My Brother Charlie

  • Title: My Brother Charlie
  • Author: Holly Robinson Peete and Ryan Elizabeth Peete
  • Illustrator: Shane W. Evans
  • Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
  • Publication year: 2010
  • Brief Summary: From Scholastic-“Callie is very proud of her brother Charlie. He’s good at so many things — swimming, playing the piano, running fast. And Charlie has a special way with animals, especially their dog, Harriett. But sometimes Charlie gets very quiet. His words get locked inside him, and he seems far away. Then, when Callie and Charlie start to play, Charlie is back to laughing, holding hands, having fun. Charlie is like any other boy — except he has autism. In this story, told from a sister’s point of view, we meet a family whose oldest son teaches them important lessons about togetherness, hope, tolerance, and love.”
  • Ideas for using this book in classroom or library – I think this book is important for both a school and public library because I do not think there is a enough widespread knowledge or empathy for children with autism and their families.
  • Whatever additional notes you’d like to add about this book and why you liked or didn’t like it – I really liked Evans illustrations because I felt that he brought across Charlie and Callie’s struggles.

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