To The Moon and Back (TTMAB)—a nonprofit organization dedicated to children born with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) and their families—is proud to unveil their new children’s book, Sam the Superhero and His Super Life. The book centers on a boy named Sam and his sidekick stuffed dog, Hercules. Sam lives with his grandparents and has good and bad days like any child, made more complicated because he was born substance-exposed. But similar to a superhero, Sam has his own super courage and great strength, and with his loving grandparents, friends and Hercules, Sam finds the support he needs to succeed.
“We wanted to create this book to normalize the experience for kids born opiate dependent and provide insight to some of the long term consequences of in utero opiate exposure,” explains TTMAB founder, Theresa Harmon. “Our goal is to get this story into the hands of teachers and classrooms, so that we can raise awareness about neonatal abstinence syndrome and the needs of our kids.”
The story’s title was conceptualized by 8-year-old Sophia Markella and brought to life by authors Kathryn & James Pearson, along with illustrator Lauren Jezierski. Sam the Superhero and His Super Life is available for purchase, here: https://amzn.to/32A8TXz.
TTMAB is a 501(c)3 dedicated to children born with in utero substance exposure and their families. Since 2017, TTMAB has been the leader in providing support, education and advocacy for the littlest victims of the opioid epidemic. Among the organization’s many initiatives are twice monthly support groups for foster/adoptive parents and relatives of children born with substance exposure, monthly play groups that teach children with NAS ways to self-regulate, build fine and gross motor skills and improve their body awareness, and Nurture A Superhero care packages that provide carefully cultivated newborn take home packages for children with NAS.
For more information on TTMAB, please visit: http://www.2themoonandback.org/.