Sharing stories is a great way to explore challenging issues with children. Using gentle, age appropriate picture books can help start conversations, encourage questions, reassure children that others have faced the same problems or give them a preview into an upcoming situation they may be worried about.

Our librarians have gathered the best titles to create the Special times, special needs series of recommended reading lists with books to share with children and some to support parents and carers.

Our first booklist in the Special times, special needs series focuses on books you can share with your child to explore safe and positive ways of dealing with bullying issues.

Highlights from our booklist

Willy likes to read books, and he’s no good at sports, but he learns to stand up to Buster Nose the bully in Willy the champ.

What do you do when your bully is disguised as your friend? Monica works to reclaim her confidence in My secret bully, which includes further resources for parents and teachers.

Nicholas’ creativity helps him find inventive new ways of overcoming his bullies in Nicholas and the wild ones, and Patricia Polacco’s Bully shows two friends stand together when they find themselves targeted online by a clique of fellow students.

Picture books for preschoolers

Leave me alone by Ann de Bode

Willy the champ by Anthony Browne

Willow finds a way by Lana Button

Nicholas and the wild ones by Niki Daly

Llama Llama and the bully goat by Anna Dewdney

I feel bullied by Jen Green 

How can I deal with bullying? by Sally Hewitt 

Pushing isn’t funny: what to do about physical bullying by Melissa Higgins 

Teasing isn’t funny: what to do about emotional bullying by Melissa Higgins 

The playground is like the jungle by Shona Innes

Trouble talk by Trudy Ludwig

My secret bully by Trudy Ludwig

Elmer and the big bird by David McKee

Freda stops a bully by Stuart J. Murphy

Bully by Laura Vaccaro Seeger                       

The nerdy birdy by Danielle Wheeldon

Junior fiction for school age

Bully on the bus by Kathryn Apel

Attack of the bullies by Ethan Beavers

Blubber by Judy Blume

The darkdeep by Ally Condie

Hello Universe by Erin Entrada-Kelly

The fiendish revenge of Leroy Jones by Vivian French

All the things that could go wrong by Stewart Foster

Being Jack by Susanne Gervay

George by Alex Gino

Bully by Patricia Polacco (Junior FIC)

Jolly foul play by Robin Stevens

Confessions of a former bully by Trudy Ludwig

How not to be weird by Dawn McNiff

Middle school series by James Patterson

Middle school: How I survived bullies, broccoli and snake hill by James Patterson

Natural born loser by Oliver Phommavanh

The butterfly club by Jacqueline Wilson

Reserve a book on the list

To reserve a book, click on the title and use your membership number and PIN to place a reservation. 

More recommended reading

To view booklists on a variety of subjects, visit Booklists from our librarians.