by Lori DeMonia
Illustrated by Monique Turchan
28 pages – ages 5+
Published by Halo Publishing International on October 6, 2012
Logan is excited to have her friend, Abby, over for a play-date but when Logan meets Abby’s sister (Leah), Abby wonders why Logan had to tell Leah to say “Hi.” Leah isn’t like other kids. Leah barely speaks and she acts differently. Abby doesn’t like the way that Leah acts and she gets mad and doesn’t want Leah around. After the play-date, Logan thinks about what Abby said but she loves her sister and she is really okay with the way Leah is. She’s okay with it, until their mother took them for their first trip to the movies and Leah ruins it by breaking down. Logan then learns that Leah has Autism.
This is a very nice story from the point of view of a girl whose sister has autism. I like that it shows (sadly, in reality) how some kids react to people who act differently. The picture book is simple and the message can be understood by young kids. The book is based on two real-life sisters too!
The illustrations are very nice and there is artwork from the real Leah put into the book! The book is a good way to help kids understand Autism.
You can find more information about Leah’s Voice, get activities and find more about Autism and the kids who inspired this book at the book’s official website HERE!