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Monday, March 23, 2015

Reading Inclusively

One of the past two years' most popular books for kids is Wonder by R. J. Palacio [J PAL]. The publisher describes the book:
August Pullman was born with a facial difference that, up until now, has prevented him from going to a mainstream school. Starting 5th grade at Beecher Prep, he wants nothing more than to be treated as an ordinary kid--but his new classmates can’t get past Auggie’s extraordinary face.

The fact that the book has won numerous awards, plus the fact that it's so popular with kids, leads one to think that maybe it is time for us adults to look at reading inclusively. By that I mean encouraging children to read about kids who are not exactly like themselves. By looking at the differences and recognizing the similarities in all of us, we can go a long way to becoming, and to raising kids who are, empathetic.

Here are a few additional titles to consider if your child or teen has read Wonder and is looking for more (note: some are memoirs, so are based upon real people]:

Bloor, Edward. Tangerine. [J BLO]

Burcaw, Shane. Laughing At My Nightmare. [YA B BUR]

Chen, Justina. North of Beautiful. [YA CHE]

Connolly, Kevin Michael. Double Take: A Memoir. [YA B CON]

Giles, Gail. Girls Like Us. [3M ebook]

Gantos, Jack. What Would Joey Do? [J GAN]

Johnson, Harriet McBryde. Accidents of Nature. [YA JOH]

Lord, Cynthia. Rules. [J LOR]

Martin, Ann. Rain Reign. [J MAR, also J AB/CD MAR]

Mass, Wendy. A Mango-Shaped Space. [YA MAS]

McGovern, Cammie. Say What You Will: [They told each other...everything...except what matters most]. [YA MCG]

Van Draanen, Wendelin. The Running Dream. [YA VAN, also 3M ebook]

Vlahos, Len. Scar Boys. [3M ebook]

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