I've been lucky enough to be a part of some amazing things over the past four years, but one of the things I'm most proud of is helping break the story of Katie, the little girl being teased at school for her Star Wars water bottle. You Epbot readers took Katie's story - which had 18 comments on it when I first mentioned it - and made it go viral within hours, leading to a massive, 'net-wide movement to encourage this one girl (and everyone like her) to never be ashamed of the things she loves. It was beautiful, and awe-inspiring, and something I'll never forget for as long as I live.
Out of that experience Katie's mom, Carrie, has now written a book - and get this: you guys are in it!
Bullied: What Every Parent, Teacher, and Kid Needs to Know About Ending the Cycle of Fear , by Carrie Goldman
Carrie talks about the massive influx of Epbot readers who rushed to her blog to encourage Katie, and she even includes a few of your comments! Then she thanks us all in the acknowledgements. So, so cool.
I think the title is pretty self-explanatory, so if you or someone you know works with kids, has kids, or is otherwise interested in learning more about bullying and how to prevent it, definitely check out this book.
You can also visit Team Bullied, the new site Carrie's put together for people to share stories and advice alike. It's a great place to join the conversation and learn more.
A huge thank you again to Carrie and Katie for continuing to be such inspirations, and for letting us all be a part of Katie's story. May the force continue to be with you, ladies - I'm sending virtual bear hugs & warm fuzzies your way!