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Neuroatypical behaviors

A BOY CALLED BAT

A BOY CALLED BAT (COVER)
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Arnold
Author's First Name: 
Elana K.
Illustrator's First Name: 
Charles
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Santoso
Publisher: 
HarperCollins (Walden)
Publication Month: 
March
Publication Date: 
2017
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 
Bixby Alexander Tam ("Bat") doesn't always remember the polite things he is supposed to say to his classmates. Bat likes his routines, tolerates the afternoons when his big sister babysits, and navigates their every-other-weekend trips to stay with their dad. When Bat's mom, a veterinarian, brings home a skunk kit from her practice, animal-obsessed Bat sets out to convince her to let Bat care for the baby until it is ready for release to the wild. A third-grader negotiating typical childhood experiences like making a friend and wanting a pet, Bat's vulnerabilities make for a sympathetic, relatable character sure to appeal to early elementary readers. Bat exhibits neuroatypical behaviors often associated with Autism Spectrum Disorder, but no labels are applied here. Simple illustrations interspersed throughout the story capture the warmth of the family. ~ Kit Ballenger
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