As you know, I'm on this year's Schneider Family Book Award Committee.
So I'm keeping my eyes open for books about kids and teens with disabilities, and how those kids and teens are presented in books. Which is how I found this article: Why more children's books should feature disabled kids from the Times Online (UK).
Some sample quotes:
We are at a point where racially motivated attacks are properly recognised and widely reported, yet assaults and bullying directed at a person with a disability is merely perceived as “anti-social behaviour”.
the “normalisation” of attitudes towards disability can best begin when children are young. Books and education provide an opportunity to move away from a point-and-stare culture, and can help all children to perceive those with a disability as part of normal, everyday life.
Books and movies are listed; many are from the UK, but there are still good ideas for things to read.
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