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Benny Doesn't Like to Be Hugged

A little girl uses rhyming verse to describe the unique traits of her autistic friend. 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.” A gentle story encouraging children to appreciate and accept our differences.

Note from Debbie Reese on American Indians in Children's Literature: "In Benny Doesn't Like to Be Hugged, there's a Native kid in one scene, wearing a Super Indian t-shirt as he plays basketball."

Age Level: 3-6