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Zoom! by Robert Munsch
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When Lauretta tries out a 92-speed, silver and gold, dirt-bike wheelchair, she gets a speeding ticket but also helps out her brother.
Rescue and Jessica: A Life-Changing Friendship by Jessica Kensky and Patrick Downes
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Rescue thought he'd grow up to be a Seeing Eye dog -- it's the family business, after all. When he gets the news that he's better suited to being a service dog, he's worried that he's not up to the task. Then he meets Jessica, a girl whose life is turning out differently than the way she'd imagined it, too. Now Jessica needs Rescue by her side to help her accomplish everyday tasks. And it turns out that Rescue can help Jessica see after all: a way forward, together, one step at a time. An endnote from the authors tells more about the training and extraordinary abilities of service dogs, particularly their real-life best friend and black lab, Rescue.
We're All Wonders by R.J. Palacio
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Augie enjoys the company of his dog, Daisy, and using his imagination, but painfully endures the taunts of his peers because of his facial deformity.
Ian's Walk: A Story About Autism by Laurie Lears
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A young girl realizes how much she cares for her autistic brother Ian when he gets lost at the park
We'll Paint the Octopus Red by Stephanie Stuve-Bodeen
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Emma and her father discuss what they will do when the new baby arrives, but they adjust their expectations when he is born with Down syndrome.
Emmanuel's Dream: The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah by Laurie Ann Thompson
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The story of a West African youth who pursued an education, helped support his family and became a record-setting cyclist in spite of a disability traces his ongoing achievements as an activist.
The Journey by Francesca Sanna
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With haunting echoes of the current refugee crisis, this beautifully illustrated book explores the unimaginable decisions made as a family leave their home and everything they know to escape the turmoil and tragedy brought by war. Based on Francesca Sanna's interviews with refugee families in Europe
A Different Pond (Fiction Picture Books) by Bao Phi
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As a young boy, Bao Phi awoke early, hours before his father's long workday began, to fish on the shores of a small pond in Minneapolis. Unlike many other anglers, Bao and his father fished for food, not recreation. Between hope-filled casts, Bao's father told him about a different pond in their homeland of Vietnam
Islandborn by Junot Díaz
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Lola was just a baby when her family left the Island, so when she has to draw it for a school assignment, she asks her family, friends, and neighbors about their memories of her homeland...and in the process, comes up with a new way of understanding her own heritage
All Are Welcome by Alexandra Penfold
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A warm, welcoming picture book that celebrates diversity and gives encouragement and support to all kids. Follow a group of children through a day in their school, where everyone is welcomed with open arms. A school where kids in patkas, hijabs, and yamulkes play side-by-side with friends in baseball caps. A school where students grow and learn from each other's traditions and the whole community gathers to celebrate the Lunar New Year. All Are Welcome lets young children know that no matter what, they have a place, they have a space, they are welcome in their school.
Miss Paul and the President: The Creative Campaign for Women's Right to Vote by Dean Robbins
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The story of suffragette Alice Paul and her campaign to win women the right to vote
Lillian's Right to Vote: A Celebration of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 by Jonah Winter
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As an elderly woman, Lillian recalls that her great-great-grandparents were sold as slaves in front of a courthouse where only rich white men were allowed to vote, then the long fight that led to her right--and determination--to cast her ballot since the Voting Rights Act gave every American the right to vote.
One Vote, Two Votes, I Vote, You Vote (Cat in the Hat's Learning Library) by Bonnie Worth
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Introduces early readers to the concept and practice of voting--with a focus on the American presidency. Learn the basic principles of democracy, how political parties are formed, why Election Day is held in early November, and much, much more
Granddaddy's Turn: A Journey to the Ballot Box by Array
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A young boy witnesses his proud, hardworking grandfather dress in his best suit and go to town so that he can vote for the first time.
Peaceful Fights for Equal Rights by Rob Sanders
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Protesting. Standing up for what’s right. Uniting around the common good—kids have questions about all of these things they see and hear about each day. Through sparse and lyrical writing, Rob Sanders introduces abstract concepts like “fighting for what you believe in” and turns them into something actionable. Jared Schorr’s bold, bright illustrations brings the resistance to life making it clear that one person can make a difference. And together, we can accomplish anything.
Ruth and the Green Book by calvin-a-ramsey
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When Ruth and her parents take a motor trip from Chicago to Alabama to visit her grandma, they rely on a pamphlet called "The Negro Motorist Green Book" to find places that will serve them. Includes facts about "The Green Book."