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Brayden Speaks Up: How One Boy Inspired the Nation

By Carrie Kingsley, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Boy who stutters makes history in affirming true tale.

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Brayden's courage to stand in front of millions of people and be vulnerable is inspiring, and his relentless positivity is a gift both young readers and their parents can treasure. That Brayden Speaks Up: How One Boy Inspired the Nation is a true story makes it more relatable to those who feel intimidated to speak up in public settings for any number of reasons: maybe they stutter, maybe they're a language learner, maybe they're simply self-conscious. Brayden is relentlessly positive, and the way he views his stutter as a gift teaches readers that reframing a situation can make all the difference. The pages at the end, with a note from Brayden and a list of tools for those who stutter and the people around them, are beautifully full of compassion, optimism, and acceptance.

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