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23rd May 2022

What Should I Read?

10th Jan 2022

We often get asked about literature and reading for both children and adults alike. The field is vast and with such a large choice available it can be easy to feel overwhelmed by it all. As Joseph Addison once said, ‘Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body’. Reading can leave us feeling empowered and can therefore help both ourselves and our children at a time of struggle or frustration.

To help you get started we have put together the below list to help you:


For Children/Parents:

My Secret Bully – Trudy Ludwig

This book talks about toxic friendships and how to manage them.

Be Friends with Bert – Lucy Howard

This is a book from us here at BulliesOut that talks about the importance of kindness in our interactions with others.

The Truth Pixie goes to School – Matt Haig

A book that discusses the theme of learning to accept who we are regardless of what others may think.

Don’t Worry, Be Happy – Poppy O’Neill

A practical guide to helping children manage anxiety.

The Unworry Book – Alice James

A practical guide to help children manage their worries and develop coping strategies.

How to Grow Up and feel Amazing – The No Worries Guide for Boys – Dr Ranj

An informative guide dealing with confidence issues and self-esteem.

Dr Christian’s Guide to Growing Up Online – Dr Christian Jessen

A really practical and helpful guide for both parents and children on how to navigate the online world.


For Adults:

No Hard Feelings – Liz Fosslien and Mollie West Duffy

 For anyone managing bullying issues within the workplace this book is a useful and informative guide on how to understand and make the most of emotions in the workplace. Well worth a read for anyone with an interest in this area.

Quiet – Susan Cain

 Discusses the power of being an introvert. A really interesting read to gain an understanding on how we can all be more accepting of our differences.

Positive Intelligence – Shirzad Chamine

Discusses the concept of positive Intelligence and looks at helping us to understand ourselves better.

We hope that this list gives you a place to start. If you can think of any we have missed that you would recommend please let us know? And if you read any of these, we would love to know your thoughts.

Whilst we can’t protect our children (or ourselves) entirely from other people’s behaviour, we can help ourselves by understanding more about it and developing coping strategies to help us process things. We hope some of these books help you do exactly that.


Written by Lucy Howard, Head of Content and Media, BulliesOut


Thanks to Christin Hume @christinhumephoto for making this photo available freely on Unsplash 

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