Children's Books·CBC Kids Reads

I Can, Too!

A picture book by Karen Autio, illustrated by Laura Watson

Karen Autio, illustrated by Laura Watson

A children's picture book with young children in a playground.

Piper and Kayla love to move. They ride bikes, glide on ice, swoosh down mountains and much more — each in her own way. While Piper pedals her tricycle with her feet, Kayla uses her hands to move her trike forward. While Kayla coasts across the ice on a sled, Piper sails along on skates. Join Kayla and Piper as they play together, explore their world and make new friends.

The inspiration for I Can, Too! comes from the author's daughter, who was born with spina bifida. On a visit to the mall after her child received her first wheelchair, a young boy pointed, asking his mother, "Why is that girl in a wheelbarrow?" Karen welcomed questions so the unknown could be named and understood and children could get to know her daughter. (From Scholastic Canada)

I Can, Too! will be championed by Gary the Unicorn on CBC Kids Reads.

CBC Kids Reads will air during the CBC Kids weekday morning block on CBC TV and CBC Gem on March 27-30. CBC Kids hosts Tony and Janaye, as well as Gary the Unicorn, Mr. Orlando, Cottonball and Makeup Monster, will share their six favourite Canadian picture books and celebrate the love of reading.

Karen Autio was born in Thunder Bay, Ont., and started writing stories at the age of nine. When she's not writing, freelance editing or talking to students about the research and inspiration behind her books, Autio loves to canoe, photograph nature, read and travel. She lives in Kelowna, B.C.

Laura Watson creates whimsical illustrations for children's books, educational materials, magazines and various retail applications. She lives in the leafy Riverdale neighbourhood of Toronto with her husband, 11-year-old daughter and three-year-old rescue dog. She enjoys the outdoors, runs often and spends as much time as possible at the beach hunting for sea glass.

More about I Can, Too! 

WATCH | Karen Autio and Laura Watson react to their book being selected for CBC Kids Reads

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