Felicia McCan

Felicia McCan is a delightful story that promotes diversity, inclusion, and acceptance. Felicia is the centre of attention at her new school. Her appearance and the unfamiliar tool she uses to read raise the interest of the other children. These differences quickly become accepted, and her charm, style, and unbounded energy stand out and win over the crowd. This story teaches young readers the importance of getting to know others rather than making quick judgments based on appearance. It teaches children to celebrate differences rather than focusing negatively on them.

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.