I Am Odd, I Am New

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$16.99  $15.80
Schiffer Kids
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8.0 X 10.7 X 0.5 inches | 1.05 pounds

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About the Author
Benjamin Giroux is the author of the poem "I Am Odd, I Am New." The poem, now also a picture book (I Am Odd, I Am New), has received a Kirkus Reviews starred review and was named a Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year. Benjamin is also an award-winning songwriter, was named poet laureate of Plattsburgh, New York, and has been the face of the National Autism Association's antibullying campaign. He has been featured in the Huffington Post and on the Today Show and Good Morning America. His poem has been translated into several languages and made into a critically acclaimed music video, releasing in April 2022. Benjamin lives in upstate New York with his parents and pet snake, Monty.
Roz MacLean is an award-winning Canadian illustrator and children's writer. She especially loves making art about themes that are important to her, like exploring emotions and diverse ways of being in the world. She has written and illustrated two books, The Body Book and Violet's Cloudy Day.
"this illustrated book and its powerful message will be an invaluable resource for creative writing teachers. With unique clarity, it provides a child's perspective of the world that will inspire genuine empathy in KS2 children reading this independently, or discussing it as a class in PSHE lessons."
--School Reading List
"Written when the autistic author was 10, Giroux's poetic exploration of being/feeling different from the perspective of living on the spectrum brings to light that being neurodivergent is not the same as being broken or "less." Being different is not an insurmountable obstacle to experiencing life but rather a gift to experience more."
--Kirkus Starred Review
"Benjamin Giroux's goal when writing his poem was to have society understand that being odd is different, and different is a good thing."
"A 10-year-old New York boy who was given a school assignment ended up touching the hearts of thousands after writing a moving poem that gives an inside look into his life with autism."
--The Daily Mail
"Later, paper airplanes soar with the suggestion that different shouldn't mean separate, providing an answer to the poem's hopeful concluding sentiments about finding where one belongs."
--Publisher's Weekly