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Bullying/Teasing/Harassment Books

Bullies and Victims
by SuEllen Fried and Paula Fried, Ph.D. 

This clearly written book is concise and to the point. It is punctuated by short case examples helping to make it an easy, interesting read. The authors suggest interventions at numerous levels including individual, family, school and the larger society. Concrete advice is given to parents, educators and therapists to help ameliorate bullying and victimization.

Chain Reaction
by Darrell Scott (6-12)

Chain Reaction details Rachel's vision and challenges readers to be part of this amazing movement. This book invites people to live a life of unabashed compassion and to help shape our culture with love.

Cliques, Phonies, and Other Baloney
by Trevor Romain 

Written for every child who has ever felt shut out or trapped by a clique, this book blends humor with practical advice as it explains how to form positive, healthy relationships. Trevor Romain tackles this serious subject with wit and common sense, explaining what cliques are and why they exist. (8 & up)

How to Handle Bullies, Teasers and other Meanies
by Kate Cohen-Posey, M.S. LMHC LMFT 

Every young person will need this book at some time in his or her life! It covers annoying name calling, vicious prejudice, explosive anger, dangerous situations, and causes of difficult behavior; contains more than 12 ways for melting meanness; uses dozens of dialogues and practice exercises that children enjoy reading; shows young people how to put spiritual truths into action; gives parents, teachers, and counselors a method to help young people help themselves.

Mom, They're Teasing Me
by Michael Thompson, Ph.D. 

Almost everyone agrees: Childhood can be a traumatic time. Kids frequently face peer rejection, name-calling, bullying, after-school fights, esteem-crushing cliques, and malicious exclusion by the "popular" kids. This is a specific, hands-on guide for parents who want to empower their children with the tools they need to cope with social cruelty.

Nobody Knew What To Do
by Becky Ray McCain 

What do you do when you see someone being bullied? Often the observer is scared and doesn't know what to do. This beautifully illustrated book examines the feelings of the "bystander" child who sees another child bullied. It offers solutions and gives hope to the child who is relieved not to be the one chosen by the bullies and afraid that he/she might be next on their list. Children's Library Grade level: 1-4

Odd Girl Out
by Rachel Simmons 

If your daughter has ever come home from school upset because her friends didn't walk with her to lunch, if she has wanted to stay home or has run up to her room in tears and won't tell you why, you may need this book. Naming the problem is often the first step in solving it. This book not only names it, but describes it, understands it and offers advice on how to deal with it.

Sexual Harassment and Teens
by Susan Strauss with Pamela Espeland 

An excellent resource for all professionals working with teens. This comprehensive program brings people together to explore and understand the causes and consequences of sexual harassment and sexual violence.

Simon's Hook
by Karen Gedig Burnett 

When Simon is teased by his friends it's Grandma Rose to the rescue. By comparing teases to fishing hooks, Grandma Rose shows Simon how to avoid getting caught. This delightful book helps children of all ages learn to be "free fish" and not bite at the teases that are tossed their way. Children's Library

Sticks and Stones
by Scott Cooper 

This unique book will help you give your children the verbal tools to counter the hurtful words others tell them - and that they tell themselves. Each chapter, based on the characteristics of a particular bird, uses a wealth of examples, sample scripts, and imaginative, easy-to-follow exercises to give kids the confidence to speak up for themselves more assertively, yet gently and effectively.

Stop Picking on Me
by Pat Thomas 

A picture book that explores the difficult issue of bullying in reassuringly simple terms. As the fears, worries, and questions surrounding bullying are explored, the author inserts convenient break points with pertinent questions. This allows the reader to personalize the issue with the children to whom the book is being presented. Children's Library Grade level: 1-4

The Brand New Kid
by Katie Couric 

When a student who doesn't look or speak like the other students enters school, he is taunted and teased. One girl, Ellie, reaches out and together they teach their classmates an important lesson - people aren't different from each other after all. Children's Library

The Bully Free Classroom
by Allan L. Beane, Ph.D. 

Bullying is a big problem in schools today - positive and practical, this solution-filled book can make your classroom a place where all students are free to learn without fear - and you're free to teach because education, not behavior, is the focus. Includes reproducible masters. Grade level: K-8

Violence in the Schools Developing Prevention Plans
by Louis E. Rosen, Kenneth Rodriguez and others 

This guide will help you better understand an important problem facing our schools today: VIOLENCE. As you review an imaginary school you will explore some of the causes of violence, who shares the responsibility for causing violence and how it can be prevented.

When Children Abuse
by Carolyn Cunningham & Kee MacFarlane 

Many childcare professionals fail to realize that a significant number of child abuse cases involve children abusing other children. In this book, counselors will learn group techniques and activities to treat children with severe impulse control problems, which range from acts of violence and rage, to sexual abuse and fire-setting. Ages: 5-13

Why Is Everybody Always Picking On Me
by Terrence Webster Doyle 

This book is filled with stories and activities to help kids learn to deal with bullies. It explains why bullies and victims behave as they do, and uses questions, role-playing, and other activities to teach kids how to resolve conflicts nonviolently. Also useful for parents, teachers, and counselors. A Benjamin Franklin Award Winner. (6 & up, parents & professionals)

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