Picture Book Recommendations

Updated: Nov 3

We're excited to announce that Peter is a character in a new picture book by our friend Patricia Ann Smith who authors the Smile with Simon series.

Smile with Simon is a series of four books written to help children see the beauty in differences and the importance of being kind. Peter is a character in the last book entitled Simon and Patty Go to Camp.


While the series is focused on cleft lip, the books are a great way to discuss differences with young children. When kids are taught there is beauty in how everyone looks, we erase the stigma that being different is bad.


Please consider a donation of these books to a school, library, or child care facility. They also make a great gift for the young reader in your life. We will personally be stocking several bookshelves with these treasures!


Peter and Dede are also available to read any of these books aloud with your class. Contact us or email Dede@PetesDiary.com for inquiries.



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