Acceptance And Self-worth

Charlene McIver Author Interview

Nature Study Buddies follows three children who want to study animals in their backyard but need to find a way to help their friend, who is in a wheelchair, participate in the educational adventure. What was the inspiration for the setup of your story?

My stories have been inspired by the experiences of my late son, Leigh, who used a wheelchair for mobility from a very early age. Each story is designed to shed light on an issue faced by children using wheelchairs, both physically and emotionally. Nature Study Buddies serves as a good example of one aspect children in wheelchairs may find challenging. In this story, Leigh’s friends offer their assistance with the issue at hand (climbing a tree). It is, however, Leigh who discovers that doing things a little differently are more appropriate and rewarding for him.

What was a key message you wanted young readers to learn from this book?

Nature Study Buddies Book 3’s message is acceptance and self-worth and rediscovering alternative ways around a seemingly potential problem for a disabled child.

What is the best way for parents and educators to utilize your book so they get the most out of it?

The underlying message will resonate with children who associate with Leigh, and who may have at some time felt left out while their friends were having fun.

It is my hope that parents and educators will engage in an informative discussion about inclusivity after reading this book.

What is the next book that you are working on and when will it be available?

Not sure if there will be a book 4 in Leigh’s Wheelie Adventures series at this stage. However, there may be a sequel to “The Mysterious Pool”, a chapter book for the older reader.

Author Links: GoodReads | Facebook | Website | YouTube

Leigh’s Wheelie Adventures series continues with Nature Study Buddies, the third book in the series.
Awarded a Bronze Medal in the Moonbeams 2022 Children’s Book Awards for Best Picture Book Series.

Leigh, Tara, and Cosmo decide to study nocturnal animals living in trees for their school project.
However, Leigh is in a wheelchair, so how will he climb a tall tree?
An uplifting story of friendship, fun, and self-awareness.
*QR Code on back cover to watch the full video and read along*

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