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To This Day: For the Bullied and Beautiful

by Shane Koyczan

Published by Annick Press, 2014
70 pages
ISBN: 978𢴓54516391

Ages 10 and Older

There is nothing subtle about 揟o This Day, a powerful spoken-word poem in which Shane Koyczan gives a passionate account of the impact of bullying, beginning with his own experiences in childhood before bringing other stories into the light. He focuses not just on the child who is relentlessly bullied and teased, but on what happens to that child when he or she grows up believing they are worthless. Ultimately, Koyczan affirms the strength of survivors: 揃ecause how can you hold your ground / if everyone around you wants to bury you beneath it / you have to believe that they were wrong / they have to be wrong / why else would we still be here? This book, which can be a conversation starter in classrooms, is also, for all readers and listeners, testament to the profound power of language not only to hurt, but also to help heal. In an unusual reversal, this is a work in which the book came after the movie or rather, the video, which went viral on YouTube after it was first released in February 2013. Thirty artists from around the world contributed to this work, each one of them illustrating a section of the poem. More about the poem抯 origins, and efforts to combat bullying, are included.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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