Anti-Bullying Campaign, OPERATION NICE, Off to Great Start — Author's Anti-Bullying-Themed Book Unites Kids to Promote Being Kind

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OPERATION NICE anti-bullying program launched with immense success. Kids enjoyed Short's anti-bullying-themed book and were engaged to become ambassadors to the OP NICE campaign, pledging to promote kindness and tolerance in their school and beyond.

“The kids were so excited...They asked a lot of questions about how they could help and showed a sincere, united interest in keeping bullying out of their school.”

SMB owner and children’s book author, Kristy Short, today announced the success of her first Operation Nice campaign event. Short’s recent book, Zanda Humphrey’s OPERATION NICE, targets elementary school-aged children, advocating the importance of kindness and positive behavior. In tandem with reading the book, Short called upon students to carry on the Operation Nice program in their school by becoming “ambassadors.” All children in the class received an official Operation Nice badge and signed certificate.

“The kids were so excited,” Short stated. “They loved the book and were very enthusiastic about promoting Operation Nice. They asked a lot of questions about how they could help and showed a sincere, united interest in keeping bullying out of their school.”

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, the BE-BOT (Bully Eliminator – Bio Optic Transformer)—an anti-bullying machine.

“I am so dedicated to this program. To start, I want to promote Operation Nice within all Michigan elementary-level schools,” Short explained. “I would love it if the campaign spread nationwide and became a core component within schools. I plan to visit as many classrooms as possible to get the program running strong.”

Short’s key mission is to start a viral anti-bullying campaign as she continues to introduce the book to young readers. While visiting each school, she asks student ambassadors to continue promoting Operation Nice both inside and outside of school. As further incentive, students receive an official Zanda Humphrey Ambassador certificate signed by Short and an Operation Nice badge.

“I truly believe that one person can make a difference,” Short said. “I think that everyone has something to offer and commit to this very worthy cause. I’m a writer, so I wrote a book to help promote anti-bullying efforts.”

Short’s first visit on her reading circuit was Paddock Elementary School in Milan, Michigan, on March 18, 2011. See photos from the event at

For more information on Kristy Short and the Zanda Humphrey book series, visit or the Zanda facebook page at 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."

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