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National Bullying Prevention Month

It’s National Bullying Prevention Month! We are sharing some of our favorite anti-bullying titles that are sure to warm the hearts of readers everywhere. 

A Goat Named Joey

A Goat Named Joey

By Tom Nochera

Herein is our story of Joey LeGoat,
A bullied kid living on the Isle of Oat.

A mean flock of geese drive him to hide in his barn
And Joey starts to wonder why he ever was born.

If he goes outside, will he face fresh attacks?
Shall he hide inside forever? Should he fight back?

If he can reach inside and ignite his own flame
His destiny on Oat will never be the same.

Enjoy our tale of hate, forgiveness and love,
And the brave goat who strove to rise above

Why We Love It

An empowering and entertaining tale, this title teaches victims of bullying to be proud of who they are and to “strike their own note”. With short chapters and catchy poetry, this is a perfect title for young readers.

Bernard the Sneezy Dragon

Bernard the Sneezy Dragon

By Christopher Strain

Dragons haven’t breathed fire in centuries, except Bernard. What if he can’t control when it comes out? It starts with a sneeze, but where will it end? With the whole town at stake, will Bernard finally master his ability?

Why We Love It

This title uses colorful and adorable illustrations to teach readers that their differences can be their strengths. It also promotes healthy coping mechanisms and how to best control your emotions, even in the face of bullying. 

Barnyard Bully

Barnyard Bully

By Dawn Marie Thompson

Barnyard Bully is a children’s book by Dawn Thompson. All around the farm, the animals aren’t getting along. Learn with the animals how to spot and stop bullying.

Why We Love It

It can be sometimes difficult for children to fully understand the concept of bullying. This title helps readers to identify, understand, and stop bullying in a clever way!



The Argyle Crocodile Learns About Being Different

By Elizabeth Martinez Cornetta, PhD

Haven’t we all worried about what others think and how we can fit in? The Argyle Crocodile is a charming, rhyming story sure to delight children and adults alike! The Argyle Crocodile will make you feel good about yourself and inspire you to help others feel good about themselves.

Why We Love It

The title says it all- this creative read teaches children that it’s okay to be unique, empowering them to flaunt their differences!

Being Small

Being Small (Isn’t So Bad After All)

By Lori Orlinksy

Being small is the worst! No one ever picks me for their sports team and my feet hurt from standing on my tiptoes all the time. There can’t be anything good about being small…right?  

Being Small is a picture book about a little girl who is scared to go to school because she’s the shortest kid in the class. She talks about all of the reasons that being short is a challenge, but her mother presents to her funny and unique advantages that only she has because of her height, instilling self-confidence in her.

This book is a must-read for any child who has ever fallen behind the curve on the growth chart.

Why We Love It

This adorable title uses rhythmic poetry and imaginative illustrations to demonstrate that with the support of family and friends, we can learn to be proud of what makes us unique. Instead of dwelling on all of the things the main character cannot do because of her height, she learns to love herself and all of the perks of being small.


Better than Best: Be a Friend

Better than Best: Be a Friend

By Jim Waite

Being a good friend is more than just being kind,
it means reaching out to those who others won’t find.

They may be alone, afraid, or have even lost hope.
They may look different, feel sad, or are unable to cope.

Look for all those who need a good friend,
and be that for them from now ‘til the end!

Why We Love It

Everyone knows what it feels like to be excluded by your peers. It is during these times of loneliness and insecurity that you need a friend the most. This book encourages readers to befriend those who need it, and to stand up for victims of bullying!

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