Elsie with the Great Smile: A First Look at Williams Syndrome
A children's story about a young girl's experience with a rare syndrome, with an overarching message of kindness and inclusion.
About the Book
"What is a syndrome, and what does it do?
It shapes how I learn, how I grow, and move, too."
Meet Elsie, a charming young girl with Williams syndrome and a great smile. In this 8.5" x 8.5" hardcover book, Elsie gives young readers a special glimpse into her syndrome’s unique challenges and talents through fun, rhyming text and beautiful pictures.
Elsie walks the reader through how her syndrome came to be, the medical complexities associated with having her diagnosis, what it's like to navigate her world, and the many incredible gifts she shares with others.
Elsie with the Great Smile shares an important message about the power of inclusivity and encourages young readers to love every part of themselves.
We've collaborated with Outshine Labels to bring you The 'Great Smile' Collection.
It is inspired by the very essence of Laila.
Its design is intended to spark joy, emit positivity, and make people smile.
We will choose a new IDD (Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities) cause each month to donate 60% of our profits to.
I am a wife, special needs parent, and Williams syndrome advocate. Inspired by my daughter, I am on a mission to advocate for inclusion, understanding, and empathy. I currently live outside Washington D.C. with my husband, John, and two children. When I'm not running around with a child on each hip, I love being creative, planning parties, exploring new areas, and drinking lots and lots of coffee.