Included is a book introduces the reader to six wonderful kids: Sam, Rishi, Jay, Audrey, Ty and Zara.
The aim of this story is to ensure all kids understand that kids with disability are just like kids everywhere. They love playing games, books, making stuff and being silly. They have things they are good at and things they need to work on. And just like kids everywhere they want to feel safe, loved and included. This book provides the reader with ways they can be more inclusive in their play and encourages the celebration of diversity in all its unique and wonderful forms. Children will come away with a growing understanding that people everywhere have differing abilities, and this only makes the world a more colorful, exciting, diverse and amazing place.
About the Author
Jayneen (aka Jay Dale) is an experienced early years educator, author and publisher. She started her teaching career in the 1980s as a primary school teacher in rural Australia. She then moved to Melbourne and taught at a number of inner-city schools. In 1985, Jay had a change of career and became an educational editor and publisher. In the early 90s, Jay and her partner moved to Japan to work as English teachers. They lived and worked in Japan for over three and a half years. In fact, Jay’s first daughter was born there. On returning to Australia, Jay began work as an educational author/packager. Since that time, she has authored and produced numerous award-winning titles for the educational publishing industry. Jay is also an accomplished children’s book author, writing a number of titles for such literacy series as ZigZags, Totally Kidz, Deadly and Incredible, and a children’s picture book series for Penguin. She is currently working with an educational publisher as lead author of a literacy series. Jay has written over 130 titles in that series. Jay is a mother of three daughters and was a school counselor at her local school for over seven years. This time spent in schools both as a teacher and a parent inspired her to ask the question of her community: ‘What are we doing in schools to protect our children from unsafe touch?’ When she realized very little was actually being done, she decided to use her authoring and publishing skills to write ‘Some Secrets Should Never Be Kept’ to help parents, caregiver, and teachers to broach the subject of self-protection and to encourage children to speak up. After the encouraging response to ‘Some Secrets Should Never Be Kept’, she realized there was a need to further build upon the idea of children not keeping secrets about unsafe touch. Jay participated in Protective Behaviors professional development and attended numerous conferences on the topic to educate herself in how to keep children safe and provide them with prevention education. Jay then went on to develop and publish a comprehensive Body Safety and Respectful Relationship Teacher’s Resource Kit as well as writing several more children’s books on the topics of Body Safety, consent, respect, body boundaries, gender equality, and social and emotional intelligence. Jay’s ongoing passion for the safety and empowerment of children continues today with new manuscripts and free-to-download resources always in the wings.