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Lucy and the Bully / Claire Alexander --- PZ7.A37666 Lu 2008
When a mean classmate in preschool wrecks Lucy’s artwork, she discovers that they can be friends once he stops being jealous of her.

Bully / Judith Caseley --- PZ7.C2677 Bu 2001
Mickey has trouble with Mack, a bully at school, until he decides to try being nice to Mack and making him a friend.

Bullies Never Win / Margery Cuyler; illustrated by Arthur Howard --- PZ7.C997 Br 2009
First-grader Jessica worries about everything Brenda the bully might tease her about, until the day she has had enough and discovers a new way to deal with Brenda.

Weird! / Erin Frankel; illustrated by Paula Heaphy --- JUV BF637.B85 F73 2012
When Luisa becomes the target of a school bully, she changes everything about herself to avoid being bullied.

Dare! / Erin Frankel; illustrated by Paula Heaphy --- JUV BF637.B85 F726 2012
Jayla feels threatened by her classmate Sam, who has bullied her in the past for her "nerdy" love of astronomy and stars. Sam is now bullying Jayla's friend Luisa, and she enlists Jayla to participate. Jayla reluctantly joins in but soon realizes it is wrong. With the help of caring adults and friends, Jayla comes to sympathize with Luisa and finds the courage to dare to stand up to Sam and put an end to the bullying.

Tough! / Erin Frankel; illustrated by Paula Heaphy --- JUV BF637.B85 F728 2012
Told from the bully’s perspective, Sam doesn’t feel she is bullying people, until she realizes that the others think she is mean.

Patrick in A Teddy Bear's Picnic and Other Stories: A Toon Book / Geoffrey Hayes--- PZ7.7.H39 Pit 2010
The further adventures of Patrick the little teddy bear as he goes on a picnic with his mother, tries to avoid his nap, goes to the bakery to buy cookies, and contends with the bullying Big Bear.

Goggles! / Ezra Jack Keats --- PZ7.K2253 Go 1998
Two boys must outsmart the neighborhood bullies before they can enjoy their new treasure, a pair of lensless motorcycle goggles.

The Three Bully Goats / Leslie Kimmelman; illustrated by Will Terry --- PZ7.K56493 Thr 2011
Billy goat brothers Gruff, Ruff, and Tuff are bullies who rule their meadow, but when they cross Little Ogre's bridge and are mean to the baby animals on the other side, they are in for a surprise.

Say Something / Peggy Moss; illustrated by Lea Lyon --- PZ7.M85357 Say 2008
A child who never says anything when other children are being teased or bullied finds herself in their position one day when jokes are made at her expense and no one speaks up.

Nobody Knew What to Do: A Story About Bullying / Becky Ray McCain; illustrated by Todd Leonardo --- PZ7.M122842 No 2001
When bullies pick on a boy at school, a classmate is afraid, but decides that he must do something.

One / Kathryn Otoshi --- PZ7.O8775 O54 2008
A number/color book reminding us that it just takes one to make everyone count.

The Tale of Sir Dragon: Dealing with Bullies for Kids (and Dragons) / Jean Pendziwol; illustrated by Martine Gourbault --- PZ7.P46 Tsd 2007
Setting out from Camp Camelot in search of a noble quest, a girl and her dragon friend cross swords with a bully of a knight.  This winning combination of adventure and information provides the perfect starting point for discussions about bullying.

Yoon and the Jade Bracelet / Helen Recorvits; illustrated by Gabi Swiatkowska --- PZ7. R24435 Yja 2008
Although she really would have liked a jump rope for her birthday, Yoon is happy to receive a Korean picture book and a jade bracelet passed down from her grandmother, and when she wears the bracelet to school it seems as if her wish for a jump rope and a friend is about to come true.

Bully / Laura Vaccaro Seeger --- PZ7.S4514 Bul 2013
A little bull discovers that he has been a big bully.

Stop Picking On Me: A First Look at Bullying / Pat Thomas; illustrated by Lesley Harker --- PZ7.T36926 St 2000
This approachable picture book explores the difficult issue of bullying in reassuringly simple term. The fears, worries, and questions surrounding this upsetting experience are made accessible to young children.

Last Updated: December 2013