I Want To Be Like Poppin' Joe

a true story of inclusion and self-determination

by Jo Meserve Mach, Vera Lynne Stroup-Rentier, Mary Birdsell


Dylan has an awesome friend. His friend, Poppin’ Joe pops and sells popcorn. Poppin’ Joe has a very fun job. It’s noisy fun! Dylan learns from Poppin’ Joe how to do a job you love. (Dylan has Down Syndrome. Joe has Down Syndrome and Autism.)

Rights Information

Worldwide rights available


In 2015, selected by the Kansas Pediatric Foundation for their early literacy program, 'Turn a Page-Touch a Mind.'

The Kansas City Reach Out and Read program accepted Finding My Way Books for participation in their program in 2016.


Stories are magic.  Good stories change lives and cultures.  “Finding My Way Books” are spectacular story resources that feature youth and adults living inclusive lives.  Beautifully illustrated with photographs and delightfully presented for kids and adults alike.  The teaching guides are thoughtful and doable.  A great resource for every family and classroom.

Jack Pearpoint

Inclusion Press; Marsha Forest Centre


 "This is such a positive story for children. It sends out the message that any child, regardless of whether or not they have disabilities, can achieve great things with determination and hard work." Review by Little Parachutes,UK

The books are written by a team of educators and professionals who have combined years of experience in working with children with special needs; they launched the series to help increase the visibility of kids with disabilities in children’s books through authentic stories. Realistic, accessible, and uplifting, these books are an important resource not only for kids who have special needs but for broader audiences of children who can learn from the protagonists’’ strengths, challenges, and achievements. All books available in English and Spanish.

Lydia Breiseth

Colorín Colorado

Author Biography

The authors and photographer draw from their work experience in Early Intervention, Special Education, Speech/Theatre Education and Occupational Therapy to discover the strengths of the child revealed within each story.

Bibliographic Information
  • Pub date: August 2014
  • English
  • 9780990354352
  • United States
  • Pages: 48
  • Finding My Way Books
  • Readership: Children
  • Publish State: Published
  • Page size: 8.5X8.5 (8.5x8.5) inches
  • Illustration: 35 color photographs