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World Book Day 2022

an article by Beverly Guest our Charity Champion

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It is the 25th Anniversary of World Book Day and this year the theme is being marked by the message “You are a reader”. The aim of the official day is to celebrate authors, books, illustrators, and readers. Although it is mainly geared towards a younger audience, I thought we could not let this day go by without celebrating it in our own way, whichever age group you fall into.

Over the past year, as a Charity Champion for Anna Kennedy, I have been authoring Book Reviews which have been shared here on our website. There have been a wide variety of different genres of books including, recipes, fiction and factual, all related to autism or inclusivity, with some incredible information and some amazing illustrations.

As this year’s theme is You are a reader, I wanted to open this up to include my interpretation particularly for the autism community. I wanted to make sure we make this inclusive, so as far as I am concerned, reading can also include following a story or information by way of looking at illustrations.

And indeed, many of us in the autism community have used Social Stories to help others understand different situations. Perfect therefore for us to join in celebrating the day in whichever way we choose!

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I would like to talk briefly about my two personal favourite books reviewed for 2021, being Mickeypedia by Mickey Mayhew and Burning Embers by L S Pullen.

Amazing books, two completely different genres, the first an amazing informative database of all things autism, and what a role model Mickey is – it is an absolute MUST read. The second an adult indie romance novel with a character on the autism spectrum respectfully introduced into the storyline – refreshing and heart-warmingly inclusive.

Both amazing books, both amazingly talented authors – do checkout our website articles below for their full book reviews with information on where to purchase them:

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My current read is called ‘Is That Clear?’ by Zanne Gaynor, Kathryn Alevizes and Joe Butler, which will feature in my next book review for this month. It is so uniquely written; I love it already!

Then I already have a list of books to read which will feature in my book reviews coming soon, they include:

Both look amazing, and I totally love that each book I read concerning autism, disabilities, inclusivity, and more are always unique and will always be relatable to someone.

We are all so different just as each book author and illustration is, and that is part of the beauty that you can find within the pages of each book. Of course, not every book will fit with everyone, the magic and joy are to keep trying to find what YOU enjoy in books, whether that is the print on each page, the different font, the formats, pictures or the illustrations, the cover, even the title!

When I look for a new book, personally I am interested in the front cover, and then the brief synopsis on the back, that is what attracts my attention. Whereas our son Chris who is Autistic and ADHD, well he prefers a book with pictures like photos and illustrations so he can follow them along with text. We are all different, and that is the beauty, magic, and excitement I find within the pages of each book I read.

So, if you have a book relating to autism, disabilities, inclusivity or something you feel relatable to our Charity, please get in touch, send your book for my attention to our Charity Office address, and I will endeavour to add it on to my reading list – my book review will then be featured about your book on our website.  I am also interested in any Social Stories you may have to share too!

Any pictures you have also relating to World Book Day 2022 and Autism please tag us in if you feel comfortable; you will find our Charity Founder Dr Anna Kennedy OBE is on social media – click on the icons at the bottom of our website page. You will notice I purposefully did not focus on the tradition of dressing up for the day.

I am well aware that World Book Day in an educational setting where people are encouraged to dress up can be overwhelming for those with autism. Our son was never one to dress up, he found it all very confusing and uncomfortable, labels would irritate him, and the whole experience for him was not an enjoyable one.

Matching the book to the outfit, and the reasoning behind it did not make sense to him. For me, the day should be celebrated in whichever way YOU find suitable, whatever way YOU find it makes sense, and if it means just continuing as usual reading your book, or looking at pictures in it, then that is cool.

So, let us celebrate World Book Day in our own way – You are a Reader – that means whatever format you prefer, you go for it in your own way.


Thanks for reading, Bev Guest


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