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Bel Air woman authors children’s book with character with Down syndrome

A Bel Air woman has written a children’s book that features a main character with Down syndrome.

“Not Down, Up Mommy!” is the debut book by Antoinette Scaffidi, 62, who spent more than 30 years as a general manager and business owner in the insurance industry before she turned to writing. She said the idea for the book, which breathes life into a character named Michael, a child with Down syndrome, has been in her mind since her nephew, Michael, was born with Down syndrome in 1991.

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“When Michael was born there weren’t many characters with Down Syndrome in children’s books,” said Scaffidi. “I thought about it for many years and decided I wanted to make a difference.”

The book explores what it means to be different when the character Michael demonstrates that he takes the game of “hide and seek” seriously and no one can find him.

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“When my nephew was born, I looked for books for his older siblings to help them understand about their new baby brother, to no avail,” said Scaffidi, who describes herself as a devoted aunt. “At that time, I thought it could be helpful to families with older siblings to introduce a character in a book with Down syndrome.”

While this is the first book for Scaffidi, a longtime Bel Air resident, she has other books planned outside of the children’s genre coming in July, including “Quincy’s Love Lives Forever,” “Everything I Love About My Wife,” and “Everything I Love About My Husband,” all published by Nexus Publishing.

“Not Down, Up Mommy!” will be available next week on the Amazon and Barnes & Noble websites.


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