Welcome to the site of self-published author and illustrator, Judy K Johnson. The real inspiration of this ongoing project is her grandson, Blake Michael Johnson, who was born 14 weeks prematurely. Blake has shown such bravery and determination by surviving multiple birth defects and other special needs including blindness due to retinopathy of prematurity.
As a grandmother, Judy's support role has expanded her awareness and appreciation of the ongoing challenges all children with special needs and their families face just trying to "grow up" as normally as possible. Judy's first children's books featured Blake, his blindness issues and how other children can best play and interact with Blake. Her subsequent children's books all carry a similar mission to educate other children about becoming friends of children with special needs by reading and sharing "Thoughtful Children's Books".
Realizing the immense impact that graphics have on the message of her books, Judy creates her own illustrations with digital painting techniques such as collages of real children's photographs who are the characters of her stories enhanced with watercolor image backgrounds. The special impact of the real life identification of the characters helps readers and children admire the heroes of the stories who are real children with special needs.
If you are interested in having your very own special family story become a "Thoughtful Children's Book", Judy currently accepts inquiries and custom story projects. See the custom children's books section for more information. Judy has completed a story about a real child with O.I. (Osteogenesis Imperfecta) and how he feels about children that "stare". This children's book is available on the Stories & Apps page.