Anti-Bullying Program, Operation Nice, Continues To Gain Momentum—Author, Kristy Short, Commits to ‘Spreading the Nice” all school year long

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Children's author of anti-bullying-themed book, Zanda Humphrey's Operation Nice, continues to travel across country to facilitate her bullying prevention program—Operation Nice. Her mantra: "Spread the Nice!"

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Operation Nice is about being nice—plain and simple. Kids need this instilled early on so as they advance grades, being kind becomes an innate instinct. I envision developing an official curriculum for Operation Nice that would run year long.

Children’s book author and creator of the Operation Nice Anti-bullying program, Kristy Short, today announced that she will continue to visit elementary schools across the country over the 2011-2012 school year to spread her program’s powerful “be nice” message.

Short will promote her anti-bullying themed book and campaign—Operation Nice. The book, Zanda Humphrey’s Operation Nice, targets elementary school-aged children (K-5)—offering a “be nice” message and emphasizing the importance of unity among children to eliminate bullying. The event offers a reading of the book, interactive activities, and a lot of dancing.

“Operation Nice is about being nice—plain and simple,” Short stated. “Kids need this instilled early on so as they advance grades, being kind becomes an innate instinct. I envision developing an official curriculum for Operation Nice that would run year long, every year as kids move from kindergarten through fifth grade. With Operation Nice as a part of daily school life, it is far less likely that children will become bullies as they advance to middle and high 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)—a laser-zapping, “de-bullyizing” mini-bot.

“Operation Nice is so different from any other anti-bullying program because it’s tied to the book. The story engages kids from the start, and they develop an immediate loyalty to the book’s lovable and memorable characters. They love Zanda and Phee, and as such they want to continue Operation Nice in their schools,” Short stated. “Even better, the anti-bullying message is not one of retribution, but rather the bullying is combated through acts of kindness and unity.”

Short has received a great deal of interest in Operation Nice from several community anti-bullying organizations, such as Defeat the Label and Clarkston Community Youth Assistance. Short plans work on partnerships with outside organizations to advance a broad anti-bullying movement.

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

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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, Zanda Humphrey’s Big Sweet Invention, showcases Zanda’s Cake-o-matic, a magic cupcake-making machine. Short even demonstrated the invention to students, complete with bubbling potions, rolling smoke, and of course, cupcakes. Described by students as “the best mystery reader ever,” Short was asked to return in 2011. For the event, she wrote Operation Nice.


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