Mom's a Genius: Local author spreads anti-bullying message with childrens' books

NOVI, Mich. (WXYZ) - Maria Dizmondy’s passion has always been children. She spent years in the classroom before having her own kids.

“I was a techer, looking for books to read to my students and feeling pretty disappointed about the literature was find about teasing and bullying, so I just decided to write the book.”

The book she’s talking about is Spaghetti in a Hot Dog Bun. It’s a story of a little girl named Lucy who has big, curly hair, and likes to eat spaghetti in a hot dog bun. And she gets teased for it by a little boy at school.

“That’s a big thing that people are made fun of,” she says. “They’re made fun of their curly hair, they’re made fun of the foods they eat, the clothing. You’ll notice in the book that she’s (Lucy) wearing two different colored socks.

The message she wants to share with kids through this book…

“To get the message to students that you get to be yourself,” Maria says.

She’s written four other books as well, all dealing with the message of kindness and anti-bullying... The Juice Box Bully, Pink Tiara Cookies for Three, The Potato Chip Champ, and Spoonful of Sweetness. You can find her books on sites like amazon.com and your local book store. You can also learn more about them through her website There are currently some 100,000 copies of her books in print.

Her next project is a book that showcases diversity, which she says is lacking in kids’ books today.

Besides writing books, Maria coaches new authors, teaches webinars on publishing and marketing and  travels to schools to share her stories with kids.

“I love that, because I can get the message out to about 12-hundred kids in about 3 hours, it’s amazing.”

And her message is about to get an even bigger audience. Spaghetti in a Hot Dog Bun is being made into a musical that will come to Michigan sometime next year.

I asked this mom of three, what she thinks she’s teaching her own children.

“I hope I’m showing my kids that number one, they come first. And number two that I care about people, that’s just a huge part of who I am, that I care about others.

 

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