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Children’s Books

Brown, Beverley Swerdlow — Oliver’s High Five
About an octopus with 5 legs who goes in search of work in the world above the sea.

Caseley, Judith — Harry and Willy and Carrothead
About a boy who was born with no left hand and has a prothesis.

Civitello, Dawn — 5 Fingers and 10 Toes
About a boy who has a hand difference and meets and plays with a boy in a park

Cosgrove, Stephen — Fanny
About a three legged cat who find new friends on the farm.

Cosgrove, Stephen — We are All Equal
Leo is a lop-eared rabbit whose ears go down, not up. A classic serendipity story about the meaning of normal.

Crumble, P — Leo the Lop
No matter who you are, where you come from, where you live, what you look like, who you love, whether you are small or tall, whether you walk or run, this book celebrates the richness in our differences and the joy that we are all equal.

Haack, Ryan — Different is Awesome
Ryan was born without his left forearm and also has a great website from which the book can be purchased.

Krouse Rosenthal, Amy — Spoon
Spoon a happy little utensil, but, thinks that a fork, knife and chopsticks have it much better. Spoon serves as a gentle reminder to celebrate what makes us special.

Otoshi, Kathryn — Zero
Zero compares herself to other numbers shapes and values which readers learn about numbers and counting, they are also introduced to accepting different body types, developing social skills and character, and learning what it means to find value in yourself and others.

Parr, Rodd — It’s Okay to Be Different
The book teaches about diversity and tolerance. The storylines include a kangaroo with a dog in her pouch. The storylines can be the starting point to ask children if they know anyone like the characters in the book or if they see a character resembling themselves (reference 4).

Smith, Jessica — Little Miss Jessica goes to School
About a girl’s first day at school and discovering it is OK to be different

Useman, Sharon — Tibby Tried It
Tibby uses his newfound abilities to become a hero! This tale about empowerment, tolerance, and individual differences will inspire children of any age.