Build a Better World
Picture books to increase awareness and acceptance.
- •Junkyard Wonders by Patricia PolaccoInspired by a teacher who believes each of them is a genius, a class of special-needs students invents something that could convince the whole school they are justifiably proud to be "Junkyard Wonders.
- •Howie Helps Himself by Joan FasslerThough he enjoys life with his family and attends school, Howie, a child with cerebral palsy, wants more than anything else to be able to move his wheelchair by himself.
- •Janine and the Field day Finish by Maryann Cocca-LefflerJanine is good at a lot of things like singing, cheering, and spelling big words. But she is not very good at sports--her body just doesn't work like the other kids'. On field day at school, Janine tries her best to finish each challenge"--
- •The Prince Who was Just Not Himself by Silke SchneeLacking the athletic and reading skills of his older brothers, Prince Noah uses love and compassion to save the kingdom from the Black Knight.
- •My three Best Friends and me, Zulay by Cari BestZulay is a blind girl who longs to be able to run in the race on field and track day at her school"
- •Jacob's Eye Patch by Beth KoblinerAnswering questions about his eye-patch slows Jacob and his family down as he anxiously tries to get to the store to buy a special globe, but soon he is reminded that even he is curious when he see someone who is different. Includes facts about eye conditions and handling strangers' curiosity.
- •My Name is Blessing by Eric WaltersA young Kenyan boy with disabilities named Muthini lives with his grandmother and eight cousins, but when his grandmother is no longer able to take care of him the two set out on a journey that will change the young boy's life, and his name, forever
- •King for a Day by Rukhsana KhanEven 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 festiva
- •Ms. McCaw Learns to Draw by Kaethe ZemachDudley Ellington struggles to learn anything at school, but when his very patient teacher, Mrs. McCaw, is unable to draw a face on the board, he helps her figure out how to do it.
- •My friend Isabelle by Eliza WolosonA young boy named Charlie describes the activities he shares with his friend Isabelle, a girl with Down Syndrome
- •ABC for You and Me by Margaret GirnisPhotographs show children with Down syndrome in activities with objects corresponding to the letters of the alphabet.
- •Moses Goes to a Concert by Isaac MillmanMoses and his schoolmates, all deaf, attend a concert where the orchestra's percussionist is also deaf. Includes illustrations in sign language and a page showing the manual alphabet.
- •My Buddy by Audrey OsofskyA young boy with muscular dystrophy tells how he is teamed up with a dog trained to do things for him that he can't do for himself.
- •Through Grandpa's Eyes by Patricia MacLachanA young boy learns a different way of seeing the world from his blind grandfather.
- •Wilma Unlimited by Kathleen KrullA biography of the African-American woman who overcame crippling polio as a child to become the first woman to win three gold medals in track in a single Olympics.