Cerebral palsy, a neurological disorder, hinders body movement and can make simples tasks, like walking and sitting up straight, difficult. Living with cerebral palsy can be tough, but the disability can also stimulate hard work, dedication, and appreciation. The children’s book Carlos Goes to Preschool and the autobiographies The Sky’s the Limit and We’ve Come This Far by Faith, all books written by individuals with cerebral palsy, demonstrate these characteristics.
Carlos Goes to Preschool by Zach Wood
Carlos Goes to Preschool, the first title in author Zach Wood’s upcoming children’s book series, follows Carlos, a kid with cerebral palsy, through his first day of preschool. Each book in Wood’s series will follow Carlos through a different adventure. Some titles Wood plans for the series includes Carlos Rides the Bus and Carlos Goes Skiing.
When asked what message he hopes children learn from Carlos Goes to Preschool, Wood replied “I hope that children are not afraid to ‘play’ with or be friends with children that are disabled. Children who have disabilities want to feel like they are wanted, and that they can be with a normal peer.” Carlos Goes to Preschool and future Carlos titles will be available for purchase at www.carlosseris.webs.com and local Loveland, CO area bookstores.
The Sky’s the Limit by Susie Bennett
The Sky’s the Limit tells Susie Bennett’s life story. Bennett serves as a role model for the cerebral palsy community. She started www.livingwithcerebralpalsy.com, created the Living with Cerebral Palsy Facebook page, and blogs about having cerebral palsy. Her cerebral palsy blog, along with a magazine ad for book ideas, led Bennett to pen her autobiography.
Bennett hopes everyone finds something to relate to in The Sky’s the Limit. She wants people to gain motivation from her autobiography, saying “If anyone gets a modicum of motivation from reading this book, then it has been worthwhile.” Motivation shouldn’t be hard to find in The Sky’s the Limit when you consider doctors told Bennett at a young age she wouldn’t be able to walk, talk properly, or hold down a job. Yet, she has accomplished so much. Bennett’s autobiography is available at www.livingwithcerebralpalsy.com and eBay. Additionally, Bennett hopes to have The Sky’s the Limit at Amazon soon.
We’ve Come This Far by Faith by Dr. Darrell W. Pone
Dr. Darrell W. Pone’s autobiography, We’ve Come This Far by Faith, like Bennett’s autobiography, looks to motivate. Dr. Pone shares 10 tips to success, using his life to illustrate the importance of each. Dr. Pone overcame much adversity, triggered by his cerebral palsy, on his road to success. In We’ve Come This Far by Faith, Dr. Pone credits his parents for his success. Dr. Pone’s father, who also was a doctor, served as a good role model while Dr. Pone’s mother never let her son use his cerebral palsy as an excuse, treating him just like his siblings.
Dr. Pone draws a connection with the reader through empathy. For example, in regards to dating as a teenager the doctor writes “Dating was problematic for me because I could not meet the girls’ expectations of how a boyfriend was supposed to look and act.” Many people, both male and female, probably have insecurities resulting in similar dating problems. We’ve Come This Far by Faith can be found at www.poneinspirations.com.