Welcome to Picture Books for All
Children of all abilities should see themselves in the books they read. That's what makes reading fun. There are many picture books that include characters with disabilities; some are excellent in terms of their portrayal of these characters, some are pretty good, and some miss the mark. This blog features these picture books and evaluates them based on standards for quality in children's books that portray characters with disabilities. For more information, see the first post entitled "Welcome to Picture Books for All." (Click here) Welcome to Picture Books For All
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Welcome to Picture Books For All
My plan is to give a short annotation of the book and then to provide a chart with the standards listed in the left column. I will insert a "yes" if I believe the standard has been upheld in the book and a "no" if I believe it hasn't. If it is not entirely clear or the standard is upheld only part of the time, I will indicate that as well. There will be room for your comments of course. And there will be links to professional reviews of the books, to publishers, to other picture book blogs, and to sites relevant to children with disabilities.
This blog is intended for parents, teachers, librarians, writers, publishers, researchers, advocates for people with disabilities, siblings, and others who are interested in quality picture books that include characters with disabilities. In addition to featuring books, I plan to post articles on topics related to inclusiveness, differences in abilities, cultural diversity, children's literature, and new interesting research in related areas. I would love to interview authors and illustrators , especially when their books are featured on the blog.
I welcome your comments and ideas. Feel free to send me the titles of picture books you come across if you believe they should be featured on this blog. Can't wait to get going! Everybody's included in Picture Books For All!