To This Day : For the Bullied and Beautiful
Overview - An authentic rallying cry for anyone who has been affected by bullying. In February 2013, Shane Koyczan s passionate anti-bullying poem To This Day electrified the world. An animated video of the lyric narrative went viral, racking up over 12 million hits to date and inspiring an international movement against bullying in schools. Read more...
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An authentic rallying cry for anyone who has been affected by bullying. In February 2013, Shane Koyczan s passionate anti-bullying poem To This Day electrified the world. An animated video of the lyric narrative went viral, racking up over 12 million hits to date and inspiring an international movement against bullying in schools. Shane later performed the piece to sustained applause on the stage of the 2013 annual TED Conference. Now this extraordinary work has been adapted into an equally moving and visually arresting book. Thirty international artists, as diverse as they are talented, have been inspired to create exceptional art to accompany To This Day. Each page is a vibrant collage of images, colors and words that will resonate powerfully with anyone who has experienced bullying themselves, whether as a victim, observer, or participant. Born of Shane s own experiences of being bullied as a child, To This Day expresses the profound and lasting effect of bullying on an individual, while affirming the strength and inner resources that allow people to move beyond the experience. A heartfelt preface and afterword, along with resources for kids affected by bullying, make this book an invaluable centerpiece of the anti-bullying movement."
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Canadian writer Koyczan’s spoken-word performance of this poem has more than 13 million views on YouTube. His passionate, implacable rejection of bullying describes the effect school violence has on the hearts and minds of its victims: “He is a stick of TNT lit from both ends.” But Koyczan (Stickboy) also offers hope for healing. “You built a cast around your/ broken heart,” he writes, “and signed it yourself/ you signed it/ ‘THEY WERE WRONG.’ ” Thirty-odd illustrators, some internationally known, contribute spreads to the project. Japanese painter Satoshi Kitamura’s two figures stand in agonized silence with their fists clenched; Peruvian artist Armin Greder draws a gaggle of jeering faces. Dongjun Lee, a Canadian artist, captures the freedom of a boy as he rises above a steely, squared-off academic building and floats away into the sky: “We are graduating members from the class of We Made It.” The variation of artistic styles and media from page to page, like a collection of different voices, makes it clear that if the culture of bullying is to be defeated, it will take a chorus of collaborators. Ages 11–up. (Sept.)