Amanda Todd's tragic death and final YouTube video has touched parents and kids all over the world. Her heartbreaking story is sadly all too familiar—a child repeatedly tormented by bullies, while bystanders cheered on or looked away. We struggle to understand how kids can be so cruel, and what we can do to protect our children. Talking with our children about bullying is not always easy—sometimes it's painful for kids and parents to share personal experiences, and sometimes there's a lack of understanding about the intricacies of bullying.
Books can be of great help. By digging into characters and plots, you and your kids can explore and discuss bullying from various angles. "Bibliotherapy" works well with fiction books, because they provide a needed distance to talk about problems and to learn from a range of outcomes.
It's never too early or too late to start talking about bullying, so I've selected books from preschool to high school. Read them out loud, or read them silently. Together discuss, share, analyze, and question.
I know this list is far from complete. Please, feel free to share books from your list with other readers here.