The “One Big Canvas” book series seeks to celebrate differences, showcasing how each individual, regardless of his or her own unique qualities, can be an integral part of a much larger picture.
Autism is a highly prevalent and often misunderstood neurological disability. Our hope is that these positive and engaging children’s stories will promote acceptance, understanding, and kindness for all.
Sometimes the most effective way to get a message across is through storytelling. That is the idea behind the REED Foundation for Autism’s book series, “One Big Canvas”. Each illustrated work, written by children’s book author Jay Miletsky, tells a story of acceptance and understanding through the use of colorful characters.
Without ever mentioning any particular challenge or disability by name, these stories help children recognize and understand autism, and impress upon them the importance of showing kindness to those who are different.
Written in verse, the books combines the lyrical rhythm of Dr. Seuss, with the playfulness of Mo Willems, in a bright, colorful fantasy world where all people, regardless of their differences, prove to be an important part of the community canvas.
Join a spunky collection of paintbrushes as they set out to create a grand masterpiece. When some of the brushes don’t cooperate, is it because they are misbehaving…or is there another reason entirely?
The Molding of Clay
When Clay comes to visit from the other side of the art studio, the brushes are excited to welcome their friend. But when a few of the brushes start acting differently, Clay needs to be reminded that it’s important to be accepting. Will Clay leave in frustration, or will he learn to mold his thinking?
Learn more about the Making of the Masterpiece and the “One Big Canvas” series.