This month we are highlighting books for dads by dads with special needs children. I got book #3 for my husband a few years ago, and he loved it.
A Different Beautiful: Discovering and Celebrating Beauty in Places You Never Expected by Courtney Westlake
When Courtney Westlake’s family was given the shocking news that their daughter, Brenna, was born in 2011 with a severe, life-threatening skin disorder, they began to discover a new and different beautiful in their lives–one that values extraordinary differences and appreciates the wonderful sameness found in humanity. In A Different Beautiful, Courtney explores what her family has discovered in raising a child with physical differences and what she has learned about true beauty. Through her personal insights and experiences, Courtney shares how you, too, can learn to find and celebrate God’s version of beautiful in your life, especially within our differences and struggles.
Books for Autism Awareness Month
My Friend with Autism by Beverly Bishop (Author), Craig Bishop (Illustrator)
My Friend with Autism is the incredible result of parent Beverly Bishop’s determination to educate her son’s classmates about autism, thus helping her son fit in at school. A peer narrator explains that his friend with autism is good at some things and not so good at others—just like everyone else! In an informative, positive tone, he addresses issues such as: Sensory Sensitivity, Communication Differences, Unique Ways of Playing, and Insistence on Routine.
This month we are sharing books on tolerance & kindness.Tricia Greene, KNOWDifferent’s community liaison, takes over the monthly column. If there are books you would like her to look into or topics you want covered, email her here and she will be on it!
Books about Explaining Special Needs to Children
Editor’s note- This month, our own Tricia Greene, KNOWDifferent’s community liason, takes over the monthly column. If there are books you would like her to look into or topics you want covered, email her here and she will be on it!
Goose’s Story by Cari Best
When a girl and her dog greet the geese as they return in the spring, she discovers one of the geese is missing a foot. The other geese shun the injured goose at first, and the girl’s parents warn her not to interfere. But the girl feels compelled to watch out for her. One day the goose is gone. After worrying all winter, the girl and her dog discover the goose with one foot has returned … with her new mate.
The Crippled Lamb; Hardcover; Author – Max Lucado
A beautiful and inspiring story that has encouraged thousands of children who have felt left out or who have special needs. In this timeless bestseller, readers experience the tender love God has for those who feel alone and different. Joshua was a lamb with a crippled leg who felt left out because he couldn’t run and play like the other lambs. But God had a very special plan for Joshua’s life, as He does for all who feel alone. Readers can expect a gentle tug on their hearts as the little lamb’s prayers are answered in an amazing way. Original oil-painting illustrations by Liz Bonham brilliantly capture the beauty and warmth of this endearing story. Meets national education standards.
This month we chose 4 books that focus on being thankful & grateful.
Special People Special Ways –
by Arlene Maguire (Author), Sheila Bailey (Illustrator)
Arlene Maguire’s delightful rhymes combine with Sheila Bailey’s rich watercolor illustrations to take the reader on a journey of discovery. Each page portrays positive images of children with various disabilities. Winner of an iParenting Media Award, this book illustrates that beyond our physical limitations is a world of unique gifts for each of us to share. Teachers and parents love to read this book aloud to promote understanding and tolerance at school and at home. The detailed artwork attracts children of all ages.
This month we focus on books that are geared to the siblings of the kids with special needs. There is so much to write about with this, the siblings carry burdens and have lots to share. Days can be extra stressful when their sibling does things in a “different” way. Sometimes there is shame, fear and many other emotions.
Here are some books covering this geared to all age groups.
This month we chose 3 books geared for the middle school readers.
I Funny: A Middle School Story
by James Patterson, Chris Grabenstein, Laura Park
The main character is Jamie Grimm, he is a middle schooler on a mission: to become the world’s greatest standup comedian. He’s moved to a new in town and living with his aunt, uncle, and their evil son Stevie, a bully who doesn’t let Jamie’s wheelchair stop him from messing with Jamie as much as possible. But Jamie doesn’t let his situation get him down. The story is a great read.