December 2, 2022
DECEMBER – International Day of Persons with Disabilities
Disability inclusion is a fundamental human right that is central to our nation. In December, the World Health Organization raises awareness of the fact that nearly 15% of people worldwide (>1 billion) live with a disability.
Learn about these lived realities through adult, youth and junior fiction and non-fiction titles.
L&A Libraries suggests the following as excellent picture books on this topic:
Emmanuel’s Dream: The True Story of Emmanuel Ofusu Yeboah by Laurie Ann Thompson
Based on a true story turned into a movie, this award-winning picture book shares Emmanuel’s story: he hops to school, plays soccer, and cycles across Ghana to spread his powerful message that disability is not inability.
Rescue & Jessica: A Life-changing Friendship by Jessica Kensky
This award-winning family book tells the heartwarming story of the love and teamwork between a girl and her service dog.
Different: A Great Thing to Be by Heather Avis
This colourful rhyming picture book encourages children to value their unique strengths. It promotes a kinder world by shifting the Down syndrome narrative away from not meeting perceived norms to welcoming expressions of individuality.
Silent Days, Silent Dreams by Allen Say
A renowned illustrator depicts the story of artist James Castle for a young audience. James was deaf, mute, autistic, and never learned to speak, read, write or use sign language. The art represents the artist’s journey and perspective.
I Will Dance by Nancy Bo Flood
This poetic picture book follows a young girl born with cerebral palsy as she pursues her dream of becoming a dancer.
See the complete list of suggestions here.
Jennifer is a Librarian at the Amherstview Branch of the L&A Libraries. She regularly writes awareness pieces that offer book suggestions relating to important and commemorative days in Canada.