Children Literature: ADHD and Me by Chelsea Radojcic-DiCicco (2021) Review

Beautifully empowering

Why I picked up the book:

ADHD and Me is a book told through the voice of a child, and that celebrates neurodiversity. We follow eight-year-old Malory as she learns to express herself through art with the help of a wonderful teacher and learns to navigate life with the gentle guidance of her parents.

The book through my criteria lens:

The illustration by Leonie Cheetham was so beautiful, and I loved the whole aesthetic of the book. However, words cannot express how wonderful, authentic, and touching Malory’s story was. With every word, I could see my 9-year-old son. ADHD and Me is eerily accurate in representing his struggles, and I love that there’s a book out there to which he can relate. I cannot wait to show him this book and buy a copy for my classroom!

My personal feelings:

The author’s dedication touched me: “For mom, who helped me when times were rough and believed me when others didn’t.”

As the parent of a neurodiverse child, I deeply related to it; my heart still breaks every time his soul is crushed, and he is punished for things he can’t control in the school environment.

His school experience is what led me to change careers and become an Early Childhood Educator. I believe in being the change you want to see, so I chose to get into the field because I noticed such a huge need for reform. Most times, neurodiverse children do not get the help they need and early on get “labels.” I have noticed a considerable increase in anxiety, depression, and mental disorders due to that.

I love this book so much and feel that every classroom should have it. At the very least, I hope educators who read it take it upon themselves to examine their practice and seek more up-to-date, inclusive practice personal development courses. The children will benefit from it.

Also, I recommend this book to parents of neurodiverse children; I find children must see themselves represented in a positive, empowering way in their lives, homes, and classrooms. Books are the best way to do it, and they are great conversation starters!

Representation 10

Story 10

Illustration 10

My total rating: 5

BOOK SNAPSHOT:

Disclaimer: I first read it as an ARC. In exchange for an honest review, I am thankful to Chelsea Radojcic-DiCicco, Lulu Press and NetGalley for providing me with a copy of ADHD and Me.

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