Autism Parenting Magazine Issue 74 (Member's Dashboard) - Page 55

WHAT'S NEW ON THE BOOKSHELF? Delightful New Illustrated Book Embraces Neurodiversity A t school, Penelope’s teacher encourages the class to play with someone new at recess so they can see that minds, like handprints and snowflakes, are one of a kind. Penelope chooses Eric, and they have so much fun she invites him over for a playdate. Before he arrives, Penelo- pe’s mom tells her that Eric’s mind is called “on the spectrum,” and so his unique preferences might be different from the ones she’s used to. To prepare, they practice using quiet voices, listening with their eyes, and being flexible. As their playdate un- folds, Penelope and Eric show readers the many ways that families can embrace neurodiversity. “The fourth in the Stewie Boom! Series, Stewie Boom! and Princess Penelope: Handprints, Snow- flakes and Play-Dates celebrates differences in na- ture and in children, providing a myriad of relatable tips for both children and parents on how to work with and appreciate one another’s individuality.” — Manhattan Book Review “Reading this delightfully written and illustrated children’s book is like discovering a most precious gem in a bounty of lost treasures. The story brings to light the importance of creating opportuni- ties for children to co-create their own social and imaginary play worlds where inclusion and neuro- diversity are valued. This is a meaningful book that both children and adults will adore.” — Pamela Wolfberg, PhD, professor, San Francis- co State University and founder, Autism Collective for Peer Socialization, Play & Imagination “This book captivated me right away with its joyous illustrations, and it provides some great inspiration for ideas for teachers and parents looking to interact with families of children on the spectrum and teach their children about inclusivity.” — L. P. Kaplan, PhD, chairman and founder, US Autism & Asperger Association Christine Bronstein is the founder of Nothing But The Truth Publishing, an independent publishing imprint specializing in works of diverse female au- thors. She is the author of the Stewie Boom! series of children’s books. You can order the book from Amazon or find out more about the Stewie BOOM! series on the website. Website: Autism Parenting Magazine | Issue 74 | 55