Disabilities: A Mile in My Shoes

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Whether you have a disability or affliction or you're just wondering what it's like, you'll relate to these junior and teen protagonists dealing with disabilities.

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Lilly keeps getting into trouble at school whenever Davy, a boy from the kindergarten class, asks her for help. He is blind and a lot smaller than her and her friends. His dream is to play soccer with the bigger boys and he wants to shoot a goal with Lilly as goalie. Lilly tries to distract him, but he persists and they find a way to play with Davy's special ball, but even this doesn't satisfy. Everyone has an idea of what's best for Davy. But Davy has his own ideas about what he can and…

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Lilly keeps getting into trouble at school whenever Davy, a boy from the kindergarten class, asks her for help. He is blind and a lot smaller than her and her friends. His dream is to play soccer with the bigger boys and he wants to shoot a goal with Lilly as goalie. Lilly tries to distract him, but he persists and they find a way to play with Davy's special ball, but even this doesn't satisfy. Everyone has an idea of what's best for Davy. But Davy has his own ideas about what he can and…

Moses goes to a special school, a school for the deaf. He and all of his classmates are deaf or hard-of-hearing, but that doesn't mean they don't have a lot to say to each other! They communicate in American Sign Language (ASL), using visual signs and facial expressions. Millman follows Moses through a school day, telling the story in pictures and written English, and in ASL, introducing hearing children to the signs for some of the key words and ideas. At the end is a favorite song in sign!

Availability: Moses goes to school / Isaac Millman.

Moses goes to a special school, a school for the deaf. He and all of his classmates are deaf or hard-of-hearing, but that doesn't mean they don't have a lot to say to each other! They communicate in American Sign Language (ASL), using visual signs and facial expressions. Millman follows Moses through a school day, telling the story in pictures and written English, and in ASL, introducing hearing children to the signs for some of the key words and ideas. At the end is a favorite song in sign!

Scully, a young hearing-impaired girl, wants to play outside in the rain, away from her brother Leo and her busy mother. She loves to feel the sensation of the rain running over her face. After escaping briefly to the wet green trees outside, she is grounded and not allowed to leave the house for a day. As evening approaches, Scully and her mother are able to share a special moment together watching the stars. Winner 1999 Governor General's Literary Award for Children's Literature.

Availability: A screaming kind of day / by Rachna Gilmore ; illustrated by Gordon Sauvé.

Scully, a young hearing-impaired girl, wants to play outside in the rain, away from her brother Leo and her busy mother. She loves to feel the sensation of the rain running over her face. After escaping briefly to the wet green trees outside, she is grounded and not allowed to leave the house for a day. As evening approaches, Scully and her mother are able to share a special moment together watching the stars. Winner 1999 Governor General's Literary Award for Children's Literature.

Cory has lots of stories to tell, and lots of ways to get organized, pay attention, caIm down, remember things, make friend, and feel good about himself and life with ADHD. In short statements and vignettes, Cory describes what it's like to have ADHD: how it affects his relationships with friends and family, his school performance, and his overall functioning. He also describes many ways of coping with ADHD: medication, therapy/counseling, and practical tips for school, home, and…

Availability: Cory stories : a kid's book about living with ADHD / by Jeanne Kraus ; illustrated by Whitney Martin.

Cory has lots of stories to tell, and lots of ways to get organized, pay attention, caIm down, remember things, make friend, and feel good about himself and life with ADHD. In short statements and vignettes, Cory describes what it's like to have ADHD: how it affects his relationships with friends and family, his school performance, and his overall functioning. He also describes many ways of coping with ADHD: medication, therapy/counseling, and practical tips for school, home, and…

When Will Halpin transfers from his all-deaf school into a mainstream Pennsylvania high school, he faces discrimination and bullying, but still manages to solve a mystery surrounding the death of a popular football player in his class.
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Availability: The dark days of Hamburger Halpin / Josh Berk.

When Will Halpin transfers from his all-deaf school into a mainstream Pennsylvania high school, he faces discrimination and bullying, but still manages to solve a mystery surrounding the death of a popular football player in his class.

At first, Trisha loves school, but her difficulty learning to read makes her feel dumb. 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.

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At first, Trisha loves school, but her difficulty learning to read makes her feel dumb. 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.

Normal. Who is to say what this word means? For Magda Newman, it was a goal. She wanted her son Nathaniel to be able to play on the playground, swim at the beach, enjoy the moments his friends took for granted. But Nathaniel's severe Treacher Collins syndrome-- a craniofacial condition-- meant that other concerns came first.  But Nathaniel looks at 'normal' from a completely different perspective. In this uplifting and humorous memoir mother and son tell the story of his growing up.
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Availability: Normal : one kid's extraordinary journey / by Magdalena and Nathaniel Newman, with Hilary Liftin ; illustrated by Neil Swaab.

Normal. Who is to say what this word means? For Magda Newman, it was a goal. She wanted her son Nathaniel to be able to play on the playground, swim at the beach, enjoy the moments his friends took for granted. But Nathaniel's severe Treacher Collins syndrome-- a craniofacial condition-- meant that other concerns came first. But Nathaniel looks at 'normal' from a completely different perspective. In this uplifting and humorous memoir mother and son tell the story of his growing up.

To tell you the truth, and this is no word of a lie, the story of Natalie's Glasses is about learning to see. But then again isn't everything? Natalie Whitman is nine years-old, in grade four, and attends Lunenburg Academy. Natalie wears glasses. What is important to mention is that she loses her glasses and the funny thing is only then could she see. This is an epic children's journey , a journey of discovery and belief in yourself. The spirit of Natalie Whitman triumphs in this battle.
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To tell you the truth, and this is no word of a lie, the story of Natalie's Glasses is about learning to see. But then again isn't everything? Natalie Whitman is nine years-old, in grade four, and attends Lunenburg Academy. Natalie wears glasses. What is important to mention is that she loses her glasses and the funny thing is only then could she see. This is an epic children's journey , a journey of discovery and belief in yourself. The spirit of Natalie Whitman triumphs in this battle.

Moses and his family are going to the circus. Not just any circus but the Big Apple's Circus of the Senses! In a single ring, there are acts by trapeze artists, acrobats, elephants, horses, and clowns, all specially designed for the deaf and hard-of-hearing and the blind. Moses's little sister, Renee, isn't deaf but is learning sign language, and Moses loves teaching her the signs for their day at the circus.  Detailed diagrams of the signs are included so that readers can learn along with…
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Availability: Moses goes to the circus / Isaac Millman.

Moses and his family are going to the circus. Not just any circus but the Big Apple's Circus of the Senses! In a single ring, there are acts by trapeze artists, acrobats, elephants, horses, and clowns, all specially designed for the deaf and hard-of-hearing and the blind. Moses's little sister, Renee, isn't deaf but is learning sign language, and Moses loves teaching her the signs for their day at the circus. Detailed diagrams of the signs are included so that readers can learn along with…

DeeDee's life is full of D's. Missing her dad, who's disappeared. Distracted by her sister's quinceañera and her brother dropping out of high school. Disappointing her family by struggling in her new school. Being diagnosed with diabetes. Then she meets River, her new neighbor with cochlear implants and finds they have the same interests. Art. Dance. Skateboarding. And they both miss their dads. But while DeeDee struggles to adjust, River embraces life, even his differences.

Availability: Another D for DeeDee / Bibi Belford.

DeeDee's life is full of D's. Missing her dad, who's disappeared. Distracted by her sister's quinceañera and her brother dropping out of high school. Disappointing her family by struggling in her new school. Being diagnosed with diabetes. Then she meets River, her new neighbor with cochlear implants and finds they have the same interests. Art. Dance. Skateboarding. And they both miss their dads. But while DeeDee struggles to adjust, River embraces life, even his differences.

Three years ago, aliens invaded Earth and abducted everyone they deemed useful. The only ones spared were those too young, too old, or too “disabled” to be of value. Living on Earth under the aliens’ harsh authoritarian rule, humanity’s rejects do their best to survive. Their captors never considered them a threat—until now.

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Three years ago, aliens invaded Earth and abducted everyone they deemed useful. The only ones spared were those too young, too old, or too “disabled” to be of value. Living on Earth under the aliens’ harsh authoritarian rule, humanity’s rejects do their best to survive. Their captors never considered them a threat—until now.

Biz insists she's fine. She has her mom, the twins, her best friend, and the new boy in town. But she also has her dad, who died when she was little, and a whole host of dark and runaway thoughts.

Biz insists she's fine. She has her mom, the twins, her best friend, and the new boy in town. But she also has her dad, who died when she was little, and a whole host of dark and runaway thoughts.

Twelve-year old Riley is in a treatment center, trying to recover from anorexia. But how can she get healthy when her roommate is breaking the rules and the real world is full of triggers?

Availability: Good enough / Jen Petro-Roy.

Twelve-year old Riley is in a treatment center, trying to recover from anorexia. But how can she get healthy when her roommate is breaking the rules and the real world is full of triggers?

Becky was once a promising young skating star, but these days she feels numb, disconnected, and very lonely. The only way she knows to relieve pressure is to cut herself. Will Becky have the strength to save another young athlete who's skating down the same path?

Availability: Scarred / Monique Polak.

Becky was once a promising young skating star, but these days she feels numb, disconnected, and very lonely. The only way she knows to relieve pressure is to cut herself. Will Becky have the strength to save another young athlete who's skating down the same path?

When Martin's grades continue to sink no matter how hard he tries, his father writes him off as lazy and just plain stupid. One night while out pursuing his passion on the city streets with his camera, Martin discovers parkour. He realizes that its flips and tricks, all jumbled up, fast-moving and out of order, reflect how he sees the world. Camera in hand, Martin sets out to make a video that will show his dad that he's not stupid after all.
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Availability: Stupid / Kim Firmston.

When Martin's grades continue to sink no matter how hard he tries, his father writes him off as lazy and just plain stupid. One night while out pursuing his passion on the city streets with his camera, Martin discovers parkour. He realizes that its flips and tricks, all jumbled up, fast-moving and out of order, reflect how he sees the world. Camera in hand, Martin sets out to make a video that will show his dad that he's not stupid after all.

R. J. . Palacio shows readers what it's like to live in Auggie's world--a world in which he feels like any other kid, but he's not always seen that way. We're All Wonders may be Auggie's story, but it taps into every child's longing to belong, and to be seen for who they truly are. It's the perfect way for families and educators to talk about empathy and kindness with young children.
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Availability: We're all wonders / written and illustrated by R.J. Palacio.

R. J. . Palacio shows readers what it's like to live in Auggie's world--a world in which he feels like any other kid, but he's not always seen that way. We're All Wonders may be Auggie's story, but it taps into every child's longing to belong, and to be seen for who they truly are. It's the perfect way for families and educators to talk about empathy and kindness with young children.