As everyone readjusts to the new school year, we have some interesting series which deal with getting back to friends and getting along with classmates. Addy Ferguson’s Stand Up: Bullying Prevention series is worth taking a look at for its comprehensive treatment of the subject of bullying, which can at times be hard to identify or define. This six-part series is presented in a format that will appeal to readers from 8-13, and might give parents and teachers some good talking points.
This volume outlines what bullying is, exactly, and how peers can spot it and help.
By illustrating that bullying isn’t just physical, this volume gets to the heart of how words can hurt, and how to ask for help.
This book gives concrete advice about different types of bullying, why people bully others, and how to deal with bullying.
Fiction or short stories can be just as effective for shedding light on interpersonal relationships. We have so many books in our collection that deal with bullying or bullies in one way or another, whether it is the focal point or a thread that runs throughout. Notable among them are Wonder, by R.J. Palacio, and Dear Bully: Seventy Authors Tell Their Stories, and Susin Nielsen-Fernlund’s books Word Nerd and The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen.
On a similar note, another great new arrival is Isabel Thomas’s Dealing with Feeling… series. It’s aimed at younger readers than the bullying series, but talks about how to cope with different feelings in a healthy way.