Press Release - Mike Nero & the Superhero School
Differences Yield Gifts, Acclaimed New Children’s Book Reveals
Portraying Special Needs and Disabilities As Superpowers,
COLUMBIA, South Carolina - Growing up is never easy, and it can be especially challenging for students with disabilities. Being stigmatized and isolated is sometimes automatic, but the author of a profoundly impactful children’s book turns this scenario on its head and instead envisions a superhero school where every child has a secret superpower.
In Mike Nero and the Superhero School, readers meet Mikey on his first day at this amazing school full of special children whose differences are their gifts. When Mikey’s principal takes him on a tour of his new school, Mikey meets a group of students with diverse disabilities who teach him that being different gives them “super” powers. Soon, Mikey realizes that he too has a superpower!
In his brand new school, with the help of his principal and new friends, Mikey faces his fears, is kind and curious, and does it just as he naturally is. Mikey is a hero, author Natasha Carlow says, because he uses the gifts he has. He doesn’t wait to be perfect.
Mike Nero and the Superhero School grew out of a dream Carlow had about a place where her son and every child could develop and learn and grow together. While she knows that individual needs and challenges differ, she believes the need for love, support, friendship, and kindness is universal, which means that all kids can be superheroes just as they are.
She comments, “The premise of the book is twofold. First, all children—kids who are blind, deaf, have ADHD, are autistic, have cerebral palsy—have something to offer, regardless of disability. Second, at the end of the day, all kids are alike—they want to play, go to school, make friends, and be themselves.”
“This is exactly the kind of book I look for for my children. It does a great job of approaching the topic of disabilities and inclusiveness for little kids. It celebrates being who you are even if you are different and may not be able to do things that other people can do. It enforces the importance of being kind and being a good friend to all.” ~ Reader Review
Author: Natasha Carlow is an itinerant counselor residing in Trinidad and Tobago with her husband and two rainbow babies. She is the author of the award-winning children’s book Happy Tears and Rainbow Babies and loves using stories to help children tackle some of life’s more challenging subjects. Writing books for kids has been a lifelong dream, and she loves creating diverse books that offer characters and images her children can enjoy and identify with.
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Mike Nero and the Superhero School by Natasha Melissa Carlow; Illustrated by Kyle Stephen; Purple Butterfly Press; Juvenile fiction; Hardback 978-1-955119-02-3 $19.99; Paperback 978-1-955119-03-0 $10.95; eBook 978-1-955119-04-7 $4.99 Availability: Amazon.com and other major retailers