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My Brother Charlie

4.35  ·  Rating details ·  908 ratings  ·  367 reviews
Callie is very proud of her brother Charlie. He's good at so many things — swimming, playing the piano, running fast. And Charlie has a special way with animals, especially their dog, Harriett. But sometimes Charlie gets very quiet. His words get locked inside him, and he seems far away. Then, when Callie and Charlie start to play, Charlie is back to laughing, holding hand ...more
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 “ I️ 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 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
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. ...more
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
Ashley Brusick
Sep 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
My Brother Charlie caught my eye because of its focus on Autism. It delves into both the ups and downs of the disorder from the perspective of Callie a young girl who's twin brother Charlie was born with Autism. As they grow up, the symptoms become more noticeable and although there are hardships that come along with them, Callie's unconditional love for Charlie never wavers. I enjoyed this book because it gives children the opportunity to understand Autism from a relatable perspective. It inter ...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
Aug 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: autism, sibling and twin requests
Recommended to June by: goodreads
A sister tells about her special relationship with her twin autistic brother.

The authors' notes are heart-wrenching and thought provoking.
Oct 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book made me tear up! It's a great conversation starter for children with autism. ...more
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
Alli Davis
Oct 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is about twins named Callie and Charlie. While they have a lot in common, they are also very different. As they grow older Charlie’s family noticed that he was struggling. They found out that Charlie has autism. Callie talks about the struggles of being his sister but also of the joy that comes from it. She explains all the different things that Charlie is good at. My favorite, and the most impactful, line in the book is when Callie says, “I have learned from Charlie that love doesn’t ...more
Aug 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The story, My Brother Charlie, is written from a sisters perspective. Her brother has autism and she shares his differences with the reader. She also shares inside things, things that make her brother fun and special. She does get honest and she shares with the reader about how she gets frustrated with Charlie sometimes but explains that she loves him no matter what. I like how this book identifies some of the characteristics of a person with autism to familiarize the reader. I think this book i ...more
Magdalena Chavez
Aug 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: exceptionalities
Fantastic book, I enjoyed the book and how it talks about autism. How they handle their situation and how the brother thrived further than any doctors expectations.
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.
Jun 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
I found this book by searching for books that won the NAACP Imagelitr Award for outstanding literary awards. I read the online version on Youtube. This book explains some of the characteristics of autism by talking about the differences between a set of twins; Callie and Charlie. Callie explains how Charlie is good at some things like swimming, running, and playing with their dog, but he often gets quiet and stays to himself. Callie explains how Charlie's diagnosis made her their mommy sad becau ...more
Laura La Rosa
Feb 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book is a sweet perspective on living with a family member who has Autism. Told from the perspective of his older sister, the stories follows Charlie and Callie as the navigate the ways that they are different. Callie reflects on how she wants her brother to say "I love you" but understands he can't unlock the words.

This book is the winner of 2012 Dolly Gray Award and is an approachable depiction of autism for elementary students. Teachers could use this story to teach compare and contrast
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. ...more
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. ...more
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. ...more
It was a quick and personal read for me this morning while looking for books in the children's room. ...more
Lovell Peak
Oct 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
My Brother Charlie is a story that describes the close relationship between a little girl named Callie and her brother Charlie who has autism. Callie and Charlie are identical twins who share a few similar interests. But as they grow older, Callie discovers that her brother acts and communicates differently. After Charlie's initial diagnosis, Callie and her family learn that Charlie is highly intelligent and communicates in non-verbal ways because he cannot find the words to express his feelings ...more
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
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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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