ALICE HAS THE UPPER HAND
Alice is just a regular eleven-year-old, but there are two things about her that are very unusual. I originally developed Alice as a bedtime story to empower my 8-year-old daughter Freyja, born with an extremely rare neurological disorder, to work through her feelings about her own disabilities.
Diversity in children’s books is slowly becoming more reflective of today’s culture but there is still a tremendous gap where there should be quality books about disability. A quick online search shows that while in the US 10% of the population has some kind of disability, perhaps no group has been as overlooked and inaccurately represented in children's books. Most often they were not included in stories and when they were, many negative stereotypes prevailed. Freyja needed a protagonist like Alice, so I wrote about her.