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…

How to Make the Most of Your Local Library
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How to Make the Most of Your Local Library

Hushed voices, crinkling dust jackets, and fingers clacking against keyboards. Peppery pencil shavings, sweet crisp paper, and musky ink. Rows of wooden bookcases, bright illustrative book covers, and a community of readers of all ages.  INCLUDAS is celebrating these sounds, scents, and sights this month as February is National Library Lover’s Month. Your local library may be…

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…

How to Make a Tactile Book
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How to Make a Tactile Book

It’s our 3rd Annual INCLUDAS Book Party, and we made a tactile book. Tactile books stimulate a reader’s sensory skills. They usually contain interesting textures and surfaces or moving objects that help tactile learners engage with literary texts. They are fun for everyone, but are especially popular as learning tools for low vision and blind…

Fighting for Reading Inclusion
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Fighting for Reading Inclusion

Most children learn how to read in a classroom with other students by sounding out letters. Storytime is a collective experience when kids can learn and interact together. Now imagine a child being segregated from that. Special needs and segregated spaces are century-old ways of oppressing those with disabilities. There are schools for the deaf and…