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Build Your Child’s Library: Anti-Bullying Children’s Books

If you are looking for a way to discuss verbal and social bullying with your child, Just Kidding and My Secret Bully are good options.

Just Kidding addresses the topic of verbal bullying. Vince repeatedly teases D.J. with mean-spirited comments meant to humiliate D.J. But Vince avoids punishment and belittles D.J. using the “just kidding” defense. The bullying escalates, but D.J. talks with his father and teacher and learns how to handle the situation.

My Secret Bully addresses the topic of social bullying (relational aggression). Katie, Monica’s friend since kindergarten, increasingly humiliates, embarrasses and excludes Monica in front of their classmates. Monica talks with her mother about how hurt she feels by the actions of her “friend.” Her mother listens to Monica, helps her understand this bullying is not her fault and gives her strategies for coping. Many books on social bullying have unrealistic fairy-tale endings (e.g. the victim stars in the school play and her classmates realize how special she is and stop teasing her), but in My Secret Bully Monica’s mother doesn’t try to provide any easy answers or to dismiss the problem. Instead, the problem of cliques and false friends is discussed in a realistic way.

Both books includes resources for parents, including a list of websites and helpful conversation starters.

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14 Responses to "Build Your Child’s Library: Anti-Bullying Children’s Books"

  1. Andrea says:

    It is so funny that you posted this the same day I posted about my 1-year-old being a bully. :)

  2. ChristiS says:

    Those look like great books to add to my sons books, as well as my first grade library! Thank you!

  3. […] a parent than seeing their child in tears because of a bully. We’ve written before about some great children’s books you can use to discuss bullying with your child, but it’s also important for parents to […]

  4. […] Reading, Writing and Arithmetic are important, but so is character education. As your children head back to school, you’ll want to talk to them about what it means to be a good friend and how to deal with bullying.  Books are the best way to introduce and discuss difficult concepts like bullying or fitting in at school. One of my favorite authors is Trudy Ludwig, and I’ve recommended her books “My Secret Bully” and “Just Kidding” before on Mamanista. […]

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  11. Carolyn Hart says:

    Thank you for this post. I have had a chance to read My Secret Bully. I like the fact that it does not rely on a magical solution to the bullying problem. For a book about bullying to be effective, it needs to make good, workable suggestions for dealing with bullies and bullying. Unfortunately, many picture books rely on magical solutions that create happy endings but don’t empower the reader to problem solve.

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