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Ely Library at Westfield State University
Rainbow Joe and Me by Maria Diaz Strom (Illustrator)
Call Number: PZ1000.S89 Rai 1999
A young girl learns the power of imagination from her blind neighbor, Rainbow Joe. Strom debuts with a determinedly exuberant book about a cool young African American artist, Eloise, whose fondness for bold colors and boldly outlined shapes is happily echoed in the full-bleed acrylic spreads. This exploration of sensory differences and similarities is enlightening and enchanting' - Kirkus Reviews'
Listen by Shannon Stocker; Devon Holzwarth (Illustrator)
Call Number: CT4300.G60 S76 2022
* Schneider Family Book Award Winner * A gorgeous and empowering picture book biography about Evelyn Glennie, a deaf woman, who became the first full-time solo percussionist in the world. She played the piano by ear at age eight, and the clarinet by age ten. But soon, the nerves in her ears began to deteriorate, and Evelyn was told that, as a deaf girl, she could never be a musician. What sounds Evelyn couldn't hear with her ears, though, she could feel resonate through her body as if she, herself, were a drum.
El Deafo by Cece Bell; David Lasky (Illustrator)
Call Number: CT4300.B443 B44 2014
New York Times Bestseller A 2015 Newbery Honor Book Going to school and making new friends can be tough. But going to school and making new friends while wearing a bulky hearing aid strapped to your chest? That requires superpowers! In this funny, poignant graphic novel memoir, author/illustrator Cece Bell chronicles her hearing loss at a young age and her subsequent experiences with the Phonic Ear, a very powerful--and very awkward--hearing aid.
From Anna by Jean Little; Joan Sandin (Illustrator)
Call Number: PZ7.L7225 Fr 1972
Anna is the clumsy member of the Solden family. She bumps into tables and she can't read the blackboard at school. Soon after her arrival in Canada she is diagnosed as being vision-impaired. Suddenly her clumsiness and learning difficulties can be explained.
Hannah by Gloria Whelan; Leslie Bowman (Illustrator)
Call Number: PZ7.W5718 Han 1991
Nine-year-old Hannah would do almost anything to go to school with all the other children in town. But Hannah is blind, and her parents keep her at home, where she is safe. Then Lydia Robbin, a strong-willed teacher, comes to town and convinces Hannah's parents to send her to school. At first Hannah is overjoyed. But she soon learns that there are many obstacles--and people--that stand in her way.
Sees Behind Trees by Michael Dorris
Call Number: PZ7.D7287 Sj 1996
Set in 16th century America, this richly imagined and gorgeously written rite-of-passage story has the gravity of legend . . . Dorris once again demonstrates that he is a brilliant and deeply humane writer whose words can show you something you have never seen.--Booklist, starred review.
Singing Hands by Delia Ray
Call Number: PZ7.R1976 Si 2006
As one of three hearing daughters of deaf parents, 12-year-old Gussie Davis is expected to be a proper representative of Saint Jude's Church for the Deaf in Birmingham, Alabama, which is run by her father. So when Gussie starts to hum through signed services in the summer of 1948, Reverend Davis assumes she merely wants to sing out loud and sends her to a regular church downtown. Rebelling against the strict rules of the school, Gussie finally confronts the difficulties and prejudices encountered by the deaf community, all while still trying to find her own identity in the worlds of both the hearing and the deaf.
The Orange Houses by Paul Griffin
Call Number: PZ7.G881 Or 2009
Tamika Sykes, AKA Mik, is hearing impaired and way too smart for her West Bronx high school. She copes by reading lips and selling homework answers, and looks forward to the time each day when she can be alone in her room drawing. She's a tough girl who mostly keeps to herself and can shut anyone out with the click of her hearing aid. But then she meets Fatima, a teenage refugee who sells newspapers, and Jimmi, a homeless vet who is shunned by the rest of the community, and her life takes an unexpected turn.