A lot of books I recommend on social media are for children because really, books for children can be extremely educational for adults as well. So, I think it is time for me to give a post to books for just adults that are inclusive! Any I need to add? Comment below!
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Ok everyone, I love to read.
And this post will be updated every time I read a book or get recommended a new book to read. Why do I read so much? I love learning that way. I love learning at my own pace, reading someone's experience, perspective, and opinion and questioning my own biases or thoughts on the subject. I usually get so invested in what I am reading, whoever I talk to that week ends up having a discussion with me on my most recent read. Here is a list of books with my honest rating and reasoning why.
The House in the Cerulean Sea by T.J. Klune*
I am putting this book first because I absolutely LOVED LOVED LOVED this books. It is a story about an orphanage of children with some sort of mystical powers or background. But this specific group of children is too scary to the community that is a quick ferry ride away. The community treats them poorly and wants them all gone. The social worker who has to come to check on the house and make sure everything is running smoothly, quickly learns about all of their strengths and that sometimes things seem scary because we are uneducated. They have a lot of good one-liners and was very uplifting to someone who is constantly pushing for inclusion.
5/5 stars!!! ★★★★★
The Sign for Home by Blair Fell*
If you did not know, I have worked extensively with the deafblind community. My first job as a para was with a student who is deafblind and after being a teacher in the classroom for 5 years, I worked with two organizations who supported the deafblind community. I worked as an Independent Living Teacher and an Education Specialist. The author, Blair Fell, did a phenomenal job writing a story with the main character having Usher's Syndrome, one of the etiologies for deafblindness. You can read more about it here. And he worked with interpreters and people who are deafblind to correctly represent them. This story is a great example of what the interpreter's role is, when organizations are stepping too far, and how someone who is deafblind relies heavily on their community of the information they receive. There is not a lot of incidental learning being done.
Truly phenomenal. 5/5 stars! ★★★★★
The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang
Now this book is steamy. A lot of sex scenes. What I loved about this book was that the main character is a woman with autism and the author is a woman with autism. She explains beautifully in her story that women get misdiagnosed a lot because their signs for autism look different then mean with autism. Helen shares her story in her novel and made me question everything I knew about women and girls with autism. A quick read but definitely worth It. 4/5 stars ★★★★
Be Frank With Me by Julia Claiborne Johnson
Now it has been a while since I read this book, but it is about a child who moves through life at the beat of his own drum. When a nanny comes to play with Frank, as his mom who is a famous author is trying to finish her book, she learns what a unique kid Frank really is. A little bit of a love story with Frank's male role model/piano teacher also moves the story along, it is a book filled with humor and heartfelt moments. 4/5 stars ★★★★
These are books that I have read that I sat and underlined phrases and stared pages to reference later. I learned so much from each and every one of these books. Some are people's personal stories of living as a parent of children with disabilities while others are stories written by disabled people. Inclusive Toolbox is the only book on here that is a step by step plan on how to create an inclusive environment at your school, if everyone is on board.
Disability Visibility edited by Alice Wong*
The Reason I Jump by Naoki Higashida*
The Lucky Few by Heather Avis
Scoot Over and Make Some Room by Heather Avis
Haben by Haben Girma
TBR (To Be Read)
My TBR list is growing faster than I am reading.. but these are the final books on my list that I have been recommended and dying to read! Have you read any of these books? What are your recommendations? What do I need to add to this list?
Lost at School by Ross W. Greene
Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend by Matthew Dicks
Demystifying Disability by Emily Ladou
The Autistic Brain by Temple Grandin
One Without the Other by Dr. Moore
Between Georgia by Joshilyn Jackson
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
Inclusion starts with you and I just want to help!