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By Susan Glickman. 2018
Sixteen-year-old Libby is disabled by cerebral palsy. She writes a fantasy novel called The Discovery of Flight as a present…for her sister Sophie's thirteenth birthday, in which Libby takes the form of a hawk telepathically linked to a girl who resembles Sophie. Interwoven with Libby's novel is Sophie's diary, in which she discusses the deteriorating condition of her older sister. 2018.
By Patricia Polacco. 1998
Fictionalized account of the artist author's struggle to learn how to read as a child. Finally a fifth-grade teacher, Mr.…Falker, comes to her rescue and gives her special lessons. Grades 2-4. 1998.
By Dorothy Ellen Palmer. 2019
Born with congenital anomalies in both feet, then called birth defects, Dorothy Ellen Palmer was adopted as a toddler by…a wounded 1950s family who had no idea how to handle the tangled complexities of adoption and disability. From repeated childhood surgeries to an activist awakening at university to decades as a feminist teacher, mom, improv coach and unionist, she tried to hide being different. But now, standing proud with her walker, she's sharing her journey. Navigating abandonment, abuse and ableism, she finds her birth parents and a new chosen family in the disability community. 2019.
By Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha. 2018
Lambda Literary Award-winning writer and longtime disability justice activist and performance artist Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha explores the politics and realities…of disability justice, a movement that centres the lives and leadership of sick and disabled queer, trans, Black, and brown people, with knowledge and gifts for all. Leah writes passionately and personally about creating spaces by and for sick and disabled queer people of colour, and creative "collective access"--access not as a chore but as a collective responsibility and pleasure--in our communities and political movements. Bringing their survival skills and knowledge from years of cultural and activist work, Piepzna-Samarasinha explores everything from the economics of queer femme emotional labour, to suicide in queer and trans communities, to the nitty-gritty of touring as a sick and disabled queer artist of colour. 2018.
By Amanda Leduc. 2020
Fairy tales shape how we see the world, so what happens when you identify more with the Beast than Beauty?…If every disabled character is mocked and mistreated, how does the Beast ever imagine a happily-ever-after? Amanda Leduc looks at fairy tales from the Brothers Grimm to Disney, showing us how they influence our expectations and behaviour and linking the quest for disability rights to new kinds of stories that celebrate difference. ‘Leduc peels the flesh from the fairy tales we grew up loving and strips them down to their skeletons to skilfully reveal how they influence the way we think about disability. She contrasts the stories we have with the ones we wish we had, incorporating her own life. Her wisdom lands like a punch in the heart, leaving a sizable dent that reshapes how we see tales we’ve been telling for centuries. She also – and this is the best part – suggests how we might tell new fairy tales, how we can forge new stories.’ – Adam Pottle, author of Voice ‘A unique and dazzling study … a revolutionary approach to understanding why we are drawn to fairy tales and how they shape our lives.’ – Jack Zipes, author of Grimm Legacies ‘Each chapter is a gem, but the kind of gem that turns into a knife, into a mirror, into a portal. Leduc’s real magic? That she transforms her readers as surely as any world.’ – Mira Jacob, author of Good Talk
By Victoria Freeman. 2019
Victoria Freeman was only four when her parents followed medical advice and sent her sister away to a distant, overcrowded…institution. Martha was not yet two, but in 1960s Ontario there was little community acceptance or support for raising children with intellectual disabilities at home. In this frank and moving memoir, Victoria describes growing up in a world that excluded and dehumanized her sister, and how society’s insistence that only a “normal” life was worth living affected her sister, her family, and herself, until changing attitudes to disability and difference offered both sisters new possibilities for healing and self-discovery.
By Jordan Scott. 2020
When a boy who stutters feels isolated, alone, and incapable of communicating in the way he'd like, it takes a…kindly father and a walk by the river to help him find his voice. Through this powerful and uplifting story, poet Jordan Scott uses his own experiences to reveal what it's like to be a child who feels lost, lonely, or unable to fit in. Compassionate parents everywhere will recognize how they, too, can reconnect their children to the world around them
By Jordan Scott. 2020
Winner of the Schneider Family Book Award What if words got stuck in the back of your mouth whenever you…tried to speak? What if they never came out the way you wanted them to? Sometimes it takes a change of perspective to get the words flowing.A New York Times Best Children's Book of the YearI wake up each morning with the sounds of words all around me. And I can't say them all . . . When a boy who stutters feels isolated, alone, and incapable of communicating in the way he'd like, it takes a kindly father and a walk by the river to help him find his voice. Compassionate parents everywhere will instantly recognize a father's ability to reconnect a child with the world around him. Poet Jordan Scott writes movingly in this powerful and ultimately uplifting book, based on his own experience, and masterfully illustrated by Greenaway Medalist Sydney Smith. A book for any child who feels lost, lonely, or unable to fit in.An American Library Association Notable Children’s BookNamed a Best Book of the Year by The Wall Street Journal, People Magazine, NPR, Kirkus Reviews, Shelf Awareness, Bookpage, School Library Journal, Publishers Weekly, Publishers Lunch, and more!A Horn Book Fanfare Best Book of the YearA Junior Library Guild Gold Standard SelectionA Chicago Public Library Best Book of the YearA CBC Best Picture Book of the Year
By Josée Bisaillon, Paul Harbridge. 2021
An empowering and necessary picture book about a young girl with Down syndrome who gains confidence and independence through a…visit to her grandparents.It's Kate's first time visiting her grandparents on her own at their lakeside home. She's nervous but excited at the adventure ahead. She helps her grandfather with his grocery deliveries by boat, where she meets all the neighbors, including a very grumpy old man named Walter. And she makes best friends with her grandparents' dog, Parbuckle.Her grandmother even teaches her to pilot the boat all by herself! When her grandfather takes ill suddenly, it's up to Kate -- but can she really make all those deliveries, even to grumpy old Walter? She has to try!Based on the author's sister, Kate is a lovable, brave, smart and feisty character who will capture your heart in this gorgeous and moving story about facing fears and gaining independence.
By Bonnie Sherr Klein, Élisabeth Eudes-Pascal. 2020
CCBC Best Books Finalist for the BC Book Prize 2020 Kate is upset when her grandma (Bubbie) gets a motorized…scooter. Will Bubbie still be Bubbie in that scooter? Kate slowly warms to the scooter after she sees what a good friend it is to Bubbie. And shopping at Granville Island Market with Bubbie and the scooter turns out to be so much fun! Her little brother Nate loves the scooter's bells and whistles, and Kate makes new friends on their joyous outing.
By Karen Patkau, Helen Wolfe. 2021
By Gail Piazza, Diane Burton Robb. 2004
Adam likes school but cannot learn to read. In third grade he is diagnosed with dyslexia. With hard work and…his teacher's expert help, Adam gains self-confidence and masters the task of deciphering words. For grades 2-4. 2004
By Howard Scott, Phyllis Aronoff, Marie-Claude Ouellet. 2021
By Hannalora Leavitt, Belle Wuthrich. 2021
People with disabilities (PWDs) have the same aspirations for their lives as you do for yours. The difference is that…PWDs don’t have the same access to education, employment, housing, transportation and healthcare in order to achieve their goals. In The Disability Experience you’ll meet people with different kinds of disabilities, and you'll begin to understand the ways PWDs have been ignored, reviled and marginalized throughout history. The book also celebrates the triumphs and achievements of PWDs and shares the powerful stories of those who have fought for change.
By Patricia Polacco. 1998
<P>When Trisha starts school, she can't wait to learn how to read, but the letters just get jumbled up. She…hates being different, and begins to believe her classmates when they call her a dummy. <P>Then, in fifth grade, Mr. Falker changes everything. He sees through her sadness to the gifted artist she really is. And when he discovers that she can't read, he helps her prove to herself that she can--and will!
By Lynda Mullaly Hunt. 2015
A New York Times Bestseller! <P><P>The author of the beloved One for the Murphys gives readers an emotionally-charged, uplifting novel…that will speak to anyone who’s ever thought there was something wrong with them because they didn’t fit in. <P><P>“Everybody is smart in different ways. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its life believing it is stupid.” <P><P>Ally has been smart enough to fool a lot of smart people. Every time she lands in a new school, she is able to hide her inability to read by creating clever yet disruptive distractions. She is afraid to ask for help; after all, how can you cure dumb? However, her newest teacher Mr. Daniels sees the bright, creative kid underneath the trouble maker. With his help, Ally learns not to be so hard on herself and that dyslexia is nothing to be ashamed of. As her confidence grows, Ally feels free to be herself and the world starts opening up with possibilities. She discovers that there’s a lot more to her—and to everyone—than a label, and that great minds don’t always think alike.