About The books
Heart of a Lion: Our Journey of Faith and Courage
by Willie & Brenda Burton with Barry Kienzle
An inspiring story of overcoming life's hardships through faith and courage. Willie Burton was born with cerebral palsy. He suffered through painful surgeries and endless physical therapy sessions throughout his youth, but his spirit and determination never wavered despite his disabilities. With the support of this adoptive mother, he signed up for the wrestling team at Fairdale High School where he was accepted by the team as an equal, later gaining national attention for his perseverance in order to win a single match on the mat.
Paperback / 160 pages
Ask for our book at your local bookstore or order directly from Headline Books or Amazon. Autographed copies of Heart of a Lion can be ordered directly from co-author, Barry Kienzle at www.BarryKBooks.com
Willie: A Super Friend!
by Barry Kienzle, illustrated by Devika Joglekar
Willie: A Super Friend! is a special needs book about making friends. Willie and his classmates find out that understanding can build a bridge to friendship.
Willie has suffered from cerebral his entire life. When he was young he was challenged with being accepted by other children as their equal because they either didn't understand his disability or were afraid he would get hurt playing with them. He learned to cope, mostly by showing them in many ways he was their equal on the playground.
Hardcover / 32 pages
"Growing up in a wheelchair can make you feel like you’re struggling all alone. As a kid with special needs it’s hard to look up to pro athletes or movie stars because they don’t look like you or go through the same things. I hope this book shows young kids with disabilities that they can do anything!"
Willie: A Super Friend! – Creative Child Magazine 2021
Book of the Year Award - Kid's Story Book on Physical Challenges
Heart of a Lion – LA Book Festival 2021 Honorable Mention - Biography/Autobiography/Memoir
Willie: A Super Friend! – LA Book Festival 2021 Honorable Mention - Best Children's Book
Willie: A Super Friend! – Mom's Choice Awards 2020 Gold Award - Children's Books
The Mom’s Choice Awards® (MCA) evaluates products and services created for children, families and educators. The program is globally recognized for establishing the benchmark of excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. The organization is based in the United States and has reviewed thousands of entries from more than 55 countries. Around the world, parents, educators, retailers and members of the media look for the MCA mother-and-child Honoring Excellence seal of approval when selecting quality products and services for children and families.
Heart of a Lion: Mom's Choice Awards 2019 Gold Award - Young Adult Inspirational/Motivational
Heart of a Lion
Next Generation Indie Book Awards 2020 Finalist - Parenting/Family Non-Fiction
The Next Generation Indie Book Awards is a literary awards program that recognizes and honors authors and publishers of exceptional independently published books.
Heart of a Lion
Readers' Favorite International Book Awards 2020 Silver Award – Non-Fiction Inspirational