By Kendra J. Barrett, Jacqueline B. Toner, and Claire A.B. Freeland
Illustrated by Violet Lemay
Theme: Overcoming disability; school inclusion;
Plot: How a happy first grader, in a wheelchair, can make friends and enjoy her days at school and participate in ordinary school activities;
Moral: This story teaches us to have a positive attitude towards the people with special needs; instead of excluding them from daily activities, we should find activities suited for their condition; instead of turning a blind eye and pretending they aren’t there, we should see them for who they are and help them with their goals.
The takeaway: When teachers must miss a day at school, a substitute takes over. But the sub cannot replace the beloved teacher and the class grows anxious. This book shows exactly what children feel when their teacher is gone for the day and helps them get through the day and even enjoy it. Continue reading Dear Substitute by Liz Garton Scalon and Audrey Vernick→
Storyline: Barnaby is a school age rabbit (yes, rabbits go to school too) that has a problem: he is, sometimes, forgetful. But who isn’t, you’d say and you’d be right. Barnaby, for example, forgot where he put his glasses (yes, yes, rabbits can wear glasses too, can’t they?). Continue reading Barnaby Never Forgets by Pierre Collet-Derby→
Storyline: Camilla Cream is a school age girl that loves lima beans and wants to please everybody. But she cannot admit to other kids that she likes the beans because nobody like them and she is afraid they might laugh at her. Also she cannot decide what to wear to school because she cannot find an outfit that may please everybody. Continue reading A Bad Case of Stripes by David Shannon→