Kyle’s Colorful Life

Gold Winner Mom’s Choice Awards-Best Children’s Picture Book-Specialized Concepts
USA News Best Book Award Winning Finalist for Best Children’s Educational Book
2010 Indie Book Award Finalist Best Book–Social Change
2009 Indie Book Award Finalist Best Children’s Picture Book

Illustrated by Kasey Short

Kyle has autism but expresses himself through color. Excellent early reader, special needs book.


Gold Winner Mom's Choice Awards-Best Children's Picture Book-Specialized Concepts
USA News Best Book Award Winning Finalist for Best Children's Educational Book
2010 Indie Book Award Finalist Best Book--Social Change
2009 Indie Book Award Finalist Best Children's Picture Book

Drema McNeal has captured the thoughts of a special child, Kyle. Autism continues to afflict our precious children at an alarming rate. They need warmth, understanding and time with parents and care givers to focus thoughts and actions from reading turning them into a basis for education and growth. Beautifully illustrated by Kasey Short, Kyle's Colorful Life will enhance reading time for all children of all ages.

What People Say

Drema McNeal and Kasey Short are recipients of the prestigious Mom's Choice Award. The Mom's Choice Awards honors excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. An esteemed panel of judges includes education, media and other experts as well as parents, children, librarians, performing artists, producers, medical and business professionals, authors, scientists and others. A sampling of the panel members includes: Dr. Twila C. Liggett, Ten-time Emmy-winner, professor and founder of Reading Rainbow; Julie Aigner-Clark, Creator of Baby Einstein and The Safe Side Project; Jodee Blanco, New York Times Best-Selling Author; LeAnn Thieman, Motivational speaker and coauthor of seven Chicken Soup For The Soul books; and Tara Paterson, Certified Parent Coach, and founder of the Mom's Choice Awards. Parents and educators look for the Mom s Choice Awards seal in selecting quality materials and products for children and families. This book/product has been honored by this distinguished award. --Mom's Choice Awards

This book is a wonderful story that provides readers with a soothing and warm sensory experience. The brilliant illustrations along with the musical rhyme are sure to engage all children with and without autism spectrum disorder --Andrea Campbell, Assistant Professor of Early Childhood Special Education Concord University


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Drema McNeal






9 x 12

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Illustrated by Kasey Short




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About the Author

Author and middle school teacher Drema McNeal is a three time nominee for Raleigh County Teacher of the Year and twice was chosen as one of the top five finalists. She has been in public education over twenty years and is working on her National Boards for Professional Teaching Standards.

She authored two educational articles published by The Parent Institute-Family Involvement and received 1st place honorable mention at the 2007 West Virginia Writer s Conference for a non-fiction piece Making a Difference One Child at a Time. Mrs. McNeal is a volunteer church Youth Worker, FCA Fellowship of Christian Athletes leader, adviser for her school newspaper, and Co-Sponsor of Student Council. She has a Masters +45 from West Virginia University in Communications Studies (1992), a Bachelor s of Science Degree from Concord University (1987), a degree in Elementary Education 1-6, English 5-9 and Social Studies 5-9 and Reading Specialist K-Adult. Drema lives in Beckley, WV with her family.