Matching children with special needs to books and stories that will motivate and engage them, this book is a valuable collection for any parent, grandparent, caregiver, or teacher who lives or works with young people who have disabilities. This vast and varied selection of books offers individuals who may be isolated by their differences the security and companionship of stories they can identify with. Describing more than 100 stories featuring characters who have disabilities--from physical handicaps, ADHD, Asperger's syndrome, and dyslexia to survivors of psychological or physical trauma--the guide points to narratives that can help make these conditions understandable and familiar. Selecting books that dissolve limitations and spark the imagination, this resource helps all kinds of adults and children empathize and truly connect.
"I heard myself say, "I must reread this, and read that, and..."A terrific guide and the commentary is to the point and spot on." -- Jack Gantos, author, The Rotten Ralph, Jack Henry & Joey Pigza "This book is a wonderful resource for teachers and school librarians!" -- Laurie Halse Anderson, best-selling children's author, Speak
Alison Follos is the author of "Reviving Reading," and has contributed to numerous publications, including "Library Media Connection," "School Library Journal," and "Voice of Youth Advocate." She lives in upstate New York.