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Alexandra Strick, Children's Book Consultant
A sneak preview of my pile of review titles, highlighting the books I am currently reading and any particular gems I've found in the pile.
Bookmark: Books and Disability
Bookmark is a Booktrust web resource for anyone seeking information, books or advice relating to disability and children's books, including parents, young people, teachers, writers, illustrators and researchers.
Scope’s In the Picture campaign raises awareness of the need to include disabled children in the books they read. It has 10 guiding principles that are based on the social model of disability.
Playing by the Book
I say theme, but actually I’m hoping that we’ll create a resource of books which are about all sorts of things, which just happen to feature characters with some disability, rather than disability being the sole focus of the books in question. I’m hoping that with the close yesterday of the 2012 Paralympics, lots of children will have seen many more people with varying disabilities and that it will have been both a topic of conversation and also something “normal”, part of everyday life.
The books listed on this web site may be of interest to anyone working with children, particularly children with physical or emotional problems.
Smart on the Inside: A True Story About Succeeding in Spite of Learning Disabilities
Click on "Resources". Click on the first bullet, Books that Contain Characters with Disabilities."
from the Chicago Public Library
Juvenile Books Featuring Exceptionalities
An exceptionality is defined as any condition or situation that may significantly interfere with a child’s ability to learn in school. This could be a physical or mental condition or a social condition such as having a single parent.
This bibliography includes both fiction and non-fiction juvenile and young adult literature.
The Premier Source for Developmental Disability News
Mama Zooms by
Call Number: PIC FLE 1993
Publication Date: 1996-12-01
A boy's wonderful mama takes him zooming everywhere with her, because her wheelchair is a zooming machine.
Meet ClaraBelle Blue by
Call Number: PIC NEL 2013
Publication Date: 2013-04-08
"Meet ClaraBelle Blue" is one of the most diverse children's books on the market. The series helps children see that kids with special needs are just like them, kids - regardless of having a disability! As she likes to say, "I'm ClaraBelle Blue and I'm just like YOU!"
Hooway for Wodney Wat by
Call Number: PIC LES 1999
Publication Date: 1999-03-15
Poor Rodney Rat can't pronounce his R's and the other rodents tease him mercilessly. But when Camilla Capybara joins Rodney's class and announces that she is bigger, meaner, and smarter than any of the other rodents, everyone is afraid. It seems she really is bigger, meaner, and smarter than all of the rest of them. Until our unwitting hero, Wodney Wat, catches Camilla out in a game of Simon Says. Read along with Wodney as he surprises himself and his classmates by single-handedly saving the whole class from the big bad bully. Children will delight as shy Rodney Rat triumphs over all and his tiny voice decides the day, R's or no R's.
Just Ask! by
Call Number: PIC SOT 2019
Publication Date: 2019-09-03
A #1 New York Times bestseller! Winner of the Schneider Family Book Award! Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor and award-winning artist Rafael Lopez create a kind and caring book about the differences that make each of us unique. Feeling different, especially as a kid, can be tough. But in the same way that different types of plants and flowers make a garden more beautiful and enjoyable, different types of people make our world more vibrant and wonderful. In Just Ask, United States Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor celebrates the different abilities kids (and people of all ages) have. Using her own experience as a child who was diagnosed with diabetes, Justice Sotomayor writes about children with all sorts of challenges--and looks at the special powers those kids have as well. As the kids work together to build a community garden, asking questions of each other along the way, this book encourages readers to do the same: When we come across someone who is different from us but we're not sure why, all we have to do is Just Ask. Praise for Just Ask: * "Addressing topics too often ignored, this picture book presents information in a direct and wonderfully child-friendly way." --Booklist, *STARRED REVIEW* "An affirmative, delightfully diverse overview of disabilities." --Kirkus Reviews "A hopeful and sunny exploration of the many things that make us unique [with] dynamic and vibrant illustrations [that] emphasize each character's unique abilities. . . . A thoughtful and empathetic story of inclusion." --SLJ
Looking after Louis by
Call Number: PIC ELY 2004
Publication Date: 2004-01-01
When a new boy with autism joins their classroom, the children try to understand his world and to include him in theirs.
Pedro's Whale by
Call Number: PIC KLU 2010
Publication Date: 2010-09-01
Based on the real-life event that inspired Paula Kluth and Patrick Schwarz s bestselling Just Give Him the Whale!, this simple but powerful story introduces educators to one of the best, most effective inclusion strategies: using students fascinations to help them learn.
Pedro, a young boy who loves whales more than anything, is heartbroken when he s told to put away his favorite toy whale on the first day of school. But then Pedro s teacher discovers the secret to helping him do his best work: not only giving him his whale, but also incorporating his special interest into the whole curriculum. Soon, Pedro s whale is helping all the children learn, as the teacher works whales into math lessons, storytime, simple science experiments, and more! Pedro s whale helps him make friends, too, as the other children start to share his special interest.
A Friend for Henry by
Call Number: PIC BAI 2019
Publication Date: 2019-02-26
2020 Schneider Family Honor Book In Classroom Six, second left down the hall, Henry has been on the lookout for a friend. A friend who shares. A friend who listens. Maybe even a friend who likes things to stay the same and all in order, as Henry does. But on a day full of too close and too loud, when nothing seems to go right, will Henry ever find a friend--or will a friend find him? With insight and warmth, this heartfelt story from the perspective of a boy on the autism spectrum celebrates the everyday magic of friendship.
Thank You, Mr. Falker by
Call Number: CHP POL 1998
Publication Date: 2012-04-12
The real-life, classic story of a dyslexic girl and the teacher who would not let her fail. A perfect gift for teachers and for reading students of any age. Patricia Polacco is now one of America's most loved children's book creators, but once upon a time, she was a little girl named Trisha starting school. Trisha could paint and draw beautifully, but when she looked at words on a page, all she could see was jumble. It took a very special teacher to recognize little Trisha's dyslexia: Mr. Falker, who encouraged her to overcome her reading disability. Patricia Polacco will never forget him, and neither will we. This inspiring story is available in a deluxe slipcased edition, complete with a personal letter to readers from Patricia Polacco herself. Thank You, Mr. Falker will make a beautiful gift for the special child who needs encouragement&150or any special teacher who has made a difference in the child's life.
Call Number: PIC CAN 2005
Publication Date: 2005-05-01
Crickwing never set out to be a bully. All he wants is to create his art in peace. But it's not easy being different--a cockroach with a cricked wing and a flair for sculpture is a ready target for the bigger creatures in the forest. Crickwing just wants to even the score, and leafcutter ants are so easy to pick on. . . .Big mistake. Nobody angers the leafcutter queen and gets away with it. In this epic adventure beneath the foliage, Crickwing and the leafcutter ants go head-to-head. Then a swarm of ferocious army ants threatens, and suddenly everyone is in danger. Crickwing has to do something, but what? He's an artist, not a fighter. What the leafcutters need is a hero. Or, maybe, a cockroach with a really clever idea. . . .
Rescue and Jessica by
Call Number: HV1569.6 .K46 2018
Publication Date: 2018-04-03
Based on a real-life partnership, the heartening story of the love and teamwork between a girl and her service dog will illuminate and inspire. Rescue thought he'd grow up to be a Seeing Eye dog -- it's the family business, after all. When he gets the news that he's better suited to being a service dog, he's worried that he's not up to the task. Then he meets Jessica, a girl whose life is turning out differently than the way she'd imagined it, too. Now Jessica needs Rescue by her side to help her accomplish everyday tasks. And it turns out that Rescue can help Jessica see after all: a way forward, together, one step at a time. An endnote from the authors tells more about the training and extraordinary abilities of service dogs, particularly their real-life best friend and black lab, Rescue.
Straight from the Horse's Mouth by
Call Number: PZ7 .C76982 2012
Publication Date: 2012-10-31
(Grades 1 and Up) Horses can help people fix ANYTHING! Archie is not your average horse. He helps people get rid of their flies... you know, the things that bug us! When horses get flies, they swish their tails to make them go away, but since people don't have tails, they come to Archie for help.This creative book for all ages takes a look at how powerful using horses can be to help people heal on the inside. When people are having a tough time with life, when they can't seem to tell what is wrong and what's right. They come here to see me, and even those who have doubts, are just blown away when they figure things out. Paperback, 32 pages.Sponsored by the Dick and Helen Kelley Family Foundation, and Take Flight Farms.