Tuesday, February 10, 2015

To This Day by Shane Koyczan

To this Day is a must read for anyone who has been to school or in a group of people.
You will recognize yourself in these pages.
As the bullied, the bully, the bystander.

Amazing and evoking illustrations from thirty artists fill the pages and bring Koyczan's words into multidimensional life. In book form, this poem (and don't let the term poem dissuade you from reading this) reaches out more personally than the video or live performance can. It's just you and his words. And your own experiences. Your own memories. And, your own promise for your future.

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.

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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