Posts Tagged ‘special needs’

Melody has cerebral palsy and sits in a wheelchair. She needs to be fed and can’t hold a cut on her own. Melody can communicate with small gestures and pointing to words on her board, but in her entire eleven years, she has never spoken a word. Assuming she is also cognitively impaired, her fellow students and even her teacher aren’t very respectful. When Melody acquires a computer that helps her communicate, people begin to understand how smart she is, but that still doesn’t mean that everyone accepts her or treats her nicely.

Draper also wrote the amazing book, Copper Sun, the tale of a fifteen year old girl, captured by slavers in her village in Africa, sent by ship to America and sold as a slave. I highly recommend both titles. Excellent for a lit circle.


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Celebrate Pink Shirt Day: wear a pink shirt! Read some books on bullying and diversity!

The Sneetches. The Sneeches with stars think they are better than the Sneetches without, so they tease and exclude until a guy with a strange amchine rolls into town, turning everything upside down.

Be Good To Eddie Lee. Christy’s mom tells her to be good to her neighbour, a smaller boy with Down’s Syndrome. When Christy’s friend jim Bud ocmes by and starts making fun of Eddie Lee, Christy yells at him and tries to make him go away. Eddie Lee follows them anyway, helping Christy discover some enchanting things in the forest that she overlooked.

Say Something.  A girl  sees others being bullied and then when someone makes fun of her, she begins to emphathize more and eventually becomes a witness rather than a passive bystander.

The Family Book includes many types of families.

William’s Doll. William wants a doll to play with. He is teased and offered other toys.


And Tango Makes Three. Two male penguins hatch and raise a baby penguin. A true story.

The Sissy Duckling. Because Elmer likes to do things the other boy ducks aren’t interested in, he is bullied.


King and King. Two princes fall in love and get married. In the sequel they adopt.

Shades of People by Shelley Rotner and Sheila M. Kelly

Shades of People. Photographs of children of all shades with simple text.


My Secret Bully. Ludwig’s books are powerful conversation starters.

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