A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Stuttering is common. Lots of information for children who stutter and their parents and teachers.
Your unique qualities are a gift. Be yourself, because you are amazing.
Positive Role Models
Brayden's family, friends and community have been a big support for him.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Brayden Speaks Up: How One Boy Inspired the Nation, Brayden Harrington's book about how his stuttering led him to be part of President Joe Biden's inauguration celebration, is brimming with positivity, acceptance, and tools to help those who stutter. Brayden reminds young readers and the adults who read aloud to them that who they are is a gift, and that the things that make them feel awkward or out of place are the very things that make them special. At the end of the book, there's a note from Brayden and a nice list of reminders and tools for children who stutter, their parents, and their teachers.
Is It Any Good?
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.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.