For the Bullied and Beautiful
by Shane Koyczan
illustrated by various artists
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.
“Powerful on a number of levels, Koyczan’s timeless work proves at once confrontational and healing.”
—Kirkus Reviews, 05/12/14
“There is not a word more perfect to be used to describe this story other than breathtaking.”
—Bundles of Books, 07/25/14
“Read this book if you have been bullied, if you have bullied or if you have witnessed bullying. And isn’t that all of us?”
—Canadian Children’s Book News, 06/14
“Painful, dark, hopeful and beautiful all are words that came to mind.”
—Brain Shrapnel, 07/18/14
“Koyczan … uses beautiful language and illustrations … to bring a clear picture … of what bullying really feels like to the victims.”
—A 24 Hour Bookstore, 07/30/14
“It’s a wonderful art book, as well as a wrenching poem about bullying and tragedy and hope.”
Interest Age 11+
9.75” x 6.5”
memoir; poetry; bullying; self-esteem; anger; acceptance