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DAY 3: Temple Grandin

Posted on December 15, 2012 in Autism, News

This book needs to be on every classroom library shelf in America. Temple’s story has something for everyone. This is a cliché, I know, but it really does. Your budding engineer will love this book. Your kid who just thinks differently will love this book. Your student who loves to cheer for the underdog will love this book. Your learner with autism will love this book. YOU will love this book.

I am most excited about the timing of this book. It is coming out right as we are expanding conversations about Common Core Standards, so teachers are likely interested in expanding the non-fiction section of their classroom libraries. Maybe Temple Grandin should be a gift for your child’s teacher this year?

Book cover for Temple Grandin: How the Girl Who Loved Cows Embraced Autism and Changed the World
Temple Grandin: How the Girl Who Loved Cows Embraced Autism and Changed the World

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 at Colorado State University. Her world-changing career 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 complete with Temple’s personal photos takes us inside her extraordinary mind and opens the door to a broader understanding of autism.

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