Amy Moy was looking for a book for her daughter Evie to bring to school for World Down Syndrome Day, but struggled to find an inclusive story that both of them enjoyed. Instead of being disheartened, she decided to create her own.
Titled The Polka-Dotted Penguin, Amy’s story tells the tale of a cuddly baby penguin named Dottie, who looks a little bit different from all of her friends. Though her parents realize how special she is, most of the other penguins don’t know how to interact with her, and don’t understand why she speaks differently. However, they soon realize that Dottie enjoys all the same activities as they do.
As one page from the book says:
Dottie the penguin waddled around with the other baby penguins. She wasn’t as fast as they were, but she happily followed them around the ice.
With fun illustrations and relatable characters, The Polka-Dotted Penguin provides teachers and families with a beautiful tool to facilitate discussions about diversity, inclusivity, and acceptance. Learn more about the book here.