Tasha’s Sparkliest Activity: Magical Coloring Wand!
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Tasha’s Sparkliest Activity: Magical Coloring Wand!

Tasha, Sam, and their friends had so much fun using their magical wands and their imaginations to make the world around them more colorful. Did you know that you can make your very own magical coloring wand? Just like the characters in The Biggest Gift of All, you can create beautiful drawings, colors, and fun,…

The Biggest Gift of All Interview with Luda and Melquea
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The Biggest Gift of All Interview with Luda and Melquea

INCLUDAS is proud to announce the publication of our newest children’s picture book, The Biggest Gift of All. We sat down with author Luda Gogolushko and illustrator Melquea Smith to hear about the creative process behind the book, what they hope readers take away from its message, and the greatest gifts they’ve ever given. Read…

Tasha’s Googliest Activity: Googly-Eye Pet Rocks!
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Tasha’s Googliest Activity: Googly-Eye Pet Rocks!

In The Biggest Gift of All, one of Tasha and Sam’s favorite things to do is make sparkly googly-eyed pet rocks. You can try it too! It’s time to get creative (and maybe a little messy) with paints, glitter, googly eyes, and more! Once you’re done, you’ll have a new friend to play with. Crafting…

The Pearls of Yesterday Review Interview: Lucy
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The Pearls of Yesterday Review Interview: Lucy

Our YA romance novel, L.S. Rydde’s The Pearls of Yesterday, is already resonating with readers! We had the chance to talk to two advocates for disability representation in media about why they hope to see more diverse characters in literature, their own experiences with disability representation, and what it means to them to see disabled…

The Pearls of Yesterday Review Interview: Fabiola
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The Pearls of Yesterday Review Interview: Fabiola

Our YA romance novel, L.S. Rydde’s The Pearls of Yesterday, is already resonating with readers! We had the chance to talk to two advocates for disability representation in media about why they hope to see more diverse characters in literature, their own experiences with disability representation, and what it means to them to see disabled…

Debunking Disability + Romance Myths
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Debunking Disability + Romance Myths

Accurate representation of disabled characters in literature is already quite rare, but even more infrequent are nuanced depictions of disabled characters in romantic relationships. (We’re excluding narratives that end with said characters dying.) However, in L.S. Rydde’s The Pearls of Yesterday, its main character, Abigail, lives with spinal muscular atrophy and a deep desire to…

Book Review of Air by Monica Roe
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Book Review of Air by Monica Roe

For this review, Catherine examines the contemporary middle grade novel “Air” by Monica Roe. Catherine is disabled but not a wheelchair user. Air by Monica Roe 5/5 stars  5/5 Twelve-year-old Emmie is a high-energy WCMX (wheelchair motocross) aficionado. She enjoys popping tricks on her wheelchair, going fast, and of course, hanging out with her best friend…

Debunking Disability Literature
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Debunking Disability Literature

For the 3rd Annual Book Party today, our Senior Editor, Madison Parrotta, debunks some books with disability representation. Not all books are written equally, so we wanted to dive into some of the harmful and stereotypical messages that hide between the pages. Disclaimer: This post contains spoilers for all the books mentioned. My Brother Charlie by…

Review of 8 Kid’s Books with a Character in a Wheelchair Part II
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Review of 8 Kid’s Books with a Character in a Wheelchair Part II

The popularity of Review of 8 Kid’s Books with a Character in a Wheelchair Part I was so high, we decided to do a part II of eight more books. For this review, Luda examines picture books featuring a character in a wheelchair. Some of this feedback is based on her personal experience as someone in a…

Review of 8 Kid’s Books with a Character in a Wheelchair Part I
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Review of 8 Kid’s Books with a Character in a Wheelchair Part I

Since this is a press dedicated to focusing on disability inclusion, it is important to look at books already out in the market. For this review, Luda examines eight picture books with a character in a wheelchair. Some of this feedback is based on her personal experience as someone in a wheelchair, and some is…