Still, in the beginning, that presence within the stories seemed a bit precarious. As the authors of this study noted, many of these books “eliminated the character with the disability at some point.” Characters with disabilities often died, or their disabilities were miraculously cured. Their disability served as a plot device or a means by which other characters learned and grew. Heather Avis, founder of the Down syndrome advocacy organization the Lucky Few and mother of three kids, two of whom have Down syndrome, has written two picture books with characters with disabilities. Perhaps we need to convince the publishing industry that characters with intellectual disabilities have stories worth telling too. But not only that, representation in good books matters!

And the words about “I don’t accept him” definitely rings true. As you can see, her Down syndrome is mentioned, is visible, and is not the sole thing that defines her. She has interests and a life and people that care about her. She’s probably more of a well-rounded Down syndrome character in two-pages than some books could come up with in 32. Twin brothers Samson and Jonah are staying with their grandfather in the mountains of Tasmania. Sixteen-year-old Skye is a busy high school student juggling straight A’s, the swimming state championships, and a relationship with her boyfriend.

But they have pictures of disabled people doing regular activities and interspersed with non disabled people as well as pictures of disabled/non disabled people doing things together. They have helped spark my 5 year old’s curiosity and helped me show that disabled people can and enjoy doing the same things as everyone else. Hello Goodbye Dog by Maria Gianferrari, illustrated by Patrice Barton. Moose loves Zara so much he wants to go with her everywhere and follows her to school.

We are given the entire book to learn about Susan and to identify with her, seeing her as “”just like us””. The image of Susan in a wheelchair at the end reinforces that living with a disability does not … This touching story is life-changing, encouraging empathy and kindness in readers as well. For 1 out of 700 characters in our kids’ books to have Down syndrome.

Enter your email address to receive updates on all of our great list of books reviews. While 16-year old Cheyenne’s mom runs into the store for her pneumonia medicine, Griffin steals their car with Cheyenne in it. Griffin’s father and his friends hold Cheyenne for ransom in the hopes her famous father will pay up.

Cheyenne, who is currently sick and also blind, must use all her other senses to escape. 14-year-old Natalie is losing her eyesight and fears her new reality. She slowly accepts her new situation despite many challenging situations, learns Braille, learns how to use a cane, and is prepared for when she loses her sight for good. A multiple award-winning graphic novel, Cece Bell shares the story of growing up with a hearing impairment, using a very bulky hearing aid, and finding her place in the world.

They offer a new perspective on how fun life can be during the summer. We have enjoyed the “”Disabilities and Differences “” series ( We All Play, We All Learn, We All Read, etc.). They are non fiction and probably easy enough to be emerging readers.

Series books include Kelly and the Space Cadets and Kelly and the Pinewood Derby. Lia’s Kind Mind – the second book inThe Able Fables®, is a heartwarming story of a young lion who adores gymnastics. When Lia struggles to master a new skill on the balance beam, she doubts her abilities and ponders quitting the sport altogether. Encouraged by her teammates, Lia harnesses the power of a kind mind and learns to embrace the balance beam as she does her birthmark. The Able Fables™ collection proudly represents characters with diverse abilities, empowering children, and their guardians to embrace inclusion and see first, ability.”,”Children’s Books Get Characters with Down

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