic, this is a refreshing new narrative full of heart and hope. R.J. Palacio has called her debut novel "a meditation on kindness"—indeed, every reader will come away with a greater appreciation for the simple courage of friendship. Auggie is a hero to root for, a diamond in the rough who proves that you can’t blend in when you were born to stand out.

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The Offenders

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By Jerry Craft with Jaylen Craft and Aren Craft

Suggested Audiences: 5th – 7th grade

Five middle school students as different from each other as they could be have to band together when a freak accident gives them superpowers…with a twist. Instead of super strength or the ability to fly, these students end up taking on the characteristics of the students they used to bully. When the school is in trouble, will they be able to learn from their past mistakes in time to save the school?

Creative, funny, and engaging – this book presents a unique look at the dynamics of bullying. With a diverse cast of characters, the book illustrates that bullying affects everyone – and that the students bullying can change their behavior and make their school a more positive place.

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I Am Jack

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Usborne Books

By Susanne Gervay and Illustrated by Cathy Wilcox

Suggested Audiences: 5th – 7th grade

Jack is an upbeat, happy 11-year old until a bullying situation at school leads to fear, isolation, and shame. Jack tries to handle the situation himself, but it just keeps getting worse. Eventually his friends decide that enough is enough and the adults step in with a plan to help.

Told in Jack’s voice, this book is full of humor and heart. It shows the power of friendship, family, and community to prevent and address bullying. Jack is a unique and engaging narrator that readers can’t help but root for. Parents and teachers will gain insight into students’ perspectives on bullying by sharing and discussing this book with students – and students will relate to Jack’s struggles and triumphs.

Download the teacher’s guide to I Am Jack

High School

Out of My Mind

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Simon and Schuster

By Sharon M. Draper

Suggested Audience: Grade 5 and older

Melody is not like most people. She cannot walk or talk, but she has a photographic memory; she can remember every detail of everything she has ever experienced. She is smarter than most of the adults who try to diagnose her and smarter than her classmates in her integrated classroom—the very same classmates who dismiss her as mentally challenged, because she cannot tell them otherwise. But Melody refuses to be defined by cerebral palsy. And she’s determined to let everyone know it…somehow.

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The Survival Guide to Bullying

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Written by Aija Mayrock

Suggested Audiences: Middle and High School Students

The Survival Guide to Bullying covers everything from cyber bullying to how to deal with fear and how to create the life you dream of having. From inspiring "roems" (rap poems), survival tips, personal stories, and quick quizzes, this book will light the way to a brighter future. This updated edition also features new, never-before-seen content including a chapter about how to talk to parents, an epilogue, and an exclusive Q&A with the author.

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Words Wound

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By Justin W. Patchin, Ph.D., and Sameer Hinduja, Ph.D.

Suggested Audiences: 9th – 12th grade

Vicious words and damaging photos exchanged through texts, email, or social media can result in humiliation, broken friendships, punishment at school, and even legal prosecution. In some cases, online harassment has contributed to suicide. 

Written by experts in cyberbullying prevention, Words Wound provides strategies for teens dealing with cyberbullying as well as for those who have taken part in bullying others. The book gives teens the tools they need to keep themselves safe online, protect their digital reputations, and make their schools and their communities kinder places. Includes true stories by teens who have been cyberbullied and are working to eliminate online bullying in their schools.

Download the free leader’s guide to Words Wound.

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Seven Chances

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By Heather Slee

Suggested Audiences: 9th – 12th grade

After a horribly embarrassing incident at school was photographed for the world to see, Abby just wants to get her life back to the way it was. With the help of mysterious magic stones, Abby gets the chance to redo parts of her life. This seems like the perfect solution to her problems…but Abby soon learns that all choices have consequences, and soon hers will catch up to her.

Suspenseful, engaging, and heartwarming, Abby’s story offers great lessons on resiliency, empathy, and empowerment. Abby discovers that she never needed the magic stones to take control of her own life. Teens will relate to Abby’s anguished experience with bullying and rejoice with her when she discovers the power she has to affect change.