The Chalk Rainbow explores difference and diversity

December 2, 2019

Zane is different to other kids. He lines things up, and he’s frightened of things that don’t seem to bother others — like the colour black.

The Chalk Rainbow explores difference and diversity through a family living with autism. It’s a story of unconditional love, of trust and of learning to look at the world through the eyes of others.

Touches on universal themes of unconditional love, trust and the importance of family

  • Visually stunning, the book uses a combination of charcoal drawings with intermittent colour to bring added depth and richness to the text
  • Brings together an accomplished author, with numerous picture books and chapter books to her credit, and the talented illustrator behind the highly successful Don’t Think About Purple Elephants and the upcoming Sugar & Spice Collection.



Deborah Kelly is the author of several popular picture books for children as well as a chapter book series. She also writes Haiku poetry, inspired by living in Japan for two years. Born in New Zealand, Deb now lives in Australia with her husband and two children.


Gwynneth Jones drew all through her maths book at school, so left to study art at TAFE and then majored in Plant and Wildlife Illustration at the University of Newcastle. Since then, Gwynneth has been imagining and drawing madly, exhibiting and holding market stalls, and creating picture books.


We have three copies to give away. Email us by Tuesday 17 December 2019 and tell us why you should have a copy of The Chalk Rainbow.

This article first appeared in the Altogether Autism Journal, Issue 3, 2019.


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