Benny Doesn't Like to be Hugged

Ability, Disability & Ableism
Benny Doesn't Like to be Hugged
Author(s):
Zetta Elliott
Illustrator(s):
Purple Wong
Age Group:
4-8
Publisher:
CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN:
978-1548184896
Year:
Ability, Disability & Ableism

A little girl uses rhyming verse to describe the unique traits of her friend who has autism. Benny likes trains and cupcakes without sprinkles, but he can also be fussy sometimes. The narrator doesn’t mind, however, because “true friends accept each other just the way they are.”

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