Rare Disease Day - 28th February 2015


In this section we hope to list some children’s books that may help you discuss with your child about physical differences and accepting who we are and allowing you to do so in a happy and enjoyable way.

These titles feature characters who are different from others and find it hard to accept but the outcomes are happy and teach us how to address the issues that arise and even take advantage.

Sam’s Birthmark by Martha & Grant Griffin

Sam's Birthmark by Martha & Grant Griffin

Sams Birthmark is a story about a boy with a birthmark and how every child is unique and special in their own way. Through illustrations and easy to understand words, Sams Birthmark shows that each of us has something about us that makes us one-of-kind. Sams Birthmark is a great teaching tool to have this conversation with children starting at an early age.

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Shachar and Kuti by Shachar Edry

Shachar and Kuti by Shachar Edry

Shachar is having her 10th birthday, but she’s not celebrating alone. Kuti is celebrating with her – one of many beauty marks decorating Shachar’s whole body. The problem with Kuti is that she’s located inside Shachar’s head, which causes all kinds of problems. “Sometimes I want to ask her why she chose me, or what brought her to me, but I know that’s not important… because she did choose me, and she’s with me now.” That’s why Shachar wrote this book – a book about love and acceptance, for yourself and also for those who are different.

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What’s That On Your Face? by Ashley Ide

What's That On Your Face? by Ashley Ide

What’s that on your face? Is a children’s book that dad, Ashley Ide has written to help children understand what birthmarks are and that it’s OK for people to have them, as we are all unique in our own special ways. Some people are big, small, round, thin, are blind, or just have a different appearance.

As a parent to his son Ashton, who has a bilateral port wine stain covering roughly 85% of his face, he knows what it’s like on a daily basis for his son. Especially on day trips to new places and when he first attends new places, such as school and this is why he chose school as a location in the book.

The book would be a very useful tool for parents and teachers to help children with and without birthmarks to understand about differences and realise that not everybody is the same and that making comments can upset people. The book has a number of main characters that all are unique in their own ways including a very unique teacher.

We can educate the next generation to be more accepting, our children and future children will be accepted and understood more.

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We’re All Wonders by R.J. Palacio

We're All Wonders by R.J. Palacio

Wonder is the unforgettable story of August Pullman, an ordinary boy with an extraordinary face. With over 5 million copies sold, Wonder is a true modern classic, a life-changing read, and has inspired kindness and acceptance in countless readers. Now younger readers can discover the Wonder message with this gorgeous picture book, starring Auggie and his dog Daisy on an original adventure, written and illustrated by R.J. Palacio.

With spare, powerful text and richly-imagined illustrations, We’re All Wonders shows readers what it’s like to live in Auggie’s world – a world in which he feels like any other kid, but he’s not always seen that way.

We’re All Wonders taps into every child’s longing to belong, and to be seen for who they truly are. It’s the perfect way for families and teachers to talk about empathy, difference and kindness with young children.

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Wonder by R.J. Palacio

Wonder by R.J. Palacio

Wonder, is the unforgettable, life-affirming and internationally bestselling story of August Pullman – a boy who’s desperate to blend in, but is destined to stand out because of the way he looks.

My name is August. I won’t describe what I look like. Whatever you’re thinking, it’s probably worse.

August Pullman wants to be an ordinary ten-year-old. He does ordinary things. He eats ice cream. He plays on his Xbox. He feels ordinary – inside.

But Auggie is far from ordinary. Ordinary kids don’t make other ordinary kids run away screaming in playgrounds. Ordinary kids don’t get stared at wherever they go.

Born with a terrible facial abnormality, Auggie has been home-schooled by his parents his whole life, in an attempt to protect him from the cruelty of the outside world. Now, for the first time, he’s being sent to a real school – and he’s dreading it. All he wants is to be accepted – but can he convince his new classmates that he’s just like them, underneath it all?

Narrated by Auggie and the people are around him whose lives he touches forever, WONDER is an funny, frank, astonishingly moving debut to read in one sitting, pass on to others, and remember long after the final page.

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Elmer by David Mckee


Elmer the elephant is bright-coloured patchwork all over. No wonder the other elephants laugh at him! If he were ordinary elephant colour, the others might stop laughing. That would make Elmer feel better, wouldn’t it? The surprising conclusion of David McKee’s comical fable is a celebration of individuality and the power of laughter.

The story is a great lesson on staying true to yourself and although you are different from others, different is good!

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Itchy Witchy by Aadam Elahi

Aadam Elahi who struggled with eczema throughout his life, has created a storybook encouraging children with skin conditions to stay positive and not to feel isolated.

The book, entitled ‘Itchy Witchy’, follows the story of eight-year-old Josh who feels frustrated and sad because of his eczema, but eventually begins to treat the condition and feels much better.

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Dafnis: He came, he left by Marjolein van Kessel

Dafnis was born in 1998, covered with lots of nevi. His condition is named Congenital Melanocytic Nevi (CMN). Within a month, he went for surgery to remove as many as possible. In his early childhood, he had four surgeries. Complications appeared, but weren’t diagnosed correct. He has had seizures, caused by Neurocutaneous Melanocytosis (NCM). NCM is a rare and complication of CMN and can be fatal. He outgrew his seizures. He became a joyful kid with a good sense of humor.

Until January 2012, he came home from school nauseous and dizzy after sports class. It was the beginning of a six month battle against NCM. Even then, he didn’t lose his sense of humor. In July 2012, he passed away at the age of 13 years. His last wish was not to be forgotten. He left behind an older sister, younger brother and both his parents.

During his battle his mother wrote e-mails to keep friends, family and medical staff informed. After he died she used the documents to write this book. She wants to find an answer why it happened, why he had to die at such a young age and share her feelings on how to deal with great loss.

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