They bonded nearly a year ago after Joseph R. Biden Jr. leaned in to greet Brayden Harrington, a 13-year-old boy who stutters, during a campaign stop in New Hampshire.
“Don’t let that define you,” Mr. Biden said, squeezing Brayden’s shoulder and looking him in the eye. “You are smart as hell.”
Months later, Brayden spoke at the Democratic National Convention, a remarkable display of courage and vulnerability that has been seen hundreds of thousands of times online.
Now, Brayden plans to tell her story in a picture book, “Brayden Speaks Up,” which will be released on August 10 by HarperCollins Children’s Books, the publishing house said.
The book will be illustrated by Betty C. Tang. Harper Collins said it was a two-pound deal and Brayden’s agent was David Vigliano at Vigliano Associates. Next year, Brayden plans to write a novel for children ages 8 to 12, HarperCollins said.
The announcement came as Brayden attended Mr. Biden’s inaugural celebration on Wednesday evening, reading aloud a famous passage from John F. Kennedy’s inaugural address: “Don’t ask what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country. “
“When I heard that I had the opportunity to speak at the Democratic National Convention, I was so nervous! Brayden said in a statement. “What got me through and motivated me was knowing that I could be a voice for other children who stutter as well as for anyone who faced challenges. I only hope that my story will give a little more support and motivation to those who need it.
Jane Fraser, president of the Stuttering Foundation, said she was delighted that Brayden was considering writing a book. She said it showed how important it was to him and to others who stutter to have a role model in the White House.
“Being open is rule # 1, isn’t it?” Ms. Fraser said. “It’s the smartest thing you can do. Whether you’re a kid who stutters, an adult, or a politician running for office, being open about it takes all the pressure off.
Mr. Biden has spoken openly about the “terrible fear and frustration” he experienced from his stuttering. He said it had embarrassed him and made him question himself and his abilities. And he said he tells young people who stutter that, if they persevere, they can overcome the challenge and discover new skills and strengths.
“I promise you,” Mr Biden wrote in a letter to the Stuttering Foundation in 2015 when he was vice president, “you need not be ashamed, and you have every reason to be. proud.