Benjamin-Bob Can Do The Job

Benjamin-Bob Can Do the Job is a delightful story that challenges stereotypes. Benjamin-Bob is in many ways the same as everyone else in his community, except that he is much taller. As the local giant, he has been given the job of watching over the hills around his town to scare away bears and other potential predators. Benjamin-Bob feels stuck and decides that it’s time to break out of the role that has been set for him. This story follows Benjamin-Bob as he practices some of his other job skills, exceeding expectations and challenging stereotypes. People with disabilities often have limitations set upon them as well due to assumptions and stereotypes. However, it’s important to recognize and celebrate individual talents, strengths, knowledge, and achievements

Carolyn MacDiarmid

Carolyn MacDiarmid is an author and a former preschool teacher with low vision. She also works at Canadian Council on Rehabilitation and Work (CCRW) in Toronto. Benjamin-Bob Can Do The Job, Felicia McCan and I’m Smart in My Own Way were selected by the province of Ontario for the Canada 150 series. Sharon says: “Childhood is a peak period for learning; the body, including the mind, is growing rapidly. These books will help children to develop inclusive and fair attitudes. Children will learn to see magic, potential, and possibility in others rather than limitations.” The books are available in print, digital and braille versions.

James Tuer

James Tuer has been a busy animator and illustrator since graduating from OCAD University in 2010. He lives and works in Toronto.