May 21, 2018

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Award-Winning Arts Education for Kids of All Abilities

A New York library’s reading and creativity program for kids welcomes those whose disabilities may prevent them from attending school with their community peers.

Anger, inspiration, and the stories we tell, a guest post by Marieke Nijkamp

Before I Let Go tells the story of two girls in the arctic heart of Alaska. Two girls who were best friends, who were discovering who they could be, who were each other’s center of gravity. It tells of  grief and ice, of mystery and mental illness. And it was, at least in part, born […]

#SJYALit Reading Lists: Disabilty in YA Lit, a guest post by Natalie Korsavidis

As part of our 2017 Social Justice in Young Adult Literature project, we will be posting reading lists on various social justice-related subjects. Guest blogger Natalie Korsavidis pulled together this one on disabilities. We will mainly be focusing on books published after 2000. We encourage you to add any other titles you can think of in […]

How “El Deafo” Empowers Kids Who Are Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Cece Bell’s 2015 Newbery Honor book, a graphic memoir, is changing lives, educators say.

Book Review: Love and First Sight by Josh Sundquist

Publisher’s description In his debut novel, YouTube personality and author of We Should Hang Out Sometime Josh Sundquist explores the nature of love, trust, and romantic attraction. On his first day at a new school, blind sixteen-year-old Will Porter accidentally groped a girl on the stairs, sat on another student in the cafeteria, and somehow […]

A Dream Library for Students with Special Needs | Take the Lead

A principal of a school for students with multiple disabilities spearheaded superb library services.

Bookshare Extends Ebook Access to TX Students with Print Disabilities

A statewide program, Accessible Books for Texas enables students with print disabilities to access Bookshare, a free, cloud-based ebook library of more than 440,000 titles.

Book Review: Run by Kody Keplinger

Publisher’s description Bo Dickinson is a girl with a wild reputation, a deadbeat dad, and a mama who’s not exactly sober most of the time. Everyone in town knows the Dickinsons are a bad lot, but Bo doesn’t care what anyone thinks. Agnes Atwood has never gone on a date, never even stayed out past […]

Disabled Characters in YA Literature

Writer Carly Okyle was born with cerebral palsy—a movement disorder—in 1985. She writes of how growing up, she wasn’t exposed to disabled characters in books and television and how the media landscape has changed over time, with disability hitting the mainstream, including some worthy book titles.