10 Diverse Books for Anti-Bullying Week

by Lantana Publishing on November 20, 2020

Monday 16th - Friday 20th November is Anti-Bullying Week. The Anti-Bullying Alliance have shared their manifesto for change: 


This year, more than ever, we’ve witnessed the positive power that society can have when we come together to tackle a common challenge. Anti-Bullying Week is no different. Bullying has a long-lasting effect on those who experience and witness it. But by channelling our collective power, through shared efforts and shared ambitions, we can reduce bullying together. From parents and carers, to teachers and politicians, to children and young people, we all have a part to play in coming together to make a difference. We’re all a piece in the puzzle, and together, we’re united against bullying


At Lantana, we are proud to stand against bullying and to provide a diverse anti-bullying booklist to help support and guide our children to always be kind and compassionate. All of these books are available to purchase on our affiliate page on Bookshop.org.uk, an amazing online bookstore that supports independent bookshops! 

Looking for Lord Ganesh by Mahtab Narsimhan and Sonja Wimmer (Lantana)

Fitting in is never easy, but when Anika emigrates from India, she has trouble adjusting to life in a new country and a new school! She turns to Lord Ganesh to help solve her problems…and is surprised to find a little wisdom along the way.

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We're All Wonders by R J Palacio (Random House)

I know I can't change the way I look. But maybe, just maybe, people can change the way they see.

In this picture book, the story of Wonder is re-written for younger children. August Pullman, affectionately called Auggie, was born with a facial difference, but he is a child just like any other, and desperately wants the other children to accept him. This is a story about acceptance, kindness and open-mindedness. 

Hurricane Child by Kacen Callender (Scholastic)

Caroline does not have an easy life. She was born during a hurricane, her mother has gone missing and she is bullied at school. One day, however, a new student arrives, and Caroline finally has a friend to help her face the ongoing challenges of her life. A coming of age story suitable for older children.


Spaghetti in a Hot Dog Bun: Having the Courage to Be Who You Are by Maria Dismondy (Cardinal Rule Press) 

Ralph is always mean to Lucy, but Lucy has been told by Papa Gino that she should treat others with love and kindness. Lucy knows what is right and what is wrong, and empowered by this knowledge, she is able to make the right choices.


Muskrat Will Be Swimming by Cheryl Savageau and Robert Hynes (Tilbury House) 

Muskrat Will Be Swimming is the story of a Native American girl whose home is a poor lakeside community and who is, for this reason, called a ‘lake rat’ by the other children. Despite this, Jeannie loves her home, and the story her grandpa tells her helps her to be proud of who she is. This book is perfect for children who feel different, left out and bullied.


Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman and Caroline Binch (Dial Books) 

Grace loves stories and acting. So, when her school decides to put on a performance of Peter Pan, she is desperate to play the part of Peter. The other children in her school, however, tell her she can’t. Peter Pan, they say, was not a girl and was not black. Grace does not let them deter her and believes that she can do anything she wishes.


Billy Gets Bullied: Bullying: Volume 1 by James Minter and Helen Rushworth (Minter Publishing)

Part of the Billy Growing Up series, this book follows Billy whose birthday money is stolen by a bully. Billy has to find a way to deal with this difficult situation, but, luckily, he has his friends to turn to for help.

 

Blubber by Judy Blume (Macmillan) 

A book for slightly older children, Blubber illustrates the different and changing perspectives in the context of bullying. Jill joins in when Linda is being bullied, but when Jill becomes the victim of the bullying, Linda is on the side of the bullies.



The Tigon and the Liger by Keilly Swift and Cosei Kawa (Lantana)

Tyler the tigon has never fitted in. Neither a tiger like his dad nor a lion like his mum, poor Tyler stands out like a sore thumb. Taunted and teased by the other jungle creatures, he flees into the forest with the weight of the world on his shoulders. But who should he find there? An equally extraordinary creature with a tale to match his own…

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Bullying (Questions and Feelings About) by Louise Spilsbury and Ximena Jeria (Picture Window Books)

The aim of this book is to help children open up and talk about any feelings caused by bullying. A straightforward and easy to understand book to help children realise that bullying is wrong and being kind is right.

Click HERE and check out this list on Bookshop.org.uk where we've included even more wonderful, gentle stories filled with heart and compassion. If any of these titles catch your eye, we encourage you support independent publishers by purchasing them from our affiliate page! You can also purchase the Lantana books on this list from our online shop, where for every book you buy, we donate a book to a child who isn't so lucky. Either way, you will be making a huge difference!

 

Chiara Scaduto has recently graduated from the University of Cambridge with a BA (Hons) in Classics. She is a publishing hopeful with a love for books and storytelling, who hopes to one day be part of a fully inclusive and diverse literary world. Chiara is currently volunteering with Ta Voix, an independent digital publisher of creative writing.

 

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