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Announcing a New Children’s Book from the Children’s Tumor Foundation

By October 12, 2023February 28th, 2024Awareness, NF1, Tools for Kids

Café Au Lait: A Story of NF1 and My Special Spots 

A new book for children from the Children’s Tumor Foundation is available now at 

“I was born with a spot on the map of my body. We thought it was a birthmark. Mama called it a mark of love.” 

In Café Au Lait: A Story of NF1 and My Special Spots, young Enzo goes on a journey to discover the meaning of his special spots. He uses the map on his skin to help him understand another map – the nerves inside his body. We learn along with Enzo that he lives with a condition called neurofibromatosis type 1, or NF1, that causes tumors to grow on nerves. Because NF1 is most often diagnosed in childhood, this book is meant to inspire conversation and understanding for children living with NF1 and their classmates, friends, and families.

This new book for children was written and illustrated by Jessica M. Boehman, a professor of Art History and Illustration who lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her dog, Ludo (found in this book). She painted the book using watercolor and coffee washes­ because café au lait means “coffee with milk:' This is her second book for children. 


Café Au Lait: A Story of NF1 and My Special Spots is available now as a hardcover book, 36 pages, at