Corpus Christi native publishes book to help normalize disabilities, becomes best selling author

Stephanie Wolfe’s book, Authentically Addie, was inspired by her journey as a mother with a child with disabilities.

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Stephanie Wolfe is a blogger, mother, and most recently best-selling author. Wolfe’s book, Authentically Addie, quickly became a bestseller after its publication.

“On the same day, it became the number one best-selling book in multiple categories,” said Wolfe.

Wolfe never thought of becoming a writer until she spent a moment helping to raise awareness and educate people about people with disabilities, children like her daughter Addie.

“There was a time when someone with kids would come to me and say some not very nice or tactful things about Addie and the way she looked because she is disabled and looks different and the mother wasn’t as tactful and I thought that was really is a time. That must be an educational moment for people, ”said Wolfe.

That moment, along with a nudge from her friend, helped bring ‘Authentically Addie’ to life.

“I really wanted to make a book that would cover her and her skills and the things she can do, and show that just because you have a disability doesn’t make you any less of a person,” Wolfe said.

Wolfe wrote her book to help children with disabilities feel represented.

“In Authentically Addie, Addie walks through a zoo and meets different characters along the way. Each character has a different disability. So we’re covering a whole range of different disabilities to make sure everyone feels recognized and recognized,” said Wolfe.

Wolfe hopes her book will raise awareness and stimulate conversation.

“It’s a great book for those who don’t have disabilities and those who don’t even know someone with disabilities to really normalize those disability conversations,” said Wolfe.

Wolfe says she means the world to be able to do this for her daughter

“She’s taught me so much in those six and a half years that she was more alive than I probably would have had before, and that’s why it’s so special to give her a little piece of my heart back,” said Wolfe.

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