After messing around selling things on eBay as if my life depended on it, I thought I’d sit down and finally sort out my children’s book which has been almost finished for several weeks now. I polished it all off and am super happy with the results! I have released it as a PDF for now, and then it will get released as a paperback when I am able to purchase the block of 10 ISBN numbers.
It’s my first children’s book, and I hope it will be helpful to children on the Autistic Spectrum. I wanted to use Koby and Friends because they are bright and cute, and hopefully, engaging for children. I gave them personalities from the start, which means that they will be very relatable for disabled children; for example, Koby is closest to a child with Aspergers Syndrome, and in the first book he is struggling to understand why his brother and sister are allowed to play with ‘his’ toy. By the end of the book, he has come to realise that they can all play with it together and this means no one is left feeling upset. When he wanted to play with it, his brother, Chuckles, was upset, when Chuckles and their sister, Sparky, were playing with it, Koby was upset – but when they all play together, they all get a turn and are all happy.
I think that it would have been useful to my brother, who is on the spectrum, as a young child, as he didn’t understand that it was the kind thing to do to share. He just got super stroppy and expected to be able to play with whatever, whenever he wanted! I know that a story book isn’t going to be the answer to everything, but hopefully it will be a nice place to start.
I didn’t want to set an age for the reader, but I think that it could suit a wide variety of age and child – young toddlers could look through the pictures and still grasp what is happened, whilst their parents could explain what is going on, through to an older child being able to read it themselves.
I’d like to think that the Koby and Friends characters could be a silent nod for supporting raising awareness of Autism Spectrum Disorders, without plastering ourselves and our children with the ribbon, which other kids might understand and possibly bully them for – whereas, Koby and Friends are just characters like from any other children’s book.
Available as a PDF here