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Ely Library at Westfield State University
My Friend Isabelle by Eliza Woloson; Bryan Gough (Illustrator, Translator)
Call Number: PZ1000.W79 My 2003
Isabelle and Charlie are friends. They both like to draw, dance, read, and play at the park. They both like to eat Cheerios. They both cry if their feelings are hurt. And like most friends, they are also different from each other. Isabelle has Down syndrome. Charlie doesn't. Written by Isabelle's mother, this charming tale encourages readers to think about what makes a friendship special.
We'll Paint the Octopus Red by Stephanie Stuve-Bodeen; Pamela DeVito (Illustrator)
Call Number: PZ1000.B63515 We 1998
As six-year-old Emma anticipates the birth of her new baby brother or sister, she vividly imagines all of the things they can do together. Emma feels ready to be a big sister! Then when the baby is born, her dad tells her that it's a boy and he has something called Down syndrome. Finally she asks, "If Isaac has this Down thing, then what can't he do?". Her dad thinks about it, then tells her that as long as they are patient with him, and help him when he needs it, there probably isn't anything Isaac can't do.
Don't Call Me Special by Pat Thomas; Lesley Harker (Illustrator)
Call Number: HV903 .T56 2002
This book starts off by smashing stereotypes and common assumptions about people with disabilities. The book goes on to show a few different examples of disabilities and presents the idea that some people with disabilities might not like being called or thought of as special. After all, aren't we all unique in our own right, with different strengths and weaknesses? This book shows the positives of inclusion in schools and would a great addition to a lower-grade elementary school classroom or library.
Roll with It by Jamie Sumner
Call Number: PZ7.S95 Rol 2019
Ellie is an irrepressible girl with cerebral palsy whose life takes an unexpected turn when she moves to a new town.When Ellie and her mom move so they can help take care of her ailing grandpa, Ellie has to start all over again in a new town at a new school. Except she's not just the new kid--she's the new kid in the wheelchair who lives in the trailer park on the wrong side of town. It all feels like one challenge too many, until Ellie starts to make her first-ever friends.
The Man Who Loved Clowns by June Rae Wood
Call Number: PZ7.W84965 Man 1992
Delrita likes being invisible. If no one notices her, then no one will notice her uncle Punky either. Punky is a grown man with a child's mind. Delrita loves him dearly and can't stand people making fun of his Down's syndrome.