Hardie Grant to publish ‘Wild Things’ the first book for adults by bestselling children’s author Sally Rippin
We love wayward children in literature. Not so much in life.
Hardie Grant Children’s Publishing is thrilled to announce the publication of Wild Things: How we learn to read and what can happen if we don’t, a parenting guide and memoir by bestselling children’s author Sally Rippin. Publishing in August 2022, Rippin’s first book for adults is a compelling, surprising and incredibly timely exploration of neurodiversity and how children learn—or fail—to read. Described as ‘essential and extraordinary reading’ for caregivers and educators, Wild Things is vulnerable, honest and meticulously researched, and filled with Rippin’s brilliant and eye-opening insights into how we can help all kids find the joy in reading, and advocate for them within our schooling system.
‘Wild Things is the book I needed when my son first started school,’ said author, Sally Rippin, ‘Writing it was a four-year labour of love, combining research, interviews and lived experience, looking for answers to all the questions I had about neurodivergency, and how it is that so many kids are still struggling to fit into an education system that can’t meet their needs. There are so many things I learned the hard way that I wish I’d known earlier.’
Only three to five percent of the Australian population identifies as dyslexic, yet one in four Australian children are entering high school without an adequate level of reading and writing—and this proportion can go up to 40% of kids in disadvantaged or high-migrant areas. At a time when children should be discovering the joy of reading, our education system is failing them—but Rippin creates a compelling case for change and evolution to adapt ‘school’ for everyone.
‘Sally Rippin’s firecracker first book for adults is a masterpiece and a game changer,’ said publishing director Marisa Pintado. ‘In laying bare her parenting difficulties, Sally makes herself vulnerable so that “wild things” and neurodivergent kids everywhere might have the opportunity to learn how to read: the right kind of support. Her research is comprehensive and illuminating, and despite the urgency of the work ahead for anyone who loves or works with neurodivergent kids, Sally’s book is above all hopeful: reading is the key to the world, and we can help every kid get there no matter how their brain works.’
Wild Things will be published in August 2022.