The Book Has Arrived!

So, this is what a pallet of 1,200 books looks like!

That guy's name is Steve. He was cool.

That guy’s name is Steve. He was cool.

Over a year ago we started the process of publishing Different Is Awesome! by launching a Kickstarter project, which was successful beyond my wildest dreams. After a long and eventful year, the books finally arrived on Tuesday and it was…surreal AND exciting! It’s been a long time coming. We had some friends over to open the first box and celebrated together.

It's beautiful!

It’s beautiful!

Stories and requests are already pouring in! It’s funny because I’ve been “living with” the story for so long and I keep forgetting nobody else has actually read it or seen it yet! The excitement around the book is so encouraging and I’m SO happy to finally get it into your hands! Or…hand, if that’s the case. Couldn’t resist.

If you’re just finding out about the book, here’s a quick synopsis:¬†Little boy brings his older brother, born with one hand, for show-and-tell. Classmates ask him all sorts of questions about how he does things with one hand and realize along the way that he can do anything they can do, he just does it differently. AND they notice that they’re all¬†different in one way or another, leading to the realization that not only are differences a similarity we all share, but, they are what make us unique – AND AWESOME! :)


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TONS of people have been asking where to order it. Here are the options:

The best place to order it is here: http://mascotbooks.com/mascot-marketplace/buy-books/picture-books/different-is-awesome/

If you’d like an autographed copy, send me a message at ryan(at)livingonehanded.com with your name and address and if you’d like it personalized (“For Jimmy!” or “For the Smith Family!” for example) and I’ll get one to you.¬†($25 shipped domestically, includes shipping!)

I’m currently figuring out the best way to fulfill international orders. I don’t have the capacity to do it myself right now, but I promise I’ll figure something out and will let you know when I do!

One thing I’m super excited about is that I’ve heard SO many parents who are buying a copy for their own family and a copy for their kids’ schools! I CAN’T LOVE THIS IDEA ENOUGH! My intention all along has been to get Different Is Awesome! in front of as many kids as possible. They need to hear this message. We all do.


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Others have been asking if a book tour is in the works. At this point nothing official is setup, but I’d absolutely love to visit as many schools as possible and share the message! If you are the contact person who sets up speakers/presentations for your school, please visit my Speaking Page and send me a note to get the ball rolling. If you know the person at your kids’ school, I’d love if you sent them a note or got me their contact information so I can reach out to them.

Lastly, I’ve setup a Thunderclap campaign that will send a message out on July 7th (official release date) on all of the social media platforms you choose to sign-up with. I’d LOVE if you joined the team of over 130 people already! You can do that by clicking here.

Thank you SO much for your support and excitement!

Remember to share your pictures and stories on the Different Is Awesome! and Living One-Handed Facebook pages!


The Official Book Release Is SO Close!

It’s official!

Different Is Awesome! releases on July 7th!

Click the cover image below to pre-order your copy now!

000_different-is-awesome-cover-GREENStay tuned for launch party info and other media coverage.

And if you haven’t yet, join the party on Twitter at @DiffIsAwesome and on Facebook at Facebook.com/DifferentIsAwesome!

Thank you for your excitement and support!

Can’t wait for you to get the book and to hear your stories!