New Children’s Book Shows How “Different” Can Also Mean “Special”

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Dr. Christopher Knott-Craig uses daughter’s struggles as inspiration

Dr. Christopher Knott-Craig’s daughter, Cate, was different. At six years old, she routinely walked on her toes, an ailment that affected her balance and caught the cruel attention of her classmates. While this caring father could not change Cate’s condition, he could change her attitude.

Dr. Knott-Craig instilled in his daughter that differences are meant to be celebrated and cherished. This is a message he now looks to share with other children in “The Weird Animal Club: It’s OK to be Different.”

“The Weird Animal Club” encourages young readers to embrace diversity and their own differences. Dr. Knott-Craig weaves together a diverse group of animals, each baring a unique physical appearance, but all sharing feelings of loneliness and isolation.

As the animals meet, they begin to bond with one another and grow in confidence. Soon, they each realize being different is valuable. This entertaining and informative narrative teaches readers that differences aren’t important when trying to make friends.

“The Weird Animal Club started out as short bed time stories I would tell Cate in order to help her accept and appreciate her unique qualities,” Dr. Knott-Craig said. “The stories did wonders for her self-esteem and she eventually encouraged me to share my tales with other kids. Both her and I want to make sure others can face differences with confidence and compassion.”

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“The Weird Animal Club: It’s OK to be Different”
By Dr. Christopher Knott-Craig
ISBN: 9781480852334 (hardcover) 9781480852327 (softcover) 9781480852341 (ebook)
Available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Archway Publishing

About the author
Christopher Knott-Craig, MD, is an internationally-recognized pediatric cardiac surgeon. He understands that many children carry physical and emotional scars throughout life that can result in feelings of not being good enough and that they’re different from their friends. These scars can be sources of great anxiety and isolation for both children and parents. In his interactions with these families, he shares with them that their scars are physical reminders that they are special.

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