Books to Prevent Bullying: Stand up for Yourself & Your Friends


Books for kids that help to prevent bullying and raise self-esteem have a high value in a world filled with bullies in school, outside of school, and even online.   That’s why “Stand Up for Yourself & Your Friends” by Patti Kelley Criswell is one of our recommended books to prevent bullying.  Melissa Gaynor from Sweet on Books explains why:

What You Need to Know:

• Published by American Girl, this book offers great tools to empower girls.
• Readers can get through this quickly but glean plenty of pertinent information.
• Definitely a good book to keep on your bookshelf.
• In addition to bullying, readers will find tips on how to be a good friend.
• Includes quizzes that will engage readers and help them figure out where they stand on different subjects.

Sweet Book Summary:

Stand Up for Yourself is a great resource for girls dealing with bullying, bossiness or friendship issues. Actually, even if they aren’t dealing with it themselves, this book may make them more comfortable standing up for a friend who is facing these problems. It is well-organized, beginning with an explanation of bullying and then moving on to cover what a bully looks like and why they behave the way they do. From there, it offers some problem solving techniques like how to ignore a situation, how to speak up and how to get support when needed. It also offers clever comebacks, tips on being strong and most importantly, lets girls know that they are not alone.

Understanding friendships and how they can change is covered toward the end. There are a few quizzes that may help readers to get to know themselves a little better. There are also some examples of real-life scenarios about how other girls have handled themselves in those circumstances. Each topic is clearly marked by a large heading so readers can turn to the pages that address their individual concerns if they don’t want to read the whole thing cover to cover. In fact, the overall design, from the size, shape, font, colors, layout and illustrations, all result in a straightforward and manageable book.

Whether you read this one with your child or let them check it out on their own, it should provide them with some new concepts or at least reinforce old strategies and help to generate an open dialogue where they can feel more comfortable discussing this subject.”

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