It’s already the month of October which is the National Bullying Prevention Month. It is the perfect month to support and promote anti-bullying campaigns and activities. This would also be the time for kids to be more knowledgeable and to understand the effects of bullying. Aside from talking to them or discussing with them the horrors of bullying, you also do some activities on how to stop bullying such as team building exercises, show them some anti-bullying videos or maybe you can read them some anti-bullying books before they go to sleep or in the classroom. Here are 13 anti-bullying books for kids to understand and comprehend bullying.
1. Enemy Pie
It should have been a perfect summer when Jeremy Ross moved into the neighborhood and the protagonist doesn’t like him. He didn’t have an enemy not until Jeremy Ross laughed at him when he struck him at a baseball game, he was the one and only person on his enemy’s list. He told his dad about this and that his dad does understand stuff like enemies. And his dad knew a good way to get rid of them. He then pulled a really old recipe book, written in a paper was the recipe of what he called, enemy pie. His dad said it was the fastest way to get rid of the enemies. His dad made the pie and when it was done, he told his son, “in order for the enemy pie to work, you have to spend a day with your enemy, maybe you could play with him.” The protagonist was hesitant to do it but in order for the pie to work, he has to do it to get rid of his number 1 enemy. Jeremy and the protagonist played together for a whole day and it turned out that the protagonist has realized that Jeremy was nice. Dinner came and his dad asked them to eat dinner together, his dad then served the pie. The protagonist tried to stop Jeremy from eating it but they both find his dad eating it happily. Jeremy then ate it and he then tried to eat it too, it turned to be so delicious. They then became good friends.
2. Llama Llama and the Bully Goat
Llama was having fun at school, writing, counting and playing. Their teacher has asked them to do sit in a circle as they are about to sing a song. Everyone sings the songs in their own way. Llama claps the beat while Gilroy Goat just points and bleats. Llama likes to sing but Gilroy laughs at everything, he even starts calling him names. Their teacher has noticed the bullying done by Gilroy and that she told Gilroy calling names is not ok and being mean is not allowed. It was time for recess and everyone gathered and played at the playground. Gilroy then beats and kicks the dirt towards Llama and also throws some dirt to his classmate Nelly. Gilroy is a bully goat. Llama stood up and told Gilroy that what he is doing is not ok, he should stop it or they will go away. Llama and Nelly walk away and told their teacher about Gilroy being a bully. The teacher talked to Gilroy and asked the class if Gilroy can play with them. They were playing together now and they all sing along to the songs.
3. King of the Playground
Kevin wore his spiderman t-shirt, his Batman underpants and his pants with horseshoes on both pockets, his going to the playground as he wanted to take a slide head-on before Sammy who names himself “king of the playground” come. But unfortunately, Sammy was already there, he told Kevin not to go slide, and if he does, he will get a rope and tie him up. Kevin went home and told his father about this. His father then asked him, “what would you be doing while Sammy was tying you up? Just sitting there?” Kevin answered that he would be kicking his feet. The next day, he went to the playground again as he wishes to play at the monkey bars but Sammy again hinders him and told him that he can’t play there. Sammy again threatened him that he would nail all the doors and windows shut and they will be trapped inside forever. Kevin told this to his father. They both laugh. His father told him that if ever, while Sammy was nailing one door shut, they could walk out the other. The next day, Kevin went to the playground again and saw Sammy playing in the sandbox. Though Kevin was nervous, he tries to play in the sandbox and tries to interact with Sammy. Sammy again told him to stay away or he will trap him inside a cage full of big bears. Kevin then answered that he will ride on their backs and teach them tricks. They have been squabbling for quite some time until they began to dig a tunnel in the sandbox. They keep on digging until they bumped heads. Kevin laughed out loud and Sammy was smiling.
4. Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon
There was this one kid who is short and clumsy, has buck teeth that stuck out so far, and a voice that sounds like a bullfrog being squeezed by a boa constrictor, and her name is Molly Lou Melon. Though she has those features, it doesn’t bother her as her grandmother always told her to stood up and be proud. But one day, Molly transferred to a new school and there she met a bully but Molly can handle him.
5. Bullies Never Win
First-grader students named Jessica and Brenda were in the same class. Brenda was “perfect” in Jessica’s eyes. She has perfect hair, her homework is also perfect and also her clothes. But Jessica, on the other hand, worries a lot, especially to Brenda’s bullying. Though Jessica has told her mom about this bullying, her mom has advised her to tell their teacher about this. But Jessica thinks that isn’t enough and Brenda would still be a bully. Jessica stood up and told Brenda that bullies never win.
Blue was a quiet color, he enjoyed looking up at the sky. He likes being with Yellow, Green, Purple, and Orange except for Red. Red likes to pick on Blue and Blue would feel bad about being blue. Yellow, Green, Purple, and Orange has comforted Blue saying he is a very nice color but they never stood up against Red. Then One came to encourage all the colors to stand up and stand together. Aside from identifying the colors, this book would also help the teachers and parents to discuss and let the children understand bullying.
Reading these kinds of books before the children would help them understand and prevent bullying. They would recognize any bullying acts that would possibly happen to them or to their friends at school or at home. They would also be alert of what to do against the bullies which would be then beneficial to them not to get bullied. As a parent or teacher, it is your role to guide them and protect them and reading them these books will help them to be a bullyproof kid. And to prevent bullying since this month is a National Bullying Prevention Month, submit your complaints here in Bullyout, and together let us stop bullying in Australian Schools!