Children’s Books that Honor and Celebrate Diversity

Author Bo Rush loves sports and the only thing he wanted to read about when he was younger was SPORTS. Today, he’s a language arts teacher who knows about the importance of developing a passion for reading. He’s written a series of books to grow that passion in young readers by appealing to their love of sports. Are you looking for story themes that honor and celebrate diversity? Bo's book, Soccer Bugs, combines fast-paced soccer action with powerful social issues, including bullying, diversity, autism, divorce, memory loss and … [Read more...]

Two Special Moms Create Something Special for Special Needs Kids

Explaining Your Child's Special Needs to Kids Take two moms, Kate Ryan (on left) and Heather McCarthy (on right), friends who also happen to be teachers. Add their ingenuity and desire to teach children that special needs children are no different than anyone else. Mix in their aspirations as children's authors with a mission "to spread the message of acceptance and kindness through personalized picture books.” What do you get? The formula for something really special! Introduce yourselves and tell us more about your mission: We are both … [Read more...]

The “Littlest Inventor” Solves His Sensory Overload!

Mandi Mathis a practicing attorney in Athens, Georgia, mother of two boys, and serves on the Butterfly Dreams Farm Therapeutic Riding Program’s Board of Directors. She was introduced to the world of autism while running through the grocery store at a full sprint with her youngest son, Sawyer, tucked under her arm like a football while he was screaming at the top of his lungs. He was experiencing sensory overload. Soon after, he was diagnosed with Aspergers Syndrome and Sensory Processing Disorder. Mandi says that teaching Sawyer how to comfort, … [Read more...]

‘Amy is Aumazing’ An Autistic Adventure

Paula Powers is  a new children’s picture book author and also a single, full-time working mom to a young son with autism. She's wanted to write children’s books since she was young and now was the time to make that dream come true. What will she claim as her greatest reward? Inspiring young readers and having them take away life lessons from her books. Her first release is the delightful Amy is Aumazing. Tell us about your book. Meet Amy, an almost 6 year old kindergartner who is gifted and talented and also is autistic. She tells the … [Read more...]

Normal Norman: What Makes Us All Special?

Tara Lazar (rhymes with bazaar) is a creative mother of two who writes quirky, humorous children's books−picture books and middle school novels−that kids (and adults) love. She was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 2010 and she has lost feeling in her feet and legs. She's a woman who is overcoming her chronic illness to achieve her goals and dreams. Tara is a children's author powerhouse who speaks at conferences and events, and teaches workshops to help other children's authors achieve their dreams of getting published. Her new … [Read more...]

The ABCs of Recognizing and Expressing Feelings

Kathryn Lescroart Detzer is a pastel artist with a background in graphic design, book editing, illustration, and calligraphy. She originally designed and illustrated this little book in 1984 as a Christmas gift for her nieces and nephews. She thought the ABC format was fun and a good way to expand her nieces and nephew’s emotional vocabulary while teaching them the letters of the alphabet. She was working at a high school at the time and remembers asking kids to pose, "act happy or act disappointed," and so on. She did sketches capturing … [Read more...]

Curious Interviews 2015: Authors, Autism, Inspirations, Oh My!

My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor and some style. Maya Angelou In 2015, our curiosity took us to places beyond our imaginations. We discovered people of passion and compassion. We learned about ourselves and others through literature, personal stories, and from those who are doing good works. Here is a recap of the amazing interviews we published in 2015: [Tweet "Read @geekclubbooks 2015 curious interviews with authors, changemakers, entrepreneurs for … [Read more...]

The Impact of Sensory Processing Disorder

Our guest contributor, children's author Lori DeMonia, shares the impact of sensory processing disorder in a children's book inspired by her own family's experiences. Sensory Processing Disorder makes life challenging. It also changes the way a family functions in their day-to-day life.  Much planning and thought goes into everything.  Whether it’s a trip to the grocery store, using the vacuum cleaner, or choosing the right time to empty the dishwasher, what many would consider simple decisions, aren’t so simple.  Taking our daughter with … [Read more...]

Autistic Author of “How to Be Human”

One sunny day in August I went to meet a new client and that is where I met an adorable four year old girl, Georgia, with a mop of hair and bright eyes that saw the world in black and white. She had been diagnosed with autism at age three and her parents wanted me to teach her how to play pretend. That began our long journey together through years of therapy and friendship. At some point, Georgia, herself, became motivated to change. Georgia decided that she wanted to work hard to overcome those parts of her autism that kept her separated from … [Read more...]

Children’s Author Melissa Northway
“What’s Your Deepest Wish?”

Melissa Northway is an award-winning author of three children's books, two of which are also storybook apps on iTunes. She's also the founder and editor of Dandelion Moms, an inspirational lifestyle site to support women as they follow their dreams and provide expert tips on parenting, recipes, beauty, and fashion. She's mom to a little redhead who is the inspiration behind everything she does, including Project Kindness where she showcases individuals, corporations and non-profits who spread seeds of kindness in our communities and world. … [Read more...]