Love for Logan

Children - Grade K-3rd
26 Pages
Reviewed on 05/26/2015
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Author Biography

Lori and her family live in the Philadelphia area where she has worked in behavioral health as a TSS, therapeutic support specialist, with special needs children for more than 6 years.

Their oldest daughter, Leah, was diagnosed at Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital with Autism Spectrum Disorder when she was 2 years old.

Her articles have appeared in Spectrums Magazine, The Autism Notebook Magazine, Autism Matters, Autism World Magazine, and Autism Spectrum Quarterly.

She serves as a parent consultant with PEAC - The Pennsylvania Education for All Coalition, an organization that supports inclusive classroom placement for special needs children. Her daughter's inclusion in the regular educational setting as well as summer camp has been a major contributor to her progress. Children with different abilities being included among their peers at school and in their community is something she strongly supports.

She is the recipient of the 2014 Temple Grandin Outstanding Literary Work of the Year Award for her book, Leah's Voice.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite

Love for Logan by Lori DeMonia is an inspirational story for kids that tells them more about autism. Leah is autistic. Certain places and noises upset her and she closes her ears. When her sister Logan spills a metal tin full of bobby pins, Leah gets scared. The parents tell Logan that Leah has sensory processing disorder and they explain it to Logan so that she understands her sister's problems better. Logan has her ballet recital that night and they take Leah, telling her what to expect. Leah is there at the recital with a bouquet for her sister Logan and she becomes a part of Logan's special night.

It's a beautiful story that will touch the hearts of all readers. The story has many beautiful messages for readers. It shows the love of a sister who understands the problems faced by her autistic sister, and shows her how to overcome the obstacles and rise above them in life. It also shows how a person tries to understand the problems of a family member and support her. The story is good for read aloud sessions in classrooms and school libraries and it also makes a good bedtime storybook.

The illustrations are colorful and charming, and breathe life into the characters and scenes. The theme is educational and informative, and teaches kids about autism and about the behavioral patterns of those who have autism, helping them to understand it better. The author has taken the scenes from actual events, making the story more appealing.