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Bullying Books: Best Novels & Non-Fiction on Bullies | Kids Ages 8-14

The Children’s Book Review
Published: October 22, 2013

Raising Awareness & Offering Guidance Through Literature

The following books offer children great insight into the harmful effects of bullying and the importance of kindness, empathy, compassion, and acceptance. We encourage you to read along with your child, open up discussions and help empower your children to stand up against bullying.



By R.J. Palacio

Age Range: 8 – 12 years

Hardcover: 320 pages

Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers (February 14, 2012)

ISBN-13: 978-0375869020

Eleanor-and-ParkEleanor & Park 

By Rainbow Rowell

Age Range: 13-17 years

Hardcover: 336 pages

Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin; First Edition edition (February 26, 2013)

ISBN-13: 978-1250012579

Confessions-of-a-Former-BullyConfessions of a Former Bully

By Trudy Ludwig, Illustrated by Beth Adams

Age Range: 8 – 12 years

Paperback: 48 pages

Publisher: Dragonfly Books; Reprint edition (July 10, 2012)

ISBN-13: 978-0307931139

Too-Cool-for-this-SchoolToo Cool for This School 

By Kristen Tracy

Age Range: 10 and up

Hardcover: 288 pages

Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers (August 6, 2013)

ISBN-13: 978-0385740708

ThirteenReasonsWhyThirteen Reasons Why

By Jay Asher

Age Range: 12 and up

Paperback: 336 pages

Publisher: Razorbill; Reprint edition (June 14, 2011)

ISBN-13: 978-1595141880


Bystander-PowerBystander Power: Now with Anti-Bullying Acttion 

By Phyllis Kaufman Goodstein

Age Range: 8 – 13 years

Paperback: 128 pages

Publisher: Free Spirit Publishing; Original edition (July 27, 2012)

ISBN-13: 978-1575424118

MiddleSchoolConfidentialAppBe Confident in Who You Are

By Annie Fox, Illustrated by Matt Kindt

Age Range: 11 – 14 years

Paperback: 96 pages

Publisher: Free Spirit Publishing; Book 1 edition (August 15, 2008)

ISBN-13: 978-1575423029

Real-Friends-vs-the-Other-KindReal Friends vs. the Other Kind

By Annie Fox, Illustrated by Matt Kindt

Age Range: 11 – 14 years

Paperback: 96 pages

Publisher: Free Spirit Publishing; Book 2 edition (June 5, 2009)

ISBN-13: 978-1575423197

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  • Have you read author Jacquie Ream’ middle school fiction book titled Bully Dogs? It is a great story with a compelling message about the choices made either by being a bully, hanging out with one, or being the target of one. I highly recommend adding it to your list. Thank you for this list. I found a few I will definitely read!

    December 27, 2013
    • I’m so happy you have found this list useful! I’ll be sure to check out your recommendation.

      January 5, 2014
  • My latest work, Moving Targets, is a bully-themed book for middle-graders. Would you like to review it for possible inclusion in your list?

    February 7, 2014

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