About the Author, in her own words
“I’m a survivor of school bullying and the author of the New York Times bestselling memoir Please Stop Laughing at Me. As anti-bullying’s first voice, I’m one of the pioneers of the movement, having dedicated my life to this issue for over two decades. I travel to schools and communities, sharing my story to motivate change.
I’ve spoken to thousands of students, teachers and parents worldwide. In addition to my memoir, I’ve authored multiple other books on bullying, including a popular series for educators. I’ve worked with some of the largest educational organizations in the country in the areas of anti-bullying and governance, and consult for school leadership on enlightened communication practices, parent relations and crisis management.
I’ve brought my anti-bullying program INJJA™ (It’s NOT Just Joking Around!™) to hundreds of schools at the behest of governments, school districts, dioceses, as well as individual administrators. All my methodologies, the crux of everything I do in the anti-bullying space, is based on core values of compassion and forgiveness.”
Jodee is also the author of Please Stop Laughing at Us, The Please Stop Laughing at Me Journal, and Bullied Kids Speak Out. She lives in Chicago.
Please Stop Laughing at Me…One Woman’s Inspirational Story
When Jodee decided to write about her painful adolescence, she never expected that it would become a seminal New York Times bestseller, required reading in schools, a source of courage for other adult survivors, and would establish her as the first voice of the anti-bullying movement.
Jodee also never expected the countless children who would turn to her for help after they read Please Stop Laughing at Me, asking her to come to their schools. Their suffering was her call to action. In the two decades since the book’s original publication, Blanco has continued to fulfill that promise across the nation with her anti-bullying program INJJA™ (It’s NOT Just Joking Around!™) that focuses on the human element of bullying and incorporates the matrix of students, educators and parents into each aspect of prevention. School administrators from all over the country bring her in to speak and work with their schools. She’ll often give four and five presentations daily for weeks at a time driving hundreds of miles each night to reach the next school, making sure that no one, no matter how vast the school district, is left out.
Please Stop Laughing at Me began as Jodee’s simple desire to write about her lonely school years looking back as a grown-up trying to make sense of it all. She wanted to offer hope to hurting kids and wake the adults up to the long-term damage bullying can cause. That the book became a cultural phenomenon and saves lives is something the author says will always humble her.
Some of the book’s noteworthy achievements include:
- Considered a catalyst for the anti-bullying movement and the first book by a survivor.
- Sold over a quarter-million copies and has been published in many languages including Japanese, Arabic, Dutch, Indonesian, and Lithuanian.
- Endorsed as an essential resource by scores of public and private entities including The National Crime Prevention Council, The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, The U.S. Department of Justice, The U.S Department of the Interior, The National Catholic Educational Association, Special Olympics, The American School Counselors Association, as well as foreign governments, regional and local educational associations and many others.
- Led to a successful line of other anti-bullying books by the author including multiple sequels and a series for educators
- Is among the top summer reading program picks for middle and high students nationwide and a popular performance piece in school drama clubs
Please Stop Laughing at Me also has become a guidepost for teaching children and adults alike, the power of compassion. Not only did Blanco forgive her former classmates, but they have helped her to understand that bullying is rarely–if ever–personal, and that the bully is almost always a child in pain acting out in a cry for help. Blanco credits that insight as the reason her message of hope endures in schools and among readers.
In the new and third edition, Blanco brings the reader up to speed on her life and work since the book’s initial release with a new chapter, Letter to My Readers and Reader’s Guide. She also offers the latest information on digital/cyberbullying and social media, the Adult Survivor of Peer Abuse, her in-school antibullying program, INJJA™ (It’s NOT Just Joking Around!™), and discussion questions for schools.
Read some of the many reviews written about Please Stop Laughing at Me.