If you’re looking for a sweet gift or just an awesome book to add to your child’s library, check out What Kyle Can Do, a new book released by local Charlotte mom Conni Branscom based on her son, Kyle, who has Down syndrome.
This BEAUTIFULLY illustrated book’s message of diversity and acceptance is important and one you’ll want to share with everyone, especially your kids: children with special needs CAN do things that other kids can do (I love how the word “can” is in red on the book’s cover!). All proceeds from the book will go to Kyle’s Korner Inc., a nonprofit also founded by Conni, which is dedicated to providing adaptive bikes to children with special needs (read more about Kyle’s Korner here).
The history of the book is also pretty cool. It was written eight years ago by Brooke Luckadoo-Hicks, Kyle’s then babysitter, as a senior exit project for Ardrey Kell High School. Years later, Conni developed it into an illustrated children’s book. It’s told from the perspective of Mya, Kyle’s older sister. When Kyle is diagnosed with Down syndrome, Mya wonders if he’ll ever be able to play with her. Over the course of the book, Mya learns of all the great things Kyle can do, like swimming, making faces, and playing baseball.
Conni will be signing books on two different days in the next couple of months. Here are deets:
Feb. 11: Barnes and Noble Carolina Place Mall
12 pm-2 pm (with a reading at 12:30)
March 18: Barnes and Noble Arboretum
12 pm – 2 pm
What Kyle Can Do is available in hardcover, and can be found at Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble Carolina Place, Brilliant Sky Toys & Books, indiebound.com, warrenpublishing.net, and kyleskornerinc.org. Pick one up today and share it with your favorite kids! 🙂