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...]

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...]

#ReadYourWorld – A Story about Autism and Friendship

It's important...no it's essential that that children's literature embrace diversity. Children will learn understanding and acceptance when they can experience stories about other cultures, people, and traditions. They'll build self confidence when they see themselves represented as characters in stories they read. The Multicultural Children's Book Day, celebrated on January 27th, brings awareness to the importance diversity in children's literature. I was thrilled to join the team to call out the importance of having stories with autism themes … [Read more...]

Emma Lesko, an advocate for Diversity and Inclusion in Children’s Literature

Emma Lesko is the author of the children’s chapter book series SUPER LEXI. She is an advocate for diversity and inclusion in children’s literature, and offers voice writing workshops to lower elementary students. She has several years of experience teaching English and Spanish to children of varied developmental abilities in the United States, Brazil and Spain. Additionally, Emma volunteers with nonprofit Kids for Peace, and is on the planning committee for The Great Kindness Challenge movement. So nice to meet you! Tell us about your … [Read more...]