Complementing my interviews, today’s Author Spotlight, the three hundred and twenty-fourth, is of children’s author Melissa Harker Ridenour. If you would like to take part in an author spotlight, take a look at author-spotlights.
Melissa Harker Ridenour, formerly a teacher and librarian, is now a freelance writer and children’s book author. She has published essays, poetry, magazine articles, and web articles. She maintains three blogs. One is a Child Safety Blog. It can be accessed via http://childsafety-melissa.blogspot.com. The second blog is an anti-bullying blog called The Bully and the Booger Baby Blog Buzz. It can be accessed via http://thebullyandtheboogerbabyblogbuzz.blogspot.com/. The third blog is the Water Cooler Wisdom Blog. It can be accessed via http://wisdomaroundthewatercooler.blogspot.com.
Her first book, What Would You Do? A Kid’s Guide to Staying Safe in a World of Strangers, was honored as a Best Books Award Finalist, USA Book News and was awarded five stars as a Reader’s Favorite. Melissa continues to advocate for the education and well-being of children in her new book, The Bully and the Booger Baby: A Cautionary Tale, a book dedicated to helping children, parents and schools deal with the ever-increasing bullying problem.
Melissa is an alumnus of West Virginia University with a Master’s degree in English, Education, and Library Science. She resides happily in Morgantown, WV with her beloved husband and family.
And now from the author herself:
I was motivated to write a book on the topic of anti-bullying because bullying is a silent pandemic threat. The statistics on bullying in our schools, communities, and on the Internet are alarming. About 47 teens are bullied every 5 minutes. Victims of bullying are up to nine times more likely to consider suicide as a solution. About every 30 seconds a teen attempts suicide as a result of being bullied. Nearly one third of school shootings are related to bullying. More than one out of three students report that bullying happens in their schools. About 56 % of students have reported that they’ve experienced bullying via the Internet. Children with autism, aspergers, and other disabilities are four times more likely to be targets of bullying or abuse from other children.
My newly-released children’s book addresses this increasing concern, offering solutions for children, parents and schools alike. The Bully and the Booger Baby: A Cautionary Tale is not only a fun and imaginative school story about a big bully, the kids he picks on, and a little boy robot who tries to lead the charge to stop the bullying problem in their school, but it is also an informational book. It includes two sections of researched and effective strategies and resources for children, parents, and teachers to help them better deal with today’s ever-increasing bullying problem.
The book is available now in paperback and Kindle on Amazon. It is also available in both paperback and Nook formats through Barnes and Noble. I am providing at the end of this spotlight, for your convenience, both the Amazon and Barnes and Noble links.
You can find more about Melissa and her writing via…
- Website: http://www.AuthorMelissaHarkerRidenour.com
- Book trailer video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZqYaVqmb2Uw
- Amazon.com: http://www.amazon.com/The-Bully-Booger-Baby-Cautionary/dp/0615820670
- Amazon.co.uk: http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Bully-Booger-Baby-Cautionary/dp/0615820670
- Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-bully-and-the-booger-baby-a-cautionary-tale-melissa-harker-ridenour/1115832655?ean=9780615820675
- Readers’ Favorite review of The Bully and the Booger Baby: A Cautionary Tale – http://readersfavorite.com/book-review/12184
And what others have said about Melissa’s book:
- “…This book provides practical and innovative strategies to ensure that our youth support each other in developing healthy and long-lasting relationships in and out of the classroom.” – Dr. Claudio V. Cerullo, Author and President/Founder of Teach Anti-Bullying, Inc.
- “…Having been an Internet Safety Advocate for over 8 years, I feel Melissa has covered the bullying epidemic extensively.” – Bill Latchford, Speaker/Internet Safety Advocate/Founder of Help Protect Our Children Internet safety website
- “[This book]…empowers us to take action and help our children become successful, strong, and confident individuals. Everyone should have a Robby.” – Dr. Sue Cornbluth, National Expert in Trauma and Child Abuse/Regular contributor to Examiner.com and Parents Express Magazine
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