good kid’s books: friendship

If you want to write good kid’s books you need a subject children can relate to. What about friendship? It’s so important for children to feel accepted by their peers. But what if you’re different from most of your classmates? Suppose you feel like you don’t fit in?

Christopher Cornelius has autism. Can you imagine how sad his dad felt when he learned Christoper didn’t have any friends at school? No one sat with him at lunch. Nobody played with him during recess. How heartbreaking is that? I empathize with Christopher because I only had one friend in school. When she was absent, the other kids didn’t talk to me or play with me.  Wouldn’t it be lovely if parents taught their children to accept those who are different? I didn’t fit in because I couldn’t run and play like other kids. Perhaps that’s why my good kid’s books, Charlene the Star and Hattie’s Heroes, and Charlene the Star and Bentley Bulldog, highlight the value of friendship and acceptance. Shouldn’t more people write good kid’s books, too? We should help our children to realize we all have different talents.

Christopher’s Dad realized his son knew he didn’t have friends, but what could he do? Christopher wanted to have sleepovers like his brothers, but who would come?  Here are Christopher’s Dad’s thoughts:

“The only solution I can come up with is to share this with you and ask that you have a conversation with your kids. Please tell them that children with special needs understand far more than we give them credit for.

“They notice when others exclude them. They notice when they are teased behind their back (a lot of times ‘behind their back’ is right in front of them because they think the ‘different’ child doesn’t understand). But mostly they are very much in tune when they are treated differently from everyone else.”

After he got thousands of letters, he continued:

“All this attention is a little surreal …. The messages are in the thousands at this point.

“I’d like to thank everyone for sharing their stories with me and my family.

“Thank you all for your thoughtfulness, your grace, and your kindness.”

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