A Sunshine Coast mum and casual primary school teacher have written her first children’s book, which aims to stimulate conversations about the prevalence of bullying among children.

Lisa Edgar’s The Playground Hero is a heartfelt and beautifully illustrated story about a schoolboy named Jack who doesn’t have any friends and explores the hurtful feelings of being lonely, isolated, and bullied. It also shows how sport can be a great way to bring a group of very different kids together and find common ground.

“As a primary school teacher and a mum, I’ve spent a lot of time around children,” she says. “In doing so I’ve seen a lot of bullying, and I’ve also seen many acts of kindness. I wrote this book to put a spotlight on both of these topics and to hopefully give parents a tool to influence their children in a positive way.”

Lisa, who lives at Peregian Springs with her two children and two dogs, has taught at a range of primary schools throughout Australia and abroad, and holds post-graduate qualifications in applied linguistics.

“I’m hoping the book will become a call to action for children to make a positive difference in somebody else’s life through inclusion,” she says. “It is a perfect example of modelling to children the actions underpinning the words, which are quite simply ‘be kind, always’.”

The book, which is best suited to children aged 4-12, is available for $25 (including postage) from lisaedgarauthor.com.

A book launch will be held at Noosa Yacht and Rowing Club on Saturday, July 24, from 2.30pm. Tickets to the child-friendly event are $30, including a copy of the book, drink on arrival and canapes. For tickets go to eventbrite.com.au/e/the-playground-hero-book-launch-

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