The Boy Who Opened Our Eyes

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.

Lexile Level: 580L

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Product ID: 9952


Grade 2-8 | Nonfiction | ISBN: 978-1-68265-353-1 | Lexile: 580 | GRL: L | English 
Grade 2-8 | Nonfiction | ISBN: 978-1-68265-561-0 | Lexile: 580 | GRL: L | Spanish

The Boy Who Opened Our Eyes:


  • Helps develop social-emotional competencies and strategies to prevent bullying
  • Introduces students to others who have persevered to overcome physical challenges
  • Improves literacy, comprehension, and critical-thinking skills
  • Introduces young readers to the power of support systems and diverse perspectives
  • Provides powerful illustrations to engage readers

Key features:

  • Depth of Knowledge content aligned to Common Core ELA Standards
  • Individual and group activities to support social-emotional learning
  • Glossary to build and expand student vocabulary
  • Primary sources to help students relate in a personal way

About the Author: 

Elaine spent the last fifty years as the cofounder of an educational publishing company before deciding to fulfill her dream of becoming a children’s book author.  The Boy Who Opened Our Eyes is Elaine’s first illustrated book. Her second book, Joey’s Journey will be available in Fall 2021.  In addition to writing, Elaine presents to thousands of school children around the country every year, inspiring them to have empathy for others.


“As a father and grandfather, I know that young people face unique challenges that can teach them a great deal about determination and friendship. This heartwarming story will not only inspire resilience and empower children to overcome obstacles, it will also teach them to show compassion and embrace differences.”
—David N. Dinkins, 106th Mayor, City of New York

“A beautifully written and illustrated true story of a very special boy that tugs at your heartstrings. This story will remind you of the amazing power of family, friends, love, optimism, and determination. A must read for all.”
—Shelley Goldberg, NY 1 News Parenting Reporter

“I was touched by this sensitive, moving, and inspirational book. I was bullied a lot in school until my recent success on the TV show, ‘The Voice.’ Even Alicia Keys complimented me for being ‘perfectly yourself.’ This awesome book will inspire kids to be proud of who they are and to succeed against all odds . . . just like I have!”
—Wé Ani McDonald, 17-year-old performer on “The Voice” 2016

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