Jo’s Special Gifts by Maria Shapera Review & Giveaway #JosSpecialGifts

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Jo’s Special Gifts by Maria Shapera

As part of a fantastic book tour, I’m delighted to share a new book with you that is targeted for children ages 4+, Jo’s Special Gifts by Maria Shapera.

About the Book

Join Jo, an enthusiastic, curious and sensitive boy, as he shares his autistic joys and challenges with you. This is an emotional journey that celebrates neurodiversity and embracing one’s own gifts. This heartwarming rhyming story celebrates the unique gifts that each person can bring to the world. You will love entering this amazing autistic brain as we celebrate Jo’s special gifts

You can find this book on Amazon, Barnes and Noble or

Our Review

Jo’s Special Gifts takes you into the world of a bright, beautiful autistic child. It allows you to see Jo’s world from Jo’s view, as well as his parents. It touches on Jo’s special ways he copes with the world around him, as well as what things are most important in his world, including music and all things SPACE related. The illustrations are bright, colorful and easily identifiable for a reader of any age.

My daughter is a special needs Kindergarten teacher and this book will make a great addition to her classroom. The book gives the reader a great view of Autism from both points, both the autistic child, as well as the parent. The author shares amazing footnotes and tips at the end.

About the Author

Mariam Shapera who is a family doctor and Autism advocate, was raised in the United Kingdom but now lives in California with her husband and three children. ‘Having to learn to advocate for my autistic son, Jo, I wanted to combine my love for writing children’s books with my goal of increasing autism acceptance. I have observed countless times the way Jo pursues his interests and passions and the autistic joy they bring him. So this book was born.’

For more information, connect with the author

Website | Facebook | Instagram

About the Illustrator

Lorna Humphreys lives in the United Kingdom with her partner, her two daughters and her cat. She works with authors all over the world and, through her illustrations, helps bring many wonderful stories to life. ‘My eldest daughter, Olivia, is autistic and struggles with social interaction and emotional regulation. When Mariam asked if I would collaborate with her, I was delighted to have the opportunity to illustrate a book that would mean so much to children like Jo and Olivia, to remind them of how special and gifted they are!’ Connect with Lorna on Instagram.

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Enter for your chance to win a signed hardcover copy of Jo’s Special Gifts, a signed copy of Mariam’s first book, Up Up You Go, Jo!, and a $25 Starbucks gift card.



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3 thoughts on “Jo’s Special Gifts by Maria Shapera Review & Giveaway #JosSpecialGifts

  • This looks like a great giveaway. Thanks for sharing.

  • Very cute

  • These look like some very cute books. Thanks for sharing.

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