Quill and Books Reading Challenge- September

It’s September!

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Reading can help bring understanding. Many people don’t understand what it is like to have a disability. Reading a non-fiction book about a disability can help you understand the facts of it. Reading a book written BY someone with a disability can help you see their world in a new light.

I’ve read a few that stood out because they were so amazing.

Out of my MindOut of my Mind is about a girl who can’t speak or move. She is intelligent but has no way to prove that. The book is by Sharon Draper who is a brilliant author. Many of my students read this book in 5th grade and recommended it to me, which is why I read it.

curious incident of the dog in the night time bookThe Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nightime is about a young man with Autism. The boy finds a dog that has been murdered and decides to solve this murder. The author, Mark Haddon, has autism, so he gives you a genuine view of the way someone with autism thinks. I have to tell you there were many times when the character through differently and I said, you know, he’s right.

The running DreamI have not read The Running Dream yet, but it seems to be at the top of many recommendation lists. Our school librarian also highly recommended it to our students. I am going to see if I can get my hands on this book to read.


I have one more to recommend: Wonder by RJ Palacio is fast becoming a classic must read! This one is about a boy with facial deformities.

Here are a few other lists if you need some ideas:


Amazon has a list of books about kids with special needs

Clevver also has a list of books about people with disabilities

These are about mental illness: https://www.bustle.com/p/10-new-books-about-mental-illness-to-read-in-2018-7923035 (Several of these may not be appropriate for teen readers.)

If you are wanting to learn about a specific disability look at this list: https://www.aacap.org/aacap/Resources_for_Primary_Care/Information_for_Patients_and_Their_Families/Books/Home.aspx Looks like there are many interesting book recommendations here. I might need to pick up one of these about ADHD to better understand what my son is going through.

Happy Reading!

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