Different Is Awesome! officially released one week ago today.
And what a week it’s been!
I even got to meet Brad and Robby from Kid President!
And while all of these experiences were awesome, they pale in comparison to the stories I’ve already been hearing about how the book has affected the lives of children all over the world! I’ve been getting emails and texts from people on a daily basis and I wanted to share a few with you.
One of my favorites is from my friend Sarah who share this story about her son Judah: “Came SO close to crying just now. We are at Teddy’s therapy session and there are always other kiddos here with varying physical disabilities. A young girl with leg braces, about 13 years old, came over by us and was playing with Teddy. I could see Judah looking at her braces. He looked at her and said, ‘Hey, your legs are a little different than mine, that’s awesome! Different is awesome! I’m getting freckles and that’s different too!’ The girl came over and gave him a hug.”
Nate wrote, “I just wanted to send you a note to say that Seth (my son) is really enjoying your book. He asks us to read it all the time. He re-titles it sometimes which comes out as, ‘I want to read the missing hand book.’ We just got done reading it for nap time and he pretty much read 50% of it himself. He likes to complete the phrase, ‘Different is…. Awesome!’ He also ‘reads’ what makes each person different. I’m thinking about recording us reading it so you can see how engaged he is!”
Ben said, “Read your book last night to my kiddo. She loved it and had me read it three more times!”
I’ve actually heard that a lot, which makes me so happy. I’ve always worried a bit about how it would actually resonate with kids, and so far it sounds like it really hit the mark. Parent after parent has told me their kid requests it to be read to them multiple times in one sitting! Heck, I read it to my new friends PJ and Elliott at Starbucks and they asked me to read it again right away, too!
It’s been a whirlwind week. A good whirlwind, though! And I’m excited for the future of Different Is Awesome!
You all are the reason I do this and I couldn’t be more grateful to share the experience with such incredible people.