By Craig Pomeranz
I am reaching out to parents, journalists, and educators. After reading and tweeting several stories on bullying, gender roles, and autism, I think it is important to keep this conversation going. I was guided to your DignityUSA site and thought you would be interested in my new children's book, Made by Raffi. I am proud of the attention and reviews it is receiving, but especially the conversation that the book is generating on "embracing our differences."
Inspired by a true-life incident, Made by Raffi is the story of a little boy who likes to knit and sew; at first he is teased for his hobby, but in the end he becomes a hero to his class. Recently released in Chinese and Korean, Made by Raffi is now published in eight languages and eleven countries by UK publishers Frances Lincoln. Award-winning artist Margaret Chamberlain is the illustrator.
I wrote the book to support young boys and girls who are perceived as "different" because of their appearance or hobbies. It is a funny, colorful book with a serious message and will interest those who care about promoting diversity and embracing our differences, as well as all children seeking to fit in.
A donor has given 75 books to the Archdiocese of New York Catholic schools for all of their libraries. Made by Raffi is shortlisted for the Little Rebel Children's Book Award!
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