Through the eyes of 10-year-old Kirkus Reviews Star ⭐ Author, Benjamin Giroux, being odd is different, and different is a good thing. This is what the then fifth-grader hoped to convey in his poem, beginning every few sentences with I am," about what it is like to live with autism. Inspired by a school assignment, Benjamin's raw and emotional words poured out onto the page, but when he feared they were not any good, his parents shared the poem with friends and family. Little did they know that it would go viral and end up inspiring hundreds of thousands of strangers who identified with him to share their support. Now for the first time, Benjamin's iconic poem I Am Odd, I Am New, comes to life in this lovingly illustrated picture book with a foreword written by the National Autism Association. So whether you know the poem, or it is new to you, discover how Benjamin's honesty will reassure children of all ages that it's okay to be different.
I work each day to bring autism acceptance. Teaching kids that being different is okay, as we are all ODD in our own beautiful way!
I am odd I am new was the poem I wrote when I was 10 years old. I wrote it to explain to neurotypical people, mostly my classmates, how I felt as a boy with autism. Little did I know it would be read all around the world and touch so many people. Now you can own a copy of my poem, illustrated as a children's book!