Kid’s chapter books: bullying
Have you ever written kid’s chapter books about someone who didn’t fit in? Maybe your character was from a different country. Maybe he/she was handicapped. Anyone who is different seems to endure bullying. Jaylen Arnold knows the pain inflicted by bullies because he has Tourette’s Syndrome, a disorder that causes tics in his movements and speech. Although he was teased often, Jaylen decided to take action instead of becoming more shy. He started an organization called Jaylen’s Challenge. He has a website that sells wristbands. What happens to the money from sales? Jaylen raises awareness about bullying. He’s not sitting by the sidelines either. He’s promoting anti-bullying activities in schools. He writes regularly on his own blog. He wants to be sure that children know bullying is wrong. Perhaps he will even write kid’s chapter books about preventing bullying. Jaylen wants people to know what’s happening in his life.
Recently Jaylen has been featured in commercials with Hollywood actors to combat bullying. His motto is “Bullying No Way.” It’s inscribed on the wristbands he sells. His organization has reached people around the world. Jaylen has been featured on “The Bonnie Hunt Show” and “The Dr. Phil Show”, for example. He has also gotten acting and modeling roles. Keep up the great work, Jaylen!
Jaylen and I have something in common. I was born with a handicap that makes walking difficult. My dad made an amazing decision when a specialist told him I would never walk. The choice he made changed my life. I wrote about our journey together in the first of my kid’s chapter books, Tails of Sweetbrier. It’s the winner of the silver medal in the Feathered Quill Book Awards contest. It will prove that anything is possible if you persevere. I”m sure that Jaylen would agree that perseverance is one of the most important things you need for success whether you’re working to combat bullying or writing kid’s chapter books.
copyright Deanie Humphrys-Dunne 2014