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BKLYN Youth Wing Pathfinder for Picture Books About Bullying and Friend Trouble

Children's books about bullying and friend trouble.

22 items

Bad Astrid

story by Eileen Brennan ; pictures by Regan Dunnick. |

"Bad Astrid has been terrorizing everyone and everything on her block ever since her family moved in. But when an accident befalls the bully, it's up to a new neighbor to teach Astrid how to be a friend."

Arthur and the meanies

Jan Fearnley. |

The monkeys say he is too big to join them swinging through the trees. And tiger and peacock just laugh when he asks to join their game of hopscotch. The meanies! Then it starts to rain, and suddenly everybody wants to be Arthur's friend - as long as he'll do as he's told and shelter them from the storm.

Freda stops a bully

Stuart J. Murphy. |

Max makes fun of Freda's shoes, but Freda soon learns how to cope with his bullying.

Sea Monster and the bossy fish

by Kate Messner ; illustrated by Andy Rash. |

When the new fish in class criticizes everything and tries to bully the other students, Sea Monster needs to think of a way that everyone can play together and get along.

The grouchy ladybug

Eric Carle. |

A grouchy ladybug who is looking for a fight challenges everyone she meets regardless of their size or strength.

The ant bully

John Nickle. |

Lucas learns a lesson about bullying when he is pulled into ant hole of the ant he has been tormenting.


by Kevin Henkes. |

Chrysanthemum loves her name, until she starts going to school and the other children make fun of it.

Billy Bully

by Alvaro & Ana Galan ; illustrated by Steve Simpson. |

In this story that introduces the numbers from one to ten, Billy Bully learns to be nice to his friends.

Llama Llama and the bully goat

Anna Dewdney. |

Following their teacher's lead, Llama Llama speaks to Gilroy Goat and tells him he should not act like a bully on the playground.

Trouble in the Barkers' class

written and illustrated by Tomie dePaola. |

When a new girl in the Barkers' class, Carole Anne, acts like a bully, the students try talking to her and ignoring her until Morgie finally discovers what is wrong and finds a way to fix it.

Don't laugh at me

by Steve Seskin & Allen Shamblin ; illustrations by Glin Dibley ; afterword by Peter Yarrow. |

Illustrated version of a song pointing out that in spite of our differences, we are all the same in God's eyes. Includes companion CD with 2 songs.

Arthur's April fool

Marc Brown. |

Arthur worries about remembering his magic tricks for the April Fool's Day assembly and Binky's threats to pulverize him.


by Leo Lionni. |

A little black fish in a school of red fish figures out a way of protecting them all from their natural enemies.

The tale of Sir Dragon

written by Jean Pendziwol ; illustrated by Martine Gourbault. |

When a girl and her dragon friend go to Camp Camelot to have some knightly fun, some of the other knights refuse to let the dragon play, but the king soon sorts the bullies out.

Hooway for Wodney Wat

Helen Lester ; illustrated by Lynn Munsinger. |

All his classmates make fun of Rodney because he can't pronounce his name, but it is Rodney's speech impediment that drives away the class bully.

The rat and the tiger

Keiko Kasza. |

In his friendship with Rat, Tiger takes advantage and plays the bully because of his greater size, but one day Rat stands up for his rights.


by Christopher Myers. |

Ikarus Jackson, the new boy in school, is outcast because he has wings. But his resilient spirit inspires one girl to speak up for him in this thought provoking story about celebrating individuality.

The three bully goats

Leslie Kimmelman ; illustrated by Will Terry. |

Billy goat brothers Gruff, Ruff, and Tuff are bullies who rule their meadow, but when they cross Little Ogre's bridge and are mean to the baby animals on the other side, they are in for a surprise.

Amazing Grace

by Mary Hoffman ; pictures by Caroline Binch. |

Although a classmate says that she cannot play Peter Pan in the school play because she is African-American, Grace discovers that she can do anything she sets her mind to do.


Ezra Jack Keats. |

Two boys must outsmart the neighborhood bullies before they can enjoy their new treasure, a pair of lensless motorcycle goggles.

The Recess Queen

by Alexis O'Neill ; illustrated by Laura Huliska-Beith. |

Mean Jean is the biggest bully on the school playground until a new girl arrives and challenges Jean's status as the Recess Queen.


Laura Vaccaro Seeger. |

A little bull discovers that he has been a big bully.