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Disability, Self-Esteem, and Special Friends in Creative Picture Book and Story for Young Readers

Cindy Hewitt is a retired teacher with a passion for children's literature. Read-aloud stories add quality to a child's life experiences.

Special Seats for Shopping Adventures with a Disability

A disability comes along with adventures for learning to love yourself and friends

A disability comes along with adventures for learning to love yourself and friends

A Disability Can Have Special Benefits and Life Lessons

Keah Brown is making her debut into the world of children's picture books with Sam's Super Seats, a creative story and picture book about disability and learning to love yourself and your friends who help you navigate the disability in everyday life. Sam is a special character who will make young readers laugh and learn the life lesson that a disability does not have to interrupt life. Sam's Super Seats is also special in that African American children can see themselves or someone they know in the story.

Sam has cerebral palsy. There are occasions when she must sit down to rest through her day while engaging in everyday activities. Sam loves her couch in her living room and often spends time resting there. This is one of her super seats. She also considers the back seat in Mom's car as one of her super seats. Sam is planning a shopping trip with Mom and her special friends to shop for back-to-school clothes. They find a lot of cute outfits for their new school year. The shopping adventure provides the opportunity for Sam and her friends to imagine that they are models and walking the runway in a fashion show. Sam must soon find a place to sit and rest at the mall. The bench at the mall is not the best soft seat, but Sam makes the best of it and this bench becomes a super seat for people watching while Sam rests. Sam learns the life lesson that having to rest because of a disability is not that bad when you have super seats and friends to stand by your side.

Sharee Miller contributed her talents as an illustrator to create adorable and colorful cartoon-like illustrations for Sam's Super Seats. The illustrations are done in watercolor and add to the creativity of the story. Sam's Super Seats was published by Kokila, a division of Penguin/Random House. It is recommended for ages 4-7 and has an ISBN of 9780593323892.


Special Cartoon-Like Illustrations in Watercolor Tell Sam's Story

Sam loves life and laughing.

Sam loves life and laughing.

Getting ready to go shopping for back-to-school clothes

Getting ready to go shopping for back-to-school clothes

Dad give Sam a ride down the stairs

Dad give Sam a ride down the stairs

Sam has a super seat with her couch in her living room

Sam has a super seat with her couch in her living room

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The back seat in Mom's car is also a super seat

The back seat in Mom's car is also a super seat

Shopping at the mall with her special friends

Shopping at the mall with her special friends

Resting on the bench as a super seat at the mall

Resting on the bench as a super seat at the mall

Back home with all of the cute clothes and jewelry for back-to-school

Back home with all of the cute clothes and jewelry for back-to-school

Bring Sam's Super Seats Into the Classroom

Picture books and stories are a great tool for teachers in early education classrooms to introduce a special topic. Classrooms today sometimes have children with disabilities and helping young children to understand a disability that one of their friends or classmates might have is an important life lesson.

*Read Sam's Super Seats in a story time session. Call attention to the fact that Sam has a disbility called cerebral palsy. This disabilty affects Sam's legs and she must rest throughout her day.

*Engage children in a discussion of disabilities that their classmates might have. Are there children in your school who use a wheelchair?

*How do Sam's friends help her enjoy activities? Engage children in a discussion of how they they can help friends with disabilities.


Meet the Author

Keah Brown is a journalist and screenwriter who is a special advocate for young people who are disabled. She is the creator of #DisabledandCute. She has published in the anthology Disability Visability, edited by Alice Wong. She is an advocate for the necessity of accessible seating in public places for people with disabilities.

© 2022 Cindy Hewitt

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