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.
“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
“His passionate, implacable rejection of bullying … also offers hope for healing.”—Publishers Weekly, 08/05/14
“… a powerful tool for classroom and group discussions; this is a title of hope that can be used on a variety of age levels in a variety of circumstances.”—Library Media Connection, 06/14
“… is filled with some of the most powerful words you may ever read … a purchase you won’t regret.”—Simcoe County, 11/03/14
“… an amazingly poignant and heartfelt piece … ”—Mr. B’s Bookshelf, 02/25/15
“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
“… read this book again. Better yet, own it. To This Day is a purchase you won’t regret.”—The Pine Bluff Commercial, 09/04/14
“Painful, dark, hopeful and beautiful all are words that came to mind.”—Brain Shrapnel, 07/18/14
“… the illustrated book is a thing of beauty … would be a fantastic addition to school libraries, from elementary to high school.”—The Dinglehopper, 08/20/14
“The triumphant ending lets readers know that overcoming the hatred of others is possible.”—School Library Journal, 08/14
“… have read it numerous times, always with tears and … hope that it is the start … to make a huge change.”—Sal’s Fiction Addiction, 09/12/14
“… for any adult still trying to heal from the way you were treated—by peers, by family, by complete strangers—please pick this one up. You are not alone.”—thebestbooksever.com, 08/25/14
“The poem is searing, exposing the short and long-term impacts of bullying … The range of art … is extraordinary.”—BCCB (Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books), 11/01/14
“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
“This is a BEAUTIFUL book. The words are strong, true, sad, heartfelt, lyrical, and full of purpose.”—Little Bird Reads, 02/18/15
“… Koyczan’s bitingly poignant poem gains new beauty with this gorgeously illustrated book … A must purchase for all libraries that serve teens.”—Alana Stern, Librarian, Wachusett Regional High School, 10/03/14
“… a brilliant text, and a crucial work contributing to anti-bullying efforts around the world.”—Sense and Sensibility and Stories, 08/18/14
“It’s a wonderful art book, as well as a wrenching poem about bullying and tragedy and hope.”—Tanaudel, 07/16/14
“… a very unique book … It has become more than a poem, video and book — it is the core of the anti-bullying movement.”—Huffington Post, 11/16/14
“… all the illustrations pound out the viciousness of bullying …”—CanLit for Little Canadians, 09/23/14
“I can't even begin to say how this book has impacted my own view of bullying … Koyczan’s poetry is insightful and thought-provoking … the written piece is beautifully paired with the commissioned art, and I applaud Annick for publishing this timely and (unfortunately) necessary work!”—CM Reviews, 09/26/14
“This artwork highlights the already gut-wrenching words of the poet’s … memories … dips them into the blood and bones of our own experiences and paints them on the page.”—Finding Wonderland, 10/10/14