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We’re Amazing, 1, 2, 3

This story book by Leslie Kimmelman stars Elmo, Abby, and their friend Julia, who has autism. Together, the three pals have a delightful playdate.

Julia, the newest Sesame Street character, has been introduced in digital and printed storybooks of Sesame Street as part of a campaign to take the stigma away from the disorder. It is also meant to help those who are dealing with autism.

The Sesame Workshop says Julia will be portrayed as a girl who “does things a little differently” when playing with her Muppet friends, including Elmo and Abby.

The author of We’re Amazing, 1, 2, 3 had a child diagnosed with autism 20 years ago. Kimmelman says that today there’s a lot of awareness about autism. However it is still a puzzle, and every child is affected differently. This story book focuses on the most important thing we all should know: We’re all different in some way or another — that’s what makes the world an interesting place. And equally, all of us in our own way are amazing!

Sesame Street is also producing online tools as part of its See Amazing in All Children initiative, to help people affected by autism manage everyday activities.

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