International Day of Persons with Disabilities

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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 Robinson
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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.


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