Benny Doesn't Like to Be Hugged

Title

Benny Doesn't Like to Be Hugged

Authors

Zetta Elliott

Illustrator

Rosetta Press

Publisher

Rosetta Press

Publication Year

2017

ISBN

9781548184896

Pages

42 pages

Genre

realism

Format

picture book

Item Type

Fiction

Annotation

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.

Grade Level

K-3

Diversity Topics

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

Main Character

male child

Race/Ethnicities

Black (African American)

Awards

Cybils Awards, 2017, Nominee, Fiction Picture Book

Keywords

best friends; friendship; social interaction in children

Diversity Impact

direct

Benny Doesn't Like to Be Hugged

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