For this Award, judging was completed by teachers and children in 8 UK schools. The books were scored according to editing, theme, style, cover and illustrations. The fact that this book was selected by regular children and teachers from all types of books is what makes this Wishing Shelf Award for a book about Alzheimer’s Disease so important. Canadian Author / Illustrator, Kathryn Harrison is thrilled that children rated this book so highly despite it handling a difficult topic. “I focused on making the book both accurate and appealing for kids,” describes Harrison. “And winning this award is confirmation that my goal was achieved.”
Creating this book marked the end of a personal journey for Harrison. In 2005, her mom was diagnosed with Early-Onset Dementia at the age of 62. During the years following, Kathryn learned firsthand about the heart-ache of the disease. Motivated by the experience, Kathryn decided to do something to help others dealing with dementia. Thus, she created this picture book to help children better understand Alzheimer’s Disease and other dementia. Much information about the book can be found at the book’s website: weedsinnanasgarden.com . To date, it has been receiving rave reviews from customers and experts alike. It has also been featured on many valuable online resource sites and blogs.