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New Children's Book "Shaky Quaky Jake" Illuminates the World of Essential Tremor.

Updated: Apr 9

In an inspiring leap towards increasing understanding and empathy for those with essential tremor (ET), "Shaky Quaky Jake" is set to hit bookshelves globally on March 1, 2024. Crafted by the talented Kelly D. Roberts and brought to life through the vivid illustrations of Jveria Gauhar, this pioneering children’s book aims to enlighten young minds about the realities of living with this neurological condition.

Shaky Quaky Jake (Source:
Shaky Quaky Jake (Source:

Essential tremor, a condition often overshadowed or misunderstood, gains a spotlight in Roberts' narrative. The story invites readers to follow the journey of Jake, a brave young boy who confronts the daily hurdles of ET with courage and grace. Edited by Leila Boukarim, "Shaky Quaky Jake" is a touching exploration of diversity, self-acceptance, and the beauty of being unique. The release coincides with National Essential Tremor Awareness Month, an initiative by the International Essential Tremor Foundation to shed light on the condition.

A special Book Launch event is scheduled for March 2, 2024, at Adventures Underground bookstore in Richland, Washington. The community is invited to join from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm Pacific time for an afternoon filled with refreshments, a reading session, book signings, and engaging activities for children. The event will also be accessible with an AWWASL sign language interpreter, ensuring inclusivity for all attendees.

Author Kelly D. Roberts reveals her motivation for the book stems from a deep belief in the inherent value and uniqueness of every child. With a background in writing about neurodiverse and disabled characters, Roberts draws from her personal connection to neurodiversity to create stories that resonate with children facing similar challenges. "This book is for all children,” Roberts asserts, aiming to cultivate empathy and understanding through Jake's story of resilience and acceptance.

"Shaky Quaky Jake" is more than a children's book; it's a conversation starter for families, encouraging discussions about diversity and the strength found in overcoming obstacles. Roberts hopes the book will inspire parents to spend meaningful time with their children, fostering relationships built on understanding and love.

As "Shaky Quaky Jake" prepares to make its mark, it promises to be a valuable resource for educating and inspiring children and adults alike about essential tremor and the power of empathy.

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