Coming Together 2022: Books for Grades 3-5

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  • Not So Different: What You Really Want to Ask about Having a Disability

    2017 by Burcaw, Shane

    Shane was born with a rare disease called spinal muscular atrophy, which hinders muscle growth. As a result, his body hasn’t grown bigger and stronger as he’s gotten older―it’s gotten smaller and weaker.His disability hasn’t stopped him from doing the things he enjoys (like eating pizza and playing sports and video games) with the people he loves, but it does mean that he relies on his friends and family for help with things like brushing his teeth and rolling over in bed.

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  • I Am Not a Label

    2020 by Burnell, Cerrie

    In this stylishly illustrated biography anthology, you will meet 34 past and present artists, thinkers, athletes, and activists with disabilities. Hear from people like Frida Kahlo and Stephen Hawking about how they owned their differences, overcame obstacles, and paved the way for others by making their bodies and minds work for them. Each person is a leading figure in field that include sports, science, art, breakdancing, and pop music.

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  • We Move Together

    2021 by Fritsch, Kelly

    A bold and colorful exploration of all the ways people navigate through the spaces around them and a celebration of the relationships we build along the way. The story follows a mixed-ability group of kids as they creatively negotiate everyday barriers and find joy and connection in disability culture and community. (Ages 6–9)

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  • Guts

    2019 by Telgemeier, Raina

    Raina wakes up one night with a very upset stomach. Her mom has one, too, so it's probably just a bug. Raina eventually returns to school, where she's dealing with the usual highs and lows. It soon becomes clear that Raina's tummy trouble isn't going away and it coincides with her worries about food, school, and changing friendships. Telgemeier brings us a thoughtful, charming, and funny story based on her own life about growing up and gathering the courage to face--and conquer--her fears.

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  • El Deafo

    2020 by Bell, Cece

    Starting at a new school is scary, especially with a giant hearing aid strapped to your chest! At her old school, everyone in Cece’s class was deaf. Here, she’s different. Cece makes a startling discovery, that she can hear her teacher not just in the classroom but anywhere her teacher is in the school! This is power--maybe even a superpower! Cece is on her way to becoming El Deafo, Listener for All. But being a superhero can be another way of feeling different...and lonely. Can Cece channel her powers into finding the thing she wants most, a true friend?

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  • We Want to Go to School!

    2021 by Cocca-Leffler, Maryann

    There was a time in the United States when millions of children with disabilities weren't allowed to go to public school. But in 1971, seven kids and their families went to court to fight for that right. The court case led to laws ensuring children with disabilities would receive a free, appropriate public education. Told in the voice of co-author Janine Leffler, one of the millions of kids who was able to go to school because of these laws.

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  • All the Way to the Top

    2020 by Pimentel, Annette Bay

    The inspiring true story of Jennifer Keelan, the activist whose participation in the Capitol Crawl at just eight years old encouraged Congress to pass the Americans with Disabilities Act. When the law that would make public spaces much more accessible to people with disabilities was proposed to Congress, Jennifer went to the steps of the Capitol building in Washington DC to convince the lawmakers. And, without her wheelchair, she climbed...all the way to the top!

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  • Can You See Me?

    2020 by Scott, Libby

    Tally isn't ashamed of being autistic. But this is her first year at Kingswood Academy, and her best friend, Layla, is the only one who knows. And while a lot of other people are uncomfortable around Tally, Layla has never been one of them . . . until now. Something is different about 6th grade, and Tally now feels like she has to act "normal." But as Tally hides her true self, she starts to wonder what "normal" means after all and whether fitting in is really what matters most.

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