Sabrena Bishop, author of “I May Not Be Like You, But We can be friends” and co-author of the first book of the Madison and Elijah Book Series entitled “Elijah and his invisible friend” recently presented at the Promise Land Academy.
What you may not know is the inspiration behind the Madison and Elijah series are her two children. Madison Ava is a 7 year old girl who loves painting, gymnastics, and swimming. She is delayed for speech and was recently diagnosed with Autism and ADD. Her younger brother, Elijah, is an active child who loves dinosaurs, trucks, and reading. He is also an avid story teller.
We asked Sabrena how she learned about the Promise Land Exceptional Kids event and she shared her story with us. When Sabrena Bishop and her husband thought about enrolling Madison in summer camp, they discovered Promise Land Academy Summer Camp for children with special needs and disabilities. Her mother was pleasantly surprised by the level of attention, love and support each child received from the staff. The camp would provide her with the opportunity to help others, while simultaneously allowing her to engage with other children with exceptionality while building her social skills.
Every Friday the teachers and students of the Exceptional students came together to Kurumba, an event where children come together to sing and dance. Sabrena presented her book to Veronica, the CEO of Promise Land Academy for her feedback one morning after dropping Madison to the camp. When she arrived to pick up Madison, Veronica informed Sabrena that the book was loved and well received by the speech pathologist and teachers. She invited Sabrina and Madison to attend the Kurumba Friday June 30, 2018 and present my book to the students.
When she arrived, there were a few students waiting patiently for the presentation. A few seconds later the auditorium was filled with students. Sabrena told Lauren Simone Publishing House, “I had no idea that I would be presenting my book to so many children. It was truly an honor to touch the lives of so many children and deliver a message about acceptance and love for each other.” Students sang and danced. They were so engaged in the activities.
She introduced herself and her daughter, Madison. She discussed the importance of reading, the different genres of books, and where books can be accessed. Once she began reading, all eyes were on her.
The children were s attentive and the follow up questions were very impressive. They asked:
1. How did you come up with the characters?
2. Did the bald head character die? (referring the character who had cancer)
3. How many characters are there?
4. Are all the characters in the book friends in real life?
5. Are you going to write another book about children like us?
6. Can we buy this book now?
7. What type of disability does Madison have?
8. Can Madison come to our house and play?
9. Can Madison come to my camp classroom? We really like her.
10. Ms. Sabrena, how can we all be friends when some people are mean?
We asked Sabrena what she had planned next. She responded, “After this event, I would like to focus on school with children of exceptionalities and inclusion. I realize that children have many unanswered questions that I would like to help answer.”
Congratulations to Sabrena Bishop! Thank you for doing such good work! You may order your book here.