Kathryn Lynard Soper is the creator and editor of a collection of personal writing by 63 mothers of children with Down syndrome that was published for a short time through Booksurge, a division of Amazon.com.
Woodbine House has since acquired the book, titled, Gifts:Mothers Reflect on How Children with Down Syndrome Enrich Their Lives. In addition to the 63 stories and photos in the first edition, there is a new foreword by attachment parenting expert Martha Sears, who is mother to a son with Down syndrome.
Becoming Avery’s mom was a defining moment in my life, and yet I didn’t have the vocabulary to talk about it. I kept finding myself at a loss for words. In my essay for Gifts, called “First Words,” I write about the power and importance of what we say, and how we say it.
The book’s release date is in July, but you can preorder a copy here.