Neurodiversities refer to different ways people experience the world. These conditions include (but are not limited to):
- Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Tourette’s syndrome
One of the rarest of diversities is synesthesia. This neurological condition causes senses to blend, or one sense to trigger another sense. For example, a person may perceive a written letter with a color. Or a shape with a taste. Or a sound with a feeling.
Famous musicians with this sensory ability include Duke Ellington, Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Wonder and Prince. To library people, Vanessa Brantley-Newton is a rock star too. Her children’s books offer stunning illustrations and uplifting stories.
Brantley-Newton herself experiences synesthesia and dyslexia. She uses these unique perceptions–and the stigma she endured growing up–to infuse her books with joy, warmth, inclusion and self-confidence. Seriously, each book feels like a big hug.
Vanessa and her work prove to kids (and adults) that neurodiversities are nothing to be ashamed of, in fact they make the world a more interesting place. Her books are all about celebrating how unique and wonderful we all are.
Check out the following books to immerse yourself in Vanessa’s kind and vibrant world.
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A summer parade, a drummer parade, a magical bucket-and-bowl serenade!
This picture-book biography of Tyree Guyton, an urban environmental activist, shows how he transformed his decaying, crime-ridden neighborhood into the Heidelberg Project, an interactive sculpture park. You can also check out this title as eBook on Hoopla.
From Academy Award-nominated actress Quvenzhané Wallis comes a story about glitz, glamour, and the most important thing of all–family.