|Brayden speaks up|
Author: Harrington, Brayden
A thirteen-year-old boy with a stutter gives an incredible speech that electrifies the nation.
|Illustrator:||Tang, Betty C.|
Kirkus Reviews (06/15/21)
School Library Journal (09/01/21)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 09/01/2021 Gr 1–3—Sometimes 13-year-old Braydon's speech is "bumpy" and he stutters on certain words or phrases. It bothers him, but he works hard to speak fluently. When presidential candidate Joe Biden comes to their town, Brayden and his father speak with him; to Brayden's surprise, Mr. Biden reveals that they are members of the same "club." He too has "bumpy" speech. He shares that he never lets it stop him from doing the things he wants to do. Brayden is invited to give a speech to the nation and he proudly proclaims his membership in the "bumpy speech club." Readers will cheer for Brayden as he writes, practices, and successfully gives his speech to millions of listeners. Readers who stutter will find an important message: they are not alone, and they are not defined by their speech. The tips for parents and educators are excellent, and a note from Brayden to readers who stutter encourages them to remember that they are amazing just the way they are. Tang's delightful illustrations show a diverse community of friends and supporters. VERDICT Purchase and promote to all readers. Especially useful for classroom instruction when discussing diversity, disability, and social-emotional topics, and excellent for school speech pathologists and counselors to use with students.—Connie Williams, Petaluma, CA - Copyright 2021 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.
Booklist - 10/01/2021 Many library patrons will know of the moment on the 2020 presidential campaign trail when Joe Biden met 13-year-old Brayden Harrington, who, like Biden, stutters. In this lively but sometimes saccharine picture book, told in the third person, Harrington tells the story of life with “bumpy speech.” “Brayden Harrington loved to talk,” he explains, and his friends and family enjoy him doing just that, but at other times, speaking can be scary for the boy. Even before meeting Biden, Harrington made strides, such as when he—with a few difficult moments—recited the Gettysburg Address at school and was chosen to visit the Connecticut State House. His struggles are helped mightily by attention from Biden though, and his new friendship makes Harrington view his stutter as a gift. Colorful, computer-generated images depict Harrington with family and friends, while speaking to Biden, and at the Democratic National Convention. The appended notes that offer advice to stutterers, their parents, and their teachers is a plus. A solid purchase for children with bumpy speech and for patrons completing homework on our current president. - Copyright 2021 Booklist.