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Written by  Megan Prendergast.  Illustrated by Alexander Johnson

Suggested Audiences: Ages 3-8

“Included©” is a heartwarming story that aims to teach inclusion, kindness, empathy, and compassion. It expresses that although other kids may appear to be different on the outside, what is on the inside is what matters most.


Katy Didn't

Written by  Johnny Cuomo.  Illustrated by Benjamin Lowery

Suggested Audiences: Ages 3-8

Sometimes other kids can make faces, whisper secrets, and laugh. But a good friend can make all the difference in the world, which is just what this new bug finds out on his first day of school when he meets Katydid. She's not like all the other bugs. She's welcoming, kind, and caring. When all the other bugs picked on the new kid . . . Katy didn't! A slice-of-life picture book young readers will relate to, but with a twist: The school in the story is set in the insect world!

Lola Hopscotch and the First Day of School

Written by  Marie Whittaker and Illustrated by Lily Uivel

Suggested Audiences: Ages 3-8

A heartwarming story about a bashful bunny who is able to turn her first day of school into a great experience by spreading kindness.  

Feeling bashful about the first day of school, Lola Hopscotch is off to the playground. This timid bunny’s world is shaken when other children make fun of her long ears and big feet. 

But Lola has much to say and it’s time to play! She meets new friends and stands up for herself, even teaching the children how to play her favorite game.  The picture book is wonderful when read by students, but is also meant for parents to read to kids in order to foster communication from an early age.

Check out Lola in her other wonderful book, There's A New Kid, Lola Hopscotch, about welcoming a new student with kindness, acceptance, and inclusion.

The Pout-Pout Fish and the Bully-Bully Shark

Written by Deborah Diesen and pictures by Dan Hanna

Suggested Audiences: Ages 3-8

Mr. Fish and all his friends
Love to play down at the park.
But that ends when they’re bullied
By a misbehaving shark!

Mr. Fish wants to help.
He knows bullying is wrong!
But he’s just one fish—
Is he really that strong?

The New York Times–bestselling Pout-Pout Fish teaches a bully shark about kindness and being a friend in this original picture book. Swim along as he discovers the strength of his community, and the power of his own voice.

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The Too Small Elephant

Written and Illustrated by Christine Lauren Callahan

Suggested Audiences: Ages 3-8

Simple and bright, The Too Small Elephant empowers young readers to respond to the behavior of others with kindness and understanding. The story of Emmaline, a very small elephant, reveals that sometimes those choosing to hurt others are most in need of our kindness. It takes the brave words of a new friend to inspire Emmaline to face her insecurities. Will her friends forgive her?

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Ella and The Mighties

Written by: Jonna Samuelson and Michael Hernandez 

Suggested Audiences: Ages 3-8

Enjoy this beautifully illustrated book called Ella and The Mighties, written by 19-year-old Jonna Samuelson and 21-year-old Michael Hernandez! Ella and The Mighties is a book about bullying prevention that shows children the seriousness of bullying, and how their words can affect someone. This book also shows children self-love and respect. Ella and The Mighties features a tiny dachshund puppy named Ella, who is getting bullied in school because of her size. She doesn't know who to go to or how to handle the situation. Ella is very confused and sad until she meets three friends who show her how serious bullying can be, and that she can ask for help. Her new friends also teach Ella, and Ella’s classmates, that judging people by how they look or talk is not okay.

The Secrets of the Pond

Written by: Mario Company

Suggested Audiences: Ages 3 and older

Cora and her turtle friends experience some bullying behavior by Haley at school in the Pond. Not knowing who to talk to, Cora keeps it secret from her mother and teachers. With the help of some trusted adults, Cora and Haley both find support and friendship.

Discussion Questions


Written by: Jan De Kinder

Suggested Audiences: Pre-Kindergarten and older

In this story, a girl finds it funny when her classmate starts blushing on the school playground. Her friends laugh along with her, but one student takes the teasing too far. Torn between her sympathy for her classmate and her fear of being bullied, the girl must make a difficult choice. This heartfelt book will inspire readers to find the courage to take a stance against bullying and show compassion towards others.

Being Small (Isn't So Bad After All)

Written by: Lori Orlinsky

Suggested Audiences: Pre-kindergarten and older

Being small is the worst! No one ever picks me for their sports team and my feet hurt from standing on my tiptoes all the time. There can't be anything good about being small...right? 

Being Small is a picture book about a little girl who is scared to go to school because she's the shortest kid in the class. She talks about all of the reasons that being short is a challenge, but her mother presents to her funny and unique advantages that only she has because of her height, instilling self-confidence in her. This rhyming picture book is a great way to introduce children to concepts of self-acceptance, self-confidence and bullying prevention.

Boomer, Be Nice!

Stacy Roberts, Illustrated by: Kaviya Rathinamala

Suggested Audiences: Pre-Kindergarten and older

One Saturday morning, Boomer Bulldog bullies his friends at the neighborhood playground. When he finds himself sad and alone, he learns a valuable lesson about being nice to others. Follow Boomer and his friends in this story of bullying, the importance of being kind, and the power of forgiveness.

Discussion questions.

Strictly No Elephants

Written by Lisa Mantchev and Illustrated by Taeeun Yoo

Suggested Audiences: Pre-Kindergarten and older

When the local Pet Club won’t admit a boy’s tiny pet elephant, he finds a solution—one that involves all kinds of unusual animals in this sweet and adorable picture book.

Today is Pet Club day. There will be cats and dogs and fish, but strictly no elephants are allowed. The Pet Club doesn’t understand that pets come in all shapes and sizes, just like friends. Now it is time for a boy and his tiny pet elephant to show them what it means to be a true friend.

Imaginative and lyrical, this sweet story captures the magic of friendship and the joy of having a pet.

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

Written by Robert L. May and Illustrated by Antonio Javier Caparo

Suggested Audiences: Pre-Kindergarten and older

Every year at Christmastime, everyone—young and old alike—has one catchy, joy-inspiring song stuck in their heads: “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer!” Now fans of the most famous reindeer of all-time can fall in love with the original story, written by Robert L. May in 1939.

Rudolph, a youthful reindeer buck who possesses an unusual luminous red nose, is harassed mercilessly and excluded by his peers because of this trait. One particularly stormy Christmas Eve, Rudolph manages to prove himself after Santa Claus catches sight of his nose and asks him to lead his sleigh for the evening. Rudolph agrees, saving Christmas, and is finally treated the way he deserves by his fellow reindeer!

Bernie Gets Bullied

Written by J.G. Serls

Suggested Audiences: Ages 4-6

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.

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.


Words by Junior and Zusk
Pictures by Sophia Brody

Suggested Audiences: Age 3 and beyond

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

Little Lucky LadyBug

By Melissa Carter, Illustrations by Jeanne A. Benas

Suggested Audiences: Ages 3 to 7

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.

Mighty Millie

By Rachel E Brown and Felicity Chastney

Suggested Audiences: Ages 3 to 8

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.

Bob the Artist

By Marion Deuchars

Suggested Audiences: Ages 3 to 5

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.

“Feel Brave” Book Series

Written by Avril McDonald and Illustrated by Tatiana Minina

Suggested Audiences: Ages 4 to 9

The Feel Brave series is a collection of five picture books designed to help children explore positive psychology and emotional intelligence in a safe and non-threatening way, through the art of storytelling. Each story contains a strategy in which to overcome a negative emotion, with the help of a lovable wolf called Wolfgang and his friends. A Teaching Guide based on the key learning areas from each book has been released to help teachers seamlessly integrate social and emotional health into their classroom routine.

Each of the five books tackles a difficult issue a child may be experiencing at home or at school, with their friends or alone, and provides them with the tools to feel better. This includes low self-esteem; change, loss and grief; anxiety and fears; and bullying. The Feel Brave series uses the magic of storytelling to approach these real life issues in a safe and creative way and shows the reader that they are not alone.

Children will fall in love with the characters and the engaging text and illustrations, while parents and teachers will delight in the subtle but inspiring messages contained in each story, encouraging the reader to feel brave again.

Elementary School

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”

Super Kena- A Girl Made Fierce with Hearing Aids

Written by: Becky Cymbaluk. Illustrated by Zuzana Svobodova

Suggested Audiences: Kindergarten – 4th Grade

Fierceness comes in many forms, but Super Kena's arrives in powerful determination. When kids at school make fun of her hearing aids, she gets a super idea. She will gather her differently-abled classmates to create a team of super heroes. There's Amazing Anna, whose glasses give her perfect vision. An insulin pump helps Watchful Wendy fight her diabetes. Using his super wheelchair to zip around is Zippy Zach. Quiet Quinn battles his stutter with the help of his speech teacher. A food allergy is no match for Precise Priya, who always makes sure to be careful around peanuts. And Determined Danny can run as fast as the wind with the power of his asthma inhaler. Together, they will use their superpowers to make a difference in the world – by spreading understanding and acceptance . . . one classroom at a time.

I Can Help

Written by: Reem Faruqi. Illustrated by Mikela Prevost

Suggested Audiences: Kindergarten – 4th Grade

When Ms. Underwood asks if anyone wants to help Kyle, Zahra always volunteers. She loves spending time with Kyle – he’s creative and generous, and he makes the funniest jokes at lunch. But when Zahra’s other classmates start teasing her for helping him, she starts making choices she regrets.

I Can Help is a gentle, sensitive portrayal of reaching out, facing peer pressure, and learning from past mistakes. With thoughtful storytelling and poignant illustrations, this book will open discussions about choosing kindness in the classroom and beyond.

My Footprints

Written by Bao Phi, Illustrated by Basia Tran

Suggested Audiences: Kindergarten – 4th Grade

Every child feels different in some way, but Thuy feels “double different.” She is Vietnamese American and she has two moms.  Thuy walks home one winter afternoon, angry and lonely after experiencing bullying. Then a bird catches her attention and sets thuy on an imaginary exploration. What if she could fly away like a bird? What if she could sprint like a deer, or roar like a bear? Mimicking the footprints of each creature in the snow, she makes her way home to the arms of her moms. Together, the three of them imagine beautiful and powerful creatures who always have courage – just like Thuy.

Don’t Blame Hazel

Written by: R.G. Frazia

Suggested Audiences: Kindergarten – 4th Grade

Hazel may dress different but she loves the way she looks. At her new school Hazel is bullied over and over until one day someone who bullied her shows up at her front door as a slimy green toad!! What happens next may surprise you... "Don't Blame Hazel!" is a story that helps children recognize signs of bullying. It will encourage them to be themselves and empower them to maintain their individuality and confidence. They will discover that those who bully sometimes have their own weaknesses, and that through understanding and forgiveness, a new friendship can be formed.

Download the classroom discussion questions.

Smitty Tackles Bullying

Written by Wade Smith and illustrations by James Little

Suggested Audiences: Kindergarten – 5th Grade

Smitty is one year older and a year wiser since readers last saw him. He has truly discovered his love of reading and is doing great in class and on the field, but when Smitty begins to notice his best friend, Luke, is skipping out of Reading Lab, he decides to investigate. What Smitty finds is that someone is bullying Luke because he isn't a strong reader! Smitty knows he needs to take action. He confronts the bully and tries to apply his dad's saying of, "you catch more flies with honey than vinegar." Smitty uses kindness and understanding to conquer the bully, and in the end makes a new friend and finds a way to help Luke with his reading. This charming picture book is the perfect story for kids who may be dealing with bullying themselves, and proves that it isn't ok to just stand by the sidelines. Sometimes, kindness, understanding, and true friendship are the keys to tackling bullying.

Download the classroom discussion questions.

Chisom The Champ

Written by Dr. Irene Okoronkwo-Obika

Suggested Audiences: Kindergarten – 4th Grade

Enter into the life of Chisom, a young Nigerian boy, who gets bullied for his cultural identity. He discovers that his strength is actually found in his family upbringing and in embracing his cultural values. The story of Chisom teaches children across the world that self-love is key to overcoming bullies and other interpersonal obstacles experienced in life’s journey.

Should I Speak Up?

Written by: Olivia and Rinnah Maduabuchi   Illustrated: by Abidi and Solati

Suggested Audiences: Grades 1-5

A children’s illustrated book that empowers kids to stand for what is right:
Zinny didn’t understand why kids who were mistreated kept quiet, until she sees her friend Chloe in the same situation. Zinny confronts her friend to enquire why she did not stand up for herself. What did Zinny’s friend reveal? Will Zinny and her friend continue to keep quiet or will they speak up? Should I Speak up? is a simple but powerful story about friendship, encouragement, overcoming fear and speaking up for one’s self and others.

Bubbles the Beautiful Butterfly: And The Bully That Chloe Conquers

Written by Aria Craig. Illustrated by Janine Carrington

Suggested Audiences: Grades 1 to 5

A children's book for girls and boys who struggle with the pressures of bullying and the impact it has on their self-esteem. The book touches on: empowerment, self-esteem, encouragement, bravery, and confidence. 10-year old Chloe is a beautiful girl with a very unique smile who lives with her parents and dog, Snuffles. However, her mom and dad are unaware that when Chloe heads off to school she is teased because of her smile and deals with the struggles kids face when bullied. Chloe meets Bubbles the Beautiful Butterfly, who empowers her with tools to build confidence and help conquer the bullying situation.

If Only You Knew

Written and Illustrated by Iona Cordero

Suggested Audiences: Grades 1 to 5

If Only You Knew is a heartfelt story about a boy named Joey who wakes up every morning with the hopes of making his mother proud with all that he learns in school. But then he finds himself being bullied in not just one but all his classes every day by some fellow classmates. He's unable to concentrate on his school work and feels scared and alone, not knowing where to go or who to tell. Find out how Joey learns that finding his courage and facing his fears would bring him the greatest joy within himself, at school and at home, to last him a lifetime.

Bully on the Bus

Written by Kathryn Apel

Suggested Audiences: Grade 2 and older

All the emotions seven-year-old Leroy experiences as the bully on the bus taunts and threatens him are perfectly captured in this sensitive and beautifully written verse novel. The heartwarming ending is empowering and offers courage to anyone who’s ever felt small.

Discussion questions

Dexter the Tough

By Margaret Peterson Haddix

Suggested Audiences: Grade 2 and older

It's only the first day of school for Dexter, but he's already mad at the principal, and the secretary, and the janitor, and the kids who laugh at him. When his teacher tells the class to write a story, Dexter writes about how tough he is -- and how he's already gotten into a fight. Is any of Dexter's story true? Why was the other boy crying before Dexter hit him? And why would the other boy still want to be Dexter's friend?

Even Dexter doesn't know the answers to some of those questions. But as he deals with family problems, a persistent teacher, and a boy who's strangely interested in floor wax, he discovers many surprises hidden in his own tale.

Dancing Home

By Alma Flor Ada and Gabriel M. Zubizarreta

Suggested Audiences: Grade 3 and older

Mexico may be her parents’ home, but it’s certainly not Margie’s. She has finally convinced the other kids at school she is one-hundred percent American—just like them. But when her Mexican cousin Lupe visits, the image she’s created for herself crumbles.

Things aren’t easy for Lupe, either. Mexico hadn’t felt like home since her father went North to find work. Lupe’s hope of seeing him in the United States comforts her some, but learning a new language in a new school is tough. Lupe, as much as Margie, is in need of a friend.

Little by little, the girls’ individual steps find the rhythm of one shared dance, and they learn what “home” really means. In the tradition of My Name is Maria Isabel—and simultaneously published in English and in Spanish—Alma Flor Ada and her son Gabriel M. Zubizarreta offer an honest story of family, friendship, and the classic immigrant experience: becoming part of something new, while straying true to who you are.


By Nora Raleigh Baskin

Suggested Audiences: Grade 3 and older

Elizabeth Moon grew up around dogs. Her mom runs a boarding kennel out of their home, so she’s seen how dogs behave to determine pack order. Her experience in middle school is uncomfortably similar.

Maggie hates how Elizabeth acts so much better than everyone else. Besides, she’s always covered in dog hair. And she smells. So Maggie creates a fake profile on a popular social networking site to teach Elizabeth a lesson.

What makes someone who bullies, and what makes a target? It’s all in the perspective, and the dynamics shift. From sibling rivalries to mean girl antics, the varying points of view show the many shades of gray in this illuminating novel from the award-winning author of Anything But Typical—because middle school is anything but black and white.

Drew and the Cyber Bully (1st Edition)

Written by Justine Danielle Del Monte,
Illustrated by Brandon Chappell

Suggested Audiences: Grade 2 and older

Drew and Boo use their cell phones and computers for fun and school! But soon discover that the online world is not all fun and games. They experience firsthand the pros and cons of social media when a cyberbully hacks into Drew's phone! Now they must come face to face with the cyberbully in-person! Through simple rhyming, the children's story aims to reinforce positivity on social media, even when receiving unkind feedback, and teaches young children about being polite when using the internet. Other books in this series can be found on .

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Lead With Your Heart

Written and illustrated by Jena Ball

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:

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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.

The Good, the Bad, and the Bullies

Written by Levi Fallavollita
Illustrated by Gabe Villa

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.

Bullied Comics

Written and Illustrated by Daniel Keane

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

By Trudy Ludwig

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

By Trudy Ludwig

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.

The Invisible Boy

By Trudy Ludwig

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.

Loukoumi and the Schoolyard Bully

By Nick Katsoris

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!

Heart Eyes: Beth and the Bullies

By Vicki Chandler

Suggested Audiences: Kindergarten – 4th Grade

Heart Eyes: Beth and the Bullies addresses the impact that bullying can have on bystanders, including making 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.

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”

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”

Great Things To Be

By Kenin O'Connor

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

The Bully and the Shrimp

By Catherine Allison and Kim Geyer

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!

The Dinosaur’s New Shoes

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

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.

Frenemy Jane: The Sometimes Friend

By Stephanie Sorkin

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!

Amanda’s Big Dream

Written by Judith Matz, illustrated by Elizabeth Patch

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!

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

By Jim and Jamie Dutcher

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.

A Wrinkled Heart

Written by Tracy Hoexter, Illustrated by Lindy Burnett

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.

Gladys Glasses

Written by Harry E. Pacheco, Illustrated by Phill Villanueva

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.

Stanley No Stripes

Written by Harry E. Pacheco, Illustrated by Phill Villanueva

Suggested Audiences: Kindergarten through 5th Grade

A kind-hearted story about a teenage tiger with no stripes facing the adversity of being a late bloomer. As Stanley searches for acceptance amongst his friends he shows children the importance of being comfortable in their own skin. The story also gives our youth an incredible insight on trying to fit in through the peer pressures that occur in their everyday life.

Middle School

Metal Like Me

Written by D.W. Saur and Illustrated by Danielle Green

Suggested Audience: Middle School

Vinny is a kid just like you, or is he? Vinny is from a family of metalheads and like his parents, he's one too. As a child Vinny was unaware of his family's differences, but as he got older, Vinny noticed that he was, in fact, not like other children. As the years passed, the more Vinny realized that being different is not easy. He noticed people staring, whispering to themselves as he passed, and sometimes shouting insults. Because of the differences, Vinny had a hard time making friends in elementary school. However, the lack of friends did not get him down, and as he entered middle school, Vinny was determined to find friends who were metal like him. Join Vinny as he shares his story of bullying, difference, coping, and perseverance.

Out of My Mind

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.

Confessions of A Former Bully

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.

The Adventures of Emery Jones, Boy Science Wonder

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.


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

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.

I Am Jack

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

Nineteen Minutes

By Jodi Picoult

Suggested Audiences: Grade 9 and older

Jodi Picoult, bestselling author of My Sister's Keeper and The Tenth Circle, pens her most riveting book yet, with a startling and poignant story about the devastating aftermath of a small-town tragedy.

Sterling is an ordinary New Hampshire town where nothing ever happens–until the day its complacency is shattered by a school shooting. Josie Cormier, the daughter of the judge sitting on the case, should be the state's best witness, but she can't remember what happened before her very own eyes–or can she? As the trial progresses, fault lines between the high school and the adult community begin to show–destroying the closest of friendships and families. Nineteen Minutes asks what it means to be different in our society, who has the right to judge someone else, and whether anyone is ever really who they seem to be.

Out of My Mind

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.

The Survival Guide to Bullying

Written by Aija Mayrock

Suggested Audiences: Middle and High School Students

The Survival Guide to Bullying covers everything from cyberbullying 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

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.

Seven Chances

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.


The Book We Wish We Had

By Lisa Bachman

Suggested Audiences: adult

The Book We Wish We Had is our story. It documents our journey—the dead ends and obstacles we hit—and how we persevered. It discusses advocacy and the requests for help we never received. It describes the arguments we had with teachers and healthcare professionals to empower ourselves to stand up for what we knew was right for our son. It reveals the disagreements and challenges we had within our own family.