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Brody The Lion: I Can Do It, Yes I Can!
Brody the Lion is a children’s book series that aims to entertain, educate, and empower children and families while spreading awareness and acceptance of different abilities. Each book in the series portrays how Brody faces the challenges of autism with the help of his family, friends, and community. The books are written by a PhD level Clinical Psychologist who has worked with children, adolescents, and adults with special needs for over 30 years. At the end of each book there are resource pages written by Dr. Wegner and her partner Kimberly Sattler MS, BCBA. The Brody Books, teaching tips, and behavioral intervention strategies are beneficial for all children, not just those with autism. I Can Do It, Yes, I Can is the second book in the Brody the Lion Series. In this Book, Brody uses positive affirmations to overcome his anxieties and self-doubt. Two new characters are introduced in this book. The first is a character with Down Syndrome and the second is a character with autism and epilepsy. In addition, the end pages of this book contain eleven of Brody’s Buddies. Brody’s Buddies are new characters with a wide variety of different abilities who have been inspired by real children who support Brody the Lion.

Brody is back and he’s headed to school in this picture book about bravery and resilience! Brody is autistic and enjoys his routines and his friends. What if he doesn’t have any friends at this school? What if he doesn’t like this school? Join Brody as he discovers strength from within and the courage to try new things—like eating broccoli and singing songs with new friends including a sloth with ASD and epilepsy and a butterfly with Down Syndrome.
There’s a scene in this book that stood out to me and stuck. Toward the beginning, a teacher sees Brody ran away to the playground to run and play rather than going inside. Instead of redirecting him inside, she JOINS in on the fun, shoots off rocket balloons that sail across the sky, and earns Brody’s trust. He willingly and comfortably then walks inside the school.
I’m thrilled to have the Brody The Lion books in our home library, and I’m hopeful for more!

Written by Dr. Kristin Wegner and illustrated by Alexandra Garcia. Published by Autism and Behavior Center in Altoona, Wisconsin, 2020.