Books about bullying for 8-12s
Almost everyone gets bullied at some point in their life - so if this is happening to your child, they are not alone. Here are some books to help older primary school children who may be experiencing bullying or finding it tricky to make friends.
Tola Okogwu, Illustrated by Rahima Begum
Florence Elizabeth Publishing
'There is something wrong with my big, frizzy mop. The children call me ginger and names like carrot top!’ A gentle read on how to deal with anxieties around standing out and dealing with bullying from an early age.
When Millie’s best friend Lauren is mortified by an Instagram post, Millie makes a vlog to cheer her up. Rae Earl has a real talent for writing a charming and funny story that handles life problems particularly well.
Orion Children's Books
Told through the eyes of ten-year-old Jamie, My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece sensitively tackles issues around grief, terrorism, racism and bullying.
Rachel Renée Russell
Simon and Schuster
Max is put in a locker by the school bully after everyone has left for the long weekend - and then three thieves break in to the school. Written in journal format and peppered with humorous illustrations, Max's (mis)adventures are sure to be a hit.
It's a difficult time for Finlay. It's two years since his mother left the family home without any explanation. Marrying some unusual themes and a likeable protagonist, this an absorbing and well-paced mystery.
Shortlisted for the 2004 Nestlé Smarties Book Prize (age 6-8 category), an exploration of an unlikely friendship between two very different boys.
Robert is having a tough time at school, being bullied by Nicker; he's also trying to deal with the break-up of his parents' marriage.
Jacqueline Wilson, Illustrator: Nick Sharratt and Sue Heap
This humorous tale sensitively highlights issues such as friendship and bullying.
Jacqueline Wilson, Illustrated by Nick Sharratt
Bitterly unhappy and fed up with being teased at school, Mandy White is in need of a friend.
This book explores why some people bully, why others are bullied and what you can do to change things
Frances Lincoln Children's Books
An engaging tale of friendship, while at the same time raising the important issues of bullying and self confidence
This is the story of one week in Jess's life and that of her tormentor, popular girl Kez. A fresh approach to the school bully story, which is a short, punchy read with a strong and ever-relevant message.
AF Harrold, Illustrated by Levi Pinfold
Frank is being bullied - for what, she's not sure. Being smart? Being different, perhaps. One day, after her bike is thrown in the middle of a huge patch of stinging nettles, Nick comes to her aid. A magical and beautifully strange tale.
Patrick Ness From an idea by Siobhan Dowd Illustrated by Jim Kay
Walker Books Ltd
Connor's mum has cancer and life is changing. There is the nightmare, then there is school, where people avoid him, or persecute him. And then there is the immense, mythic Monster.