Newsom writes children’s book about dyslexic boy | Culture & Leisure
NEW YORK (AP) – The latest news regarding California Governor Gavin Newsom is more personal, though less dramatic, than the recall effort he easily defeated two weeks ago.
He wrote a children’s book.
Philomel Books, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers, announced Thursday that Newsom’s “Ben and Emma’s Big Hit” is slated for December 7th. Illustrated by Alexandra Thompson, the book draws on Newsom’s dyslexia to tell about a boy named Ben and his struggles in school. The words will appear in the OpenDyslexic font to make it more readable for people with dyslexia.
“Tens of millions of Americans struggle with dyslexia, including me,” Newsom said in a statement. “My dyslexia was especially difficult when I was a child. I wondered why my younger sister was quickly finishing her homework while I struggled. Reading aloud in front of the class filled me with thrilling fear and anxiety. .
“My self-esteem and grades suffered until I learned dyslexia and coping strategies; So I wrote this book in the hope of helping young people with learning disabilities. “
Newsom will donate all profits to the International Dyslexia Association.
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