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DAY 6: Carly’s Voice

Posted on December 18, 2012 in Collaboration, News

If you have followed Carley’s story at all (on Ellen, Larry King Live and The Doctors), you were probably as excited as I was to finally get her book. I am somewhat obsessed with autobiographies and when it is an autobiography that sheds so much light on…

Book cover for Carly's Voice
Carly’s Voice

At the age of two, Carly Fleischmann was diagnosed with severe autism and an oral motor condition that prevented her from speaking. Doctors predicted that she would never intellectually develop beyond the abilities of a small child. Although she made some progress after years of intensive behavioral and communication therapy, Carly remained largely unreachable. Then, at the age of ten, she had a breakthrough…

DAY 5: Rocket Writes a Story

Posted on December 17, 2012 in Literacy, News

Reading is my favorite leisure activity, but writing may be my second favorite so I was smitten by the new Rocket book by Tad Hills. As a teacher who loves to talk about writing and the teaching of writing, I cannot…

Rocket Writes a Story

This irresistible sequel to the New York Times bestselling How Rocket Learned to Read is “a perfect choice to inspire new readers and writers,” according to a starred review from Kirkus Reviews.

Rocket loves books and he wants to make his own, but he can’t…

DAY 4: Wonder

Posted on December 16, 2012 in News

What a year for young adult lit! Have you read Wonder? It isn’t often we see a book on inclusion, exclusion, disability, and community written for young people and it certainly isn’t often that that book ends up on every single “best of” list for that particular year. Whether you love Wonder or feel it misses the boat on certain lessons of dis/ability and difference, it will..

Book cover for Wonder
Wonder

I won’t describe what I look like. Whatever you’re thinking, it’s probably worse.

August Pullman was born with a facial deformity that, up until now, has prevented him from…

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…

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…

DAY 2: Autism – Sensory/Movement Differences and Diversity

Posted on December 14, 2012 in Autism, Inclusion, News

For a lot of people, the most anticipated books each year are about vampires or girls with great archery skills, but the release I waited for was this book by friends, Martha Leary and Anne Donnellan. I am not exaggerating when I share that their first book, Movement Differences and Diversity in Autism, completely changed how I thought about disability, behavior, and autism. This new volume did not disappoint, and I am now…

Book cover for The King Who Rained

Autism: Sensory-Movement Differences and Diversity

“If we follow the lead offered here we will not only have a model of the discipline we must cultivate, we will also have the support of people with disabilities as full partners in the difficult search for better understanding. Leary and Donnellan carefully note…

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