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Books for The Early Years and the Primary Grades

A Rainbow of Friends
Year:2006
Author:P.K. Hallinan
Format:Book
Topic:Celebrating differences
Intended Audience:For ages 3-5.
Synopsis:

Friends come in all colours and sizes; they can be funny or serious, musical or athletic, outgoing or quiet. This book reminds children to celebrate their differences because that is what makes each of us so special.

Anxious Annie
Year:2009
Author:Wildberry Productions/Jill Bobula and Katherine Bobula
Format:Book
Topic:Anxiety and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Intended Audience:Teachers, primary students
Synopsis:

‘This positive and empowering book will help readers of all ages to understand the impact that anxiety, and particularly obsessive-compulsive disorder, can have on the lives of children and youth.’ –Lauren Humphreys, Ph.D.

Arnie and the New Kid
Year:2009
Author:Turtleback books/Nancy L. Carlson
Format:Book
Topic:People with disabilities
Intended Audience:Early primary teachers and students (Grade 1)
Synopsis:

Top cat Arnie teases Philip because he is confined to a wheelchair. Yet when Arnie falls down the school steps and breaks a leg, twists a wrist, and sprains a tail, he begins to see life from a different perspective. With few books about mainstreaming available, this entertaining story should be welcome to early primary school educators.

Brian’s Bird
Year:2003
Author:Greenwillow Books/Kevin Henkes
Format:Book
Topic:Visual Impairment, difference education
Intended Audience:Primary teachers and students
Synopsis:

Brian is so excited when his parents buy him a pet bird. Everyone is amazed when he teaches it how to talk. When his pesky big brother leaves the door open though, the bird flies out. While Brian's visual impairment plays a big part in the action of the story, it certainly isn't the focus of this charming book.

Can’t You Sit Still?
Year:1992
Author:Gima B. Publilshing/Sara Yates
Format:Book
Topic:Cerebral palsy
Intended Audience:Students grade 2 – 6, parents, teachers
Synopsis:

Ann, who has cerebral palsy, attends school for the first time. Students learn about cerebral palsy, especially about her wild right and her magic boots.

Dad and Me in the Morning
Year:1994
Author:Albert Whitman and Company/Robert Steele
Format:Book
Topic:Physical handicap, difference education
Intended Audience:Primary teachers and students
Synopsis:

Early one morning a young boy wakes to his special alarm clock. He puts on his hearing aids and clothes, then goes to wake his father. Together they brave the cold as they walk down the dirt road that leads to the beach.

Daydreaming Dakota: The World’s Greatest Daydreamer
Year:2008
Author:Wildberry Productions/Jill Bobula and Katherine Bobula
Format:Book
Topic:Attention Deficit Disorder
Intended Audience:Teachers, children 4-8.
Synopsis:

'Daydreaming Dakota, like all the others in the 'We are Powerful' series, embraces a lovely, supportive approach to assisting parents and other adults to help children find the positives in themselves, despite the challenges they face when dealing with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.' –Peter S. Jensen, MD, President and CEO, The REACH Institute

Differences: A Coloring Book for Children
Year:2005
Author:PLUK (Parents, Let's Unite for Kids)
Format:Book
Topic:Differences, portrayed in a positive way
Intended Audience:Teachers, primary students
Synopsis:

A coloring book designed to explore concepts of difference in a positive way, intended for young primary students.