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Biloxi High Schooler Serves as Inspiration for Children’s Book

Bailee Edwards, a sophomore at Biloxi High School, is the subject of a new children’s book called Bailee One “Down” Right Special Girl.

The book, written by Joy Gough and illustrated by Emerson Chen, showcases the amazing life Edwards lives – all while having Down syndrome.

The idea came to Gough, who was Edwards’ occupational therapist, following one of their sessions.

“It just came to me: ‘Oh my gosh, Bailee has done all these amazing things. I can write a book about her.’ She can be a great friend, she’s a great athlete, she’s a scholar in the classroom,” Gough told WLOX’s Andrés Fuentes.

Edwards, at a recent book signing and dedication, expressed her excitement about being part of a book aimed to inspire.

“It’s really cool. The book rhymes perfectly and I love it,” Edwards said to Fuentes. “The part of the book that I like is where they talk about my family and how I (have) down syndrome.”

Copies of Bailee One “Down” Right Special Girl can be purchased through Spreading Joy Publishing Company’s Facebook page.



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