Leah’s Voice by Lori DeMonia

leahsvoiceLeah’s Voice

by Lori DeMonia

Illustrated by Monique Turchan

28 pages – ages 5+

Published by Halo Publishing International  on October 6, 2012

Logan is excited to have her friend, Abby, over for a play-date but when Logan meets Abby’s sister (Leah), Abby wonders why Logan had to tell Leah to say “Hi.” Leah isn’t like other kids. Leah barely speaks and she acts differently. Abby doesn’t like the way that Leah acts and she gets mad and doesn’t want Leah around. After the play-date, Logan thinks about what Abby said but she loves her sister and she is really okay with the way Leah is. She’s okay with it, until their mother took them for their first trip to the movies and Leah ruins it by breaking down. Logan then learns that Leah has Autism.

This is a very nice story from the point of view of a  girl whose sister has autism. I like that it shows (sadly, in reality) how some kids react to people who act differently. The picture book is simple and the message can be understood by young kids. The book is based on two real-life sisters too!

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The illustrations are very nice and there is artwork from the real Leah put into the book! The book is a good way to help kids understand Autism.

Five out of five bookworms for Leah’s Voice! fivebooks

You can find more information about Leah’s Voice, get activities and find more about Autism and the kids who inspired this book at the book’s official website HERE!


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Categories: Age 1-5, Age 6-9

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21 replies

  1. Children with autism have a lot to deal with. It can be forgotten that their sisters and/or brothers have to deal with these issues as well. This sounds like a great book to bring awareness to autism as a family matter and how love is a binding strength. Nice review.

  2. So important to bring the things that make kids different to the attention of others. It helps teach selflessness…a virtue I place great store by.

  3. This sounds like a much needed book! What a super cute cover and matching photo! But…wait – which came first?

  4. I am 2 paws up on this book. All kids need to be accepted and understood. We dogs know this. Some humans still struggle with it!

    Love and licks,

  5. Any book that helps kids be understanding about differences is a good and needed book. Thanks for sharing, Erik!

  6. Interesting book. A book about autism from the children’s perspective can be very empowering. The real Leah did the illustrations. What about the cover? The cover is nice, I like it. Autism is not an easy disorder for a sibling to deal with so I think this book can be helpful for them and others who may come in contact with someone with autism. Powerful book.

  7. I spend a lot of time with autistic individuals and their families. The families are the most incredible people you can find. This looks like a lovely book and I’ll have to check it out. I like that it showcases Leah’s talents. The illustrator of my book is autistic. He is a very talented young man!

  8. My nephew is autistic and I try to read as many books as I can about autism and the spectrum. I have added this one to my list. It sounds like one I will be able to share with my 5th grade class. 🙂 Thanks!

  9. This sounds like a touching book, Erik. We need more of these. 🙂


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