12/3/2020 UPDATE: We are SOLD OUT of books! I’m currently raising funds for the FIFTH printing of the book, so if you’d like to help, you can donate or pre-order an awesome package that I’ll send as soon as I have the new books. For $25 you’ll get a signed book, sticker and bookmark! You can use PayPal (email@example.com) or Venmo (@livingonehanded) and/or just email me to figure something out (firstname.lastname@example.org)! Thank you SO much for your continued support! 🙂
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(If you would like an autographed copy, DO NOT order through one of the merchants below! Email me at ryan (at) livingonehanded (dot) com and I’ll take care of you myself. $25 includes domestic shipping!)
In 2014 we started the process of publishing Different Is Awesome! by launching a Kickstarter project, which was successful beyond my wildest dreams. After a long and eventful year, the book finally released in July of 2015!
If you’re just finding out about the book, here’s a quick synopsis: Little boy brings his older brother, born with one hand, for show-and-tell. Classmates ask him all sorts of questions about how he does things with one hand and realize along the way that he can do anything they can do, he just does it differently. AND they notice that they’re all different in one way or another, leading to the realization that not only are differences a similarity we all share, but, they are what make us unique – AND AWESOME! 🙂
One thing I’m super excited about is that I’ve heard from SO many parents who are buying a copy for their own family and a copy for their kids’ schools! I CAN’T LOVE THIS IDEA ENOUGH! My intention all along has been to get Different Is Awesome! in front of as many kids as possible. They need to hear this message. We all do.
In fact, I LOVE visiting schools and businesses to share the message! If you are the contact person who sets up speakers/presentations for your school or business, please visit my Speaking Page and send me a note to get the ball rolling. If you know the person at your kids’ school, I’d love if you sent them a note or got me their contact information so I can reach out to them.
Thank you SO much for your support and excitement!
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From Laurie: “Hi! I just wanted to thank you so much for your book! My daughter was so nervous for second grade and was frustrated with the questions she was already getting. After we got the book at the picnic, she took it to school and read it to her class!! Her teacher said that she even answered questions using some of the wording in the book. Thank you for providing a story that boosts her confidence and normalizes her experiences and feelings. We are so very grateful!”
From Ms. Terry, 2/3 Elementary teacher (to Sam’s parents): “Good evening! I wanted to tell you that having Sam share today was such a special moment for me as a teacher. He wanted to read the entire book to the class by himself. We were all amazed at his bravery to read in front of everyone on the first day of school….an entire book!!! Also, we were amazed by his bravery at talking about his difference so eloquently and openly. He didn’t want to say anything before reading the book. He simply read the book, then stood up and said, “I also was born without a hand. Now you can ask me anything you want about it.” I almost got teary because the kids were so open and accepting. Sam is so blessed to have parents that have taught him these things! Thank you for sending in the book. If you don’t mind, could you send me the title and let me know where I can find a copy that I can keep in my classroom? Sam is very special for a lot of reasons. It was touching to hear the kids start pointing out their own differences, just like the kids in the book. Thanks so much!”