Bullying is never ok. Those who bully use power to hurt people. Power does not always mean bigger or stronger. Power can also mean popular or smart. Or, the kid doing the bullying may know a secret about the kid being bullied. – http://www.stopbullying.gov
Here are 5 books that can help to educate elementary school children about the topics of bullying. Unfortunately, it takes more than a few books to put an end to bullying, but creating a supportive environment that encourages dialogue and discussion can be effective in empowering and instilling confidence in your child.
The Juice Box Bully: Empowering Kids to Stand Up for Others by Bob Sornson, Ph.D
Have you ever seen a bully in action and done nothing about it? The kids at Pete’s new school get involved, instead of being bystanders.
When the juice box mess becomes more than just a dirty shirt, Pete’s classmates teach him about “The Promise”. Will Pete decide to shed his bullying habits and make “The Promise”? Click here to buy or learn more.
I Didn’t Know I Was a Bully (Grades K-5) by Melissa Richards
This innovative new program includes a clever, easy-to-read story, which can be reproduced and used with all levels of elementary-age children. The story is followed by six lessons which are applicable for grade 3-5. These lessons elaborate on the message presented in the story and focus on topics like choosing sides, exclusion, cyberbullying, and friendship fears. Each lesson has step-by-step presentation directions, additional stories, and optional supplementary activities. Grades K-5. Click here to buy or learn more.
Simon’s Hook; A Story About Teases and Put-downs by Karen Gedig Burnett
Simon is having a bad day; a bad hair day. First his sister gives him a strange hair cut, then his friends tease him. Simon doesn’t know what to do. Lucky for him he runs into Grandma Rose. After listening to his sorrowful story she helps him learn an important life lesson; how to handle teases and put-downs. By comparing teases to fishing hooks she tells him a tale of how fish learned not to bite. With fanciful characters such as Harmony Hippy Fish, Freddie Fang, Max the Mouse Fish and more, Simon learns that he, too, can swim free from the teasing hooks that people toss his way. Click here to buy or learn more.
Just Kidding by Trudy Ludwig
A rare look at emotional bullying among boys from the best-selling author of My Secret Bully.D.J.’s friend Vince has a habit of teasing D.J. and then saying, Just kidding!” as if it will make everything okay. It doesn’t, but D.J. is afraid that if he protests, his friends will think he can’t take a joke. With the help of his father, brother, and an understanding teacher, D.J. progresses from feeling helpless to taking positive action, undermining the power of two seemingly harmless words. Trudy Ludwig takes another look at relational aggression, the use of relationships to manipulate and hurt others, this time from the boy’s point of view. Click here to buy or learn more.
Stand in My Shoes: Kids Learning About Empathy by Bob Sornson, Ph.D
When Emily asks her big sister what the word empathy means, Emily has no idea that knowing the answer will change how she looks at people. But does it really matter to others if Emily notices how they’re feeling? Stand in My Shoes shows kids how easy it is to develop empathy toward those around them. Empathy is the ability to notice what other people feel. Empathy leads to the social skills and personal relationships which make our lives rich and beautiful, and it is something we can help our children learn. This book teaches young children the value of noticing how other people feel. We’re hoping that many parents read it along with their children. Click here to buy or learn more.
To learn more information on what the government is doing to stop bullying and for resources, visit Stopbullying.gov