Love for Logan – Autism Awareness Month

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Lori DeMonia, Author

Monique Turchan, Illustrator

Halo Publishing International, Fiction, May 15, 2015

Suitable for Ages: 6 -9

Themes: Sensory Processing Disorder, Autism Spectrum, Sisters, Family Relationships, Love

Opening: “I’m too excited to sit still! I finally get to put my pink butterfly costume and sparkle wings on tonight for my ballet recital. I can’t wait for everyone to see me. But, I’m worried too. What if my whole family won’t be there?” 

Synopsis: Logan’s  tummy is flip-flopping with excitement as she dresses for her ballet recital. Her only worry is whether her older sister Leah, who has autism and a sensory processing disorder, will be able to watch her dance. While Logan gets ready for the recital Leah reads her a story. When Logan accidentally spills a metal tin of bobby pins on the floor, Leah jumps up, covers her ears and runs from the room. Dad promises to talk with Leah to help her understand what to expect at the recital with a lot people, clapping, and bright lights. Logan leaves for the theater with the hopes that her whole family will attend.

Why I like this book:

Lori DeMonia has written a sensitive and child-friendly story about Leah learning to understand and cope with the uncertainty and complexity of having a sister with autism and a sensory processing disorder. This heartwarming story is told with such love as the family works together to find ways to be part of each others lives.

Love for Logan is a fictional story inspired by the author’s daughters. It is a lovely sequel and companion book to the DeMonia’s first book, Leah’s Voice. It is written with simplicity so that children will have fun with the story and learn more about the impact of sensory issues on a sibling’s daily life. The ending is endearing because Leah wants her entire family to attend her ballet recital. Will Logan finds the courage to attend? Monique Turchan’s illustrations are warm, expressive and lively. They compliment the story.

Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) covers a variety of neurological disabilities, not just one. Some children with autism have SPD. It has an impact on every day life for the child and family. Many children like Leah,  find things are too noisy, too smelly, too itchy and too ouchy. It may cause children to behave in ways that are different from.

Resources: This is an excellent book for families dealing with similar issues. It is also a book that could be used in the classroom during Autism Awareness Month to discuss sensory issues with students. A lot of kids don’t like sirens, fire drills, scratchy labels, and smelly things. Encourage students talk or draw pictures about what bothers them most. This could lead to a lively discussion about similarities and help students better support someone with SPD. The Sensory Processing Disorder Foundation has a wealth of resources and information.

Every Friday, authors and KidLit bloggers post a favorite picture book. To see a complete listing of all the Perfect Picture Books (PPB) with resources, please visit author Susanna Leonard Hill’s Perfect Picture Books.

About Patricia Tiltonhttps://childrensbooksheal.wordpress.comI want "Children's Books Heal" to be a resource for parents, grandparents, teachers and school counselors. My goal is to share books on a wide range of topics that have a healing impact on children who are facing challenges in their lives. If you are looking for good books on grief, autism, visual and hearing impairments, special needs, diversity, bullying, military families and social justice issues, you've come to the right place. I also share books that encourage art, imagination and creativity. I am always searching for those special gems to share with you. If you have a suggestion, please let me know.

40 thoughts on “Love for Logan – Autism Awareness Month

  1. This looks like an amazing book that adults could learn from as well. While many of us know families that include an autistic child, we may not understand all of the implications. Thanks of sharing!

  2. It must be extremely challenging for siblings, and the responsibility they feel in protecting a sister or brother with autism, while at the same time worrying about what may go wrong in social situations. Sounds like a book we can all learn from. Wonderful review, Pat!

    • It is a book that could be helpful to a family. It is especially hard for siblings, like Leah, who wants her sister to attend recital, but doesn’t want Logan to create a scene. I love how the family handles the situation.

  3. This sounds lovely. I imagine that siblings of kids with autism often develop extraordinary empathetic skills. It’s wonderful that this book focuses on a sibling.

  4. I love Leah’s Voice so much; how did I miss that Lori wrote another book? Thank you for showcasing this perfectly-timed title as we launch into Autism Awareness Month. I always connect with your picks!

  5. It’s great that there are more books like this these days to help families of kids on the spectrum. My younger son has SPD with his autism when he was young so I know what that’s like for a sibling to deal with it.

  6. Great pick, Patricia. My daughter may have had a mild version, and I would have benefitted from knowing more, She had wild fits if her socks didn’t feel right on her feet!

    • That’s interesting. You can have sensory issues without having autism. Did she outgrow it? I know our grandson had very sensitive feet and insisted on having them covered. He wouldn’t walk barefoot. But, he outgrew it.

  7. This looks like the sort of book that would really open some conversations between children. Even if to just remind kids that some folks are more sensitive to noise (or messes) than others.

  8. A great review about a very sensitive topic. It is wonderful when we get an insight into how people deal with such issues. This brought to mind when after my husband was recovering from head injury many years ago he found light or sunlight an issue and would hold a towel or something over his head cowering away. He eventually out grew it.

    • Yes, I know exactly what you mean. Light sensitivity, sounds and smells are often difficult for people who have had a head injury. Ian and I can both relate to sensory issues.

  9. This is a nice book that sums up SPD fairly well in the context of a story. My sister has SPD, and she interacts with the world in a different way from us “normal” people. This book would help siblings understand SPD better. (The reason I focus on SPD in this comment is because, personally, I believe that this book was more about Leah’s SPD instead of her autism)

    • Yes, I thought of you and your sister when I reviewed this book. It is focused on Leah’s sensory processing disorder. Leah also has autism. I think it is interesting that many children and adults have sensory issues, that may not completely fall under SPD. Many outgrow. This would be a fun book for your sister review and comment on her blog. Her POV would be interesting.

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