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I Can, Too!

By Karen Autio, Illustrated By Laura Watson
Categories: Picture Book
Power of Story: Physical Disability
ISBN: 9781443190084 Pages: 24 Ages: 3-7 Dimensions: 8.000" x 10.000"
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About this book

Piper and Kayla love to move. They ride bikes, glide on ice, swoosh down mountains and much more — each in her own way. While Piper pedals her tricycle with her feet, Kayla uses her hands to move her trike forward. While Kayla coasts across the ice on a sled, Piper sails along on skates. Join Kayla and Piper as they play together, explore their world and make new friends.

The inspiration for I Can, Too! comes from the author’s daughter, who was born with spina bifida. On a visit to the mall after her child received her first wheelchair, a young boy pointed, asking his mother, “Why is that girl in a wheelbarrow?” Karen welcomed questions so the unknown could be named and understood and children could get to know her daughter.

Shining a much-needed spotlight on kids who use special gear to navigate the world, I Can, Too! will delight readers of all abilities with its affirming story of inclusion, while also inviting readers to learn more about adaptive devices in the back matter.


"Karen Autio has created a vibrant and colorful book that showcases a young girl named Kayla who uses a variety of mobility aids to enjoy the same activities as her classmates . . . This book would make a fantastic learning tool for toddlers, preschoolers and kindergarten students as it uses direct language and each page is filled with joyful and colorful illustrations. Caregivers and educators will love the incredible comprehensive guide to mobility aids in the back." (I Can, Too!) — Reading With Red + the Magpie

"Watson’s brightly saturated, warm and expressive illustrations introduce readers to [Kayla and Piper] . . . Autio’s text is simple yet effective, using varied movement vocabulary to describe both Piper and Kayla’s development and daily life. Young readers are invited to notice differences between Piper and Kayla while also noticing the many similarities between them, making I Can, Too! a wonderful tool for supporting conversations about different lived experiences . . . I Can, Too! is a book to love and share” — CM: Canadian Review of Materials

"In a story about differences, Karen Autio and Laura Watson show us that we're all the same, or can be, when it comes to mobility . . . When it comes to the kids, they can all move and have fun, even if differently . . . appending her story with "Amazing Ways to Move!," [Karen Autio's] goal isn't to highlight the differences but rather the commonalities and connections children make through their play and learning . . . Laura Watson brings that joy of movement and play to the children of I Can, Too! Her characters are full of life and colour, different in their clothing, skin, and abilities, same in their pleasure at connecting with others and engaging in fun. I Can, Too! is an affirmation that, with accessibility, comes equity and opportunity." — CanLit for LittleCanadians


Award Winner, The Word Awards - Books, General Market Fiction, Children 2023
Shortlisted, The Word Awards - Debra Fieguth Social Justice Award 2023
Shortlisted, The Word Awards - Books, General Market Fiction, Children 2023
Commended, CBC Kids Reads 2023
Commended, TD Summer Reading Club, Top Recommended Read 2023
Commended, OLA Best Bets, Picture Books 2022
Commended, Best Books for Kids and Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre 2023
Commended, OLA Best Bets 2022
Commended, TD Summer Reading Club Selection 2023


Discussion Guide
Colouring Activity
Matching Activity
Resources for Teachers About Disability Awareness, Accessibility and Inclusion

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