Finding My Way Books: February & March Updates
3-16-18- Finding My Way Books made a new connection with Extend-A-Family in Canada. This program is going to utilize Finding My Way books in their school visitation program. http://extendafamily.ca/
3-9-18- Jo had an author visit, through Skype In a Classroom,
with a 1st grade class in Indiana. She talked about inclusion
and read, ' I Don't Know If I Want a Puppy'.
3-8-18- Vera spoke to a group of teachers at the KCPT
Early Childhood Workshop: Promoting Early Literacy
2-18- Kansas City Public Television chose 'I Don't Know If I Want a Puppy' to be included in their Martha Speaks program this spring. 350 students will receive a free copy of it.
2-9-18- Jo had an author visit, through Skype In the Classroom, with 2nd, 3rd, and 4th graders in New Hampshire. They were starting their Entrepreneur Unit and asked her to read, ' I Want To Be Like Poppin' Joe', and talk about inclusion.
Finding My Way Books joins Brown Books Publishing Group
Brown Books Publishing Group is proud to announce the release of Finding My Way, a series of English and bilingual (English/Spanish) readers by authors Jo Meserve Mach and Vera Lynne Stroup-Rentier. Finding My Way readers, with photography by Mary Birdsell, are true stories. Created to document and share the respectful and intentional inclusion of children with disabilities, Finding My Way readers are designed to support students, teachers, and families by promoting inclusive practices in education.
Finding My Way Books Accepted into the Red Clover Reader online program
October 2018 - Finding My Way Books was accepted into the Red Clover Reader online program. "Creating a Safe & Diverse Online Space for Kids to Learn & be Entertained"
MyaGrace Wants to Make Music, MyaGrace Wants to Get Ready, Reese Has a Halloween Secret, Claire Wants a Boxing Name, Matteo Wants to See What's Next, Neema Wants to Learn and Onika Wants to Help all have free ebook viewing on their website: https://www.redcloverreader.com/
Finding My Way Books Visits Brown Books Publishing
June 6, 2018 - Jo and Mary visited the Brown Book Publishing Group offices in Dallas. It was wonderful to meet their team and hear their enthusiasm for our Finding My Way Series. This summer their sales force will be introducing the books all around the US. Their fall catalog has a two page spread showing all 12 books: We picked up a few samples of the newly published series. Super exciting!!!!!!
Here's our latest news!
We're working hard to share our stories about children with special needs or disabilities. MyaGrace is all ready to share the news with you!
Jo Mach Featured in IBPA Newsletter
Public Policy Forum in Ottawa, Canada
Red Clover Reader Online Program Added
October 2018 - Finding My Way Books was accepted into the Red Clover Reader online program. "Creating a Safe & Diverse Online Space for Kids to Learn & be Entertained" MyaGrace Wants to Make Music, MyaGrace Wants to Get Ready, Reese Has a Halloween Secret, Claire Wants a Boxing Name, Matteo Wants to See What's Next, Neema Wants to Learn and Onika Wants to Help all have free ebook viewing on their website: https://www.redcloverreader.com/
Finding My Way Books Joins Jason's Connection
October 2018 - Finding My Way Books is now a provider for Jason's Connection. Their mission is: " to create an online community that connects people experiencing diverse challenges and unique needs, including disability, mental health, and aging to quality resources, information, supports and each other."
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Susan, mother of Rebecca who is the adult featured in our book, 'Matteo Wants To See What's Next,' shared news of this event from Ottawa, Canada:
"Rebecca, Anna, Rebecca’s sister, a supporter and I participated in a Public Policy Forum in Ottawa on Dec. 1 focused on supported decision making for people who don’t necessarily communicate clearly. I was assisting Rebecca on a panel and we spoke about Matteo’s book with a powerpoint photo of the cover of the book. We also indicated how to get it. Some of the Federal Policy Makers mentioned during the day how important it was for them to hear the actual stories and meet the people that were being focused on that day. Often times, they make policies without knowing the people themselves. It made an impact."
Jo is available for author school or library visits through Skype. She is part of the Story Monsters.Inc Author Bookings program.
After spending over 30 years as an Occupational Therapist, author and publisher Jo Mach decided to focus on her passion to share the stories of children with disabilities or special needs. Finding My Way Books is made up of a team of professionals, dedicated to honoring these children by cultivating self-determination, inclusion, and helping families build the skills needed for success. Recently, Mach has been presenting lessons to classrooms through the Skype in the Classroom program. "I've gone all around the world visiting classes but this fall I got invited to visit the Tennessee School for the Deaf [to discuss bullying]," Mach explains. During the presentation, Mach read a story while one of the students signed for her. "[She] did such a wonderful job on my visit I asked if they would allow her to create a video.The school and her parents happily accepted, and the video is now up on YouTube!
Skype Classroom Visits Now Available - Schedule Yours
New Video: "Marco and I Want To Play Ball" being signed.
We are so excited to share this video of 'Marco and I Want To Play Ball' being read through sign language by Lizzie, a middle school student from the Tennessee School for the Deaf. Jo met Lizzie and her classmates on a Skype In The Classroom visit earlier this fall. Their school counselor arranged the visit and translated a discussion about bullying lead by Jo. In this book, Marco and Isiah show how you can tease without bullying, so this story helps prompt this type of discussion.
Review from the February 2018 Issue of Story Monsters Ink Magazine.
Claire Wants a Boxing Name
Fitting in among our peers is tough, and it’s even harder if we are regarded as “different” in any way. Finding My Way Books honor children with disabilities by telling their stories and highlighting their unique strengths and abilities. Claire, in this story, is working hard at learning to box. She is eager to earn the very special boxing name her coach will give her. Her determination rewards her efforts. Darleen Wohfeil