A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Information about dyslexia and other learning challenges.
Everyone learns differently, has unique gifts, and can tell their stories in their own way.
Positive Role Models
Aaron's family is supportive and his teacher helps him understand that he has wonderful gifts to share.
Main character is Black and has dyslexia. A wide range of races, physical abilities, and learning styles are represented, with a message that all are valuable.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Andrea Beaty's Aaron Slater, Illustrator is a wonderful reminder that people with dyslexia or other learning challenges can tell stories and follow their dreams even though the path to those dreams is different from some of their peers. The book, with images of diverse skin tones and physical abilities, reminds readers that 15 to 20 percent of people have dyslexia, instilling confidence in those who learn differently and empathy in those who don't face that challenge. Aaron's teacher's response is beautifully loving, and he's surrounded by a caring family. There's a lot of information about different learning challenges, famous Black artist Douglas Slater, and the typeface is Dyslexie, which is specially designed for people with dyslexia. This is the fifth book in the Questioneers picture book series that started with Rosie Revere, Engineer.
Is It Any Good?
Emerging readers with dyslexia will feel Aaron's anguish deeply, as he thinks he's failed to tell his story. But in Aaron Slater, Illustrator, the teacher's reaction to his storytelling is a beautiful way to bring out the very best in a child. She thanks him, and gives him the space to tell his stories with drawings and to learn to read on a different timeline. The focus on diversity of backgrounds, abilities, and learning styles allows readers to see themselves on the pages, and the extensive amount of information about dyslexia and other learning challenges is great background for kids and adults alike.
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