After noticing the lack of children’s literature focusing on kids with special needs, local nurse Margie Nye decided to make a difference.
Nye has become an author, writing her first children’s novel called “Georgie Has a G-Tube.”
Nye has been a pediatric nurse for 34 years and has worked in home-care for 30. She has seen numerous families with varying medical issues. After noticing a lack of discussion on G-tubes and IV’s, Nye began writing.
“I wanted every child to be able to pick up a book to say, ‘that’s just like me.”Margie Nye
Nye has developed a close relationship with Jasannys Rivera, illustrator for the book, because of Rivera’s two-year-old son who has a G-tube. Nye visits Rivera’s son about twice a month as his nurse.
The book highlights the importance of familiarizing children with medical conditions they might not otherwise recognize. Though not in print yet, the book “If You See Me” is designed for typical kids to become more aware and understanding of kids with special needs.
“It’s trying to kind of say, ‘let’s get these kids when they’re little so that they understand that there are differences and there are kids with disabilities, and that’s normal,’” says Nye.
First-time illustrator Rivera has wanted to extend herself out to the community and be a part of something bigger. When Nye came to her looking for an illustrator, she seized the opportunity.
“I’m really honored that she chose me to be a part of it.”Jasannys Rivera
Nye wanted to use her books to stress the fact that one child’s special needs affect not just the child, but their family and peers as well.
“Even if they are not the special needs child, they are affected,” says Nye.
Nye and Rivera are looking for grants and people who will buy the books to donate. The books are available for purchase, and for information, visit IfYouSeeMeBooks.com.