A perfectly planned birthday party goes awry in this gentle story about adapting to the unexpected, written for kids on the autism spectrum and called “brilliant” and “engaging” by autism specialist Tony Attwood
Laila feels like her sparkly sunshine birthday celebration is on the brink of ruin when it starts to storm. Then, just as she starts feeling okay with moving her party indoors, an accident with her cake makes her want to call the whole thing off. But with the help of her mom and a little alone time with her service dog, she knows she can handle this.
Changes in routine can be hard for any kid, but especially for kids on the autism spectrum. Samantha Cotterill's fourth book in the Little Senses series provides gentle guidance along with adorable illustrations to help every kid navigate schedule changes and overwhelming social situations.
About the Author
Samantha Cotterill has written and/or illustrated many popular books for kids, including Nope. Never. Not for Me!, This Beach Is Loud!, and Can I Play Too? She created the Little Senses series because she wishes books like these were part of her own childhood. Being on the autism spectrum herself, Samantha wanted to make books that would allow kids to recognize themselves in a playful, fun, and therapeutic way.
“It Was Supposed to Be Sunny is a brilliant, engaging story that describes the intense emotions experienced by an autistic child, and the ways her mother’s understanding, reassurance, and guidance give her just what she needs to cope with change. This book is a ray of sunshine.” —Tony Attwood, author of The Complete Guide to Asperger’s Syndrome
"Cotterill’s Little Senses series, addressing anxiety and challenges faced by children with sensory processing disorder and/or on the autistic spectrum, is so upbeat and helpful that parents everywhere can employ these coping mechanisms with any child . . . The deceptively simple illustrations are dynamic and engaging . . . . On-point closing suggestions provided by a children’s mental health expert round out the positive experience." —Kirkus