The Recess Queen
The Recess Queen by Alexis O'Neill (pictured without book jacket). This was a first week of school staple in my 1st and 2nd grade classrooms- so fitting that my daughter pulled it off the shelf to read this time of year. Mean Jean is the notorious playground bully, bossing everyone around so that kids can only play when she decrees.
Then one day, Katie Sue shows up, teeny tiny Katie Sue who is half Jean's size but stands up to Jean, calls her on her behavior, and then invites her to play! A great book for a conversation starter about bullying, inclusion, and how to be a good friend at school.