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The Banish Bullying Booklist: Reading Our Way to Awareness

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It’s National Bullying Prevention Awareness month and the best way to bring awareness to this very big problem is to provide a booklist to get everyone started. Let’s take active steps to banish bullying for good.

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National Bullying Prevention Month is a campaign in the United States founded in 2006 by PACER’s National Center for Bullying Prevention. The campaign is held during the month of October and unites communities nationwide to educate and raise awareness of bullying prevention. Traditionally held the first week in October, the event was expanded in 2010 to include activities, education, and awareness building for the entire month.

PACER developed the initial campaign National Bullying Prevention and Awareness Week in response to the need to raise awareness of bullying, as it was historically viewed “a childhood rite of passage” and believed that bullying “made kids tougher”, when the reality is that bullying has devastating effects such as school avoidance, loss of self-esteem, increased anxiety, and depression. PACER reached out to the community through partnerships with education based organizations such as National PTA, American Federation of Teachers and National Education Association to provide schools, parents and students with resources to respond to bullying behavior and to begin the shift of societal acceptance of bullying to social change of addressing the issue through education and support.


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The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn

One by Kathryn Otoshi


Billy Bully: A school-yard Counting Tale, Illustrated by Steven Simpson

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Cinderelephant by Emma Dodd

Exclamation Mark by Amy Krouse Rosenthal ,Illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld

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The Bully Blockers Club by Teresa Bateman, Illustrated by Jackie Rrbanovic

Bully Trouble by Joanna Cole, Illustrated by Marilyn Hafner


Bye Bye, Big Bad Bullybug by Ed Emberley

Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes

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Pinky and Rex and the Bully by James Howe, Illustrated by Melissa Sweet

Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon by Patty Lovell, Illustrated by David Catrow

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Trouble in the Barker’s Class by Tomie dePaola

Bully by Patricia Polacco


Bird Child by Nan Forler

Just Kidding by Trudy Ludwig

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Grades 3-5

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Twerp by Mark Goldblatt

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The Invisible Boy by Trudy Ludwig

Poison Ivy by Amy Goldman Koss

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The Bully from the Black Lagoon by Mike Thaler, Illustrated by Jared D. Lee

Jake Drake, Bully Buster by Andrew Clements, Illustrated by Amanda Harvey, Janet Pedersen

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The Loser List Book #1 by H.N. Kowitt

The New Girl: Allie Finkle’s Rules for Girls by Meg Cabot

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Captain Underpants and the Terrifying Return of Tippy Tinkletrousers  by Dav Pilkey

Freak the Mighty by Rodman Philbrick

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Bobby the Brave by Lisa Yee, Illustrated by Dan Santat

Super Emma by Sally Warner Illustrated by Jamie Harper


Shredderman: Secret identity by Wendelin Van Draanen, Illustrated by Brain Biggs

The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes

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Confessions of a so called Middle Child by Maria Lennon

Watch out Hollywood: More Confessions of a so called Middle Child by Maria Lennon

Grades 6-8th

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Smile by Raina Telgemeier

wonder by R.J. Palacio

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Freaks by Kieran Larwood

If I Ever Get Out of Here by Eric Gansworth

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Words in the Dust by Trent Reedy

Loser by Jerry Spinelli

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The Truth about Truman School by Dori Hillestad Butler

The Liberation of Gabriel King by K.L. Going


Rhyme Schemer by K.A. Holt

What books would you suggest we add to our Banish Bullying Booklist? Share in the comments below!

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6 thoughts on “The Banish Bullying Booklist: Reading Our Way to Awareness

    1. I didn’t know about these two books Barbara but will have a look and get them on the list. Thanks for suggesting them.

    1. I haven’t heard of this one Claire but look forward to reading it. Thanks for sharing.

  1. Anything to help lessen the atrocity of bullying is a worthwhile effort, to say the least. It’s great that they schedule this in the beginning of the school year, too! Love the booklist, ladies! 🙂

  2. In “The Offenders: Saving the World While Serving Detention!”, A freak accident gives five middle school kids (3 boys and 2 girls from very diverse backgrounds) super powers. But instead of being able to transform into cool super-beings, they are forced to take on the characteristics of the kids they pick on. Now they’re the ones who are being teased, and by the same kids who they are trying to help!

    PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center says: 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 who are bullying can change their behavior and make their school a more positive place.

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