One year ago, (well a year ago a few days ago), 47 Strings: Tessa’s Special Code was released into the world!
We gave it the wings it needed to soar into the hearts of those who were seeking it. Those wings carried it into homes, schools, libraries, hospitals, local organizations and store book shelves from little towns to big cities and across the oceans into other parts of the world. No matter where it goes, its message remains the same: Different is okay. Because of 47 Strings: Tessa’s Special Code children are learning that we are all different and more importantly, that it is okay to embrace the differences in their peers.
Some children are learning that they have Down syndrome through 47 Strings. Other children are learning that their brother, sister, aunt, uncle, best friend, neighbor or classmate has Down syndrome this way as well. While many other children are learning about others with different abilities this same way by applying this story to them. And some children are simply enjoying a wonderful story.
47 Strings: Tessa’s Special Code gives all children a chance to understand that different does not equal less and that greatness comes in all forms.
The goal of the original story was to empower Tessa’s brother Casin with a positive and supportive message about his baby sister. It has done just that and so much more beyond my the walls of my household.
Over the last year 47 Strings: Tessa’s Special Code has won two awards:
- Silver Medal Winner / Benjamin Franklin Awards
- Gold Medal Winner / Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards
Thank you readers for giving this book the opportunity to make a difference in the world!
None of this would have ever been possible without the hard work and dedication from our publisher Little Creek Press. Kristin and her fabulous staff always believed that this was a book that the world needed. They gave my tiny tag board story from a YouTube video life and they certainly haven’t stopped there! Little Creek Press will probably never know just how much I appreciate all that they have done for me!
Check out where it all began here: