Hooray for Aiden is a story book for children ages 4-9. It is a touching story of self discovery. When her family moves to a new town, the main character, Aiden, becomes worried about how her new second grade classmates will react to her stutter. At first, Aiden tries to hide her stutter from her classmates. This makes her very sad. But soon, with a little help from a caring teacher, Aiden learns that it’s OK to be herself….it’s OK to stutter!
Hooray for Aiden was written by Karen Hollett (me!) and Illustrated by Lori-Lee Thomas
I wrote Hooray for Aiden because, as a person who stutters, I know first hand just how challenging school life can be for a young student who stutters. Hooray for Aiden is a “feel-good” book – children will enjoy reading about how Aiden overcome’s her fear of speaking in class, and about how people who stutter can be anything they want to be!
It was also my intent to write a story that can be used by parents, SLPs, teachers, councillors and others, to help young school children who stutter deal with various impacts of this disorder. Hooray for Aiden can be used as a tool to initiate discussion about the issues covered in the book, and to assist children to effectively deal with these issues – fear of speaking in class/at school, fear of being teased, avoidance, etc. And, it can be used to help reinforce the message that stuttering is OK…..that it doesn’t need to hold people back in any way! This particular message is, of course, an important one for children dealing with virtually any type of disability or challenge (not just stuttering), and so Hooray for Aiden is a great book for these kids as well. In fact, it’s a great book for just about anyone who enjoys a heart-warming, feel-good story!
Hooray for Aiden has received many positive reviews from experts in the field of speech-language pathology, disability and education. A sample of these reviews is available.
Parents, and others who work with young children who stutter, are encouraged to learn about the many different ways that they can help. The “Resources” section of this website has links to many wonderful support associations that provide information and resources for this purpose.
Many people helped, both directly and indirectly, with this book, including: