Author/ Illustrator: 蔡兆伦
An award winning Chinese picture book by acclaimed author, Cai Zhaolun, this book allows children to experience what it’s like to be visually impaired. The author makes clever use of black and white to outline images with simple but contrasting lines. The overall picture design of this book is unconventional. He described an "invisible" boy who was walking ‘blindfolded’. The boy’s monologue revealed all kinds of invisible feelings ranging from fear, anxiety, tension to confusion, which stemmed from his inability to see. When we can't see, the movement of our body slows down. On the contrary, our other senses become heightened to make up for the lack of visual ability. Finally, when the little boy uncovered his eyes, what appeared in front of him was a colourful park. The ingenuity of the author in using vivid colour contrast lets children subtly experience what visual impairment is like, and lets them appreciate the beauty of sight and maybe they’ll develop empathy for visually impaired people. Suitable for children and even adults of all ages.
Author: 刘清彦 图 Illustrator: 陈盈帆
The six year old brother lives in a world that others find it hard to enter and when they do, the little brother often retaliates with anger, screams and sometimes even self inflicted injury. This is a story from an elder brother’s perspective about his mixed feelings about his autistic brother but eventually they found a way to bond through nursing an injured bird. The elder brother could relate to his autistic brother after he understood that the brother is like a trapped bird yearning for freedom. This is a gentle story about autistic children, how they are often misunderstood by people around them. They may be a little different inside but they are all the same, just like any other child, who yearns for love and understanding.
Author: 刘清彦 /姜义村 Illustrator: 海蒂朵儿
The Woodpecker Girl is an inspirational picture book about a little girl who was born with cerebral palsy, a condition that rendered her wheelchair bound. One day, her art teacher helped to affix a paintbrush to her forehead with a headband. From then, the little girl was able explore the world freely in her mind.
She loves art and through it, her imagination took her to places, just like a woodpecker that flies freely everywhere. It reminds us that where physical disabilities may limit us, our minds are stronger and not bounded by physical boundaries. This book is based on a true story. The illustrator has also cleverly weaved the woodpecker girl’s paintings into the story’s illustrations. It’s a book suitable for all ages, children and adults.
Author: Beverly Bishop Illustrator: Craig Bishop
Translated From: United States
This book describes the traits and abilities of autistic children despite the constraints they experience on a daily basis. Written from the perspective of a child who has an autistic friend, it details how she deals and manages around his condition to become his friend. A loving way to teach your child empathy and acceptance in a positive manner.
Author: Sanja Preal Illustrator: Maja Lubi
Translated From: Slovenia
Do your parents stop loving you when they are separated? Sarah is a preschooler who grew up in a family where her parents are divorced and no longer living together. Her father has begun a new relationship but that doesn’t mean he loves Sarah any lesser. There’s enough love to go round even if it means not being together at every moment.
Author: Helena Kraljič Illustrator: Maja Lubi
This book provides a glimpse inside the world of an autistic child. John lived in the secret world of autism and had difficulty connecting to others which include family members who love him dearly. This is a story that depicts how a family discovers the son is autistic, coping with the struggles to understanding his condition; how John got misunderstood in school to his classmate discovering his abilities and willingness to befriend him. A book that seeks your understanding and patience if you ever come across a child like John. Let them find their own gifts and shine their brightest lights.
Author/Illustrator: Sarah Eason
Translated from: United Kingdom
Doing the right thing isn't always easy! This series looks at some common social issues such as lying, bullying, stealing and feeling frightened. Each title explores the story of one child who faces moral dilemmas about different social situations, the choices he or she makes and the consequences of those choices. The right and wrong decisions are explored in each situation.
This series provides readers with a springboard for discussion of correct, ethical and moral behavior, plus the outcomes of good and poor choices. The interactive question-and-answer approach engages the young readers in real-life difficult situations while the charming, colorful illustrations keep the tone of the book whimsical and playful.
A very useful guide at the back of the book is best read by a grown-up and a child together. As young readers examine common situations that crop up where he or she might be tempted to be dishonest or misbehave, the adult should encourage the child to talk about each of the choices.
This series consists of the following titles from series 1 and series 2:
No Hitting, Henry: Don't Hurt 我不打人
Don't Be Sad, Sam: It's Ok 我不伤心
Don't Get Angry, Annie: Stay Calm 我不生气
Wait Your Turn, Tilly: Be Patient 我有耐心
Come Clean, Carlos: Tell the Truth 我要说实话
Chin Up, Charlie: Be Brave 我要勇敢
Don't Play Dirty, Gertie: Be Fair 我喜欢公平
Hand It Over, Harry: Don't Steal 我不拿别人东西
Author / Illustrator: Eric Liao 廖树清
This is an excellent 3-book series that discusses about traits and virtues of concentration, patience and perseverance from the perspective of a little girl named Grace. Author-illustrator, Eric Liao identifies each character trait with a key attitude or behaviour that gets repeated throughout the book which helps to reinforce the understanding. Through the nurturing guidance of her daddy, Grace is able to put what she learned to practice in her daily life as well as school.
Eric superbly explains these important yet somewhat abstract character traits using very simple text and drawing examples that are easy to understand. The repetitive echoing of the key attitude or behaviour attributed to the character traits will be etched in the minds of the young readers by the time they finish the series. Highly recommended for 3yo and up.