Tara McCarton, Children's Author

Special Needs Mom Focusing on the Ability in disAbility

Tara McCarton was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, and currently resides in Garden City, New York. She met her husband, Jimmy, in 2010, and they were married in 2011. They had their first daughter, Audrey, in 2012. Audrey was diagnosed with microcephaly at three months of age. Tara’s mission is to put a positive story about microcephaly and children with developmental delays into the world. Tara was told Audrey would never “walk, talk, or be a ballerina.” Audrey has been walking since she was two and a half years old and talks to Tara in her dreams, so she knows she will speak someday. Tara had Vivienne almost two years later in 2014. On Christmas Day 2017, Vivienne’s wish to Santa was for Audrey to talk, and this is the inspiration for The Wish. You can read more about Audrey’s story at www.audreymccarton.com or search for the hashtag #audreystory.

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

To know that you can do anything you put your mind to. My illustrator has Autism and now she is a published illustrator. I never wrote before and now a have a special book out there about my daughter and her disability and it spreads the message of kindness and inclusion.

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

I am the Mom of a Special Needs daughter. I have lived this, the books wishes are all based on the true life events that happened in our lives. I have been told that my daughter would never do so many things and now she does, so the proof is in the pictures.



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Presentation Audience:


Grades K-3

Grades 4-6

Middle School


Less than 5 appearances


New York

Willing to travel

Book Type:

Picture book



Education/College Preparation/Special Education


Audrey walking at Keep Moving Forward. Microcephaly doesn't stop Audrey!