Allow me to share two timely topics that, while they have nothing to do with quilting, touch the lives of quilters everywhere. Children’s books are beloved by kids, parents, grandparents, and storytellers. Living life with someone on the Autism Spectrum also affects many families in the quilting community. What brings these two topics together for me is the blogging I do for Free Spirit Publishing. They publish books for kids, parents, teachers, and anyone working to help meet kids’ social and emotional needs, and succeed in school.
April 2, 2014 is International Children’s Book Day
Whether you have kids, teach kids, read to kids, or love picture books, the world of children’s books is amazing. Great stories or simple concepts are shared, complete with artwork that any quilter will drool over. (It is no wonder that there are now quilting fabrics based on books like Winnie the Pooh, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, and The Cat in the Hat–just to name a few.)
International Children’s Book Day Round-Up is today’s post on the Free Spirit blog. Several authors of books for Free Spirit shared their favorite kids’ books and how they inspired them, or otherwise touched their lives.
The list of twenty books covers a wide range of ages and tales. From the classics like A Child’s Garden of Verses to the newest offering called Grandfather Ghandi, each book share a store, a fable, or a glimpse into the life of another person. The minute I finished getting the book day post set up for the blog, I had the urge to run to the library and read children’s books for a day!
Previously there was a post on the Free Spirit blog with great suggestions for Holiday Book Recommendations from Free Spirits. Seeing what books helped to shape the lives of authors and educators makes me think back to my own childhood. My mother read to us nearly every day, as I did with my own kids. (Often while tucked under a quilt–another connection!)
April 2, 2014 is World Autism Awareness Day
Look around your community today and you may see bridges, buildings, water towers, or other structures being bathed in blue light. From Singapore to Serbia, Stockholm to Melbourne, in every part of the globe people are taking a moment to learn more about autism. The entire month of April is dedicated to Autism Awareness and increasing our understanding of the disorder and how being on the autism spectrum affects families. Recently the Center for Disease Control (CDC) found that 1 in 68 children in the US has an autism spectrum disorder. To learn more visit the Autism Speaks website.
One of my favorite guest posts on the Free Spirit blog is Telling My Son He Has Autism. Author Elizabeth Verdick shares the very personal story of her own journey with her son, and how his diagnosis was a defining moment for the entire family. That lead her to write The Survival Guide for kids with Autism Spectrum Disorders (And Their Parents). As her son reached his tenth birthday, she knew he needed a book of his own to help him understand his own “brain differences” and how to talk to people about it, as well as navigate many social settings. The story of her family–and the community that supports them–offers hope, inspiration, and a sense of connection for all families touched by autism spectrum disorders.
Thank you for letting me take you on this Wandering Wednesday journey. As quilters we are often aware that life is a patchwork of people, places, and experiences. Many of us feel strong emotional ties with quilts we create or inherit. These quilts bring back memories or help us to create new ones. They can welcome new life, or shelter us as we pass through transitions. When I work on the Free Spirit blog I bring this perspective with me. For kids growing up, life is full of pieces. Teachers and parents, everyone who touches a child’s life, can help each child build their own special life, bit by bit.
Share a book with a kid today! Then Light It Up Blue and learn more about autism. I would welcome your comments on both topics.
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