Bibliotherapy: Books About Bullying

October 16, 2012 at 1:17 pm

October is Bullying Prevention Awareness Month.  Each day, more than 160,000 students in the U.S. stay home from school from fear of being bullied (PACER’s Bullying Awareness and Prevention Facts).

Bullying affects not only the bully and the bullied, but also witnesses, who often feel helpless and fearful that they might become the next target.  Bullying can take many forms.  It isn’t just the stereotypical larger child picking on a smaller one, it can be more covert; spreading rumors about or excluding someone in person, on the phone or over the internet.

The PACER National Bullying Prevention Center defines an act as bullying when:

  • The behavior hurts or harms another person physically or emotionally.
  • It is intentional, meaning the act is done willfully, knowingly and with deliberation.
  • The targets have difficulty stopping the behavior directed at them and struggle to defend themselves.

More than 55 percent of bullying stops when a peer intervenes, so it is very critical that we as parents, caregivers and educators give children the tools they need to effectively handle bullying situations.

The library is a great place to get started.  Let us help you find the books, videos, and websites that will speak to your child and help them further strengthen their knowledge and resiliency.

Books offer a safe gateway into the world of difficult topics and bullying is no exception.  Children can identify with and learn from characters dealing with bullying situations, whether or not they have been in a bullying situation themselves.  Reading a story about a bully provides a springboard for discussion–“what would you do if this happened to your friend?” ” What do you think this character should do, who can they talk to?”  Talking about these issues and allowing children to work through a solution is a valuable tool in the fight against bullying.  A story about a bully allows a child to see the problem as an observer rather than a participant, which can make it easier for them to think about the problem and understand a solution.

This Bully Book List provides several titles that may be a good fit for your child. Another option is to give us a call or come in to your local branch to speak to a Youth Services Librarian about your family’s specific needs.  We are always happy to help!

Videos: Our collection has many children’s videos available on this topic: Children’s Videos About Bullying.

Another option would be to type “bully” into our Access Video On-Demand search bar to see several options for streaming videos that can be watched instantly through your computer/device.

Websites are a great place to find the latest information and resources available to combat bullying.  Learn about bullying facts, nationwide initiatives, and available resources for children, caregivers and educators from the sites below:

  • PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center: “Founded in 2006, PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center unites, engages and educates communities nationwide to address bullying through creative, relevant and interactive resources. PACER’s bullying prevention resources are designed to benefit all students, including students with disabilities.”
  • Provides information from various government agencies on what bullying is, what cyberbullying is, who is at risk, and how you can prevent and respond to bullying.
  • PACER Center’s Kids Against Bullying: Interactive site designed for kids where they can share stories, play games and learn more about bullying.
  • U.S. Dept. of Education: Offers resources as well as a rcently written article in their “Homeroom” blog entitled, “5 Ways to Help Your Child Prevent Bullying this School Year.”
  • The Trevor Project: “The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth.”
  • Cyberbullying Research Center: “The Cyberbullying Research Center is dedicated to providing up-to-date information about the nature, extent, causes, and consequences of cyberbullying among adolescents.”
  • The National Child Traumatic Stress Network: “The National Child Traumatic Stress Network was established to improve access to care, treatment, and services for traumatized children and adolescents exposed to traumatic events.”  This site includes an excellent list of resources for children, parents and educators on bullying.

For more information about these and other FREE resources available @ your library®, call (813) 273-3652 or visit


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