By: Beth Montgomery

Published: January 31, 2017

Publisher: Your Stories Matter


Azzie Artbuckle is quite a talented artist and loves to create things. But, what she doesn’t love is reading. Every Sunday, Azzie dreads having to go back to school because she just doesn’t like reading and spelling words. It seems to be so much more difficult for her compared to her friends.

Azzie expresses her frustration through the pages of this book and as someone who works in the school system, her feelings are very common. Her friends tire of waiting for her to read out loud and it takes her hours to do her homework when it takes her friends 20 minutes. Finally, Azzie’s mom takes her to the doctor and a diagnosis changes Azzie’s life forever.

Since Azzie is an artist, the pages of this book are full of creative, multi-media images that make Azzie’s mixed up letters pop off the page. The author makes the child feel like they are truly reading and seeing Azzie’s story.  Even though Azzie is British and calls her mom, “Mum” and talks about having tea, children anywhere will identify with her frustrations and struggles with school. This book is written for younger elementary-aged kids. All of the books from this imprint should definitely be in counseling offices and reading recovery rooms in schools across the country. I’ll be donating my copy to our elementary school counselor.

The new imprint, Your Stories Matter, is publishing children’s book to help kids realize that whatever they are struggling with, they are not alone. Whether their diagnosis is Asperger’s, ADD, Dyslexia, or Autism, these books are giving them a voice. The books shown above are also part of the Your Stories Matter imprint and are written for younger elementary. For more about all these stories, check out the website, HERE.

Beth Montgomery – source

Beth Montgomery wasn’t diagnosed with dyslexia until she was 37 years old. That did not stop her from adding a Master’s degree in Creative Writing from Nottingham Trent University and a Nursing degree from the University of Nottingham.

After stints as a teacher and a shoe designer, she became a qualified nurse and now looks after patients with Alzheimer’s disease in a Nottingham care home. Beth Montgomery wrote and illustrated THE BACK TO FRONT WORLD OF AZZIE ARTBUCKLE. 

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