Oliver is an energetic boy who has a wonderful personality and many interests, but there is one thing he does not like to do and that is to speak aloud in front of others. At school, Oliver hides in the nurse’s office or the bathroom to avoid having to speak when his teachers call on him in class. In the story, the authors explain that Oliver feels anxious about speaking because he “is a person who stutters,” and they go on to define stuttering as “a disruption in the production of speech sounds, also called ‘disfluency.’” Although it’s not mentioned specifically in the text, illustrations suggest that Oliver’s classmates make fun of him when he speaks, which also contribute to his feelings of worry and shame. When Oliver confides his fears about presenting a report about himself to the entire class, his mother encourages him and helps boost his feelings of self-worth, self-esteem, self-pride, and self-acceptance by helping him understand that his stutter is a unique and special part of his identity. In the end, feeling empowered, Oliver delivers his report to the class and states proudly: “I-I-I’m O-Oliver and I-I-I am a p-p-person who st-stutters.” When Oliver Speaks! has been co-authored by a real-life teen who stutters and his mother in order to raise awareness about stuttering and to empower young people who stutter. Overall, it is a wonderful book, full of uplifting messages and images. Oliver’s stutter has been written and presented sensitively and effectively in the text. However, sometimes there are challenges in creating realistic images of individuals who have disabilities in picture books. In this case, most of the book’s illustrations are excellent, so it is unsettling that Oliver is portrayed on several pages with a gaping--sometimes twisted--mouth and distended tongue, odd images that seem to contradict the positive messages throughout the rest of the story. Also, I think it would have been helpful for young readers if the authors had included information about the science of stuttering in the endnotes.