Nominated by: Hilary MacMeekin (@HLMacMeekin), Headteacher; Kate Gieler (@Glebelove2read), Teacher and school librarian; Gail Edwards Cole (@gedwardscole), Y6 teacher
Hilary says: "As a mum and an educator I think every teacher should read this book, I have recommended it endlessly. It is a beautifully written journey through the transition to secondary for a child with ASC. There were so many parts that resonate with me as a parent or remind me of children I have worked with, reading the other perspective is an insightful opportunity to develop empathy and understanding. I cried many times, but was also filled with joy, hope and warmth. An absolute gem of a book."
Kate says: "My 2019 top read is the one I read cover to cover twice and left me lost for words: Can You See Me? by Rebecca Westcott and 11 year old Libby Scott. Tally’s story taught me so much about autism through a child’s eyes and further highlighted why it’s so important for adults to read children’s books. I think it’s rare to find a story that speaks to children and adults equally, but Can You See Me? succeeds in such a way that it offers adults a window into an autistic child’s mind and children an opportunity to see themselves, their friends, or their siblings."
Gail says: "A much-needed insight into the life of an autistic young person which covers family, friendship, identity and transition so well. Very honest - both funny and heartbreaking. An essential read for both children and adults."