It all started with a hunt for books to share with the students in my elementary school… I wanted good books, books that captured the lived experience of disability without veering into pity or inspiration porn. I wanted books that made you smile and laugh and get lost in the pages. I wanted books that allowed my students to see themselves in the text, in the illustrations… They are really, really hard to find.
I often turned to my dear friend Taylor to find them, talk about them, dissect them, share them. And so the idea for this blog was born — a place where we could explore disability in children’s literature, from the picture book to the middle grades novel. Plus, I loveeeeee to talk books.
This project has a special place in my heart, because basically everyone I love is neurodiverse. The world I love is neurodiverse. I am neurodiverse. I firmly believe that our books need to reflect the fullness of humanity, which includes disability.
as a reader…
favorite place to read: comfy chair in the sun or by the pool
favorite format: kindle, especially when I can flip back and forth with the audiobook
favorite storyline: I’m a sucker for a good Beauty & The Beast retelling.
favorite recent read: A Curse So Dark & Lonely, by Brigid Kemmerer… It’s YA, but she writes Harper, the heroine with cerebral palsy, so well. I recommend it to basically everyone I meet. I’m heartbroken that I won’t be able to bring my daughter to meet her this summer!