Books and shows on our radar this summer 2022
CHLOE HAYDEN – DIFFERENT, NOT LESS
An empowering lived-experience guide to celebrating and supporting neurodivergence from 24-year-old actor, social media star and disability advocate Chloé Hayden, who stars in the Netflix hit reboot of Heartbreak High.
FREDDIE AND THE FAIRY
Freddie and the Fairy is written by beloved author of The Gruffalo, Julia Donaldson, and illustrated by Karen George. Fairy Bessie-Belle wants to grant Freddie his wish, but Bessie-Belle can’t hear very well, and Freddie tends to mumble, so the wishes aren’t turning out quite as planned! The fun rhyming tale normalises the experience of being deaf or hard of hearing and highlights how children can find ways to communicate with each other.
Perfectly Norman shows us there’s nothing better than celebrating what makes you unique. It tells the story of a little boy who grows wings, but is afraid to show them to the world, covering them up with a big coat. Can Norman summon the courage to be himself?
EM RUSCIANO’S PODCAST ABOUT ADHD
If you loved Em Rusciano’s address to the National Press Club of Australia about her own diagnosis and discovery of ADHD, you must take a listen to her raw and honest discussion with Dr Perry Mandanis. Dr Mandanis is a psychiatrist, therapist and coach who draws on 30 years of experience to deliver plain-speaking advice and tips on ADHD and anxiety.
First it was a book, now it’s an animated series. Written by deaf author, Cece Bell, which is also the name of our heroine, El Deafo follows Cece as she navigates the world growing up with a hearing aid and being seen as different. The equipment and technology superheroes use reminds Cece of her own phonic ear equipment – so she pretends to be a superhero with super hearing, called El Deafo.
You can watch the series on Apple TV now and the trailer here: youtube.com