All Kids Can Play & Dream.

Come along as young Ben takes you on a fun adventure using only his imagination. He is a happy, smart boy who loves sounds, movement, being outside and playing with his friends & family.

And he uses a wheelchair. But that doesn’t define him.

Strong messages of acceptance and inclusion, friendship and family make the Ben’s Adventures series perfect for introducing the concept of disabilities, and for teaching young kids that people are more similar than they are different.

GET IT NOW and spread the powerful message to the children in your life: kids are just kids!

What People Are Saying...

Special Needs Book Review

MidWest Book Review: As included in March 2019 issues of Children’s Bookwatch, Charmingly illustrated and very highly recommended for family, elementary school, and community library picture book collections. Full review here.

Readers’ Choice 5-Star Review: Ben’s Adventures is a marvelous means to share the experiences of kids like Ben with others, showing them that a wheelchair doesn’t impair one’s imagination or joy, and helping them get over feelings of discomfort or fear when encountering kids with disabilities.

Anitra Schulte, Special Needs Mom: As a mom of a child with special needs, I rarely see picture book characters with abilities similar to those of my child. The main character in Ben's Adventures is Ben - a boy with cerebral palsy who uses a wheelchair for mobility. It's powerful for children and families to see themselves reflected in books. Ben's Adventures provides this experience for kids and families alike. Read More.


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For #WorldReadAloudDay, Author Elizabeth Gerlach is sharing her first children's book "Ben's Adventures: A Day at the Beach". Supporting the Ben Smiles Memorial Foundation. |

In The News

Daily Herald - Celebrating Memory of 3-year-old son, August 22, 2019

Chicago Parent - List of Amazing Books for Kids with Special Needs, July 8, 2019

NBC Chicago - The Story Behind the Author’s Son, June 26, 2019

The Cultured Baby Blog - “Respect & Celebrate Differences”, May 9, 2019

WBBM News Radio Chicago - “St Charles triplet with special needs stars in second book”, May 9, 2019

Kane County Chronicle - “St Charles Mom continues children’s book and foundation as tribute to late son”, May 8, 2019

St Charles Patch - “Local Author Honors Late Son With Children's Book Series”, May 6, 2019

Empowered Publicity Podcast - Episode #15, January 10, 2019

Kane County Chronicle - "Chit-Chat: St Charles author makes son with special needs hero of book series", July 19,2018

Glancer Magazine - Literary Local, August 2018

WTTW/Chicago Tonight - "Mother's Book Reminds Readers: Kids are still just kids., August 22, 2018

ODU Alumni Spotlight - Elizabeth Gerlach, MBA 2003

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