The Book


In this heartwarming story, author Rob Shindler tells how he offered his time, unflagging energy and unconventional teaching techniques to help a boy with serious learning differences and
adults suffering from low literacy levels. As a father who wanted to help his son with his reading deficiencies, Rob discovered the way to achieving that goal was through volunteering at Literacy Chicago.

It was there Rob learned firsthand how ridiculous the common misconceptions are about learning disabilities and adult illiteracy. He saw the assortment of students he taught were
ambitious people who were eloquent, driven, clever – and so funny they made him laugh out loud.

In “Hot Dogs & Hamburgers,” Rob shares his students’ pain, humiliations, frustrations and hopes. “Hot Dogs & Hamburgers” demonstrates that literacy issues reside in all neighborhoods,
and its victims are committed to finding dignity and life’s possibilities through learning to read.

“As the parent of a child with special needs, I am acutely aware of how society judges those whose disabilities are not necessarily visible to others,” Rob says. “Through ‘Hot Dogs &
Hamburgers,’ I wanted to show that by solving the problem of illiteracy, we create productive individuals that positively contribute to society.”

Rob’s teaching experiences are so motivating and rewarding that once you’ve read his story, you’re likely to begin your own journey as a literacy tutor.

“Hot Dogs & Hamburgers” is now available for purchase or download on Amazon, Barnes and Noble and iTunes for $14.95 and $7.95, respectively.