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Links from the #NESCBWI16 disability panel

As promised, here are links from the panel on writing disability with author Padma Venkatraman, librarian Carrie Banks (loved this video where she speaks about her library!):

Books recommended by Padma and Carrie:

A Time To Dance by Padma Venkatraman

Including Families of Children with Special Needs by Sandra Feinberg, Barbara A. Jordan, Kathleen DeerrMichelle Langa, and Carrie Banks

Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman

Tending to Grace by Kimberly Newton Fusco

Me and Rupert Goody by Barbara O’Connor

The War that Saved my Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

El Deafo by Cece Bell

When Reason Breaks by Cindy Rodriguez

Rogue by Lynn Miller-Lachmann

On the Edge of Gone by Corinne Duyvis

Don’t Call Me Inspirational: A Disabled Feminist Talks Back by Harilyn Rousso

My Brother Charlie by Holly Robinson Peete and Ryan Elizabeth Peete, illustrations by Shane W. Evans

Waiting for Normal by Leslie Connor

Accidents of Nature by Harriet McBryde Johnson


“Sympathy is not a positive attitude” – idea from Kenzaburo Oe

Awards (as mentioned, keep a close eye on what works and what doesn’t)

IBBY Outstanding Books for Young People with Disabilities

Schneider Family Book Award

Dolly Gray Children’s Literature Award

Videos Padma Venkatraman watched while researching her novel

  1. Clayton Bates dancing:

  1. Adrianne Haslet-Davis dancing:

  1. Bharatanatyam (Veda’s dance form) Sudha Chandran / Nityananda Das:

Online Resources and Further Reading

  1. Disability in Kidlit Blog: Reviews and other information by authors with disabilities

  2. AHEAD: Association on Higher Education and Disability

  3. Resources for language:  The Pacer Center and United Spinal Cord

  4. Bibliography from Carrie Banks on her library’s website

  5. Kristin Cashore on disability politics in Graceling

  6. WNDB Two Part Roundtable on disabilities

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