What would it be like to have an autistic friend?
Since We're Friends is about two boys. One has autism, the other does not. The story of their relationship provides practical examples of how to make such a friendship work. It will help children see that their peers with autism can make a fun, genuine contribution to friendship.
Matt's autism doesn't stop him from having fun! Even when Matt struggles to navigate social situations, his friend is there to help him out. The two boys enjoy playing sports, watching movies, reading books, and talking about animals. Working together, a best friend's compassion and understanding turn Matt's frustration into excitement. Whether on the basketball court, the playground swings, or at the neighborhood pool, the two friends enjoy each other's company.
David Harrington's 19 colorful illustrations complement Celeste Shally's touching story of friendship to create a book that is the perfect guide for children and parents to better understand those with autism spectrum disorders.
Celeste Shally holds a bachelor's degree in elementary education from Northern Illinois University. Her oldest son was diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder at the age of three. Shally lives with her husband and two sons in Centerton, Arkansas.
David Harrington is an illustrator of numerous children's books, including Maccabee! The Story of Hanukkah. He has worked as a freelance illustrator since 1993.
Grade Level: K and up. 32 pages. 2012
Together, we're always better. More fun, too.