When Lily was in kindergarten she enjoyed school and she was happy. Now, she’s in grade 2 and she doesn’t feel like she’s good at anything. The trouble is reading. Whenever she tries, the letters jump around and get all mixed up — and so does she.
When Lily’s teacher announces that the children will read in front of their parents, Lily finally finds the courage to tell her mother about her problem. By working together, Lily’s mom, teacher, and friend Grace find a way to help Lily understand that she has very important strengths and talents. With hard work and new confidence, Lily surprises everyone — even herself — by the time the parents come to hear the kids read.
Gentle illustrations by France Brassard realistically portray the fear, isolation, and low self-esteem that children with dyslexia can experience. Deborah Hodge’s Lily and the Mixed-up Letters is a reassuring read for any child in need of a boost in confidence.
About Deborah Hodge
Tundra Author Deborah Hodge is the award-winning author of more than 20 books for children. They include picture books, Canadian history, and wildlife, science and nature books. Her recent title, Lily and the Mixed-up Letters, was chosen by IBBY as an Outstanding Book for Young People with Disabilities. Deborah also won the Information Book Award from the Children’s Literature Roundtable of Canada.
Before becoming an author, Deborah was a primary school teacher, then a curriculum writer, editor and instructional designer for the British Columbia Ministry of Education. Today, she works as a full-time writer and as a speaker at conferences and schools. She says, "Although I'm not teaching any more, I still feel like I'm talking to my students whenever I write a book. I love the challenge of trying to create something that young readers will find interesting."
Deborah lives in Vancouver, BC, with her husband and family.
About France Brassard
France Brassard was born in Quebec. At a very young age, she received, in a Christmas stocking, a tiny picture book. She was enchanted and thought that it was the most wonderful gift. The magical world of illustration has fascinated her ever since. After pursuing studies in both Interior and Graphic Design, she decided to become a professional illustrator. With more than fifteen years of experience in her chosen field, France has now illustrated numerous children's books. She lives in a little city in the province of Quebec with her adorable five-year-old son, Luke.
Praise for Emma’s Story:
“Hodge writes with a quiet tenderness, creating the mood of the story.… Highly Recommended.”
— CM Magazine
“[A]n invaluable adoption tale.…”
— Resource Links
“… [a] gentle and loving story about what really makes a family.”
— Brandon Sun, “Brandon This Week”