(Unit 7) Topic 5: Creating an Inclusive Classroom
3 Clock Hours of Early Childhood Education
Picture Books About Inclusion and Diversity
Topic 5 Page 14
We’ll Paint the Octopus Red by Stephanie Stuve-Bodeen
Emma’s baby brother is born with Down Syndrome and she is curious about what struggles he is going to face in life. Their father is patient with Emma and teaches her about encouraging her brother to succeed. He explains that with love and patience, her brother will be able to do anything he wants to. This book explores the impact of acceptance and support for those with disabilities.
Little Rainman: Autism Through the Eyes of a Child by Karen Simmons
This book was written by a mother whose son has autism and is considered a classic by those in the autism community. It is written through the eyes of a child with autism in which he explains his experiences and the way he sees the world. It gives readers an opportunity to step into someone else’s shoes and understand more about the autism diagnosis.
Seal Surfer by Michael Foreman
A grandfather and grandson experience an afternoon of bonding as they get the opportunity to watch a baby seal being born at the beach. The young boy is a surfer that has a modified surf board due to his disability. When the boy is in trouble one day, the baby seal comes to the rescue teaching readers about friendship despite our differences.
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