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Penguin: Young Readers Group Summer 2019

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LITTLE SENSES
This Beach Is Loud!
By (author): Samantha Cotterill Illustrated by: Samantha Cotterill
9780525553458 Hardcover English Juvenile: Age (years) from 3 - 7, Grade (US) from P - 2 JUVENILE FICTION / Disabilities & Special Needs Jun 18, 2019
$22.99 CAD
Active 9.31 x 9.31 x 0.37 in 32 pages FULL-COLOR ILLUSTRATIONS Dial Books for Young Readers Dial Books
Patience, understanding, and a soothing exercise saves the beach day when excitement turns to sensory overload.

Going to the beach is exciting. But it can also be busy. And loud. Sand can feel hot or itchy or sticky…and it gets everywhere! In This Beach Is Loud!, a sensitive boy gets overwhelmed by all the sights, sounds, and sensations at the beach. Luckily, this kiddo’s dad has a trick up his sleeve to help his son face these unexpected obstacles.

Combining accessible storytelling and playful design, This Beach Is Loud! gently offers practical advice for coping with new experiences to sensitive children on and off the autism spectrum.

Series Overview: Each Little Senses book illuminates the experience of sensitive kids with the end goal of destigmatizing and normalizing their behaviors and illustrating simple ways of managing life’s everyday overwhelming moments.

Filling a void: There is such a need and market for fun, helpful books geared toward kids on the autism spectrum. Samantha Cotterill has already been getting an overwhelming response.

#ownvoices: This series is very near and dear to Samantha’s heart: She herself is on the autism spectrum, and is very close to others on the spectrum as well.

Not just for kids on the autism spectrum: Going someplace new might be more overwhelming for a child with autism than for a neurotypical child, but many kids find loud, busy places tought to manage.

Entertaining and useful, too: On the surface, the stories told in this series are fun, lighthearted, and sweet, but they also contain powerful tools for parents with sensitive kids.

More to come: The next two Little Senses books will pub in Spring and Fall 2020.

Samantha Cotterill is an illustrator and textile designer. She works and resides with her family in Upstate New York.

Author Residence: Niskayuna, NY

“This charismatic and essential read-aloud will fill a hole that has been too long ignored in library and storytime collections.”—School Library Journal, starred review

“Especially designed for kids with sensory-processing issues, the book has broad applicability beyond that audience…this book will reassure children that they can overcome their anxieties.”—Kirkus Reviews

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