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Elaine Sussman is the author of the acclaimed picture book, The Boy Who Opened Our Eyes, which she wrote about her experiences growing up with her little brother Mark, who is blind. Elaine and Mark travel around the country to teach kids about the perils of bullying and the importance of empathy. Elaine is currently writing her next picture book.

Elaine and her husband, Joe, are the founders of an educational publishing company that specializes in children’s developmental needs. Their family business has been serving school systems in the New York tri-state area for over 45 years and recently expanded nationally. Elaine enjoys interior designing, music, reading, party planning, and creating 3-D art. Elaine and her husband split their time between New York and Florida.

The Boy Who Opened Our Eyes

Meet Elaine, a loving and sensitive ten-year-old girl who was given a homework assignment that inspired a dream. The Boy Who Opened Our Eyes is the result of that dream. It is the story of her little brother, Mark, a fearless and warm six-year-old blind boy. Sometimes life is fun for Mark, and sometimes it’s challenging. But no matter what, Mark always inspires people to treat others with respect and empathy. Join Mark, and meet his family and friends… and his loyal dog, Sparkie, too. Mark will make you laugh and sometimes cry. But one thing’s for sure–once you get to know him, he will open your eyes and you will remember him forever.

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