Lily Petit, Children's Author

Lily specializes in autism awareness and fostering autism acceptance.

In 2015, Lily had a dream. She asked herself, "How can I help others who are going through the same experiences as myself?" At the age of two years, her son, Joseph, was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Since then, life began to be quite interesting! Driven by her desire to help others, Lily began the creative process by contributing to the world of autism awareness and support. In 2016, she first her first Facebook page, "Celebrating Awetism". Soon after, she announced her intention of delivering awareness and support as an author. Lily's first children's book, If I Could Talk, debuted in 2017. With 1 in 59 children diagnosed with autism today, it is certain that a child will share their classroom with an autism peer. It is her mission to teach children about autism and to foster acceptance for their peers. Her book and future books will educate children without compromising creativity.

The most important thing the author wants readers to gain from her book:

I would like for readers to go beyond awareness and to be accepting and proactive about autism.

Why the author is an authority on the subject of her book:

I am a parent of an autistic child. I live autism 27/7.


Social Media:

Facebook - Author

Facebook - Celebrating Awetism

Speaking Engagements and School Presentations:

I can do school visits and read to children. This includes a brief introduction to students on what the book is about and a brief summary explaining that every child with autism is different, but they often have similar qualities. I end with encouraging the kids to learn more about their their autistic classmates. Also, there is an activity and discussion at the back of the book. It is designed to have kids pair up, then form small groups with an adult facilitating. If I am reading to a small group, I am available to facilitate the activity and discussion. This is a more formal educational experience where kids can engage.

I am also open to speaking to other audiences about autism basics (to small groups only). I recommend that larger groups solicit assistance from local autism agencies.

Presentation Audience:

Grades K-3

Grades 4-6



Less than 5 appearances


Oahu, Hawaii

Book Type:

Picture book

Children's Fiction





Education/College Preparation/Special Education

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