Library Lessons: Bullying Prevention

No Bullying
No Bullying

October is National Bullying Prevention Month

Children’s books can share important lessons in empathy, compassion and perseverance: essential qualities for preventing bullying and helping students deal with bullies.

Books About Bullying

Share the following books with your young readers to introduce the concept of bullying and provide opportunities for student discussion:

  • Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson
  • Wonder by R.J. Palacio
  • Agnes Parker, Girl in Progress by Kathleen O’Dell
  • Billy Bully: A School-Yard Counting Tale by Alvaro and Ana Galan
  • Jake Drake, Bully Buster by Andrew Clements
  • Katie Woo: No More Teasing! by Fran Manushkin
  • Minn and Jake by Janet S. Wong
  • Mr. Lincoln’s Way by Patricia Polacco
  • The Revealers by Doug Wilhelm
  • Blue Cheese Breath and Stinky Feet: How to Deal with Bullies by Catherine DePino
You're Mean Lily Jean
You’re Mean Lily Jean

Library Lessons

Start a conversation about bullying while teaching students crucial literacy skills with this library lesson plan from LibrarySparks writer Lynne Farrell Stover.

You’re Mean, Lily Jean!

Grade Level: 3–5

Time Allocation: 30–35 minutes


  • The student will define, understand, and apply the concepts of cause and effect.
  • The student will complete a chart using specific information.



  1. Introduce the story by showing the students the cover of the book You’re Mean, Lily Jean! by Frieda Wishinsky. Explain that it is about 3 girls, 1 of whom is being very bossy and acting like a bully.
  2. Read the book to the students. This takes about 5 minutes.
  3. Explain to the students that things happen in this story because of a chain of events. Note that, when Lily Jean moved next door, the sisters started to play differently together.
  4. Display the Charting Cause and Effect visual. Read the definitions of cause and effect to the students.
  5. Complete the chart with the help of the students, writing in the correct answers.
  6. Distribute the Charting Cause and Effect activity sheets and writing tools. Read through the directions with the students.
  7. Allow students to work in pairs or small groups.
  8. Review the activity sheet as a group. Point out to the students that when the chart is correctly completed, it is a review of the book.

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Lisa Bintrim

Lisa Bintrim

Lisa Bintrim, Ph.D., is the former editor of LibrarySparks magazine, UpstartBooks and The Very Ready Reading Program. In this role, she focused on identifying and sharing innovative, engaging programs and resources for school and public libraries.