Me and My Sister is a lovely picture book depicting life with an autistic sibling. Like all brothers & sisters, these children have similarities and differences. They get along, fall out and things don’t always seem fair. They love spending time together but also appreciate their time apart. The narrator of the story loves his sister but, unfortunately, sometimes strangers don’t always see her in the same way.
This is an essential book depicting just one of the many types of families in our schools. Many children will see themselves in this story and feel their experiences have value. Through positive interactions and honest commentary, it shows just how special these siblings are and that, even though they might be different, they still love each other very much.
Me and My Sister is an important book for developing empathy in all children. It sheds light on the experiences of other children who may have families different to their own in a thoughtful manner. My own children’s primary school has a high level of inclusion for children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. There are many children who will identify with the narrator of this book and will really appreciate seeing it in school. It is just one small step towards helping to address the needs of the entire family rather than just the child with SEND.
Thank you to Scallywag Press for this very meaningful book!
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