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Literature

Dancers on Wheels

This is the story of Kitty Lunn, who had an accident that left her a paraplegic. She went on to open her own dance company, and dance in the 1996 Olympics.
Grade Level
3-5
Janeen R. Adil
Topic
Social Justice Domain
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Informational

A Painter Named Kennedy

Meet Kennedy, of Mombasa, Kenya. His wheelchair doesn’t stop him from making the world a more beautiful place.
Grade Level
3-5
Jerry McGill & Jason Raish (illustrator)
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Subject
Economics
Geography
Social Justice Domain
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Literature

An Unlikely Friendship

This story tells the tale of how Sarah and Natalie became friends. Sarah, both new to class and in a wheelchair, sits at the desk next to Natalie. At first, Natalie has some trouble getting over Sarah’s appearance and limitations, but with some help from her teacher and Sarah’s aide, she discovers a great, new friend waiting for her.
Grade Level
Sue Carloni
Topic
Social Justice Domain
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Informational

Gawking, Gaping, Staring

In this personal narrative, Clare explores multiple facets of the self and questions why gender is still discussed as a binary. She acknowledges the tortured lives that many have lived as a result of their gender ambiguity and declares that all those who "gawk," "gape," and "stare" at those who are different never get it right.
Grade Level
Eli Clare
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Literature

Sometimes

Toby and Clemmie love each other very much. Sometimes Clemmie has to go to the hospital though, and it can be scary. Luckily, Toby and Clemmie know how to make the best out of every situation—even ones that involve a trip to the hospital.
Grade Level
K-2
Rebecca Elliott
Topic
Social Justice Domain
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Literature

Raspberries! An American Tale of Cooperation

A yellow bird holds a raspberry in her long beak. The sun shines in the background.
With only one wing, the little bird cannot fly to the raspberry patch with her brothers. As luck would have it, she meets a little dog, a chipmunk, and a frog who work together to get them all across the street to the raspberry patch.
Grade Level
K-2
Mary Newell DePalma
Topic
Social Justice Domain
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Visual

Two Friends

Two children playing. One child has multiple disabilities and the other child does not.
This photograph depicts two children playing. One child has multiple disabilities and the other child does not.
Grade Level
K-2
Realistic Reflections
Social Justice Domain
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Multimedia

A Priceless Lesson in Humility

Felipe Morales' telling account of an encounter with a blind woman on the streets of Washington, D.C. was recorded for This I Believe. The NPR project features brief personal essays in which people from diverse backgrounds discuss how their values affect their daily lives.
Grade Level
Felipe Morales
Social Justice Domain