Meet Addie!—A very special kid with many characteristics that make her particularly unique.
No matter what, Addie is always ready for an adventure—especially when she gets to discover what makes others different too. Follow along with Addie on her trip to the bottom of the Ocean, where she meets amazing animal friends and learns about their many disabilities.
In this ultra-inclusive series, author Stephanie Wolfe, with the help of her daughter, Addie, aims to help parents open the door to conversations with their children about disabilities. By normalizing the ability for kids to explore their curiosity and ask kind questions about people they don’t understand, they believe the world will be a less divided place.
The original #1 Bestselling book, Authentically Addie, is now available and book 2 is coming soon! Visit the Authentically Addie Instagram or Facebook pages for all the Authentically Addie book release fun! You may purchase your copy of Authentically Addie at the following retailers below, or for a list of all Authentically Addie retailers please visit our complete list HERE.
Addie is a seven-year-old girl living in Texas, who loves all things pink. After having spent the first ten months of her life in the NICU, she undeniably lives a life without limits. Addie makes the most out of her life’s opportunities by working hard to take on new challenges every day. In her free time, Addie participates in Girl Scouts, plays soccer, cheers, and loves to travel and experience new places with her family. In fact, she recently visited the beach for the very first time and loved the feeling of the water on her toes! Addie also loves learning new things in school, watching Disney movies with her mom, hugs from her little brother, and feeling her puppies’ soft fur.
Stephanie Wolfe is a semi-crunchy, compassionate Texas lifestyle blogger, wife and mother to her disabled daughter and toddler son. She focuses her everyday on sharing her family’s life with others in an attempt to normalize conversations about disabilities and assure readers of the limitless possibilities and positive potential in life, regardless of circumstances. She truly believes there is good to be found in every situation! Her daughter, Addie, is a constant source of her inspiration and the main character of the Authentically Addie series. Stephanie and her family have been featured in Parents magazine and are a favorite at her local news station, which regularly features important moments in Addie’s incredible journey.
Noor Alshalabi is a Jordan-based illustrator who has been drawing since she was old enough to hold a pencil. After getting her BA in Visual Arts and Design, she pursued her dream of turning her imagination into reality through children’s books illustrations, and is now a successful freelance artist. If she isn’t drawing, you can find her curled up with a good book and a cup of coffee, playing with her pet bird, or going for hikes with friends. Nature is Noor’s purest source of inspiration and relaxation.
For more of Noor’s illustrations, visit her on Instagram @nooralshalabi
“Let’s celebrate our uniqueness! Authentically Addie is a book you’ll read over and over with your child. It will lead to conversations about how each of us are differently abled. Open conversations lead to understanding and understanding leads to community! I can’t wait to share this book with all our friends.” -Lisa Leonard, #1 Bestselling Author
“Authentically Addie is one of the most magically inclusive books I’ve ever read. I truly can’t wait to read this to my daughter.” – Mary Susan McConnell, Ed.D, Mama Bear Podcast
“Every child (and adult) wants to feel like they have a place, are loved, and positively recognized for who they are. What is so beautiful about Addie’s story in Authentically Addie is that we can learn to appreciate the things that make each creature unique while also breaking down the stigmas. Instead of feeling isolated, Authentically Addie is a story of inclusion, appreciation, and celebration.” -Dory Doyle, Author
“Authentically Addie is a beautifully illustrated, whimsical story that represents people who’ve historically been underrepresented in literature.” -Katie Crenshaw, #1 Bestselling Children’s Book Author