Benny Doesn't Like to Be Hugged
A little girl uses rhyming verse to describe the unique traits of her autistic friend. Benny likes trains and cupcakes without sprinkles, but he can also be fussy sometimes. The narrator doesn’t mind, however, because “true friends accept each other just the way they are.” A gentle story encouraging children to appreciate and accept our differences.
Culture/Ethnicity; LGBTQ (Gender and Sexuality); Disability and Health; Multicultural; Gender Nonconformity; Developmental Disability; Physical Disability; multicultural community; boys who dress as girls; autism; child with a developmental disability; wheelchair user; child with a physical disability
Black (African American)
Cybils Awards, 2017, Nominee, Fiction Picture Book
best friends; friendship; social interaction in children
Elliott, Zetta, "Benny Doesn't Like to Be Hugged" (2017). Diverse Families. 2106.