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General Information

Name:  Shanna Simpson  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Children;

Born: in Oswego, Illinois

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Illinois Connection

Simpson was born and raised in Oswego. She graduated from Oswego High School and earned her degree in journalism from North Central College in Naperville. She currently works at the Oswego Public Library.

Biographical and Professional Information

Shanna Simpson was diagnosed with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) at age 7. This motivated her to share her experiences in a picture book about coping with OCD as a child.

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Titles At Your Library

Payton Is Afraid of Dirt
ISBN: 1941765572

Future Horizons. 2018

Payton is afraid of dirt. He’s afraid of germs and getting sick, and spends a lot of his time cleaning and worrying over his fears.

Payton learns he has Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). His OCD is like someone in his head is bossing him around all day long. It tells him that he has to wash and tidy, and cannot do the things he wants, like play outside.

With the help of his family and doctor, Payton learns how to manage his OCD by putting it in an imaginary shrink machine, or ROARING it away!

Learn how Payton, and others like him, make their OCD monsters smaller. You can do it, too!

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