Her blog about children's book is truly a niche one.
On her about page, she explains her passion for words began as a child. Later she spent years as a journalist and in public relations. Now, she's returned to writing for children. She says:
My hope is to write books that are healing for children, particularly those with special needs. This theme is reflected throughout my blog.
I've found the blog useful as a mother and a writer. She finds books that have meaning to all parents — not just those with special needs. I find myself jotting down book titles and authors to check out at the library and to refer to friends — those who may be dealing with similar topics.
- “E-mergency” by Tom Lichtenheld and Ezra Fields-Meyer — an inspiring collaboration between an author and a boy with high functioning autism.
- Author Interview with Rukhsana Khan — An author who writes multicultural books.
- The Best Worst Brother — National Down Syndrome Awareness Month — Patricia mentions in her review that the book never labels the brother as having Down Syndrome, so it gives the book a more universal appeal.
- "I'm here" by Peter H. Reynolds — Autism Spectrum — This appeared on Nov. 14 (My apologies, I couldn't get a link to this. I'll hopefully figure my glitch out and correct it.) I like this review, because again she mentions the universal appeal of the book. The author doesn't label the boy as autistic and as Patricia writes "he could be any sensitive or shy child."
Patricia shares books and topics that families and classrooms are dealing with on a daily basis. They deal with difficult topics in a great way to help children (and adults too). I'm grateful I found Patricia as a writer learning the craft of picture books and also a mom, because I'm sure her suggestions will be useful as we're having "talks" about a variety of topics.