We are delighted to host children's book author Joy Givens as she helps us celebrate children with Down syndrome. Joy will read her book, Unstoppable Jamie, which follows Jamie as he goes on a superhero's journey to New York City as he learns what truly makes him unstoppable. Following the reading, Joy will also provide a kid-friendly Q&A about Down syndrome. We hope to see you there!
Joy Givens is an educating, caffeinating writer of stories and the lucky mother of four young superheroes. By day, she coordinates an after-school mentoring and enrichment program for resettled refugee youth in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. By night, she writes fiction for children and young adults. By morning, she is usually quite tired but excited to do it all again.
Courtney Dawson has illustrated a number of children’s books, including There’s a Rock Concert in My Bedroom by Kevin and Danielle Jonas, Isabel and Her Colores Go to School by Alexandra Alessandri, and Help Wanted, Must Love Books by Janet Sumner Johnson. Prior to illustrating picture books, she worked in animation. She lives with her family in California. Follow her @courtneyjdee on Instagram or stop by www.courtneyjdawson.com.
Jamie likes to pretend he's a superhero. With his cape and gadgets, he feels like he can face anything. When his picture is chosen to be shown in Times Square for the NDSS Buddy Walk(R), his family travels to New York City to see it. As he makes his way through the loud, busy, unfamiliar city, Jamie discovers that he doesn't have all his special tools. But he soon realizes that it isn't what he wears or the gadgets he uses that make him brave--it's who he is inside.
This uplifting story includes an author's note with information about Down syndrome.