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About the Author
Meg Raby holds a Master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology with a certification in Autism Spectrum Disorders from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, and has several years of experience working with children ages 2-17 on the autism spectrum. Meg recently started a booming handle on Instagram, called @bedtime.stories.forevermore, promoting literacy and highlighting only the best in children's books. This is her first book.
Elisa Pallmer studied design at Escuela de Diseño del INBA and English Literature at the National Autonomous University of Mexico. Her focus is on illustrations for children, and she lives in Mexico City.
A child-friendly, endearing, and fun picture book for children about the love, acceptance, and understanding a sister, Piper, has for her little brother Otto, who is on the autism spectrum. The book provides explanations for Otto's differences and quirkiness in an easy-to-understand language, and highlights Otto's desires for adventure and love just like his peers. A story about a sister and a brother who engage in common, everyday experiences in their own unique way with the idea that kindness and understanding always win!-- "Autism Council of Utah" (10/31/2019 12:00:00 AM)
"#sensoryinclusion is very important to us!! So when we found this amazing book that captures it so well, we just had to share."-- "Kulture City" (6/3/2020 12:00:00 AM)
"A beautiful message complemented with adorable, engaging illustrations."-- "PBS SoCal" (11/13/2020 12:00:00 AM)
"Debut author and SLP Meg Raby paints a picture of a beautiful sibling relationship in MY BROTHER OTTO. Piper and her little brother Otto do everything together -- play, sell lemonade, go the to park (where Otto loves flying on the swings) and go to story time at the library. Otto does things much differently compared to Piper in many ways. His differences as a child with autism are part of the story, but they're also embraced by his sister and family. Isn't that our hope for children with autism? We're so happy that this book is out in the world now and we hope that it makes its way to many classrooms and families."-- "@booksfordiversity" (11/20/2020 12:00:00 AM)
"Authentic, adorable, and compassionate. A great way to talk about autism with kiddos."--@KWindness "Twitter" (6/5/2021 12:00:00 AM)
"Certainly autism presents itself in a number of ways. But one wonderful book to consider is My Brother Otto .... In it, a sister tells the reader about her brother, Otto, who is autistic. It's a sweet look at their close sibling relationship, while Raby still honestly acknowledges some of the characteristics that make kids with autism unique--like Otto's fixation with the color yellow, for example. By the end, you see that Otto is a kid who loves to play and have fun, just like his sister."--Kate Etue "Cool Mom Picks" (2/16/2022 12:00:00 AM)