Bully Beans by Julia Cook is a great children's book that teaches students about becoming proactive when it comes to bullying. The main character, Bobbette, is a bully who threatens other children at her school. One day, a student goes home to tell her mother about Bobbette. In return, the mother gives her "bully beans" that she and her classmates can eat, so they will have the confidence to stand up against Bobbette. This book helps children understand the concept of helping others when being bullied and helps develop character education in students. I would use this book for the first week of school with first or second grade students.
ATOS reading level: 3.60