My Friend Isabelle


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Written by Eliza Woloson and Illustrated by Bryan Gough
isbn 978-1-890627-50-8 / 2003 / Children’s Hardcover / 8.5″ x 5.5″ / 28 pages / Full-color illustrations / Ages 2-6



2004 iParenting Media Award Winner

Isabelle and Charlie are friends. They both like to draw, dance, read, and play at the park. They both like to eat Cheerios. They both cry if their feelings are hurt. And like most friends, they are also different from each other. Isabelle has Down syndrome. Charlie doesn’t.

Written by Isabelle’s mother, this charming tale encourages readers to think about what makes a friendship special. My Friend Isabelle also opens the door for young children to talk about differences and the world around them. It’s a wonderful story to read at bedtime or to share at school. Lively full color illustrations dovetail beautifully with the text to bring the simple story to life.

Share the story with children at home and school and use the free Teachers’s Guide—see below.

Written by Eliza Woloson and Illustrated by Bryan Gough
Eliza Woloson established the Global Education Fund, a nonprofit organization that builds libraries in orphanages around the world. She lives in Boulder, Colorado, with her husband, Todd, and two children, Isabelle and her younger sister Audrey.

Bryan Gough is a designer and artist living and working in Boulder, Colorado. When he is not doing his art he is raising his son, John.

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