#ReadYourWorld – ABC’s of Adventurous Living and Learning!

Natasha Moulton-Levy and her son Julian English sent me their book, No Limits: No Boundaries! My Journey Through the ABC’s to review for Multicultural Children’s Book Day. I wanted to read a book that was both culturally diverse and featured characters on the autism spectrum. Their book was so much more than I expected…it was a beautiful story scrapbook of a family dedicated to giving their son with special needs every opportunity to live a life of learning, growth and experiences beyond imagination. Unconditional love spills out of every … [Read more...]

10 Awesome Autistic Authors and Their Stories

Here's a round up of some wonderful autistic authors...the books they've written and the stories they've told! If you didn't catch their interviews the first time around, make sure you take a few minutes to click and read. You'll leave inspired...plus I'm confident you'll find some great books to add to your wish list. Children's Books Colin Eldred-Cohen Colin puts his creative and active mind towards storytelling. The Fire Truck Who Got Lost is his first children's book. It certainly won't be his last! Darius Brown Darius is an … [Read more...]

New Children’s Book that “Finds Its Way Home”

As a member of the Autistic Creatives Collective,* Colin Eldred-Cohen channels his creative and active mind towards writing and storytelling. He’ll tell you that he constantly has story ideas buzzing around his head, fiction and nonfiction. “They can spring up from anywhere, from media I consume to any random thing I see. Some of the story ideas get channeled into writings, some become plots for role playing games I play with my friends. I want to say that it’s a gift of the Asperger’s, but one never knows.” Colin has written his first … [Read more...]

They May Be Simple Stories but Their Meaning is Big!

Karen Franco is a children’s book author and Jacob’s Mom. Writing has always been her passion. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism. She always felt she could communicate better in writing. It was also therapeutic for her especially after her son, Jacob, came into her life. "His special needs brought such a different dimension to my life and I had to learn to cope with all the challenges…writing does that for me." She thought that telling simple stories about Jacob as … [Read more...]

Darius Hates Vegetables

Darius Brown is a 5th grader who has been mainstreamed at Skyline Elementary School since kindergarten. Throughout grade school he received a lot of speech therapy services due to his inability to speak. The services taught DJ sign language to sign the words he couldn’t speak and other methods to communicate while in school and at home. He also received adaptive physical education services that helped with his motor skills. These services included swimming, roller skating and other activities to help develop his low muscle tone. Now he can … [Read more...]

Understanding Differences through ‘The Quiet Bear’

Gretchen Leary is 29, a children's book author and a woman on the autism spectrum. She has written two children's books,  Really, Really Like Me and The Quiet Bear which were both written to promote a better understanding of differences and how they make us special. Neither book says the word autism inside the pages which she did on purpose to avoid labels. She wants to show children that "we can shine without putting out someone else's candle." Tell us about your children's book. The Quiet Bear is a simple bed time story about a … [Read more...]

Autistic Writer Helps Children Learn Social and Life Skills

  We're so thrilled to be able to highlight another amazing autistic writer...Benjamin K.M. Kellogg. His delightful children's books are helping autistic kids learn social and life skills. We know that you will enjoy getting to know him and his work. Hello, my name is Benjamin K.M. Kellogg. I am twenty-four years old, and I hail from Mexico, NY. I am a freelance writer, and I have autism. I am also a 2012 graduate (Summa Cum Laude) of Cayuga Community College with an Associate in Arts in Humanities and Social Science degree with … [Read more...]

Lola the Therapy Dog: Big Love in a Pint-sized Puppy Package!

Some things are just better with a dog by your side - like long walks, reading a book, or curling up in front of the TV. When I retired a few years ago, I was eager to slow down, and I figured I would know what I was supposed to do next when the time came. It happened during a quiet lunch with a friend over a discussion about meaningfully filling one’s time. She shared with me her favorite activity, which was visiting schools and summer camps with her black lab, Jake.  Jake is a therapy dog, and it sounded like Jake did all of the work while my … [Read more...]