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Mickey on the Move by Michelle (Miata) Wagner – Book Review: #RWYK Certified Great Read

Our latest certified great read is a perfect addition to your family library!

A book that will not only educate young ones about cochlear implants and why do some kids needs them. This sweet book will also encourage kids to empathize with others and celebrate differences.

Congratulations to Michelle (Miata) Wagner for writing such a wonderful book!



Mickey on the moveIn this bighearted book, the real story of a young boy with deafness in his ears is aided by his mother and teachers in navigating new school experiences. Mickey is just like everyone else, except he wears cochlear implants and has to do things just a little differently than most. This charming tale reminds us that we can all find happiness if we lean on and support each other.

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About the Author

Born and raised in Chicago, Michelle (Miata) Wagner was always a very positive and outgoing woman. Her energetic love for children and zest for life was admired by everyone who knew her. After discovering her son was profoundly deaf in both ears, she made it her mission to get him what he needed to live his best life. After Mickey’s bilateral cochlear implant surgery, the journey truly began. Together, Michelle and her son Mickey went for years of extensive private speech lessons in different locations, attended specialized schools far from their home, and Mickey progressed and was able to be mainstreamed with individualized help at the school in his town, St. Helena. Michelle is a realtor whose career background involved restaurants and always helping other people. She has dedicated time and support to charities and events to help other children with hearing loss and assist families as they work through the different approaches to raising a special needs child in a typical environment. Today, Mickey is thriving at school and is social with his friends. Michelle coaches his soccer team and makes sure that every day Mickey has the courage to be his optimal self.



Many kids are born with or develop hearing problems, which leads them to wear hearing aids or to have a cochlear implant. Mickey on the Move, a delightful children’s picture book by Michelle (Miata) Wagner, RWYK Certified Great Read will help readers to learn about a cochlear implant and how it can help those with hearing problems, in a way that a child can understand and identify with.

Mickey on the Move is about a little boy named Mickey who is used to being on the move! Today is the day he starts a new year at his brand new big school but he isn’t worried as this would be his fifth new school.

Mickey has a problem. He does not hear as well as other kids.  But with the help of his bilateral cochlear implants, Mickey is starting to explore all the sounds in the world around him. He is able to communicate with his teachers, friends, and family. He is able to share ideas and have fun with his friends at school. All is well until his mother finds out that Mickey’s been sneaking into the library for lunch. Mickey’s mom, his teacher, and his friends help and support mickey so that he can have a better experience during his lunchtime.

Michelle was inspired to write “Mickey on the Move after discovering her son was profoundly deaf in both ears, which made it her mission to get him what he needed to live his best life.  Driven to help little girls and boys all over the world feel included and accepted, Michelle Wagner has stepped out of the shadows to be a voice to those who are often ignored.

The sensitive tone in the book promotes self-acceptance for those who wear hearing aids or implants provides answers for those who may need them and fosters a sense of empathy among readers who may know people with hearing problems. The imaginative illustrations, including colorful characters, make this an educational and entertaining learning experience for young readers.

It also provides an opportunity for parents and school staff to discuss deafness and cochlear implants in a way that promotes self-esteem and fosters peer relationships.

Mickey’s spirit will have both children and parents alike rooting for him, while the story delivers a positive message about accepting and celebrating differences.



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