I will be reviewing two very different books to day. The first is one about autism. The second is a coming of age/paranormal/horror book
I received this book in a giveaway hosted by NerdGirl Blogger (http://www.thegirlfromtheghetto.wordpress.com).
How To talk to an Autistic Kid is an awesome book. It is written by 14 year old Daniel Stefanski, who is on the spectrum. He has done a remarkable job educating both his peers and adults. It is a short book, some may call it a picture book for the middle school age. I think we can all learn from it. I am raising an autistic child. It is not easy watching him struggle to have conversations with other who do not understand. I would like to ask every teacher out there to get this book and find a way to share it with your classroom.
I love the way Daniel talks about how autistic children "hear" and "see", (or not see), things. He also brought up important things like getting stuck, not remembering to share, some of the different behaviors that some autistic children do and even the sensory issues. I love the section on Be a good friend where Daniel says, "Don't feel sorry for me. I have autism, but I'm cool with who I am." This is my wish for Jr. Daniel reminds us to reach out to children with autism. He also asks us to stand up for children with autism from the bullies and then tells us how. And he calls us the hero. To me he is the hero.
I recommend this book to adults and children, and not just the age level it is geared to. I think younger children will be able to relate to it. My grandson is 4 and, while he did not get everything, there were parts of the book where he said that is like me. It is never to early to begin planting the seeds of acceptance and understanding. We can all learn from it.
Weston Kincade can be found on FaceBook http://www.facebook.com/wkincade
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