Children’s Books about Bullying and Feeling Left Out
Using children’s books about bullying and feeling left out is a sensitive way to raise a difficult topic in the classroom and improve the self-esteem of your students.
Why Use Children’s Books about Bullying in the Classroom?
Bullying is a difficult subject to raise in the classroom. It is a universal issue which most of us experience, though this could be as the victim or the bully. Reading picture books about bullying or feeling left out is a way to start a discussion with your students.
Illustrated books will help you bring up bullying issues more naturally than a formal talk, and as a consequence, develop your student’s self-esteem. You can use stories to point out the perspective of the victim, the bully and bystanders, and explore illustrated examples of the consequences of our actions.
Questions for Children’s Books About Bullying
- Have you ever felt left out? How did it make you feel?
- Why might someone feel left out?
- What strategies will help you next time you feel this way?
- What can you do to join in with other children?
- How can you help someone who is feeling left out or bullied?
- How do you feel when you are bullied?
- What strategies will help when you or someone else is bullied?
- Have you ever been teased? How did it make you feel?
- Have you teased someone else? Why?
- Is teasing and bullying the same? Explain your answer.
- Is being alone and lonely the same thing? Explain your answer.
- If you see someone being bullied what could you do?
Graphic Organizers about Bullying
Before you check out the picture books about resilience below, I have made a pack of graphic organisers and activities to use with Chrysanthemum. This is a great book to use when teaching a sense of identity, relationship skills and self-management.
I have a freebie that is part of this larger resource so you can try it out before buying anything!
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Suggested Children’s Books About Bullying
Read any books you are interested in before sharing them with your students. Not all will be appropriate for your specific needs as they come from different perspectives.
Angus all Aglow by Heather Smith
A Bad Case of the Stripes by David Shannon
Enemy Pie by Derek Munson
Goal! by Mina Javaherbin
Hey, Little Ant by Phillip M. Hoose
I Talk Like a River by Jordan Scott
Lila and the Crow by Gabrielle Grimard
Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress by Christine Baldacchino
My Footprints by Bao Phi
My Name is Bilal by Asma Mobin-Uddin
The Proudest Blue: A Story of Hijab and Family by Ibtihaj Muhammad
Red by Jan De Kinder
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If you would like to learn more about bullying visit the NSPCC Learning website for their Anti-bullying resources.
How do you tackle this sensitive topic in your classroom? Do you have go-to children’s books about bullying and feeling left out that you use? If so, let me know in the comments.