Juan Has the Jitters

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    Juan Has the Jitters

    Author: Aneta Cruz Illustrator: Miki Yamamoto

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    An interactive children’s book about inclusion, diversity, and the power of math to help one boy with autism thrive amongst his peers.

    Juan claps his hands to get his Jitters out. They make his tummy swoosh and swirl. They happen when there are too many people, too much noise, or too many changes to his day. Juan doesn’t like surprises!

    Tomorrow there is an athletic event planned at school, which makes Juan very nervous. But his teacher has the perfect solution! Math–Juan’s favorite subject! Counting, sorting, and matching help Juan to calm his Jitters. They focus his mind and keep him engaged. By making math part of the day’s athletic games, and by appointing Juan the official judge, he can have fun and feel included. The class is calling it the Mathletic Games!

    Juan Has the Jitters is an interactive children’s story about how one boy manages his autism. It is a lesson in the power of inclusion, as the class takes steps to normalize Juan’s special qualities. Colorfully illustrated, this book invites young readers to help Juan as he counts, matches, and sorts both people and objects from the games. Parents of children 4 to 8 years-old can use this book to help teach kids about diversity and the beauty in what makes every one of us unique. Teachers will find the book meets Common Core standard and nurtures multiple domains of scholastic development.


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    8 x 8
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    About the Author

    ANETA CRUZ is a pre-K teacher and children's book author. She holds a credential in early childhood special education, a BA in English literature, and an MFA in creative writing. When she's not reading, writing, or eating Nutella by the spoonful, she teaches her class of preschoolers how to love books (and other things) as much as she does. She divides her time betwen the Czech Republic and Southern California, where she lives with her husband, two children, and Poe, the cutest ugly dog in the world.

    MIKI YAMAMOTO has been drawing since a very early age, mostly spending her childhood in her room sketching, coloring, and painting to entertain herself. She studied Illustration at Cal State University, Long Beach and has worked for Hallmark Cards, Disney, and Amscan Party. Yamamoto has won numerous awards as a children's book illustrator. She resides in Southern California with her wigglebutt Aussie, Bella.

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