Bullying can happen at any stage of life - our picks of picture books will help children learn to recognize bullying and teach the importance of showing kindness to others.
I walk with Vanessa: a story about a simple act of kindness. by Kerascoët
Inspired by real events, this simple yet powerful picture book tells the story of one girl who inspires a community to stand up to bullying.
I Walk with Vanessa explores the feelings of helplessness and anger that arise in the wake of seeing a classmate treated badly, and shows how a single act of kindness can lead to an entire community joining in to help. With themes of acceptance, kindness, and strength in numbers, this timeless and profound feel-good story will resonate with readers young and old.
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Say hello, by Jack Foreman
Based on the author's childhood experience, this is the story of a boy who is left out and all alone, while other children play happily.
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Willy the Wimp, by Anthony Browne
Willy wouldn't hurt a fly - he even apologises when someone hits him. The suburban gorillas call him Willy the Wimp. Then, one day, Willy answers a bodybuilding advertisement - with hilarious results!
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Is it because?, by Tony Ross
A little boy is wondering why he is bullied by his classmate Peregrine Ffrogg. As he asks himself why he is being bullied, he finds that he has a greater understanding of himself and the bully.
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Elmer and the Big Bird, by David McKee
One day, Elmer notices that there are no birds around. How strange! Soon he finds them hiding from the nasty bully bird in a nearby cave. The bully bird is mean and likes to frighten little birds. Led by Elmer, the animals work together to frighten off the bully - and succeed!
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Troll stinks, by Jeanne Willis and Tony Ross
Billy Goat and his best friend Cyril are messing about with the farmer's mobile phone, taking selfies and playing games - until they find the number for a troll. Their Grandpa Gruff says trolls are bad, so Billy and Cyril decide to get their own back by sending mean messages. After all, trolls really do stink! Don't they?
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Something Else, by Kathryn Cave
A simple story, about a small creature who does his best to join in with the others. But he's different. No matter how he tries, he just doesn't belong. Then Something turns up and wants to be friends - but Something Else isn't sure he's like him at all.
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Tyrannosaurus Drip by Julia Donaldson & David Roberts
Everyone knows that tyrannosauruses are big and scary, so when a placid duckbill dinosaur's egg ends up in the wrong nest confusion is sure to ensue. When the baby dinosaur hatches out, he's so out of place that his grisly big sisters call him Tyrannosaurus Drip.
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