From the Author Every child deserves the opportunity to have a successful early learning experience, which is the foundation for becoming a lifelong learner.  My work with the Early Learning Foundation is all about helping parents and schools be more effective building the skills and behaviors that help kids be successful.  JBB is part of my effort to teach kids to stand up and speak up for themselves and others, build healthy classroom and school cultures, and make the world a better place!  Only by building safe and connected cultures will we get rid of the bullying behaviors that harm children.  Punishing bullies is not enough.  We must teach our children a better way. Read more About the Author Bob Sornson , PhD, was a classroom teacher and school administrator for over thirty years and is the founder of the Early Learning Foundation. He is dedicated to helping schools and parents give every child an opportunity to achieve early learning success. His pre-K to grade 3 Early Learning Success Initiative has demonstrated that we can help many more children become successful learners for life.   Bob is the author of numerous articles, books, and audio recordings. Fanatically Formative, Successful Learning During the Crucial K-3 Years (Corwin, 2012), Creating Classrooms Where Teachers Love to Teach (Love and Logic Press, 2005), and The Juice Box Bully (Ferne Press, 2010) are among his best-sellers. Bob is also the author of the Stand Up/ Speak Up Program (, teaching children to make the choices to stand up and speak up for themselves and others. To contact Bob or learn more about his publications and workshops, please visit Dismondy was born and raised in the suburbs of Detroit, Michigan. She is the author of three award-winning children's books, including two bestsellers on amazon.Maria's experiences have shaped her into an individual who lives life to the fullest, appreciating what she has and one who uses her passion to make a difference. She is dedicated to making a difference in the lives of children through children's literature.Maria is a dynamic speaker who in one month alone, spoke to almost 10,000 children at local elementary schools and other venues. She speaks on a number of empowering topics such as bullying, building character and reading and writing for young authors.She continues to write books and blogs regularly. Find out more about Maria on her website at Read more