Friendship and Bullies, grades K-3

Picture books about friendship and bullies appropriate for children in grades K-3

Picture books provide a thoughtful, provocative way to engage students in conversation and can be used to bring together disparate age groups to talk about the same topic, such as bullying and friendship. From simply sharing a story about being different to reading a book that directly addresses an ongoing issue at a specific school or classroom, adults can challenge students to think creatively about how they treat one another and make friends, and help them talk about what they see happening around them. Here are some great titles to get the conversation started:

A Porcupine Named Fluffy,  Lester, H. JPB Lester

All for Me and None for All,  Lester, H. JPB Lester

Arthur’s April Fool, Brown, M. JPB Brown

Be Kind,  Pat Zietlow Miller JPB Miller

Best Friends for Frances, Hoban, R. JPB Hoban

Biscuit Finds a Friend, Capucilli, A. JE Capucilli

Black Belt, Faulkner, M. JPB Faulkner

Bootsie Barker Bites,  Bottner, B. JPB Bottner

Bully, Caseley, J. JPB Caseley

Chester’s Way, Henkes, K. JPB Henkes

Corduroy, Freeman, D JPB Freeman

Chrysanthemum, Henkes, K. JPB Henkes

Crow Boy, Yashima, T JPB Yashima

Each Kindness, Woodson, J. JPB Woodson

Eddie Longpants, Levert, M JPB Levert

Enemy Pie, Munson, D. JPB Munson

Friends, Heine, H. JPB Heine

Frog and Toad Are Friends, Lobel, A. JE Lobel

Frog and Toad Together, Lobel, A. JE Lobel

Goggles!, Keats, E JPB Keats

Hooway for Wodney Wat, Lester, H JPB Lester

Hurty Feelings, Lester, H. JPB Lester

I am So Strong, Ramos, M. JPB Ramos

I’m Sorry, Mc Bratney, S. JPB McBratney

I Repeat, Don’t Cheat, Cuyler, M. JPB Cuyler

Ira Sleeps Over, Waber, B. JPB Waber

Jerome Camps Out, Christelow, E JPB Christelow

Jessica, Henkes, K. JPB Henkes

Kermit the Hermit, Peet, B. JPB Peet

King of the Playground, Naylor, P. JPB Naylor

Listen Buddy, Lester, H JPB Lester

Little Bear, Waddell M JPB Waddell

Making Friends, Rogers, F. JPB Rogers

Martha Walks the Dog, Meddaugh, S JPB Meddaugh

May I Bring a Friend?, De Regniers, B. JPB DeRegniers

Me First, Lester, H. JPB Lester

Misery Moo, Willis, J. JPB Willis

Mr. Gumpy’s Outing, Burningham, J. JPB Burningham

My Friend is Sad (or) Can I Play Too, Willems, M. JE Willems

My Secret Bully, Ludwig, T. JPB Ludwig

Nobody Knew What to Do, McCain, B. JPB McCain

Oliver Button Is a Sissy, De Paola  T. JPB DePaola

Pinky & Rex and the Bully, Howe, J. JE Howe

Scaredy Squirrel Makes a Friend, Watt, M. JPB Watts

Sneaky Weasel, Shaw, H. JPB Shaw

Spoon, Rosenthal, A. JPB Rosenthal

Strong Man: The Story of Charles Atlas, MCCARTHY, M. (biography) JB Atlas

Superdog: Heart of a Hero, Buehner, C. JPB Buehner

Swimmy, Lionni, L. JPB Lionni

The Ant Bully, Nickle, J. JPB Nickle

The Biggest Nose, Caple, K. JPB Caple

The Golden Rule, Cooper, I. JPB Cooper

The Grouchy Ladybug, Carle, E. JPB Carle

The Lamb and the Butterfly, Sundgaard, A. JPB Sundgaard

The Other Side, Woodson, J. JPB Woodson

The Recess Queen, Ludwig, T. JPB Ludwig

The Wizard, the Fairy, and the Magic Chicken, Lester, H JPB Lester

We are Best Fiends, Aliki JPB Aliki

We Don’t Eat Our Classmates, Higgins, R. JPB Higgins

Weslandia, Fleischman, P. JPB Fleischman

Wilfrid Gordon MacDonald Partridge, Fox, M. JPB Fox

Yo! Yes?, Raschka, C. JPB Raschka

Yoko (or) Yoko’s World of Kindness, Wells, R. JPB Wells

Yo-Yo Man, Pinkwater, D. JPB Pinkwater

You will Be My Friend, Brown, P. JPB Brown


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