The “One Big Canvas” book series seeks to celebrate differences, showcasing how each individual, regardless of his or her own unique qualities, can be an integral part of a much larger picture.
Autism is a highly prevalent and often misunderstood neurological disability. Our hope is that these positive and engaging children’s stories will promote acceptance, understanding, and kindness for all.
The Masterpiece, written by Jay Miletsky & illustrated by Luis Peres
Join a spunky collection of paintbrushes as they set out to create a grand masterpiece. When some of the brushes don’t cooperate, is it because they are misbehaving…or is there another reason entirely? In this story, an initiative of REED Foundation for Autism, young readers are introduced to some of the behavioral differences in their peers with autism.
Without ever mentioning any particular challenge or disability by name, this story helps children recognize and understand what autism is, and impress upon them the importance of showing kindness to those who are different, wrapped into a fun story with lighthearted, engaging characters.
Written in verse, The Masterpiece combines the lyrical rhythm of Dr. Seuss, with the playfulness of Mo Willems, in a bright, colorful fantasy world where all people, regardless of their differences, prove to be an important part of the community canvas.
Learn more about the Making of the Masterpiece and the “One Big Canvas” series.