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Young children with a variety of disabilities are shown to like the same things that all children do.
Lively color photographs and straightforward text show the adaptability of six diverse children with physical disabilities. In the Let’s Talk About It series.
A visually impaired second-grader describes how she and her classmates live normal lives with various vision problems.
Wonderfully diverse hands demonstrate each letter of the manual alphabet used in American Sign Language, while the colored pencil drawings suggest objects from A to Z.
A young boy with cerebral palsy tells how a wheelchair helps him lead a much fuller life.
A young girl born without one hand describes how her electric “helper hand” was made and how it works.
Three young people and one adult live normal, active lives despite their diabetes. Other subjects in the Living With series: blindness, cerebral palsy, deafness, epilepsy and Down syndrome.
In their own words, children explain what it’s like dealing with attention-deficit disorder. Bright, upbeat photographs personalize their explanations.
In her youth, Mexican painter Frida Kahlo overcame polio and a debilitating accident to create unique and renowned art. (also available in Spanish)
Because of his own blindness, a young Frenchman created an alphabet used by the blind to read and write. Includes actual raised dot letters and numbers.
Wilma Rudolph overcame polio to win three Gold Medals in track at the 1960 Olympics.
A boy with muscular dystrophy appreciates the dog trained to help him with tasks such as turning on lights and answering the telephone.
An African boy who can’t walk saves his village during a fierce storm with the help of his dog.
A boy, born without a lower left arm, stands up for a quiet classmate and wins over the class bully. The three become good friends.
A young boy’s mother takes him everywhere in her wheelchair, “a zooming machine.”
Kids with blindness, spina bifida, Down syndrome and cerebral palsy show what they can do. (also available in Spanish)
This simple counting book introduces numbers from 1 to 20 using photographs of children with Down syndrome. Companion to ABC for You and Me (2000).
Deafness does not prevent a young boy from enjoying a glorious sunrise at the beach with his father.
A day in the life of a Labrador guide dog for Sarah who, although blind, teaches dance and music. Based on a true story.
Sarah bravely explains what happened the day before when her older sister had an epileptic seizure at school.
Ben, who suffers from stuttering, must speak up in order to save the guard dog he befriended at the junkyard.
Ian sees, hears, smells and feels everything his older sisters do when they go to the park, but because of autism, his reactions are somewhat different.
A class of deaf children takes a field trip to the symphony and makes a surprising discovery. Told in pictures, text and American Sign Language. Followed by Moses Goes to School (2000).
Patty Jean tries her older sister’s wheelchair and discovers it’s not the royal throne she imagined.
A girl tells about the everyday activities of her younger, hearing impaired sister. Based on the author’s own experiences. (also available in Chinese)
In this autobiographical picture story, a girl with an unnamed learning disability finally learns to read. (also available in Spanish)
With mixed emotions, Carly helps her mentally challenged brother prepare to compete in the Special Olympics.
A storm knocks out the lights, and Sarah, blind since birth, takes charge to help her frightened cousins who are spending the night.
Lively illustrations and simple, rhyming text describe Susan’s active life. She sings and swims, she rides and hides. In the last illutration she’s shown in her wheelchair.
Kids ask questions of an author who has been blind for more than 20 years, questions such as, “Do people treat you differently?”
Four children talk about living with a special needs parent - one blind, one deaf, one wheelchair bound and one a dwarf.
Fifty-three short biographies of people who have overcome different kinds of disabilities to do great things with their lives.
Ten kids answer questions about their various disabilities, including brittle bone disease, fetal alcohol syndrome and hemophilia. Elementary school students in the Westridge Young Writers Workshop are responsible for this candid exploration.
Introduces Kenny and clearly explains the symptoms, cause, treatment and prognosis of his condition. Other subjects in the Health Watch series: arthritis, asthma, attention-deficit disorder, bipolar disorder and depression, diabetes, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis and muscular dystrophy.
Photo essay that introduces a teenage quadriplegic and the capuchin monkey which has been trained to help him.
Chronicles the life of the popular Grammy-winning composer, pianist and singer who was born blind. Part of the Overcoming Adversity series.
Inspiring introduction to a young people’s dance troupe that combines stand-up dancers and sit-down dancers in their wheelchairs.
Succinct descriptions of special athletes. Included are baseball’s Jim Abbott (born with one hand) and pro golfer Casey Martin (who uses a motorized cart because of a circulatory leg disability).
A children’s writer recalls living away from home at a special hospital where she received rigorous rehabilitation at age 12.
The story of the deaf and blind girl taught to communicate by finger-spelling. She is known worldwide for her intelligence, determination and activism.
At age 39, while a state senator in New York, Roosevelt contracted polio, but he continued in politics and became the 32nd President of the United States.
A sixth grade boy hates school, but his attitude improves once he is diagnosed with dyslexia.
A 12-year-old deaf boy balks at daily speech therapy sessions during summer vacation until a scary encounter with smugglers underscores the importance of communication.
When a 13-year-old discovers she has scoliosis, a curvature of the spine, dreams of becoming a model must be put on hold.
A teenage girl is transformed when her younger brother with special needs disappears while trying to find the swans he had seen the day before.
Paralyzed by a car accident and his subsequent anger, a 12-year-old boy grows more positive when he begins to play wheelchair basketball.
Helen fears that her limited ability to read will keep her in sixth grade forever, until a new teacher recognizes that she is dyslexic.
A visually impaired Native American boy earns the name “Sees Behind Trees” by using his other senses to “see what can’t be seen.”
Joey is a “wired up mess” who tells what it’s like to have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Followed by Joey Pigza Loses Control (2000).
Jacob struggles with severe asthma. He also struggles with his family and everyone at his new school to be treated as a regular kid.
Tiger Ann Parker, a straight A student, learns to lovingly accept her mentally challenged parents in this touching coming-of-age story.
A wheelchair bound teacher, Mrs. Olinski, returns to teaching after a car accident and shapes four sixth graders into a victorious academic bowl team.
Groundbreaking novel about four outcasts who build a rowboat over the summer. One boy is mentally retarded and another has cerebral palsy. Reissued edition.
A sophomore in high school begins the slow, agonizing adjustment to life after having her leg amputated below the knee.