Children's Book Author Launches Anti-bullying Campaign, Hopes to Spark Cross-country Participation in "Operation Nice"

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Small Business Owner and children's book author, Kristy Short, launches new anti-bullying-themed chapter book and corresponding anti-bullying campaign in elementary schools. Her new book, "OPERATION NICE," tells the story of a fourth grade scientist who invents an anti-bully machine. The core message is that bullying is never acceptable. Short is taking this message on the road, planning several readings of the book at SE Michigan elementary schools (K-3), where she will also recruit student "ambassadors" to be a part of her ongoing anti-bullying operation.

It's so important for kids to be introduced to good behavior early on. Bullying doesn't just happen in school hallways anymore, but also extends to cyberspace. It's a real issue, and I want to do my part to put an end to it

Children's author, Kristy Short, today announced the launch of her new book--Zanda Humphrey's "OPERATION NICE." The book's anti-bullying theme targets elementary school-aged children, advocating the importance of kindness and positive behavior. Short plans to visit several schools in southeastern Michigan, offering readings and recruiting student "ambassadors" to promote Operation Nice.

"It's so important for kids to be introduced to good behavior early on. Bullying doesn't just happen in school hallways anymore, but also extends to cyberspace. It's a real issue, and I want to do my part to put an end to it," Short stated. "A key lesson in 'Operation Nice' is that school is a place to learn--a place where kids should feel safe and comfortable, not afraid."

"Operation Nice" is the second book in the Zanda series. The book features lead character, Zanda Humphrey, a fourth grade scientist. "Operation Nice" introduces Zanda's new invention, an anti-bullying machine--the BE-BOT (Bully Eliminator - Bio Optic Transformer).

"I have two key messages I want kids to pick up on," Short explained. "First, bullying is never acceptable. Second, sometimes a bully can be a regular kid who is simply misunderstood. Overall, I want kids to walk away with the message that we should all be nice to each other."

Beyond promoting the book, Short's bigger mission is to start a viral anti-bullying campaign. While visiting each school, she will ask student ambassadors to continue promoting Operation Nice both inside and outside of school. As further incentive, students will receive an official Zanda Humphrey Ambassador certificate signed by Short and an Operation Nice badge.

"How great would it be if the kids I talk to continue to promote Operation Nice to their friends, other students, and families? That's my hope--to keep spreading the word and make being nice a standard in schools…and everywhere else," Short said.

Short's first visit on her reading circuit will be Paddock Elementary School in Milan, Michigan, on March 18, 2011 at 12:45 PM.

For more information on Kristy Short and the Zanda Humphrey book series, visit http://www.ZandaHumphrey.com or the Zanda Humphrey facebook page. Contact the author directly at kristy(at)zandahumphrey(dot)com.

About Kristy Short & the Zanda Humphrey Series

Kristy Short, Ed.D, has been writing stories for kids since she was a kid herself--creating her first book when she was in the 3rd grade. Also the author of The Dirt Bottom Holler Club, a young adult chapter book, she has a clear passion for writing creative stories about magical inventions and exciting adventures. At the heart of all her stories is a love and necessity for active, perpetual imagination.

The Zanda Humphrey series for young readers was created for Short's elementary school-aged nephew. In 2010, she was asked to participate in her nephew's school's "Mystery Reader" program, and when she wasn't able to identify a book she wanted to read, she wrote her own. Her first book, The Big Sweet Invention, showcased Zanda's Cake-o-Matic, a magic cupcake-making machine. Short even demonstrated the machine to students, complete with bubbling potions and rolling smoke. Described by students as "the best mystery reader ever," Short was asked to return this year. In response, she wrote OPERATION NICE.

CONTACT:
Kristy Short, Ed.D
kristy(at)zandahumphrey(dot)com
734.481.0186 (home office)
734.717.8686 (cell)

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