Local author has debut children's book about Autism published

A local teacher from the West Midlands, has had his debut children's book about a neurodivergent girl published by Olympia and Bumblebee Books.

Chris Passey, who is Deputy Head at Kimichi Independent Music School, was inspired by one of his pupils to create the story of Millie, an autistic girl of mixed heritage who goes on a journey of self discovery through the love of her socks.

The book has been praised for it’s ‘unique’ and ‘beautiful’ portrayal of portrayal of neurodiversity by a number of people including Ben, who is 10 years old and autistic. He said 'Millie's Socks' was a 'brilliant book that explains the differences I feel in life'.

Birmingham presenter, Alison Hammond said she “absolutely loved it” and she joins a long line of Headteachers and SENDCos quick to praise Chris for his “superbly written and beautifully illustrated” work.

The book also has illustrations, hand-painted in watercolour by Siobhan King. Chris said:

“I’m incredibly grateful to the wonderful staff and students at Kimichi who inspired this story of inclusivity, diversity and representation. It was a dream come true to be offered a publishing contract and to see it fulfilled and on bookshelves is a very unique feeling, that’s for sure!”

The book is perfect for ages 7 and above with schools being encouraged to look into the font being used in the book, the style of which has begun to be proven to help those with ADHD read and comprehend more efficiently.

Millie’s Socks is available from Amazon (in paperback and on Kindle) and copies can be bought at Waterstones in Solihull and Peters of Birmingham. 

A launch event will be held at Touchwood Shopping Centre in Solihull, with a chance to meet Chris and Siobhan, on Saturday 27th May.


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