Local Teacher Becomes Groundbreaking Author

 
Reggie Main
Updated 1/31/2019 11:40 AM
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  • Author Kyle Fiorelli with book at her home in Mundelein. Kyle Fiorelli

    Author Kyle Fiorelli with book at her home in Mundelein. Kyle Fiorelli

Mudelein special education teacher Kyle Fiorelli had a problem. "When looking at books that feature children with disabilities, I found that most of them focused on the disability." Fiorelli shares. With nowhere to turn, Kyle set out to write a children's book that focused on the child first, and now has added 'author' to her resume. Kyle has a new book coming out called Simply Mae, a children's book about a young girl with an active imagination and cerebral palsy.

"I wanted to create a story that focused on the character who just happens to use a walker." Her book is an imaginative thread of colorful, creative illustrations featuring Mae and her walker, "Wendy". The two take on pirate ships, evil elves, space aliens and even a dragon. It paints Mae as an exceptional kid, with a vivid imagination and a mind for adventure. Much like any child her age, Mae is a character that anyone can identify with, and that is a message about children with disabilities that many need to understand.

"I hope my book will allow children with disabilities to finally see themselves in a story." Fiorelli's book is already gathering critical acclaim.

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