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Monday, September 13, 2010

Juice Box Bully: Empowering Kids to Stand Up

Have you ever seen a bully in action and done nothing about it? The kids at Pete's new school get involved, instead of being bystanders. When the juice box  mess turns into more than a dirty shirt, Pete's classmates teach him about "The Promise"   Will Pete decide to shed his bullying habits and make "The Promise"?

In today's society, bullying is a growing epidemic.  Passionate about making a change in this area of education, Bob Sornson and Maria Dismondy team up in writing a book that teaches children to stand up for each other, as a community, and eliminate the number of Bystanders in schools!

 Bob Sornson, PhD, was a classroom teacher and school administrator for over thirty years and is the founder of the Early Learning Foundation, an organization dedicated to helping schools and parents give every child an opportunity to achieve early learning success. His implementation of programs and strategies for early learning success, the Early Learning Success Initiative, serves as a model for districts around the country. He is committed to the belief that practically every child can have a successful early learning experience. Bob is the author of numerous articles, books, and audio recordings. His most recent book is Creating Classrooms Where Teachers Love to Teach and Students Love to Learn (Love and Logic Press). To contact Bob or learn more about his books, please visit

About the Author: Maria Dismondy

Maria Dismondy is dedicated to inspiring and empowering those around her through her roles as author, teacher, community leader, and friend. She makes promises she can keep and enjoys working in her local community and beyond. Maria has a passion for life that radiates in everything she does. Maria earned her master's degree in education in 2002 and served as an elementary school teacher in the public schools for nearly ten years before transitioning into her current role as a Reading Interventionist. Outside of work, Maria enjoys working on projects that are centered around creativity. Maria tours the state presenting to schools on the timely topic of bullying. Her first book, Spaghetti in a Hot Dog Bun (Ferne Press), teaches children to have the courage to be themselves. Maria lives in southeast Michigan with her husband, Dave, and their little girl, Ruby. For more information about Maria, please visit

About the Illustrator:  Kim Shaw
Kimberly Shaw is an artist and published illustrator whose books include Darcy Daisy and the Firefly Festival, The Crayon Kids' Art Adventure, and Spaghetti in a Hot Dog Bun (Ferne Press). Kim developed a love of art at a very early age and has had the great fortune to have a family and community who foster that love through so many exciting outlets. She believes deeply in the value of arts education and community art programs that build self-esteem and promote self-expression. Kim lives in Kalamazoo, Michigan, with her daughter, Ella.


Blogger Maria said...

THe book will be available October 1st at Amazon, Borders, Barnes and Noble and you can receive autographed copies by ordering them at

September 13, 2010 at 8:25 PM 

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