Saturday, July 20, 2013

The top 10 inclusive children's books

Sean Stockdale and Alex Strick are the authors of Max the Champion, (illustrated by Ros Asquith), a picture book about a sports-mad little boy, also featuring dozens of subtle visual references to disability and inclusion.

For the Guardian, they named ten of the best children's books featuring (or even just including) disabled characters, including:
Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner

This young adult novel is currently receiving a wealth of awards and accolades – and rightly so. Set against the backdrop of a harsh, dystopian society, it is a highly original tale of self-sacrifice, love and courage against the odds, with a highly memorable (dyslexic) hero. It's extremely harrowing at times, and some of the colourful language may jar for some, but it's an extraordinary read. It doesn't just help to dispel some of the myths about dyslexia – incidentally, Gardner has dyslexia – it is also a powerful exploration of what it means to stand up for what you believe in.
Read about another book on the list.

Also see: Top ten books about disability.

--Marshal Zeringue