What are some good anti-bullying/tolerance books for preschoolers?


Colleen Clemens, College Professor, Writer, Editor, Tutor & Parent

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I have written a few articles about this topic for Noodle, and I am hoping that my lists will help you consider some titles.

Books to Help Your Child Cope with Difficult Issues

Books That Teach Grit

Books About Mindfulness (a great skill when coping with bullying)

Books About LGBTQ Families (in case the child is being bullied for this reason)

Books That Counter Gender Stereotypes (which is often a reason for bullying)

I hope this helps!

Christine VanDonge, Senior Research Analyst

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Colorado State University offers a workshop called RELATE. The workshops cover a variety of different topics, and one of them happens to be bullying. It has several activities do with your children.

Here is some additional information on the marine life activity in the workshop.

The also suggest a few books:

Dealing with Bullies by Pam Scheunemann The Ant Bully by John Nickle Nobody Knew What to Do: A Story About Bullying by Becky McCain Four Hens and a Rooster by Lena and Olof Landstrom Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon by Patty Lovell Berenstain Bears and the Bully by Stan and Jan Berenstain

Lastly, Colorado State also has a set of activities to teach young children about tolerance. The curriculum is called Fairness for all Individuals through Respect (FAIR). This can be used with a small group of children.

Feel free to ask any follow-up questions!

Abbie Mood, Special Education Early Interventionist & Freelance Writer

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I recently wrote an article about raising culturally sensitive children that has some great ideas and resources if you want to check it out here :)

Lisa Hiton, Poet, Professor, Filmmaker, Writer, Arts Educator

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Here are some great books on this subject (which, I can't take full credit for--a former student/colleague of mine who works with me on moral capacity projects works with younger children and has shown me the glory of these books...):

  • Oliver Button is a Sissy by Tomie dePaola
  • Hurty Feelings by Helen Lester
  • Hooway for Wodney Way by Helen Lester
  • Words are Not for Hurting by Elizabeth Verdick
  • Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress by Christine Baldacchino
  • One by Kathryn Otoshi

I hope this helps! If you google these titles, you'll also find many lesson plans teachers have used to go with them.

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