Making picture books more accessible

The more children that can enjoy picture books the better. Right?

I’m so pleased to have illustrated two books that are involved in making picture books accessible to more children.

Little Mouse Finds A Friend is a mix of story and science and follows the life cycle of the Atlas moth. The author, Jeni Leidenfrost, has created audio descriptive readings for the visually impaired to be able to enjoy the illustrations. There are also Braille books available with the descriptive reading text. There are over 1.3 million visually impaired people in the U.S. This is perhaps the first time this resource has been made available to parents and children with this special need.

Solar The Polar is a story about the friendship between a snowboarding polar bear and a paraplegic adaptive sit-skier. This story is about snow safety and enjoying life with a disability. Author, Kim Constantinesco, is the Editor-in-Cheif of Purpose 2 Play, telling inspiring sports stories of athletes overcoming obstacles. The publisher, MacLaren Cochrane Publishing, is making Solar The Polar available in both a regular font and a special dyslexic font making it easier to read for children with dyslexia.

If you haven’t got all your Christmas shopping done, make sure you pick up one of the books by these fantastic authors!

Little Mouse goes to Haiti

My friend Ryan goes to Haiti on a regular basis to an island that does not have electricity or running water and helps the children and animals there. She travels down and gives the children and livestock immunization shots and has been instrumental in helping build a school on the island. Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. The Haitians rely heavily on their livestock to accomplish daily tasks. A 90 lb. donkey will carry 120 lbs. of water up hill from the river to the village. The saddles used on these donkeys are very primitive and most of the donkeys have terrible saddle sores that often get infected. Ryan treats the wounds and helps to guard the animals against infection. She is an incredible lady!

She always takes down care packages to the children donated by local philanthropists. And this year she also took copies of Little Mouse Finds A Friend to share with the children. So Little Mouse has gone international and I couldn’t be happier about where he’s landed. Thank you Ryan for all you do.

And Little Mouse thanks you too!