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The Waiting Song by Natasha Barber Illustrated by Rayah Jaymes

The Waiting Song

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Authors, Natasha Barber, Illustrated by Rayah Jaymes

An adorable hedgehog learns how to share and wait his turn!

An adorable hedgehog with autism learns how to share and wait his turn!

Nigel is a hedgehog. He's four years old, likes trains, cookies, and is a lot like other kids in class. Nigel is a little different too. Nigel has autism. He doesn’t talk or say many words. Nigel is not very good at taking turns, or being polite and he really does not like to wait. Nigel thought and thought and came up with the Waiting Song. Now he is able to be polite and wait when he sings his Waiting Song! The Waiting Song is for kids like Nigel.


Natasha Barber, mother of a child on the autism spectrum, is the founder and manager of "Autism Moms Know Safety". She has appeared in numerous parenting blogs such as "Mobile Mommies" and "Paradigm Behavior" and she also has had multiple safety articles featured in "Autism Parenting Magazine". She is a recognized author of the Tommy's Lessons Children's book series. Books in the series include "My Tomato, Guacamole and Onion Sandwich", "My Magic Pet Fish" and "My Super Cool Ant Farm"


Rayah Jaymes is an illustrator, chef, and musician. She comes from a large multicultural family which inspires her art, creativity, and storytelling. She has illustrated over 15 children’s books and continues to write and illustrate books with a focus on humane education—teaching empathy, understanding, and respect for people, animals, and our environment. Her goal is to encourage children and their parents to learn about the diverse world around them and how they can make it better every day in everything they do. You can find more of Rayah’s work at



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