Vascular Birthmarks Foundation
Buddy Booby's Birthmark Read-Along Campaign
Buddy Booby's Birthmark Read-Along Campaign has been a popular VBF Day of Awareness event for schools and organizations worldwide.
It's a simple, free, fun opportunity for children to participate in a global effort to increase acceptance and compassion for each other's differences, promote self-esteem, and raise awareness of vascular birthmarks.
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About the Read-Along
The first Buddy Booby's Birthmark Read-Along was launched during the 2006 VBF International Day of Awareness. The Read-Along traditionally takes place in May every year, but the book can be celebrated as an awareness event any day throughout the year. The book has been read aloud in hundreds of classrooms, as well as libraries, bookstores, story times, club meetings, and children's hospitals. Parents and doctors often donate copies of the book to local organizations.
Mary Ann of Mensha, a teacher in Wisconsin shared, "I also have a port wine stain on my face. It is VERY similar to the author's. My students are used to me, but the story opened up some discussions that we hadn't had before."
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About the book
Mother and son authors Donna and Evan Ducker wrote the book in 2006. Evan was born with a facial port wine birthmark, and was inspired to write the story when he was unable to find a book that addressed the issues facing children with birthmarks. He has a great interest in animals and chose the red-footed booby bird of the Galapagos Islands as the main character. Buddy was born with a birthmark on his beak, and the story is based on their personal experiences. Read Evan's full-story here.
"I guess I just wanted kids with birthmarks, like me, to have a book with a character they could relate to," says Evan. "I think people who read it will get a better idea of what we (kids with birthmarks) go through every day."
Donna and Evan Ducker reading to a classroom during the 2007 VBF Day of Awareness Read-Along
Buddy Booby's Birthmark Read-Along campaign and the VBF International Day of Awareness make significant contributions towards worldwide birthmark awareness and acceptance of all differences.
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Your doctor might like to buy Buddy Booby's Birthmark books for the waiting room.
Buddy Booby is the official mascot of the VBF.