I Am Not My Disability: Outstanding Books For and About Young People with Disabilities

Publish 20 March 2017

Every two years, the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) chooses outstanding books for and about young people with disabilities. This biennial selection draws attention to books published around the world that address special needs and situations and which encourage inclusion at every level.

Outstanding titles, including the one below, become part of The IBBY Collection of Books for Young People with Disabilities. This one-of-a-kind collection is located in Canada at North York Central Library, part of the Toronto Public Library system.

Here is one of the titles from the 2015 list:

Temple Grandin: How the Girl who Loved Cows Embraced Autism and Changed the World

By Sy Montgomery

Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN 978-0-547-44315-7

This biography for older children provides a refreshing look at an individual with a disability who found success in life, not by trying to overcome her limitations but by acknowledging them and working with them. The path to Temple Grandin’s success as an adult was far from certain when she was diagnosed with autism at age three; as Temple says in the Foreword, “I was one of those kids who did not fit in with the rest of the crowd.” Although she experienced misunderstanding and ridicule, this well-balanced look at Temple’s life makes it clear that she also had the support, encouragement and affection of others. A visit to a cattle ranch when Temple was a teenager proved to be life changing: Temple was at last in a setting where she felt comfortable, especially when she was around cows. Over time, her intuitive understanding of these farm animals became the foundation for her internationally known work as an advocate for the humane treatment of animals. Those who have autism will find inspiration and encouragement in the Foreword written by Temple and in the section “Temple’s Advice for Kids on the Spectrum.” Readers who want to learn more about autism will find a clearly worded explanation of this disorder along with resources recommended by Temple.


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I Am Not My Disability: Outstanding Books For and About Young People with Disabilities