Rose Robbins has been writing and illustrating books since the age of 7, when she got a stapler for her birthday. Her brother is autistic and she teaches autistic young people, so it is no surprise that her first two published picture books (from Scallywag Press) are on the theme of autism. ‘Me and My Sister’ is about a boy who has an autistic sister; told from his point of view it is a child’s eye view of what it’s like to be the responsible sibling, and the highs and lows of having a much-loved but differently-abled sibling. ‘Talking is Not My Thing’ shows how siblings can enjoy life together and communicate even when one is autistic and non-verbal.
For Rose’s latest book, ‘LOUD!’, she turns to the theme of ADHD. When Abigail can’t concentrate in class, she gets bored and is naughty. But just when things are about to go wrong yet again, a teacher discovers exactly what to do to engage this little girl, and Abigail ends up finding a special voice of her very own.
Rose says: “I was inspired to write a book about a ‘naughty’ child finding her voice, and overcoming the expectations of others. I am always moved by devoted caring teachers who somehow manage to get the best out of even the most ‘difficult’ children, and I wanted to make a story with this sort of empathetic relationship at its heart. Abigail may be a disruptive child, but she has potential just like any other. I want children to feel that they can express themselves and be heard, even by grown-ups!”
The book also features an outstanding, visibly disabled teacher.
Rose will read extracts from her books and discuss the representation of autism and ADHD in children’s books with Deirdre O’Byrne. She will also answer questions from the audience.
Free. Book via Eventbrite – you will have the option of buying a copy of any of Rose’s books to be sent to you P&P free (UK only)