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Childrens Books

These books featuring characters with disabilities for preschool through elementary grades. See below for middle school level.

Adler, David A. A picture book of Louis Braille. Holiday House, 1997. Children's biography of Braille.

Berenstains, The. The Berenstain Bears and the Wheelchair Commando. Random House, 1993. New student challenges bully to game of wheelchair basketball and makes a friend.

Bornstein, Harry and Karen L. Saulnier. Nursery rhymes from Mother Goose. Kendall Green Publications, 1992. Nursery rhymes in Signed English.

Bowen, Andy Russell. A world of knowing: a story about Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet. Minneapolis: Carolrhoda Books, 1995. Children's biography of the pioneer of public deaf education in America.

Carlson, Nancy. Arnie and the New Kid. Picture Puffins, 1990. Bully teases a kid who uses a wheelchair, until he breaks his leg and they become friends.

Carter, Alden R. Big brother Dustin. Albert Whitman & Co., 1997. Picture book about a child (with Down syndrome) becoming a big brother.

Caseley, Judith. Harry and Willy and Carrothead. Greenwillow Books, 1991. Boy with artificial leg, one with red hair, and a teaser become friends.

Condra, Estelle and Linda Crockett-Blassingame. See the Ocean. Ideals Childrens Books, 1994. When fog rolls in, a blind girl wins the family competition to be the first to see the ocean on the way to the beach.

Fenner, Carol. Yolanda's Genius. Aladdin Paperbacks, 1997. Girl tries to help her brother, who doesn't talk much or read well, but plays the harmonica beautifully. A Newbury Honor book.

Fleming, Virginia. Be good to Eddie Lee. Philomel Books, 1993. Girl learns to value her neighbor when Eddie, who has Down syndrome, guards ducks from another boy who would torment them.

Hanson, Reina. The face at the window. Clarion Books, 1997. With her parents' help, a young girl in Jamaica gets over her fear of an elderly neighbor with mental illness.

Hines, Anna Grossnickle. Gramma's walk. Greenwillow Books, 1993. Boy and grandmother (who uses a wheelchair) go on imaginary walks.

Hoffinan, Alice. Fireflies. Disney Press, 1997. A boy is ridiculed for his clumsiness until he solves the mystery of the missing fireflies.

Kirk, Daniel. Breakfast at the Liberty Diner. Hyperion Books, 1997. A boy is breakfasting with his family when President Roosevelt, on a political stop, sees him and encourages him to think big, despite his leg brace.

Konigsburg, E.L. The View from Saturday. A teacher recovering from a disabling accident coaches an unusual academic bowl team. By the author of From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler.

Krishner, Trudy. Kathy’s hats: a story of hope. Albert Whitman & Co., 1992. Girl thinks of all the hats she has worn and will wear, including the ones she wears now, when she has cancer.

Lee, Jeanne M. Silent Lotus. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 199 1. Deaf girl in Kampuchea earns fame and respect as a temple dancer.

Martin, Bill, Jr. and John Archambault. Knots on a counting rope. Henry Holt & Co., Inc. 1987. Blind Native American boy gains confidence with the help of his grandfather. A Reading Rainbow book.

Millman, Isaac. Moses goes to a concert. Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1998. A boy and his friends go to a concert, where the percussionist, like them, is deaf.

Moon, Nicola. Lucy's picture. Picture Puffins, 1997. While the other children paint, a girl makes a collage so her grandfather, who is blind, can appreciate her art when he visits the school.

O'Shaughnessy, Ellen. Somebody called me a retard today ... and my heart felt sad. Walker and Co., 1992. Girl is saddened by teasing, even though she knows her own worth.

Okamoto, Jean Davies. A place for Grace. Sasquatch Books, 1993. A stray dog (who appears to have some learning disabilities of her own) finds success as a hearing assistance dog.

Polacco, Patricia. Thank you, Mr. Falker. Philomel Books, 1998. Girl is excited about learning to read, but find the letters and numbers in her book look all jumbled up.

Rabe, Berniece. Where’s Chimpy? Albert Whitman & Co., 1988. Picture book about a girl with Down syndrome who looks for her toy at bedtime - and then helps Daddy find his glasses.

Smith, Mark. Pay attention, Slos . Albert Whitman & Co., 1997. Boy's life improves as he learns to cope with ADHD.

Testa, Maria. Thumbs up, Rico! Concept Books, 1994. In three short stories Rico, a boy with Down syndrome, makes friends and learns how to be a good brother.

Middle School (One set of these books is available in the middle school building).See above for prek to elementary school level.

Butts, Nancy. Cheshire Moon. Front Street, 1996. Deaf girl's friend dies in a boating accident and she has to choose between living in the past and living in the real, but difficult, hearing world.

Dodds, Bill. My sister Annie. Caroline House, Boyds Mills Press, 1993. Boy entering middle school who wants to join a club, play baseball, and slow dance, has a sister with Down syndrome.

Dorris, Michael. Sees Behind Trees. Disney Press, 1997. 16th century Native American boy finds he doesn't need to see to earn an adult name - and that there is more to adulthood than rites of passage.

Janover, Caroline. Zipper: the kid with ADHD. Woodbine House, 1997. 11 year old struggles with life, but learns to cope with his disability and find real friends.

Mikaelsen, Ben. Stranded. Hyperion, 1995. Girl who has lost a foot struggles to prove her independence and rescue stranded whales.

Rubin, Susan Goldman. Emily Good as Gold. Browndeer Press, 1993. 13 year-old girl with developmental disabilities faces adolescence and learns she can make good social choices.

Emily in Love. Browndeer Press, 1997. In this sequel to Emily Good as Gold, Emily enters high school, the first time she has attended a regular school. Does she have the nerve to tell Hunt, the boy she likes, about her disability?

Shyer, Marlene Fanta. Welcome home, Jellybean. Aladdin, 1978. Boy's sister with developmental disabilities comes home from a residential placement.

Tashjian, Janet. Tru confessions. Henry Holt & Co., Inc., 1997. 12 year-old wants a career in television and to help her developmentally disabled twin brother. She wins a cable contest with her video of a day in his life, but learns real help for her brother is not that easy.

Werlin, Nancy. Are you alone on purpose? Houghton, Mifflin Co., 1994. Girl whose twin brother has autism and boy whose mother has died initially dislike each other, then find they have much in common.

Wilson, Nancy Hope. The reason for Janey. Atheneum, 1994. Developmentally disabled adult moves in with the family of a girl whose parents have recently divorced. The adult helps the gifted child learn that living with the truth is better than pretending.

Wood, June Rae. The man who loved clown. Hyperion, 1995. Girl likes her uncle with Down syndrome, but is ashamed of him.

Early Childhood Education

Anne Marsh (, Program Director
Thom Mystic Valley Early Intervention,
10P Gill Street
Woburn, MA 01801
Phone: (781) 932-2888

Books/References On Early Childhood Development

Ages and Stages: Developmental Descriptions & Activities, Birth Through Eight Years by Karen Miller

A-Z Guide to Your Child's Behavior: A Parent's Easy and Authoritative Reference to Hundreds of Everyday Problems and Concerns Birth to 12 Years Compiled by the faculty of the Children's National Medical Center under the direction of David Mrazek, MD and William Garrison, Ph.D., with Laura Elliott.

Development in Early Childhood. David Elkind, Elementary School Guidance and Counseling V. 26 No. 1, pp. 12-21, October 1991.

The Development of Children by M. Cole

Touchpoints: Your Child's Emotional and Behavioral Development by T. Berry Brazelton.

How to Improve Your Child's Language and Thinking Skills by Florence Karnofsky and Trudy Weiss, Fearon Teacher Aids.

How to Make Your Child A Better Listener by Florence Karnofsky and Trudy Weiss, Fearon Teacher Aids.

How to Prepare Your Child For Kindergarten by Florence Karnofsky and Trudy Weiss, Fearon Teacher Aids.

Growing and Learning Through Play: Activities for Preschool and Kindergarten Children by Charles H. Wolfgang.

The New Language of Toys: Teaching Communication Skills to Children with Special Needs: A Guide For Parents and Teachers by Sue Schwartz Ph.D. and Joan E. Heller Miller, Ed. M.

Books on Helping Children to Read

Beginning to Read: Thinking and Learning About Print by M.J. Adams

The New Read-Aloud Handbook for Parents (1990) by Jim Trelease

The Foundations of Literacy by Don Holdaway

The Early Detection of Reading Difficulties by Marie Clay

Invitations by Regie Routman

Hands on Reading by J. Kelly and T. Friend

Risk Makers, Risk Takers, Risk Breakers: Reducing the Risks for Young Literacy Learners edited by Jo Beth Allen and M. Mason

Special Voices by Cora Lee Five

Getting Reading Right from the Start: Effective Early Literacy Interventions by Elfrieda Hiebert

Through the Eyes of a Child: An Introduction to Children's Literature, 3rd edition by Donna E. Norton

Home: Where Reading and Writing Begin by Mary W. Hill

Parents are a School's Best Friend by Anne T. Henderson

Let's Read About: Finding Books They'll Want to Read by Berenice Cullinan

Read to Me: Raising Kids Who Love to Read by Berenice Cullinan

Teacher by Sylvia Ashton-Warner

The Blue Pages: Resources for Teachers by Regie Routman