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A Sky-Blue Bench

by Bahram Rahman & Peggy Collins
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 5 to 8
  • Grade: 1 to 3
tagged: special needs, self-esteem & self-reliance, school & education, diversity & multicultural

It's Afghani schoolgirl Aria's first day back at school since her accident. She's excited, but she's also worried about sitting on the hard floor all day with her new prosthetic "helper-leg."

Just as Aria feared, sitting on the floor is so uncomfortable that she can't think about learning at all. She knows that before the war changed many things in …

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Itani Finds His Way

Inuktitut Edition

by Emily Jackson, illustrated by Jesus Lopez
edition: Paperback
  • age: 8 to 10
  • Grade: 3 to 5
tagged: native canadian, polar regions, emotions & feelings, special needs

Itani is excited to go to camp for the summer! He has had a challenging school year, especially in math. His friends seem to understand things really quickly, but he has a hard time with it. He is looking forward to having fun at camp and not thinking about math! But when he gets to camp, he finds that new challenges keep coming up. See how his cou …

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Meranda and the Legend of the Lake

by Meagan Mahoney
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 8 to 12
  • Grade: 3 to 12
tagged: mysteries & detective stories, mermaids, multigenerational, special needs

Anne of Green Gables meets Song for a Whale with a touch of Nancy Drew in this debut middle-grade mystery

"Mahoney’s debut novel combines the fantastical and contemporary to create an accessible story for young readers ... An intriguing mystery set in the mythical backdrop of a coastal Canadian town, starring an unstoppable girl driven by curiosi …

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Shadow

by Mere Joyce
edition: Paperback
also available: Paperback eBook
  • age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7
tagged: mysteries & detective stories, special needs, film

Fourteen-year-old Preston Craft is organizing a film festival for his school's film club when a crime occurs.

One of the films goes missing two days before the festival begins, Preston is convinced it was stolen and is determined to get it back. The only indication of the theft is a suspicious shadow that Preston noticed right before he discovered t …

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Tommy Tempete

by Jean Luc Trudel & Audrey Long
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 4 to 8
  • Grade: p to 3
tagged: special needs

Between Aurélie and Tommy, there is pizza, playing...and dancing hands!

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A Kid Is a Kid Is a Kid - Braille Edition

by Sara O'Leary, illustrated by Qin Leng
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 3 to 6
  • Grade: p to 1
tagged: self-esteem & self-reliance, friendship, special needs, diversity & multicultural

In this companion to the enormously popular A Family Is a Family Is a Family, a group of kids share the silly questions they always hear, as well as the questions they would rather be asked about themselves.

Being the new kid is hard, a child in the school playground tells us. I can think of better things to ask than if I’m a boy or a girl. Anothe …

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A Kid Is a Kid Is a Kid

read by Sara O'Leary, illustrated by Qin Leng
edition: eBook
  • age: 3 to 6
  • Grade: p to 1
tagged: special needs, friendship, self-esteem & self-reliance, diversity & multicultural

In this companion to the enormously popular A Family Is a Family Is a Family, a group of kids share the silly questions they always hear, as well as the questions they would rather be asked about themselves.

Being the new kid is hard, a child in the school playground tells us. I can think of better things to ask than if I’m a boy or a girl. Anothe …

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A Calf for Olive

by Cheryl Dawn Buchan
edition: Paperback
  • age: 6 to 10
  • Grade: 1 to 5
tagged: special needs, chapter books, farm & ranch life

Olive is devastated when she overhears a kid at school making fun of her for wanting to raise a calf for the 4-H calf competition. They think she can't possibly do it because she has cerebral palsy. But, with the love and support from her family and friends, Olive develops a strong bond with a Jersey calf and draws on her problem-solving skills to …

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