Joey is a kid just like all of us, except there's something unique about him... he's a superhero. How? Well, Joey has Down Syndrome and all of the characteristics that he has because he has Down Syndrome are his super powers. Through all of the ups and the downs, Joey trains his skills and his sister is there every step of the way to cheer him on. As she loves and helps her brother with his superpowers, she wonders "can I be a superhero too?". She'll quickly see that, even though she isn't the type of superhero that her brother Joey is, she has been her own important kind of superhero all along.


This books teaches kids, and readers of all ages, what causes Down Syndrome, what traits or behaviors people with Down Syndrome often have, how to better understand people with Down Syndrome, and how to intentionally include and speak up for those with Down Syndrome. Because you never know when your advocacy will make YOU a superhero too!

The Ups and Downs of a Very Special Superhero

  • One of the goals in creating this book is that we get copies of the book into 1000 homes and 100 classrooms so that its message can reach as many readers and impact as many lives as possible.


    When you check out, please include the name(s) of the homes and/or classrooms that you are purchasing this book for. For example, "The Charles family", "Miss Mann's Kindergarten class", "Harper and Oliver", etc. If you are ordering more than one book for more than one home or classroom, please include all names. You will see the option at checkout to fill out the home(s) and/or classroom(s) who will be receiving this book.


    We will keep a running list on the website of the homes and classrooms that this book is being read by to celebrate the ripple effect of this important lesson.