a bully tries to bully a kid in a red cape.

Back Off, Bully!

by Young Authors Program Editor and Joshua Parks Author

When the school bully starts picking on Josh, he doesn’t know what to do. The bully is big and mean, and Josh can’t fight him. So Josh does what he think is the only thing that will make himself feel better: He starts picking on other kids. When the mean kid is suspended from school, Josh realizes he needs to change his own ways to avoid the same fate. He pivots from being a bully to being a leader after learning that these two types of people aren’t so different—only it takes is a little kindness and understanding to turn a bully into a leader.

This picture book was actually written by an eleven-year-old boy named Joshua Parks. And it was published by Young Authors Publishing—a nonprofit children's book publisher focused on producing diverse and culturally relevant children's books and to use book publishing as a vehicle to economic mobility for our young authors. Royalties from their book sales are deposited into a savings account for each young author to access at 18 to use toward their post-secondary plans.