Wednesday, June 29, 2011

It Gets Better -- Authors and Illustrators Unite

Thank you, SCBWI (, for providing me with this information!  

YA/Children's authors and illustrators have joined the It Gets Better Project by creating a video.  The It Gets Better Project began in September of 2010 when columnist and author Dan Savage created a video in response to the recent suicides of primarily LGBT teens as a result of bullying.  They could not see that life gets better.  They could not picture life beyond their pain.

His video offered hope and a promise that there is light at the end of the tunnel.  Its message was, of course, that "it gets better."  Within months, the project grew to an international campaign with celebrities and other organizations jumping on board to send messages to these bullied, lost, hurting teens.  The project's website,, offers a safe haven, support, and guidance to young people who struggle with these issues and also to family members of these youth.

Here is the video, thanks to the contributions of many children's authors and illustrators:


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