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Monday, January 24, 2011

Books Supporting No-Name Calling Week

I've blogged about A LOT of books covering the topic of bullying. I went through my list and narrowed it down to ones that have name-calling or put-downs in them. Hope these will help you kick off No Name-Calling Week. Click on the title to read my review.

If you think I should have included one that is not on this list, please tell me the title in the comments section below and I will add it. Remember, stick to ones focusing on name-calling and put downs.

Crow Boy
Chibi is picked on because he is different. He is misunderstood and judged by the other children. So much to learn from this beautiful story. It's a long time favorite of mine.

Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon
Molly Lou Melon is what I want every girl and boy to be. She shows us how to stand up for ourselves in the sweetest kindest way. Always believe in yourself no matter what others say!

Simon's Hook
Need strategies for name-calling? Look no further. This is a VERY popular book with my students. The metaphor is perfect. Don't take the hook!

Blue Cheese Breath and Stinky Feet
If you are being targeted by someone - you need a plan to not be their bulls eye. This has brought a lot of awareness to students about how to identify bullying. And after you identify it, how to deal with it.

My Best Friend
This one is asked to be read over and over by my K-2 students. It's about relational aggression and there is also a little name-calling going on. The message is to find a friend that treats you with kindness and respect. Don't hang around those who want to put you down.

Don't Laugh At Me
Maybe a way to combat name-calling is through empathy. This one surely builds it.

Just Kidding
A lot of kids would like to minimize put-downs by using the phrase "just kidding!" Trudy Ludwig teaches kids the problem with not taking responsibility and how to stand up for yourself assertively.

Thank You, Mr. Falker
This gets to the core of why name-calling is so destructive. Imagine struggling in school and then being taunted and teased by a classmate who calls you "dumb." But it's Mr. Falker who puts a stop to it. Reminder to my students how powerful adults are in stopping bullying.

The Hundred Dresses
At the end of this story there is regret for the teasing and name-calling. If you see someone being teased or put-down - SPEAK UP. Then you will never have regret.

A very creative take on bullying. Get ready to be blown away by this powerful book. It just takes ONE.

Good-Bye Bully Machine
The icky bully machine thrives off name-calling. Learn how to un-plug it with this AWESOME book. We are currently reviewing it from last year.

Edwardo the Horriblest Boy in the Whole Wide World
Edwardo is constantly adults. This also explains the damage a put-down can do compared to a put-up!

Not So Tall for Six
Being picked on for your height is not cool. But Kylie Bell deals with it like a pro.

 The Blushful Hippopotamus
This hippopotamus keeps getting name-called by his sister. But it's his good friend Lombard who re-builds his self-esteem. 

The Meanest Thing To Say: A Little Bill Book for Beginning Readers, Level 3 (Oprah's Book Club)
Little Bill learns how to deal with insults.


  1. Wow - great list of books! Thanks, so much, for sharing.

    -Christina S. Team Member

  2. You have all the current ones covered. Here are two really old ones: Oliver Button is a Sissy by Tomie dePaola and The Hating Book by Charlotte Zolotow. Don't use them much any more, but now and again I dust them off.

  3. Thank you so much for your site. This is a treasure trove of resources, and I will be sharing it with teachers, parents, and friends. Much gratitude to you for your hard work here. A.

  4. @Amy - Thank you for making my day!

  5. No Name Calling Week is such a valuable way to being a conversation around the culture of bullying that our children are often exposed to. This is such a great list of books! We at Project Bully Free Zone will add this to our list of things that we can do to engage in No Name Calling Week. If you're interested in learning more about what we're suggesting to do in honor of No Name Calling Week, visit our website!