Down Syndrome Books

In the 1940s, people with Down syndrome like Judith Scott couldn’t attend school. Actually, it was long after the 1940s before people with disabilities were given the right to a free and public education. Do you remember Corky on the TV show Life Goes On?

When writing about the intellectually disabled, few authors have situated themselves comfortably between the content of a character’s experience and the style necessary to accommodate difference. March 21, 2021 is a date for inclusion and for recognizing that our differences are something to appreciate. Finding My Way Books wants to help you Celebrate World Down Syndrome Day by viewing this carefully selected group of books sharing stories of individuals and characters with Down syndrome. I love these books to be read and enjoyed rather than books about living with Down syndrome or raising a child with Down syndrome. The children’s books I recommend this month are books that entertain and educate. When children are having fun sharing a book with a caring adult, what they learn is most apt to be remembered.

Moose is not a service dog, but others see his potential as a good companion and Moose goes through the training to become a therapy dog, who can be welcomed at places like schools. Although Zara is in a wheelchair, the story isn’t about her physical challenges, it is about the joy of friendship with a furry friend. The class is making cards for their principal but Stan has trouble forming letters and his handwriting is all mushy and unreadable.

Funny and moving, this is a beautiful coming-of-age story of courage and determination. This is the way to ensure that we raise compassionate, empathetic, and kind children. Care.com does not employ any caregiver and is not responsible for the conduct of any user of our site. All information in member profiles, job posts, applications, and messages is created by users of our site and not generated or verified by Care.com. You need to do your own diligence to ensure the job or caregiver you choose is appropriate for your needs and complies with applicable laws.

Abi Elphinstone’s magical adventure is full of close calls, fantastical creatures and deliciously evil villains to savour in a tale that already feels like a children’s classic. I hope there is something here that will fit onto your bookshelf at home! YES, it’s important for kids to ‘see themselves’ in books … but it’s just as important for them to see kids that ARE NOT just like them.

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