Normal: One Kid's Extraordinary Journey by Magdalena Newman and her son, Nathaniel Newman
Add this one to you TBR pile now! Available in January 2020, this uplifting (and funny!) memoir includes black-and-white comic illustrations, as a mother and her son tell the story of his growing up with TC Syndrome. The book covers everything from facing 67 surgeries before the age of 15, to making friends, moving across the country, and persevering through hardships.
Don't just take our word for it on this, R.J. Palacio, author of Wonder, calls Normal, "a story that will make young readers reevaluate the word 'normal'—not only as it applies to others, but to themselves."
After all, who is to say what's "normal?"
The Secret School by Avi
- Grade(s): 2-5
- Reading Level: Lexile Reading Level 540L; Guided Reading Level T
Not every book on this list is about a character with disabilities. It can be just as beneficial for students to show them real world examples of successful people who live with disabilities.
Did you know that the acclaimed author Avi has dyslexia? But despite being dyslexic, he has written dozens of books and won the Newbery Medal, which honors "the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children."
Temple Grandin: How the Girl Who Loved Cows Embraced Autism and Changed the World by Sy Montgomery and foreword by Temple Grandin
- Grade(s): 5-7
- Reading Level: Lexile Reading Level 960L
When Temple Grandin was born, her parents knew that she was different. Years later she was diagnosed with autism. While Temple’s doctor recommended a hospital, her mother believed in her. Temple went to school instead. Today, Dr. Temple Grandin is a scientist and professor of animal science; her work revolutionized the livestock industry. As an advocate for autism, Temple uses her experience as an example of the unique contributions that autistic people can make.
This compelling biography opens the door to a broader understanding of autism and what it can mean to be labelled "different."
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