Our 5th Annual INCLUDAS Book Party – Topics of Advocacy and Banned Books!
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Our 5th Annual INCLUDAS Book Party – Topics of Advocacy and Banned Books!

Welcome to our 5th Annual Book Party – Topics of Advocacy and Banned Books! Today we are going to show the reasons behind and the processes and impact of book bannings, provide advocacy and educational resources to combat this issue, and offer lots of book recommendations that feature disability issues and other “controversial” aspects! This…

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…

Databases for Finding Disability-Inclusive Literature
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Databases for Finding Disability-Inclusive Literature

At INCLUDAS, our mission is to publish books about disabled characters, written by disabled authors. We want to see more diversity within literature, and since we know that finding novels with disability representation can be difficult, we’ve compiled a list of inclusive resources to aid your search for finding your next favorite book. These are…

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…

Meet Emily Holyoak of Good Morning, Dinah
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Meet Emily Holyoak of Good Morning, Dinah

Meet debut author, Emily Holyoak of YA contemporary novel, Good Morning, Dinah! We’ve got an exclusive interview all about Emily, what it was like writing the book, and fun rapid fire questions! What did you want to be when you were a child? My earliest memories were that I wanted to be a mermaid. Then,…

Debunking Autism Myths
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Debunking Autism Myths

There are countless damaging myths about autism that have penetrated the cultural zeitgeist in recent years. These harmful myths lead to seemingly endless instances of equally harmful autistic “representation” — anyone remember the disaster surrounding Sia’s movie Music?  Luckily, there is hope for the future of autism representation: Emily Holyoak’s Good Morning, Dinah — published by…

Opening Lines From Disability-Inclusive Books
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Opening Lines From Disability-Inclusive Books

Some books have the power to grab you from their first sentence, and these eleven YA books are no exception. Check out each of their opening lines, as well as the disability representation they provide, and get ready to find your next favorite book from our fourth INCLUDAS Book Party event! This is not a…

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…

Favorite Books with Disability Representation
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Favorite Books with Disability Representation

For INCLUDAS’s end of this year’s book party, we asked readers for their favorite books with disability representation. Here’s the list we’ve compiled! This is not a sponsored post nor are we endorsing any of the books or authors. Please use your own judgement when considering reading a particular book for yourself. Ellen Outside the Lines…