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Disability in Children's Literature Toolkit

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Use these resources to help choose inclusive literature that celebrates diverse abilities.

Project ENABLE- professional online development for teachers, librarians. Project ENABLE- professional online development for teachers, librarians. Serving Children with Disabilities in Libraries: A Beginner’s Guide. Where should I begin?

Serving Children with Disabilities in Libraries: A Beginner’s Guide

This can sometimes be the most challenging part about developing library services to children with disabilities. In fact, the most common question I receive is about where to start. While there isn’t a one-stop-shop when it comes to expanding your knowledge in this area, I’m pleased to say that there is a plethora of resources out there that can help you on your journey to becoming an advocate for children with disabilities.

Basically, what that means is that the first step is to learn. And you’re in luck–here are some of my favorite resources to help you do just that! Books We are librarians, after all. Articles Because sometimes you don’t have time to read an entire book. Find a Children's Book to Explain Disabilities to Your Child or Classmates : Friendship Circle — Special Needs Blog. Maybe you’re searching for a special needs children’s book that allows your child to see a character that looks like him or her.

Find a Children's Book to Explain Disabilities to Your Child or Classmates : Friendship Circle — Special Needs Blog

Or maybe you’re anticipating making a presentation to your child’s classroom and hope to find books that will help the other kids with understanding and acceptance. This Friendship Circle blog has many posts that round up just the kind of children’s books you’re looking for, and we’ve gathered them here in one place for browsing convenience. Click on the title of the post to read more about the books included, or click on the title of the book to go buy it right away. Disability Awareness for Children Pre-K through Sixth Grade - National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled (NLS) Introduction Disability Awareness for Children Pre-K through Sixth Grade is a descriptive listing of books, games, and activities that educate children with and without disabilities on disability awareness, people-first language, sign language, and braille.

Disability Awareness for Children Pre-K through Sixth Grade - National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled (NLS)

The juvenile fiction and nonfiction chosen for this guide provides positive representations of adults and children with disabilities. Characters with disabilities are portrayed as part of a diverse group of disabled and non-disabled peers who participate in daily activities and overcome barriers. Nonfiction texts focus on an array of disabilities including learning impairment, autism and Asperger syndrome, cerebral palsy and motor impairment, and sight and hearing impairment. The first section highlights pre-K through sixth grade literature available in digital audio, braille, and print/braille formats from The National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled. Table of Contents Adam Zigzag by Barbara Barrie Franklin D.

Zoom! Children’s Books: Portrayals of People with Disabilities. A Boy Called Bat (2017) Walden Pond Elana K.

Children’s Books: Portrayals of People with Disabilities

Arnold/ Charles Santoso Bat becomes obsessed with a baby skunk brought home by his veterinarian mother. A Certain October (2012) Simon & Schuster Scotty feels responsible for a train crash involving herself, her friend, and her brother. A Friend for Henry (2019) Chronicle. Disability in Kidlit — Reviews, articles, and more about the portrayal of disabilities in children's fiction. Disability Studies Quarterly. Special Needs Book Review. Disability in Kidlit’s books on Goodreads (789 books) Creatability. Who made these?

Creatability

Schneider Family Book Award. Dolly Gray Children's Literature Award. Honor Roll. The Disability in Kidlit Honor Roll is a list of young adult and middle grade novels we enthusiastically recommend.

Honor Roll

All titles have been thoroughly vetted by disabled readers. For more information, please see our Honor Roll FAQ. You may also suggest novels that would be a good fit for the list. If you want to stay up-to-date on new additions to the Honor Roll, please subscribe to our newsletter. We also have a list with UK editions only. Author: Adam SilveraPublisher: Soho Teen (2017)ISBN: 9781616956929Griffin struggles with the death of his ex-boyfriend Theo and his relationship with Theo's new boyfriend Jackson. The Alienating Lack of Disability Representation in Literature. As a kid, I read and wrote constantly.

I was born with cerebral palsy, which affects my balance and mobility. When I wasn’t at physical therapy, I had a lot of extra time to read while my non-disabled classmates were playing sports. I always wanted to write to convey my unique experiences of growing up disabled. However, I almost never saw disabled characters represented in literature. Like most people in my age group, I loved the Harry Potter series. Yet I noticed that, apparently, none of Harry ‘s classmates were disabled. The first fictional, disability representation that I ever encountered was Robin, the young protagonist of The Door in the Wall by Marguerite de Angeli. Empowering Kids Books About Disability: Stories About Inclusion & Disability Rights - Books For Littles.

[Featured Image Description: Book cover for Rosie The Raven, by Helga Bansch.

Empowering Kids Books About Disability: Stories About Inclusion & Disability Rights - Books For Littles

The rest of the images in this post are book covers from the preceding text]. Respectful Representations of Disability in Picture Books - Pennell - 2018 - The Reading Teacher - Wiley Online Library. Introduction to Disability Terminology. Language is complicated.

Introduction to Disability Terminology

Language relating to marginalized groups, doubly so. Using the wrong term can cause individual harm and perpetuate oppression on a larger scale. Much of our everyday language is casually ableist, and this translates to ableist language in novels, whether the novel features disabled characters or not. Sometimes, these words are intentionally included to make a point.

Other times, the author uses them unthinkingly, perhaps not even aware that certain terms are ableist in the first place. With this article, we don’t want to tell authors what to do. Ibby. Upon completion of extensive renovations, the well-known Canadian comedian, TV presenter and writer Rick Mercer, spent a day at the the North York Branch of the Toronto Public Library, where the IBBY Collection is hosted.

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Our own Leigh Turina the children’s librarian and project leader for the IBBY Collection features in this short clip: A Day in the Life at TPL with Rick Mercer Presentation (Part 1 and Part 2) by Philipp Claudet of Les Doigts Qui Revênt on acceptance of the 2018 IBBY-Asahi Reading Promotion Award, Athens, Greece August 2018 Bookbird, Volume 2013/4 Letters: The IBBY Documentation Centre of Books for Disabled Young People: A Short Overview by Heidi Boiesen Bookbird Volume 49, Number 3, July 2011, "Barrier-Free Books from Around the World"- IBBY traveling exhibitions come to Japan, Hisako Kakuage, pp. 61-66.