Books About Bullying

Kids grappling with bullying can check out our list of relatable books for various ages, from picture books to tween and teen novels to memoirs. Some books deal with cyberbullying, while others portray the old-fashioned face-to-face kind. In some cases, bullying stems from racial bias or simply perceiving the other person as "different." In others, it's driven by petty jealousies and power dynamics. These stories show positive ways to stand up to bullying, and many zero in on the deep wounds that can lead a kid to engage in bullying -- and how a person can grow beyond them. For more stories about kids' interactions, see our Books That Support Diversity and Inclusion and Coming-of-Age Books

 

Browse Books About Bullying

Bully Book Poster Image
Simple animal tale of bullying, empathy, and forgiveness.
By Laura Vaccaro Seeger
(2013)
(2013)
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Llama Llama and the Bully Goat Book Poster Image
School bully tale great for showing kids how to respond.
By Anna Dewdney
(2013)
(2013)
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Myrtle Book Poster Image
Affirming story of a little rat standing up to a bully.
By Tracey Campbell Pearson
(2011)
(2004)
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Stick and Stone Book Poster Image
Charming art distinguishes story about friends and bullies.
By Beth Ferry
(2015)
(2015)
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Coat of Many Colors Book Poster Image
Lyrics of inspirational Dolly Parton song address bullying.
By Dolly Parton
(2016)
(2016)
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Freckleface Strawberry and the Dodgeball Bully Book Poster Image
Imaginative girl tackles bully in upbeat playground story.
By Julianne Moore
(2013)
(2009)
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Super Fly: The World's Smallest Superhero!: Super Fly, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Underdog takes on bully in light, fun chapter book.
By Todd H. Doodler
(2015)
(2015)
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Bluebird Book Poster Image
Striking, vibrant tale of friendship, bullying, and loss.
By Bob Staake
(2013)
(2013)
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EllRay Jakes the Dragon Slayer! Book Poster Image
Kids stand up to bullies in warm family story.
By Sally Warner
(2013)
(2013)
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Justin Case: Rules, Tools, and Maybe a Bully Book Poster Image
Giggles, wisdom as worrywart Justin starts fourth grade.
By Rachel Vail
(2014)
(2014)
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Black Brother, Black Brother Book Poster Image
Boy challenges school bully in exciting sports story.
By Jewell Parker Rhodes
(2020)
(2020)
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Me and Marvin Gardens Book Poster Image
Sensitive boy vs. subdivision, bullies in coming-of-age gem.
By Amy Sarig King
(2017)
(2017)
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Pottymouth and Stoopid Book Poster Image
Underdogs overcome labels in sensitive, funny story.
By James Patterson, Chris Grabenstein
(2017)
(2017)
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Real Friends Book Poster Image
Painfully honest, hopeful memoir of coping with frenemies.
By Shannon Hale
(2017)
(2017)
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The Queen Bee and Me Book Poster Image
Relatable story about conformity has strong science content.
By Gillian McDunn
(2020)
(2020)
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Blubber Book Poster Image
Honest novel shows brutality of grade school bullying.
By Judy Blume
(2011)
(1974)
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Knights of the Lunch Table Series Book Poster Image
Boy uses brains, heart, and friends to stand up to bullying.
By Frank Cammuso
(2016)
(2008)
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Middle School: Get Me Out of Here! Book Poster Image
Real middle school issues mix with lots of humor.
By James Patterson, Chris Tebbetts
(2012)
(2012)
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Princess Labelmaker to the Rescue: Origami Yoda, Book 5 Book Poster Image
Students stand up to principal and bullies in clever sequel.
By Tom Angleberger
(2014)
(2014)
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Rick Book Poster Image
Sixth-grader faces bullying bestie in sweet, queer story.
By Alex Gino
(2020)
(2020)
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Booked Book Poster Image
Soccer player faces divorce, bullies in fast-paced novel.
By Kwame Alexander
(2016)
(2016)
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I Funny: A Middle School Story Book Poster Image
Middle school humor mixes with moving disability subplot.
By James Patterson, Chris Grabenstein
(2013)
(2012)
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The Mighty Odds Book Poster Image
Fun, thoughtful mystery deals with superpowers, bullying.
By Amy Ignatow
(2016)
(2016)
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Posted Book Poster Image
Realistic, moving story of finding courage to be yourself.
By John David Anderson
(2017)
(2017)
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Shooting Kabul Book Poster Image
Life and 9/11 through lens of 11-year-old Afghan immigrant.
By N. H. Senzai
(2011)
(2011)
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The Weight of Water Book Poster Image
Moving free-verse tale of immigrant girl's new life in UK.
By Sarah Crossan
(2013)
(2013)
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Wonder Book Poster Image
Moving tale of facially different boy with inner beauty.
By R.J. Palacio
(2012)
(2012)
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Bad Best Friend Book Poster Image
Eighth grader withstands friend rejection in funny story.
By Rachel Vail
(2020)
(2020)
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Goodbye Stranger Book Poster Image
Bittersweet, lovely story of friendship and social media.
By Rebecca Stead
(2015)
(2015)
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Finding Audrey Book Poster Image
Charming tale takes on bullying with sweet, light touch.
By Sophie Kinsella
(2015)
(2015)
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If I Ever Get Out of Here Book Poster Image
Relatable story of music-loving Native American boy in '70s.
By Eric Gansworth
(2013)
(2013)
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Letters to a Bullied Girl: Messages of Healing and Hope Book Poster Image
Heartfelt letters to cyberbullied teen inspire compassion.
By Olivia Gardner, Emily Buder, Sarah Buder
(2011)
(2008)
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Okay for Now Book Poster Image
A troubled boy discovers his self-worth through art.
By Gary D. Schmidt
(2011)
(2013)
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Playground Book Poster Image
Rap star's moving novel about a bully redeemed.
By 50 Cent
(2011)
(2011)
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Ryan Higa's How to Write Good Book Poster Image
YouTuber's engaging memoir has solid writing advice, too.
By Ryan Higa
(2017)
(2017)
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Dear Bully: 70 Authors Tell Their Stories Book Poster Image
Kids', teens' authors share personal bullying experiences.
By Megan Kelley Hall, Carrie Jones
(2011)
(2011)
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I'll Be the One Book Poster Image
Body-positive teen seeks K-pop stardom in cute romcom.
By Lyla Lee
(2020)
(2020)
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Positive: Surviving My Bullies, Finding Hope, and Living to Change the World Book Poster Image
Brave memoir about HIV offers new perspective and hope.
By Paige Rawl
(2014)
(2014)
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The Scar Boys Book Poster Image
Witty tale of a bullied teen boy saved by rock 'n' roll.
By Len Vlahos
(2014)
(2014)
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Tease Book Poster Image
Riveting tale of teen bullying tragedy, told by the bully.
By Amanda Maciel
(2014)
(2014)
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This Is Where It Ends Book Poster Image
Harrowing and heartbreaking story of a school shooting.
By Marieke Nijkamp
(2016)
(2016)
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Twisted Book Poster Image
Gritty but powerful read about bullied teen.
By Laurie Halse Anderson
(2007)
(2007)
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Two or Three Things I Forgot to Tell You Book Poster Image
Authentic look at suicide, cutting, bullying, friendship.
By Joyce Carol Oates
(2012)
(2012)
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Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass Book Poster Image
Mesmerizing, gritty story of bullied Latina teen in NYC.
By Meg Medina
(2013)
(2013)
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The You I've Never Known Book Poster Image
Moving LGBTQ tale tackles abuse, bullying, and homophobia.
By Ellen Hopkins
(2017)
(2017)
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