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Discover more about these amazing figures who have overcome obstacles and become icons. 



I am Not a Label by Cerrie Burnell

In this stylishly illustrated biography anthology, meet 30 artists, thinkers, athletes and activists with disabilities, from past and present. From Frida Kahlo to Stephen Hawking, find out how these iconic figures have overcome obstacles, owned their differences and paved the way for others by making their bodies and minds work for them. These short biographies tell the stories of people who have faced unique challenges which have not stopped them from becoming trailblazers, innovators, advocates and makers.

Each person is a leading figure in their field, be it sport, science, maths, art, breakdance or the world of pop. Challenge your preconceptions of disability and mental health with the eye-opening stories of these remarkable people: Ludwig van Beethoven, Gustav Kirchoff, Henri Matisse, Eliza Suggs, Helen Keller, Frida Kahlo, John Nash, Stephen Hawking, Temple Grandin, Stevie Wonder, Nabil Shaban, Terry Fox, Peter Dinklage, Wanda Diaz Merced, Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah, Dr Victor Pineda, Farida Bedwei, Stella Young, Lady Gaga, Arunima Sinha, Naoki Higashida, Isabella Spingmuhl Tejada, Aaron Philip, Catalina Devandas Aguilar, Redouan Ait Chitt, Jonas Jacobsson, Trischa Zorn, Ade Adepitan, and Nick Jonas

Meet the Author Cerrie Burnell

Cerrie Burnell is an author, presenter and actor. During her time at CBeebies she broke down barriers  and overcame discrimination to become one of the most visible presenters on kids T.V.

Cerrie is the author of eleven children’s books including Snowflakes, which she adapted for the stage in 2016 and the Harper series, which was a world book day title in 2016. She wrote and starred in Winged: A Fairytale when it was staged at the Tristan Bates theatre in 2007, as well as creating her one woman show the Magical Playroom which premiered at the Edinburgh fringe in 2013.

Cerrie has been listed by The Observer as one of the top ten children’s presenters of all time. She is a patron of Polka Theatre and has been an author in residence at Great Ormand Street, and in 2017 she was awarded an honorary degree for services to Media from the open university. Since leaving CBeebies in 2017, Cerrie has appeared in the BBC soap Doctors, presented a documentary for the BBC about the NHS and been writer in residence for Book Trust. Her new novel The Ice Bear Miracle published in February.

She loves sea-swimming, ice skating, yoga, Netflix, almond coffee, endless summers and moonlit adventures. She hopes to one day become a mermaid and live on a beach- near a coffee bar!

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