Children’s Books on Tolerance and Anti-Bullying

By Lee Burkwood

In the week of 15-19th November, the Anti-bullying Alliance is coordinating this year’s Anti-bullying Week. Many schools across the UK will be marking this event with the theme of “One Kind Word”. In addition, on the 16th of November, the United Nations is observing the International Day of Tolerance, which is a day that aims to foster understanding between different cultures and people. As a company that aims to accelerate learning for all, we very much endorse these themes at Renaissance!

Check out the list below for a selection of fiction and non-fiction on these themes, along with the books’ Accelerated Reader quiz information.

Lower Years

Big Bad Biteasaurus by Malachy Doyle
Quiz # 240445 | BL 2.7 | Bloomsbury
Big Bad Biteasaurus is the biggest, baddest bully. He frightens all the other dinosaurs with his big, bad bite! But one day Pete the tiny pterosaur has had enough.

Tolerance by Connie Colwell Miller
Quiz # 209199 | BL 3.0 | Raintree
This book introduces tolerance through examples of everyday situations.

How to Be Tolerant: A Question and Answer Book About Tolerance by Emily James
Quiz # 233086 | BL 3.1 | Raintree
In this book, examples of how to be tolerant and why tolerance is important are given.

Teasing Isn’t Funny: What to Do About Emotional Bullying by Melissa Higgins
Quiz # 230061 | BL 2.3 | Raintree
Sensitive, narrative text from illustrated animal characters shows readers what emotional bullying is and provides possible solutions to stop it.

What Wesley Wore by Samuel Langley-Swain. Illustrated by Ryan Sonderegger
Quiz #240853 | BL 3.0 | Owlet Press
All the weasels in Westburrow Wood are supposed to follow the rules and fit in. So, imagine their confusion when they meet Wesley, a wacky weasel, who is obsessed with clothes!



Middle Years

American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang
Quiz # 240724 | BL 3.3 | First Second
This graphic novel alternates interrelated stories about a Chinese American trying to fit into popular culture, a Chinese folk hero attempting to be worshipped as a god; and a teenager ashamed by his Chinese cousin’s behaviour.

Dealing with Bullying by Jane Lacey
Quiz # 233543 | BL 3.5 | Franklin Watts
Winnie loves her group of friends but they sometimes bully other children.  Sometimes she joins in, but she doesn’t like doing it. What should she do? Read Winnie’s story and those of other children who are affected by bullying.

Starfish by Lisa Fipps
Quiz # 240278 | BL 3.5 | Nancy Paulsen Nooks
Bullied and shamed her whole life, twelve-year-old Ellie finally gains the confidence to stand up for herself, with the help of some wonderful new allies. Contains bullying and prejudice.

Respect and Tolerance by Catherine Chambers
Quiz # 234382 | BL 5.8 | Raintree
This book helps readers to think about how other people’s beliefs are different from their own and to respect those differences, so that they can understand and appreciate the views of others.

Cyber Bullying by Nick Hunter
Quiz # 220303 | BL 7.2 | Raintree
This books explains the many forms cyber bullying can take, how it hurts the people involved and what can be done to prevent it.


Middle Years Plus

The Words That Fly Between Us by Sarah Carroll
Quiz #239822 | BL 3.8 | Simon & Schuster Children’s
Lucy can’t find the words needed to stand up to her bully of a father. But she has an escape route, all the attics on her street are connected. When she starts exploring the lives of her neighbours, she learns she isn’t the only one suffering in silence.

Because of You by Eve Ainsworth
Quiz #236617 | BL 3.6 | Barrington Stoke
Poppy’s parents have split up, and her mum’s new boyfriend is moving in. Poppy’s dad is also drifting further away from her. It seems like things can’t get any worse until Poppy is targeted by bullies at school. Who can Poppy turn to for help?

The Harder They Fall by Bali Rai
Quiz # 231991 | BL 3.2 | Barrington Stoke
When Cal’s mum decides to ‘rebalance’ the family with a stint as volunteers at a local foodbank, Cal inadvertently discovers new kid Jacob’s secret, but Jacob doesn’t want anyone to know…

What We’re Scared Of by Keren David
Quiz # 239983 | BL 4.7 | Scholastic Children’s Books
Evie and Lottie are twins but couldn’t be more different – even their Jewishness divides them. When their mum is targeted by antisemitic trolls online and things get ugly, they begin questioning whether to embrace their heritage.

Upper Years

Rebel with a Cupcake by Anna Mainwaring
Quiz # 239964 | BL 8.0 | Firefly Press
Jess sees no reason to apologise for her imperfect family, single status or weight. She makes her own cupcakes and eats them too. That is until Own Clothes Day, when a wardrobe malfunction leaves her exposed, and a mean girl calls her “fat”.

The Yearbook by Holly Bourne
Quiz # 240865 | BL 4.8 | Usborne
Paige is used to keeping her head down at school but when she falls in love through the pages of books she tries to find the courage to stand up to those who take delight in hurting others.

Face by Benjamin Zephaniah
Quiz # 203334
| BL 5.3 | Bloomsbury
Martin was on top of the world. His credibility was sealed and Natalie was proud of him. But life, as Martin is about to find out, has a habit of throwing the unexpected at you. Something terrible has happened to his face.

Ace of Spades by Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé
Quiz # 240862 | BL 5.1 | Usborne
At Niveus Private Academy, the students are never less than perfect until an anonymous texter, Aces, starts targeting talented musician Devon and head girl Chiamaka.


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Posted on 3 November 2021 at 2:23 pm
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