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Disability Pride Recommendations for Kindergarten - 3rd Grade

My Three Best Friends And Me, Zulay
Best, Cari.
"Zulay is a blind girl who longs to be able to run in the race on field and track day at her school"-- Provided by publisher.
Mr. Summerling's Secret Code
Butler, Dori Hillestad, author.
"Join Marly, Isla, and Sai, three code-cracking kids on the hunt for an old neighbor's hidden treasure"--Provided by publisher.
Janine
Cocca-Leffler, Maryann, 1958- author.
"Janine is one of a kind. She focuses on the positive while navigating life with disabilities. She makes a difference just by being herself" --Publisher description.
We Want To Go To School! : The Fight For Disability Rights
Cocca-Leffler, Maryann, 1958- author.
"There was a time in the United States when children with disabilities weren't allowed to go to public school. But in 1971, seven kids and their families wanted to do something about it. They knew that every child had a right to an equal education, so they went to court to fight for that right. The case Mills v. Board of Education of the District of Columbia led to laws ensuring children with disabilities would receive a free public education. Janine Leffler, one of the millions of kids who attended school as a result of these laws, tells the true story of this landmark case"-- Provided by publisher.
We Move Together
Fritsch, Kelly, author.
A bold and colorful exploration of all the ways that people navigate through the spaces around them, and a celebration of the relationships we build along the way. We Move Together follows a mixed-ability group of kids as they creatively negotiate everyday barriers, and find joy and connection in disability culture and community. A perfect tool for families, schools, and libraries to facilitate conversations about disability, accessibility, social justice, and community building. Includes a kid-friendly glossary.
Out Into The Big Wide Lake
Harbridge, Paul, author.
"A picture book about a girl who spends the summer with her family at a lake and learns to become more self-reliant."-- Provided by publisher.
King For A Day
Khan, Rukhsana, 1962- author.
"Even though he is confined to a wheelchair, a Pakistani boy tries to capture the most kites during Basant, the annual spring kite festival, and become "king" for the day. Includes an afterword about the Basant festival"--Provided by publisher.
Too Sticky! : Sensory Issues With Autism
Malia, Jen, author.
With help from her family and teacher, Holly overcomes her dislike of having sticky hands to participate in a science experiment. Includes author's note about living with autism and sensory issues and a recipe for making slime.
All The Way To The Top : How One Girl's Fight For Americans With Disabilities Changed Everything
Pimentel, Annette Bay, author.
"Diagnosed with cerebral palsy at birth, Jennifer Keelan grew up battling-and overcoming-the limitations others set for her. From a lack of cutaway curbs and bus lifts to being denied enrollment at her neighborhood school, Jennifer was continually blocked from living the life she wanted. But after discovering the world of disability rights activism, she knew she had to use her voice to change things. When Jennifer was just eight years old, she participated in the Capitol Crawl. The deeply affecting image of Jennifer crawling up the steps of Capitol Hill went viral and helped pressure Congress into passing the Americans with Disabilities Act. A powerfully illustrated biography of Jennifer's life and a celebration of youth activism, All the Way to the Top will teach all children that they have the power to make a difference"-- Provided by publisher.
The Mitten String
Rosner, Jennifer, author.
Ruthie Tober's family is known for the beautiful, warm mittens they knit, and when she and her mother meet a deaf woman and her baby and give them shelter, Ruthie decides to design very special mittens for them.
I Talk Like A River
Scott, Jordan, 1978- author.
When a child has a "bad speech day" at school, his father gives him a new perspective on his stuttering.
Just Ask! : Be Different, Be Brave, Be You
Sotomayor, Sonia, 1954- author.
In this creative non-fiction story, Sonia and her friends plant a garden, and each one contributes in his or her own special way, in a book that celebrates the many differences among humans. In this warm and inclusive story by U.S. Supreme Justice Sonia Sotomayor, inspired by her own childhood diagnosis of diabetes, readers join along as differently abled kids use their strengths to work together and learn about each other.
Abdul's Story
Thompkins-Bigelow, Jamilah, author.
Abdul loves telling stories but thinks his messy handwriting and spelling mistakes will keep him from becoming an author, until Mr. Muhammad visits and encourages him to persist.

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