Nava Silton Silton

Nava R. Silton, Ph.D., a Developmental Psychologist, received her B.S. from Cornell University in 2002 and her M.A. and Ph.D. from Fordham University in 2009. Silton has worked at Nickelodeon, Sesame Workshop, and Mediakidz, and has consulted for Netflix, Blue’s Clues & You and The Autism Seaver Center. She appears regularly on Fox 5 News as a Psychological Correspondent, and has appeared on Good Day New York, Good Day Street Talk and NBC. Nava is currently a Professor of Psychology at Marymount Manhattan College. She has written over three dozen peer-reviewed journal articles, over twenty chapters, book reviews and encyclopedia entries and has edited six full textbooks. Her first two books discuss innovative technologies for individuals with autism and other disabilities, her third delves into creativity, her fourth into family dynamics and romantic relationships, her fifth explores the constructs of happiness, gratitude, kindness, empathy and well-being and her sixth text discusses best parenting and child development practices for the 21st century.

Silton created the The Realabilities Educational Comic Book Series (, which offers 17 comics (12 on disabilities and 5 on mental health disorders) and two instructional manuals for use in classrooms across the world. The disabilities-based series, which received The Reader’s Favorite Award, has now been translated into Hebrew and Spanish and is currently being translated into Chinese and French, as well. Due to the popularity of the Realabilities Educational Series in the schools, Silton created Addy & Uno, The First Family Musical about Disabilities, Bullying and Kindness. Addy & Uno, which was nominated for an Off-Broadway Alliance Award, ran Off-Broadway for over 18 months at Theatre Row on 42nd Street in Manhattan ( Most recently, Silton created a Child Development and Parenting Podcast, entitled A Cup of Java with Dr. Nava. Finally, Nava just penned Pure. Pure was a Finalist in the Wiki Screenplay Contest, a Semi-finalist in the Creative Screenwriting Unique Voices Awards, The NYC Screenplay Awards, The Miami Screenplay Awards, The Portland Screenplay Awards, and a Quarterfinalist in the Los Angeles International Screenplay Awards. Silton is married to Dr. Ariel Brandwein and has five children; three boys and two little girls.

Award Type
A MUST-HAVE in every school and home, The Realabilities Comic Book Series follows a group of children with disabilities on their thrilling adventures as they harness their unique strengths to promote kindness, teach empathy and celebrate the beauty of difference.
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Nava Silton Fri, 28/05/2021 - 17:22

Thank you so much for your consideration. This 12 comic book omnibus received the Reader's Favorite Award and has been successfully used in over 20 classrooms across the U.S. Unfortunately, I could not cut down the full 12 Comic PDF for this submission due to how large the PDF was, but this is the first of the 12 comics. I'd be happy to share any of the other comics, as well. I just shared the first, since it introduces the principal characters. Thanks so much again for your time!

Kayla Henley Fri, 06/08/2021 - 00:40

I adored this comic. Thank you for your submission! If we had more books like this in schools, we could start creating a kinder world and educating children early on about the diversity of "abilities."

Jordan Rosenfeld Thu, 16/09/2021 - 05:29

Very talented! I loved the messages in this comic, and was impressed with your drawings, as well. I think it's lovely.

JerryFurnell Mon, 27/09/2021 - 12:36

Well done on making the long list. I checked out your website and love the covers on your comics. Clearly a winner. I'm sure kids will love to read, learn, and improve themselves.

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