Waylen Wants To Jam was written by Jo Meserve Mach and Vera Lynne Stroup-Rentier with photography by Mary Birdsell. This is a non-fiction picture book. Waylen has autism. He is constantly challenged in how to communicate and participate, but he loves to drum. He always will tell his mom, “I want to go drumming.” Waylen is fortunate to have an incredibly supportive mother and extended family, which allows him to participate in a community program. Because of Waylen’s strong interest and this support, he is successful on the drumline. This success has started to change his life. Drumming is an extracurricular activity that could link to many opportunities as he ages. He feels like he belongs when he is drumming. Someday he will be drumming in his school band and maybe he will become a member of a world famous rhythm and blues band.