Watering Can Press has announced the release of "The Autism Acceptance Book: Being a Friend to Someone with Autism". Half of all profits from the book's sale will be donated to Autism Speaks.
The interactive book uses narrative, activities, conversation starters and journal exercises to help children ages 6 to 12 learn more about autism, develop understanding for people
different from themselves and encourages them to be kind, compassionate and helpful through their actions.
According to Watering Can founder Ellen Sabin, "The Autism Acceptance Book" helps children understand how the challenges, likes and dislikes of a person with autism may be different from their own. It encourages them to "walk in someone else's shoes" and to imagine how they would like to be treated in various situations. As with all Watering Can titles, she says it also aims to empower children to help others through their actions.
All Watering Can books are built to be appealing to children--with colorful illustrations, upbeat narrative, engaging activities and journal and scrapbook pages that allow children to customize their book. Previous Watering Can releases have won numerous awards and been recommended by parents, teachers, community leaders and media outlets including Parenting Magazine, Parents Magazine, The Associated Press and Learning Magazine.
The autism project began when the father of a child with autism approached Sabin and asked her to use the proven format of her books to communicate information about autism to children.
"All our books are about building character in children by letting them express their thoughts, feelings and ideas about certain topics," says Sabin. "As I researched this book, I learned that autism can be a very hard concept for young people to understand and so we created activities that let children use their personal experiences and imagination to empathize with the challenges individuals with autism might face."
The Autism Acceptance Book is meant for use at home or in the classroom. Watering Can also offers free teacher's guides that link the book's content to state and national curriculum standards on its Web site.
See the book and page samples at Watering Can Press. To buy copies of The Autism Acceptance Book, visit the web site. Note: Bulk orders can be purchased at discounts directly from the publisher 212-243-3727 or firstname.lastname@example.org and single copies can be bought through the Publisher's fulfillment center at: 800-345-6665.