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My Brother Charlie

4.34  ·  Rating details ·  658 Ratings  ·  278 Reviews
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
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published March 1st 2010 by Scholastic Press
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Jan 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Grades 2-5
Amazing book that explains how it feels to be the twin sister of an autistic boy. It is very well done and shows how a family manages life and love in a difficult situation. Lots of great points could be used in discussion with an elementary class. Colorful and touching illustrations express the love Charlie and his family feel for each other. I really enjoyed this book and I think all elementary kids will love it! Highly recommended Grades 2-5.
Nov 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
My Brother Charlie is a picture book about a girl whose brother has autism. She explains how they are the same in some ways but also different. She gives examples like “ I love cuddling and snuggles from mommy but Charlie doesn’t.” The author uses simple examples like this to show the experiences you might encounter with a child with autism. The sister also explains how it is hard to be his sister sometimes. This is a great book to read with younger children who knows someone with autism or who ...more
Feb 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This was a very powerful and inspirational book. I loved the story from cover to cover. I recommend it for everyone. It is an eye opener for how siblings may feel about a disorder, but the love that is shared never leaves.
Mar 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: easy-reading
I read this to my son's kindergarten class. The story is told by Charlie's twin sister, Callie. She explains ways in which she and Charlie are alike and unalike, "Charlie is like any other boy -- and he has autism." The students were engaged while learning about Charlie and autism. A wonderful resource and introduction to ASD.
Feb 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Source: Children’s Books in Children’s Hands, Chapter 9

My Brother Charlie is a realistic fiction picture book about a set of twins. It is written in first person narrative from the perspective of Ryan Elizabeth Peete and provides the viewpoint of a girl whose twin brother, Charlie, has autism. It shows the reader how having a sibling with autism not only impacts the family, but can bring joy and love to it.

This book provides a window into the life of what it may be like to have autism or have a
Marissa Estrada
I listened to the audio version on YouTube and it's basically someone just reading it to me, and as they are flipping to the next page I can see all the images on it. I like to read/listen to books this way because it helps me to understand and pay attention to the things I would probably pass up or use a different tone to. I like this book, it's on a twin brother who has Autism and she describes the differences between them although they are twins. The book is about Charlie- the brother, but it ...more
Feb 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: exceptionalities
This book is about a set of twins who are one boy and one girl, the boy Charlie happens to be autistic it is told from the sisters point of view about dealing with an autistic brother. Charlie and Callie are the same age but differnt in many ways.
I loved this book, i would definitely recommend this boom for a classroom that will have an autistic child enter the classroom or thier home. This boom though I would say that this book will be best for for a child who is maybe 8 or older. I would say
Allison Blake
My Brother Charlie is written by Holly Robinson Peete and Ryan Elizabeth Peete, along with illustrations by Shane W. Evans. Narrating the story is Charlie’s twin sister Callie who tells us all about her special bond with her brother. Charlie has a hard time expressing himself with words and eventually doctors diagnosed him with autism. Callie speaks very highly of him as he shares some of the same interests, he plays with her and all the extra special things about him. I thought this book is a g ...more
Aidalys Nazario
May 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is amazing! I loved it because it talks about differences in people even if they are a set of twins. It shines the light on children with autism. It is also based on a true story. I feel children ages 5+ can learn a lot from this book. It shows diversity through the disability charlie has and that the illustrations are people of color.
Patricia Pappas
Mar 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I found this book on the The Dolly Gray Children's Literature Award list. It is about a boy named Charlie who has autism. His big sister tells us about all the things that are hard for him like making friends and expressing how he feels. Then, she explains all the ways that he is perfect and can do well. He knows the names of all the American presidents and airplanes. He is stellar at the piano. This book is contemporary as it deals with a present day prominent disability, and how the child and ...more
Valerie Barnhart
1. Text to self is my connection for this book. This story makes me think of three students that I work with on a daily basis who are at different areas on the spectrum. Reading this text in relation to Charlie and how he fits in his family, gave me a true appreciation of the way these students fit into our school with their friends and classmates. Each one has special talents and strengths that they bring to a group. Individually they struggle with some of the simple daily tasks, but when they ...more
Mar 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
My Brother Charlie is a book about a twin brother who was diagnosed with autism. The book is told from the twin sister's perspective which is very interesting because she is able to see how different members of her family and classmates/friends respond to Charlie.

This would be a great book to use with multiple grade levels. Students who are around autistic children or siblings can find value with in the book because it does a great job of explaining the differences between children while showin
Lisa Suchy
Twin brother and sister, Charlie and Callie, have a lot of similarities. They both have curly hair and brown eyes, they both like music, and they both love their dog Harriett. When Callie was younger, she would talk about nature, look up and the stars, and told her mom "I love you". Sadly, Charlie did not do this. Everyone said Charlie is "just being a boy", but his mom felt differently. Charlie has autism. This wonderful story is told from Callie's perspective about her brother Charlie and how ...more
Feb 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
My Brother Charlie is a wonderful picture book that tells the story of two fraternal twins, Callie and Charlie, who find out they experience life differently. The story is from a young girl Callie's point of view and how she sees her brother for who he really is, despite his autism. Callie learns that "I have learned from Charlie that love doesn't always come from what you say. It can come from what you do." This is because Charlie does not have a lot of language. Callie recognizes the difficult ...more
Oct 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 520realisticfic
"My Brother Charlie" has won multiple awards including The Dolly Gray Award in 2012, and The Best Children's Book of the Year in 2011. In "My Brother Charlie", Callie and Charlie are twins. Charlie is different from Callie in many ways. The book walks through their differences before offering the information that Charlie has autism. Although Charlie has autism, he is still portrayed in this book enjoying activities that all children enjoy. This book is written from the perspective of Callie. She ...more
Charlie and Callie are twins, but they are not exactly alike - Charlie has autism. I have to hand it to Holly Robinson Peete: this is a well-written, well-thought-out book. Callie explains how Charlie is just like her and other kids, and how he is different. She tells us what she can expect from Charlie - his silences, his stubbornness, but also his moments of tenderness. One of the best books about children with autism I have seen for this age group.
RLL 520 Sharonda Kimbrough
Sometimes love has to be shown because it can't be spoken. Charlie and Callie are twins with a very special bond. However, one day, mom notices something is different about Charlie. He's quiet;too quiet! After a trip to the doctor his family learns that there is something mysterious about Charlie and his family fears things will never be the same again. This is a great book to teach the k-3 reader about differences and about autism.
Judy Desetti
I liked this book. While I don't think this a book with mass appeal, it is very thoughtful. I used this with first and second graders and we were able to have a good discussion about autism and treating others with dignity and fairness. Themes are: love, hope, acceptance. Discussion lead kids into the idea of tolerance for others and that we are all special.
Alyson (Kid Lit Frenzy)
This is a very sweet picture book about siblings (one with autism and one without). It is told from the POV of the child without Autism. There aren't a lot of good books that focus on the sibling relationship and this is very tender and honest. Well done.
It was a quick and personal read for me this morning while looking for books in the children's room.
Feb 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
My Brother Charlie is about how two fraternal twins grow up differently. The author talked about how Callie is a girl and what she looks like and then the author talks about Charlie and how he is a boy and what he looks like. Then it moves into how their differences are becoming more noticeable than just being a boy and a girl. Charlie has difficulty expressing himself, he is quiet and doesn’t always play like his sister Callie. Callie can express herself and share her feelings with people. Then ...more
Brandi Balzer
My Brother Charlie is a book about twins Callie and Charlie. They are best friends even though "Charlie's brain works in a special way". It is written from Callie's perspective about all of the wonderful things, and all of the hardships of living with her brother who has autism. She talks about how he is amazing at many things, and that they have fun playing together and laughing. She also talks about how sometimes he retracts into himself, and how when he wants something he goes for it even if ...more
Rachel Replogle
Oct 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This realistic fiction tells the real-life story of the Peete family, comprised of mom, dad, Ryan, and Charlie. Ryan and Charlie are twins, but Charlie was born with Autism. Ryan wanted to let the world know that although her brother has autism, he is no different than any other kid. So, she and her mom worked together to write "My Brother Charlie". This story so honestly represents life with autism and life living with someone with autism. The whole point of this story is simple and easy for yo ...more
Mariela Alfaro
Nov 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is about a pair of twins and even though they look the same physically Charlie and Callie are very different. Meanwhile Callie is very talkative and outgoing Charlie is more quiet and reserved. After there was an evident difference between Callie and Charlie's development Charlie was taken to the doctor and diagnosed with autism. Charlie's brain works in a special way and there are certain things he can't do. Furthermore, throughout the book Callie highlights Charlie can do more
Vanessa Morales
Nov 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Summary: Callie and Charlie are twins, they look exactly the same but as they were growing up their mother noticed big differences between them. One day their mom takes Charlie to the doctor, and they find out he has autism. Throughout the book Callie talks about the struggles she had to face because of Charlie. She also talked about the joy and love Charlie brought into her life.

Major Theme: This book helps the reader see that even if it may be difficult to have a sibling with autism, it doesn’
Megan Ewald
Mar 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book talks about a family with twin children named Callie and Charlie. This book is told in the words of Callie and Callie explains how Charlie and her are alike in so many ways but Charlie has autism and that is what makes them different. It explains how autism makes someone different but explains that someone has autism and autism doesn't have them. It ends with although they are sometimes seen differently, they are not different.

I love the story of this book and the fact that it talks a
Kristin Gardner
Mar 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: exceptionalities
The book starts to explain how Callie and Charlie are the same as far as they like to do things together, they look similar, and they are twins. however, it started to list the ways they are different. I think this book is a great book to read to children because it explains that some people act differently than us. It goes on to mention autism and the characteristics of it in a way children could recognize those characteristics. I enjoyed how the story explained that just because Charlie cannot ...more
Cassandra M
May 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
This book is perfect to help others gain an understanding of how children with autism show love in a different way. They communicate differently, and act differently, but they still enjoy doing things that other children do. In my classroom my students didn't know what autism was when I talked about it in April for "Autism Awareness Month." I would recommend reading this book to children, and having a discussion on what autism is with them. Charlie is Callie's twin brother, and he has autism. Th ...more
Carley Eiken
Oct 09, 2017 rated it liked it
I thought it was really neat how this story was told from Charlie's twin's sister's point of view, and she was talking about her brother Charlie and how he has autism. She talked about the struggles of growing up with a brother that has autism, but also talked about all of the good things and how much love and joy Charlie brought into the world, and I really enjoyed that. Children with autism may act differently than you, and you may not understand their actions, but that doesn't mean that they ...more
Jasmine Na
Nov 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
My Brother Charlie is about twins, Callie and Charlie. Callie talks about how her and Charlie have been together since birth and shares the life of Charlie. The story follows the differences of Callie and Charlie despite being twins, but sharing what makes Charlie different from Callie. Charlie is Autistic and the story does a great job of showing the symptoms of a person with Autism. I love how Callie in the story states that Charlie has Autism, but Autism does not have Charlie. It is a story t ...more
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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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