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National Accessibility Week: K–12 Books

Created by 49th Teachers
  • Age: 4 to 18
  • Grade: p to 12
tagged: diversity, inclusion, accessibility, diversity and inclusion
A selection of books to help classrooms and libraries celebrate and learn about National Accessibility Week (May 27–June 2, 2019).

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Kasey & Ivy

by Alison Hughes
edition: Paperback
  • age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7
tagged: humorous stories, diseases, illnesses & injuries, friendship

Through twenty-six letters to her friend Nina, twelve-year-old Kasey chronicles the often humorous observations and impressions of her unexpected, month-long stay in a geriatric ward for the treatment of a rare but treatable bone disease ("osteo-something-something-itis"). Kasey tries to make her life less dull by wearing her own nightgowns, surrou …

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On the Spectrum

by Jennifer Gold
edition: eBook
also available: Paperback Audiobook
  • age: 12 to 17
  • Grade: 8 to 12
tagged: disabilities & special needs, eating disorders & body image, siblings

Growing up in the shadow of a famous mother, Clara has never felt good about her body. Now, at sixteen, she has an unhealthy obsession with healthy eating. After a social media disaster, she decides to escape for the summer to Paris to stay with her estranged dad and her six-year-old brother, Alastair, who is on the autism spectrum. Charged with hi …

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Caterpillars Can't Swim

by Liane Shaw
edition: eBook
also available: Paperback
  • age: 13 to 18
  • Grade: 8 to 12
tagged: disabilities & special needs, lgbt, bullying

Ryan finds his freedom in the water, where he is not bound by gravity and his wheelchair. When he rescues his schoolmate, Jack, from the water their lives become connected, whether they like it or not. Ryan keeps Jack's secret about that day in the water, but he knows that Jack needs help. The school is full of rumors about Jack's sexuality, and he …

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New Hands, New Life

Robots, Prostheses and Innovation

by Jan Andrysek & Alex Mihailidis
edition: Hardcover
also available: Paperback
  • age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7
tagged: inventions

Everyone uses machines in our daily life -- cars, buses and bikes; computers and phones; washing machines and dryers. Another type of machine is an "assistive technology". These enable a man missing a leg to walk, a woman missing an arm to hold objects, and a child in a wheelchair to play a sport.

New Hands, New Life offers young readers the opport …

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Stick Pick

by Steven Sandor
edition: eBook
also available: Paperback
  • age: 10 to 13
  • Grade: 3
tagged: special needs, diseases, illnesses & injuries, self-esteem & self-reliance, hockey

Star player Janine leads her hockey team to victory at the provincial championships. But on the way home from the game, a car accident leaves her paralyzed from the waist down. Her best friend and teammate, Rowena, urges Janine to look into sledge hockey. Adapting to her new life, Janine meets frustration at every turn. Soon Janine begins to apprec …

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Macy McMillan and the Rainbow Goddess

by Shari Green
edition: Hardcover
also available: Paperback eBook
  • age: 8 to 12
  • Grade: 3 to 7
tagged: stepfamilies, special needs, stories in verse, friendship

Winner of the 2018 ALA Schneider Family Book Award, Middle Grade Books category

Sixth grade is coming to an end, and so is life as Macy McMillan knows it. Already a "For Sale" sign mars the front lawn of her beloved house. Soon her mother will upend their perfect little family, adding a stepfather and six-year-old twin stepsisters. To add insult to …

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Sidewalk Flowers

by JonArno Lawson, illustrated by Sydney Smith
edition: Hardcover
also available: eBook
  • age: 4 to 7
  • Grade: p to 2
tagged: imagination & play, parents

Winner of the Governor General's Literary Award for Children's Illustrated Book

A New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Book of the Year

In this wordless picture book, a little girl collects wildflowers while her distracted father pays her little attention. Each flower becomes a gift, and whether the gift is noticed or ignored, both giver and re …