Theme: Siblings With Autism or Special Needs
by Lori DeMonia
Illustrated by Monique Turchan
I’m happy to be taking part in Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2019! As part of this event, I was provided a copy of Leah’s Voice to review. This award-winning picture book is published by Halo Publishing International.
Logan and her sister Leah have lots of fun together, swimming and painting pictures (Leah’s favorite). So Logan is excited one day to have her friend Abby come over to play with them, until Abby grows frustrated with Leah and her different way of communicating and playing. Logan herself also feels frustrated another day when Leah’s actions prevent her from being able to see her first movie in a movie theater. Then her parents explain that Leah has autism, and what that means for all of them, but mostly for Leah and Logan. Eventually, Leah’s art draws the attention of the local paper, and Abby comes to realize how important it is to treat everyone with kindness and understanding.
Leah’s Voice is a gentle, easy-to-understand story about the sometimes difficult situation of having a sibling or friend with autism, and how to explain autism to friends and others who may never have been exposed to it. Soft watercolor illustrations make this a good read-aloud for early elementary students.
Leah’s Voice has won several awards:
- 2014 Dr. Temple Grandin Outstanding Literary Work of the Year Award presented by The Autism Society
- Sibling Support Project’s recommended reading list
- Mom’s Choice Award winner for Children’s Books – Developing Social Skills
It is a nice addition to any family or school library, especially as a way to open up discussions about autism, accepting others’ differences, showing respect, and being kind.
A little more information on Multicultural Children’s Book Day (and their Twitter Giveaway)…
Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2019 (1/25/19) is in its 6th year and was founded by Valarie Budayr from Jump Into A Book and Mia Wenjen from PragmaticMom. Our mission is to raise awareness of the ongoing need to include kids’ books that celebrate diversity in home and school bookshelves while also working diligently to get more of these types of books into the hands of young readers, parents and educators.
MCBD2019 is honored to have some amazing Medallion Level and Author Sponsors on board.
*View our 2019 Medallion Sponsors here: https://wp.me/P5tVud-
*View our 2019 MCBD Author Sponsors here: https://wp.me/P5tVud-2eN
We’d like to also give a shout-out to MCBD’s impressive CoHost Team who not only hosts the book review link-up on celebration day, but who also works tirelessly to spread the word of this event. View our CoHosts: http://multiculturalchildrensbookday.com/about/co-hosts/
TWITTER PARTY Sponsored by Make A Way Media: MCBD’s super-popular (and crazy-fun) annual @McChildsBookDay Twitter Party will be held 1/27/19 at 9:00pm. E.S.T.
Join the conversation and win one of 12 five book bundles and one Grand Prize Book Bundle (12 books) that will be given away at the party. We will be giving away a prize every 5 minutes!
FREE RESOURCES from MCBD
Free Multicultural Books for Teachers: https://wp.me/P5tVud-1H
Free Empathy Classroom Kit for Homeschoolers, Organizations, Librarians and Educators: http://multiculturalchildrensbookday.com/teacher-classroom…/