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My Brother Charlie

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From bestselling author and actress Holly Robinson Peete--a heartwarming story about a boy who happens to be autistic, based on Holly's son, who has autism.

"Charlie has autism. His brain works in a special way. It's harder for him to make friends. Or show his true feelings. Or stay safe." But as his big sister tells us, for everything that Charlie can't do well, there are...more
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published March 1st 2010 by Scholastic Press
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Jaden
I absolutely adored this book. I grew up with 2 handicapped foster sisters so I was able to see daily the struggles they faced. Although they do not have Autism like Charlie, I noticed things they were great at and also things they were not so great at. My oldest sister can fold laundry like it is her job- and loves doing it! However, she is not advanced enough to bathe herself, drive, or cook meals. I feel for Charlie's sister because I know how difficult it is to see people you love struggling...more
Rachelle
Text-to-Self: I have worked with two young people who have autism. The differences between them is remarkable. This disorder doesn't look just one way. It's difficult to understand something when it looks different each time I encounter it. "My Brother Charlie" is an account of a twin sister's experience with her own brother who has autism. This makes me deeply curious what kind of story the siblings of the young men I know would tell if they were to write a book.

Text-to-Text: "Autism" by Marlen...more
Trey Stuthman
This story is an extremely simple story: a girl has a twin brother who has autism and she explains why she loves her brother and how they are different. One line towards the end of the book sums the entire book up: "Charlie has autism. But autism doesn't have Charlie" (Peete 27).

Text-to-Self: While reading this book, I immediately made a connection to a mission trip I took in 2010 to Alabama. Down in Alabama I was matched with a child who had autism to watch over him for the time I was with him...more
Nicole
My Brother Charlie
by Holly Robinson Peete

Raise your hand if you have a brother or sister. What are some of the activities you like to do with your brother/sister? How are you different from your brother/sister?

In this story, we learn about a brother and sister, Carrie and Charlie, who are close and enjoy many similar activities. However, these siblings are also different. Charlie has autism. When a child has autism is it sometimes harder for the child to make friends, show feelings, or sometime...more
Amanda
With the inclusion of Special Education students into the classroom, this is a great read to help students understand their peers. I believe that bullying derives from a lack of understanding of our differences. This book travels a young girl and her twin brother Charlie that has Autism. Students learn about Charlie and why he acts a certain way. When students understand why Charlie sometimes has a tricky time, they are more likely to be empathetic towards students with special needs. Moreover,...more
Laura
1) I would write “Autism” on the board. I would ask students to share what they think autism is. I would then give the definition of autism to the students. After this I would share the title of the story “My Brother Charlie”. I would ask students to make predictions of the story based on the title.
2) The openings I used were tell the meaning of a key word and the second is prompting predictions based on the title.
3) The goal of reading this book was to share the differences that children and...more
Brittany
This is a great story! I love that this is a multi-cultural book as well as an awareness to autism story. This really reminds me of how in the book Wonder Auggie had troubles with making friends and he finally did. This story also makes me think about people I have met in my life or children I have met in my life that has had some form of autism and asked myself if I treated them differently. I hope I treated them as they should be but, I can't remember for sure. This story was such a great one...more
Nicola Mansfield
Reason for Reading: My 9yo is autistic.

Comments: Actress Holly Robinson Peete writes this picture book along with her twelve-year-old daughter, Ryan, who is the fraternal twin of a brother with autism. The story mirrors their real life and is told from the point of view of a little girl whose brother, Charlie, is autistic. She describes how they are alike in looks and likes, then how they are different in looks and likes with the major difference being that Charlie can get very quiet and sometim...more
Tasha
Callie and Charlie have always been together because they are twins. They have a lot in common: music, football, loving their dog, and their curly hair. But they are also very different. Charlie often seemed distant and never returned affection. Mommy was worried and took Charlie to a doctor who diagnosed him with autism. Callie wished that she could join Charlie in his mental world, that he would play more with her. Sometimes he is right there with her and enjoying it, but often he isn’t. Calli...more
Catherine
Audience: This wonderful story is about sister who has a brother Charlie who struggles with autism. This book is fantastic for students in grades K-4, especially to introduce how different people can be and to help them understand the differences each person has. The audience for this story is for boys and girls as well as siblings and friends that may have someone in their life with autism.

Appeal: The pictures in this story are wonderful, not to detailed and portray everyday life and activities...more
Brenna McEvitt
This is a touching story about a girl named Callie and her brother Charlie, who has autism. Callie explains how even though it can be difficult to play and communicate with her brother, she still loves him dearly. This is a wonderful book to use in a unit about differences and even disabilities. This would be a great way to help students understand what might be happening with a student in class who has autism.

From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 2—Twins Callie and Charlie have a lot in c...more
L12_Anke
My Brother Charlie, written by Holly Robinson Peete and her daughter, Ryan Elizabeth Peete, is a book told through the voice of Callie, a young girl whose twin brother has autism. Callie loves and adores her brother, but sometimes it’s difficult. “I wish I could crawl inside Charlie’s world to move things around for him and for me.” She tells about the challenges, but also the joys. Callie shares what Charlie is great at, like playing the piano and his special way with animals—but most important...more
Brittany Upshaw
"Charlie has autism. But autism doesn't have Charlie", a very powerful quote within this story. This quote is so short but yet so strong. It has meaning beyond meaning. This quote simply means that despite your disability it is up to you to let it confine you; excellent quote overall. In the book,"My Brother Charlie", Holly Peete and Yan Peete capture the lives of two siblings, Callie and Charlie. Callie and Charlie happen to be twins. Within this book the authors mention how Callie and Charlie...more
Janice Redding
This is a great book for elementary students. Although the narrator of this book is the “sister” of the family, I love how she expresses her love for her brother, Charlie. To me, this book seemed as if the family only consisted of two people, a sister and a brother. Callie and Charlie are twins, but exceptionally different. This was an interesting read not only because I am a twin, but because it evinced that families accept and support each other regardless of any situation. In this book, Charl...more
Myhiah
Jul 13, 2013 Myhiah added it
Shelves: children-s-lit
Audience: Primary

Genre: Biography

Fiction Twin Text: I choose the book My Friend Has Autism, by Amanda Tourville, to be my fiction twin text with my book. This book is a great book that could either extend or enhance My Brother Charlie. The biography is about a family and their twins. Out of the twins there is a daughter and a son. The son has autism. The story talks about how the family found out the son had autism and some of the obstacles that the twin sister goes through. My Friend Has Autis...more
Kym Winchester
Audience: Children in primary elementary grades would enjoy this book, I would recommend 1st through 3rd grade. This is due to the nature of the book, it introduces children to Autism in a gentle, loving way. The drawings are very colorful and vivid, I think they would be especially enjoyed by this age of children.

Appeal: Children wanting to learn about how others are different would enjoy this book. I think it would be a great book for parents to read to their children if they have siblings tha...more
Jennifer Rayment
Jake's Review: Mom this book reminds me of me and how I have Spina Bifida. Lots of people treat me differently because I am a little different than them and they don't understand me. (Sorry, my tears are blurring the screen) Sometimes people are really mean to me like kids treat the boy in the book. He is just like Chad at school who has autism and I like playing with him. You just have to play with him a little differently and keep away from him when he is in one of his moods. I would be Charli...more
Ashley
Audience: The audience for this book would be primary grades.

Appeal: This book is appealing to students in the primary grades, because they can relate to noticing differences and similarities between others and themselves. This book focuses on a child that was born with Autism, a concept that might be new for students or something that they are curious about.

Application: I would use this book in the classroom to teach awareness to my students about ability levels, diversity, similarities betwe...more
Katie Plumley
Callie's brother Charlie has autism, and because of that Charlie has a hard time expressing his thoughts and feelings. This frustrates Callie because she wants to have a "normal" relationship with her brother, and she especially wants him to tell her that he loves her. Callie's frustration is compounded by her embarrasment over her brother's odd behaviors. As Callie begins to better understand her brother's struggles, she learns that he expresses his love for her in different ways, even though h...more
Sarah
This story tells about a young girl named Callie, and her experiences with her twin brother Charlie, who has autism. Callie is the narrator and the story is told from her perspective. There are two authors, Holly Robinson Peete and Ryan Elizabeth Peete. Holly Robinson Peete, is a famous actress, an activist, and a mother of a child with autism. Ryan Peete is Holly Robinson’s daughter, and is a fraternal twin sister to a brother with autism.

In the story Callie describes her experiences growing up...more
Keri
Category: Grades K-3, Book #19

This is adorable picture book about twins growing up together, one of which has autism. The sister, Callie, talks about the joys and the challenges of having a brother with autism. This would be a great read aloud for social groups about acceptance, understanding, autism exposure, and compassion. This book could also be used as a read aloud for the class with the same objectives. Teachers could then have students make a book about their own siblings; the things that...more
Sarah Sammis
I first heard of My Brother Charlie by Holly Robinson Peete and Ryan Elizabeth Peete is a picture book about a family of fraternal twins, one of whom has autism. The book was inspired by the Peete family's experience with having an autistic child, Ryan's fraternal brother.

Told from Callie's point of view, the book introduces Charlie positively. It's clear from the very first page that Callie and her parents love Charlie. Through the introduction Callie explains how alike she and he are and only...more
Betty Hinton
Audience: I think this book would be a good book for students Kindergarten through third grade.

Appeal: The pictures in the book are extremely colorful and detailed. It allows students to see the history of Mexico through paintings. This will helps students stay engaged in the story, because they can visually see what the book is talking about.

Application: I think this book would be a good book to read to students when teaching them about history. It’s important that children learn about other C...more
Brian Breese
Apr 28, 2013 Brian Breese added it
Shelves: edre-4870
What?: A sibling’s perspective on having a brother with autism. Callie recounts the events in their lives and her brother Charlie’s way of seeing things. Callie reflects on what they share in common—like being twins—and the ways in which they are different, yet love each other the same.

So What?: Students will learn unconditional love and acceptance. They will also learn that people express themselves in different ways: some with words and others more so with actions.

Now What?: This book provides...more
Melody Albertsen
"My Brother Charlie" would best be presented with a group approach and with younger children.

This book by Holly Robinson Peete and her daughter Ryan's write about her brother who is autistic. They compare Ryan's differences from his twin sister Callie.

This book is very approachable by very young readers. That is why I included in my text set.
Jess Brown
I often have parents asking me for books with children who are autistic or who have disabilities. It's especially important that these books show that these children are still children like any other and should be treated respectfully by other children. What I liked about this book was its straightforward nature. It doesn't have a lot of flourish or elegance, but the point is clear: Charlie has autism so there are things that he does differently and he has different needs. This in no way means t...more
Jenne
Out of the five books that I read, this book was definitely my favorite. I loved the story and how it was told from the young girl's perspective. I believe it is an important book for students to hear and talk about because it touches on a subject that they may not all be familiar with.
Kim
Based on real-life experiences of mother-and-daughter team Holly Robinson Peete and Ryan Elizabeth Peete, this is a loving tribute from fictional Callie to her twin brother, Charlie. Callie describes the ups and downs of her relationship with Charlie-- the ways he is as annoying as any other brother and the day to day issues that she faces with a sibling who has autism. The love that the two share comes across loud and clear, and as Callie says, "Charlie has autism. But autism doesn't have Charl...more
Derek Westerman
Audience: This story is suitable for children who are younger. Most suitable for children from Kindergarten to 3rd or 4th grade. Definitely for all children (boys and girls).

Appeal: The illustrations and pictures are colorful and nice to look at. They fit perfectly with the words of the story. This story is a great book for kids with disabilities, especially autism. Autism seems to have grown among children, so this would definitely help raise awareness for young children.

Application: This story...more
Rebecca Saxon
A great book which explains autism well to kids primary school age. Written from the perspective of a sister about her brother, it's perfect for helping a sibling understand autism. Very moving.
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Holly Elizabeth Robinson Peete is an American actress and singer. She is perhaps best known for her roles as Judy Hoffs on the Fox TV police drama 21 Jump Street, Vanessa Russell on the ABC sitcom Hangin' with Mr. Cooper, and Dr. Malena Ellis on the NBC/WB sitcom For Your Love. After graduating from high school, Peete entered Sarah Lawrence College in New York. She majored in psychology and French...more
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