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LITTLE SENSES
Nope. Never. Not For Me!
By (author): Samantha Cotterill Illustrated by: Samantha Cotterill
9780525553441 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 0.38 in 32 pages FULL-COLOR ILLUSTRATIONS Dial Books for Young Readers Dial Books
This deceptively simple story guides sensitive kids through trying a new food, with support and encouragement aplenty.

Children are often picky eaters, but for kids on the autism spectrum or with sensory issues, trying new foods can be especially challenging. In Nope! Never! Not for Me! a young child refuses to try a bite of broccoli—that is, until her mom guides her through a careful exploration of the new food. First she looks, then she sniffs, then touches, and finally takes one tiny bite. What do you know? Broccoli isn’t so overwhelming after all!

With simple, reassuring text and bold illustrations in a limited palette, Nope! Never! Not For Me! espouses a patient approach to picky eating and empowers kids to explore new experiences without stress or pressure.

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 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: The introduction to new foods might be more overwhelming for a child with autism than for a neurotypical child, but many kids start out as picky eaters.

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, and a wonderful way for sensitive kids to see themselves.

A proven method: The parent in this book utilizes a strategy for food introduction embraced by Dr. Emily Kuschner, PhD, of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

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

Praise for Nope. Never. Not for Me!:

“A delightful book that reminds us all to try something new, even if it’s ’yacky!’” --Kirkus Reviews

“A good choice for children who have sensory issues or are simply picky eaters”—School Library Journal

“A limited ink-and-pencil color palette of green, black, and orange on generous white backgrounds shows the determined little one in many humorous poses as her face and posture act out all the stages.”—Booklist

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