Our Daddy Is Invincible! and Big Boss Brain: Learning About Traumatic Brain Injuries Selected for the First Lady of the Marine Corps Recommended Reading List

Our Daddy Is Invincible! and Big Boss Brain: Learning About Traumatic Brain Injuries Selected for the First Lady of the Marine Corps Recommended Reading List

Two children’s books by E L Kurdyla Publishing’s 4th Division Press, Our Daddy Is Invincible! and Big Boss Brain: Learning About Traumatic Brain Injuries have been selected for the inaugural First Lady of the Marine Corps Recommended Reading List (FLMCRRL).   The First Lady of the Marine Corps Recommended Reading List was established by Bonnie Amos, spouse of the Commandant of the Marine Corps, Gen. James Amos.  Similar to the longstanding Commandant’s Professional Reading List featuring books recommended to help Marines navigate their careers, the FLMCRRL features books which offer guidance and assistance to spouses and families confronting the challenges of military life.

Our Daddy Is Invincible! was created to assist military children coping with the serious injury of a parent. Big Boss Brain teaches children (and adults) about the cause and nature of traumatic brain injuries and their often long-lasting effects. Shannon Maxwell, author of both books, was inspired and instructed by her own family’s experience after her husband was seriously wounded in the Iraq War. Liza Biggers’ illustrations are informed by her experience as a care giver to her brother who succumbed to a brain injury suffered while serving in Iraq.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “approximately 1.7 million people sustain a traumatic brain injury (TBI) annually. Some 300,000 military personnel have suffered a TBI in service in Iraq and Afghanistan.

ABC News anchor Bob Woodruff, who suffered a traumatic brain injury while covering the war in Iraq, praises Big Boss Brain, saying   “The best people to explain this are those who are still living through it.  Written in the voice of a child like Cassidy, Big Boss Brain is the most moving and accurate summary of how this life is.”

Speaking of the award-winning Our Daddy Is Invincible! Anne Moessner, Traumatic Brain Injury Clinical Nurse Specialist and Chair, Defense Health Board’s TBI Family Caregiver Panel, says it “will help children and parents navigate the strange world hospitals, doctors, change and uncertainty….though daddy may be different, daddy is still daddy. This book is sure to be a valued resource….”

Big Boss Brain: Learning About Traumatic Brain Injuries. Written by Shannon Maxwell, Illustrated by Liza Biggers. 4TH Division Press, 2012. 40 pages. $15.95. ISBN: 978-1-61751-006-9.

Our Daddy Is Invincible!. Written by Shannon Maxwell, Illustrated by Liza Biggers. 4TH Division Press, 2011. 36 pages. $15.95. ISBN: 978-1-61751-003-8.

4TH Division Press is an imprint of E L Kurdyla Publishing LLC. Its name honors the legendary 4TH Marine Division and its extraordinary service in World War II. E L Kurdyla Publishing also publishes the noted professional library magazines Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA) and Teacher Librarian: The Journal for School Library Professionals, as well as the book imprints VOYA Press and Teacher Librarian Press.