Celebrating Diversity Awareness in Children’s Books

Geek Club Books is participating in Multicultural Children's Book Day to celebrate diversity awareness in children's books. More specifically, we are advocating for there to be more stories with main characters who are on the autism spectrum. Here is a link to the reviews and interviews we've published as a part of this special day: No Limits: No Boundaries! My Journey Through the ABC’s Soccer Bugs, a Children's Book that Honors and Celebrates Diversity Lucy's Amazing Friend: A Story of Autism and Friendship Multicultural … [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...]

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...]

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...]

Suzie Books
Helping Children Cope

Charlotte Olson is a mum to children, one with Asperger's Syndrome. She is a trained National Nursery Examination Board (NNEB) Nursery Nurse and has always worked with children, most recently as a teaching assistant before giving up her job to start writing Suzie Books, a series of books that help young children understand and cope with new situations. I caught up with her to find out more... Your Suzie Books’ series help families cope with new situations…why were you inspired to write them? I decided to write as a way in helping other … [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...]

Mighty League Character Gallery

JMan The adorkable JMan views his world in a unique and imaginative way...he's the 10 year old superhero who stops bullies and makes the playground a peaceful place. He is the leader of the Mighty League and capes and crime fighting are his game! He has Aspergers Syndrome...and also green eyes, blonde hair, and a fascination with knowing everything he can about frogs and snakes. Jaycee Jaycee is the female alter ego to JMan. It's funny because she views her world in a unique and imaginative way too! Choose her as your Mighty League hero and … [Read more...]

Max N Me Studio Children’s Books
Whimsical and Creative for a Cause

The story behind Max N Me Studio already had me hooked. McNall Mason, aka mom, looks for ways to communicate with her son, Max, who has Aspergers Syndrome. Thinking creatively, she begins making art as a project to raise money for charities and help Max with his social skills. (ah, hello kindred spirit!) She doesn't want to change Max. He's all kinds of amazing as he is. She's just looking to help him find his way through the world by letting him tell his stories and turning them into books. (sounds familiar, huh?) Through this process … [Read more...]