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International Day of People with Disabilities

Created by 49th Teachers
  • Age: 3 to 18
  • Grade: p to 12
tagged: Diversity and Inclusion
December 3rd is the International Day of People with Disabilities. It symbolizes the actions we should take every day, in order to create diverse and accepting communities. Enjoy this selection of books for grades K–12 to help cherish the role we all play, regardless of our abilities, and take on a commitment to create a more inclusive world.

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My Art, My World

by Rita Winkler, with Mark Winkler & Helen Winkler
edition: Hardcover
also available: eBook
  • age: 6 to 9
  • Grade: 1 to 4
tagged: special needs, parents, painting

Rita: Do we have any boxes?

Mom: Sure, Why do you need a box?

Rita: My teacher says I have to think outside the box!

Approaching her daily life with enthusiasm and humour, Rita rides public transit to her job working at a university coffee shop. She takes yoga and folk dance classes and enjoys drama and music at a day program, and she practices usi …

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Unstoppable

Women With Disabilities

by Helen Wolfe, illustrated by Karen Patkau
edition: Hardcover
also available: eBook
  • age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7
tagged: special needs, girls & women, diversity & multicultural

Around the world, people living with disabilities face barriers in the built environment, in employment and education, and in social attitudes and policies that can make it hard to live a full and satisfying life.

The ten women we meet in this book face physical and mental health challenges, some from birth and some who became disabled later in life …

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Harley the Hero

by Peggy Collins
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 4 to 7
  • Grade: k to 2
tagged: special needs, school & education, dogs

 

An exciting picture book inspired by a real-life classroom service dog with themes of friendship, neurodivergence, and courage

Harley the service dog is on the job! He goes to school every day with Ms. Prichard to make sure she feels safe. Their students are a lot of fun, but Harley can’t play with them while he's wearing his work vest. They writ …

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The Disability Experience

Working Toward Belonging

by Hannalora Leavitt, illustrated by Belle Wuthrich
edition: eBook
also available: Paperback
  • age: 12 to 18
  • Grade: 8 to 12
tagged: special needs, physical impairments, civil & human rights

People with disabilities (PWDs) have the same aspirations for their lives as you do for yours. The difference is that PWDs don’t have the same access to education, employment, housing, transportation and healthcare in order to achieve their goals. In The Disability Experience you’ll meet people with different kinds of disabilities, and you'll b …

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Body Image

Deal with it because all bodies are great bodies

by Tierra Hohn, illustrated by Marne Grahlman
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 9 to 14
  • Grade: 4 to 9
tagged: social topics, emotions & feelings, self-esteem & self-reliance, bullying

Too fat, too thin. Muffin top, flat bum, thunder thighs, spaghetti arms. From an early age, kids learn they are judged for how they look. Both boys and girls are bombarded with messages of what they should look like and are shamed for not measuring up. When kids encounter conflict based on stereotypes of body image, they need the understanding and …

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Tony's Wheels

by Mila Bongco-Philipzig, illustrated by Michael Parillas
edition: Paperback
  • age: 5 to 9
  • Grade: k to 4
tagged: southeast asian languages, disability sports, canada, stepfamilies, english as a second language, emigration & immigration, special needs, non-classifiable

Inspired by a true story, Tony’s Wheels follows a boy who moves to Canada from the Philippines and becomes successful in wheelchair racing. He becomes so good he gets to join the National Canadian Team. While competing internationally, Tony meets para-athletes from his old country and notices that their equipment is old and heavy. Tony wins the r …

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Oh Brother

by Sonya Spreen Bates
edition: eBook
also available: Paperback
  • age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7
tagged: special needs, bullying, friendship

Moving to a new city and a new school is never easy. So Lauren is relieved when Callie, Treena and Maddy welcome her into their group. But then Lauren witnesses their reaction to a first grader in a wheelchair. That boy is her little brother, Will. But she’s afraid that if she tells them, they may not want to be friends with her.

Soon Lauren finds …

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Funny, You Don't Look Autistic

A Comedian's Guide to Life on the Spectrum

by Michael McCreary
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook Audiobook
  • age: 12 to 18
  • Grade: 7 to 12
tagged: performing arts, special needs, humor

Like many others on the autism spectrum, 20-something stand-up comic Michael McCreary has been told by more than a few well-meaning folks that he doesn’t “look” autistic. But, as he’s quick to point out in this memoir, autism “looks” different for just about everyone with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

Diagnosed with ASD at age five, Mc …