While most of it is over, it’s still April which means autism awareness month. While I think it’s fair to say that most adults have heard of autism and at least know the basics about it, many children are still unaware. I think a great way to approach tough topics with kids, is through the help of children’s books. Aidens Waltz was written by a mother, about her son who has autism. It follows Aiden through a day at school where he struggles to fit in and internally is just begging to befriended. A particular child in his class is nice to him, and later they take a dance class together. Aiden struggles at most sports like soccer and football but dancing is surprisingly much easier for him. He finds confidence in his new found skill and continues to practice. Together, he and his friend go on to preform in the school talent show and the crowd stands up and applauds when they are finished. I think this is a great book for introducing children to autism, and special needs in general. It also sends a nice message about how being friends with a special needs child can really improve their life a lot and is a great thing to do. I was a bit surprised at how much text is on each page, so if you’re reading this to a young child it might be best to read aiden’s waltz in a few different settings as it’s a bit lengthy for a picture book.

Win it: A copy of aidens waltz by Victoria Marin



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