As we round up Anti-bullying month, I wanted to share four of my favorite books dealing with bullying. All of these books help to initiate conversation about bullying. Additionally, each of these books touches on a different strategy not only dealing with bullying, but ridding of it forever.
In Spaghetti in A Hot Dog Bun, Maria Dismondy discusses the golden rule. Even when kids are mean and nasty, kids need to be true to themselves and be kind in order to stop the damaging cycle. Patty Lovell's book, Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon teaches children that standing up to bully behavior and staying confident causes bullies to lose interest in his victims, ending the vicious cycle. In her book, One, Kathryn Otoshi sends a message that when you become an ally to a victim of bullying, you create strength in numbers. Ignoring a bully's behavior shows that his behavior is acceptable, but standing tall together shows power in numbers, causing a bully much difficulty. The Recess Queen simply states that befriending a bully is often what it takes to stop hurtful behavior. Sometimes bullies just need a little love and acceptance. All of these books coupled together prove as a wonderful resource to stomp out bullying for good. Let's make it happen!