Sunday, January 13, 2013

Books That Celebrate Differences

Personally, I don't think there are enough of these out there! Since kids all have different quirks and attributes; I think they can learn a lot from characters being accepted for who they are. Here are a few of my favorites:

A character who is a little OCD-he learns he doesn't need a list for everything. 

Love this spin on the Ugly Duckling. The moose can't quite figure out how to quack and waddle.

A collection of poems from a very diverse group of writers.

A portrait of Dr. Suess when he was younger. Believe it or not it seems like his cartoonish drawings were once thought of as a waste of time!

I love to share this with my class because I think it's a great inspiration for my struggling readers.

A classic about being one-of-a-kind. I was reminded of this one recently, hadn't read it in a while.

You don't usually find youngsters as excited about history as Imogene is, but the history buff saves the day (or at least a city landmark).

A great reminder for perfectionists-it doesn't have to be perfect, just perfect-ish! :)

And for your older readers, or if you do share chapter books with your kiddos:

A family who wake up with some sort of power on their 15th birthday. It's not always as fun as it sounds.

You may have to edit this a little if you are reading it aloud for younger readers because there are some things mentioned connected to the war. However, what I love about this story is the refugee from Africa goes to school for the first time and is stunned by simple things like a desk. It's a great example of an ESL student overcoming the odds.

On my top 10 all-time favorite books to share with kids. Told from the perspective of a little girl with cerebral palsy. It doesn't exactly have a happily ever after ending either-it actually made me mad for Melody!


  1. Thanks for the book suggestions. I love these kinds of books too. (Hooway for Wodney Wat and Molly Lou Melon are a few of my favorites.)
    ❀ Tammy
    Forever in First

  2. Wow! Great suggestions. Most of these are new for me. Thanks.
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  3. Thanks for suggesting one chapter book new to me! My son has enjoyed every suggestion I have gleamed from your blog!

    1. You're welcome! You'll have to let me know if he likes it! :)

  4. Out Of My Mind was phenomenal read!! Have you ever read Petey ?