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Leanne Stuckey

Connection to Illinois: Stuckey resides in Chicago.

Biography: Leanne Stuckey is a children’s book author and proud advocate for the visibly skin-different community. Using her unique perspective, growing up with a facial birthmark, she's inspiring others to find the beauty in being different. Leanne is passionate about helping empower individuals to own their “blemishes” and value their imperfections, as well as engaging in discussions around diversity and inclusion. Her debut children’s book, Beautifully Blemished, was featured on ABC 7 Chicago and has won the Literary Titan Gold Award. Leanne resides in Chicago, IL with her husband and 4 incredible children. She enjoys physical activities with her family, eating delicious food and overall healthy living.

  • Beautifully Blemished Literary Titan Gold Award

Primary Literary Genre(s): Fiction

Primary Audience(s): Children


Selected Titles

Beautifully Blemished: Learning and Celebrating Skin Differences

Self Published 2023

An inclusive and celebratory children's book about embracing skin differences and educating readers on skin conditions. Whether it's a birthmark, eczema, vitiligo, moles, scars or other can be difficult to find the beauty in being different. Beautifully Blemished helps children see the unmatched beauty in their uniqueness and provides understanding to various skin conditions. Come along on this heartfelt journey as, together, we discover that whether speckled or spotted, bumpy or blotted, there is beauty in our "blemishes". The colorful and brilliantly illustrated pages within this book, done by the lovely Traci Allison, showcase a diverse group of children from around the world with different skin conditions. The poetic use of words will inspire introspective thinking, social emotional learning and a joyful outlook on the world. This book will encourage important conversation around: Diversity and acceptance Birthmarks and skin conditions Self-love and self confidence Showing empathy towards others