Monthly mail • September 2021

Welcome to The Kidlit Collective – a celebration of children’s books and more

A Diverse World

In celebration of Japan’s Paralympics,
we share some of our favourite
children’s book picks that champion
disability and inclusivity.

Emmanuel's Dream

Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah’s story is so inspirational that it was made into a film and narrated by Oprah. Born in Ghana with one deformed leg, Emmanuel has no choice but to hop two miles to attend school every day. Eventually, with the support of his mother, he becomes a cyclist and a disability advocate – biking remarkable400 miles across West Africa. Click here for book details.

I Am Not A Label

Pulling together 34 disabled artists, thinkers, athletes and activists, who have shown tenacity and grit to monumental effect, I Am Not A Label tells the stories of some of history’s greatest trailblazers.

From Ludwig van Beethoven and Ibraham Lincoln to Frida Kahlo, Stephen Hawking, and Lady Gaga, I Am Not A Label, shares how these iconic figures overcame obstacles, owned their differences, and paved the way for others, by making their bodies and minds work for them. This wonderful collection of biographies show what is possible when overcoming adversity.

Six Dots

Just five years old when he lost his sight, Louis Braille was desperate to read. So he invented his very own alphabet that could be read by touch. Incredibly, it is still used to this very day.
This picture book biography strikes a perfect balance between the seriousness of Braille’s life and the exuberance he
projected out into the world.” — School Library

She Persisted in Sports

Written by Chelsea Clinton (yep, daughter of Bill and Hillary,) She Persisted in Sports is all about female athletes whose talent and determination earned them a place at the Olympics.

She Persisted in Sports is a book for everyone who has ever aimed for a goal and been told it wasn’t theirs to hit, for everyone who has ever raced for a finish line that seemed all too far away, and for everyone who has ever felt small or unimportant while out on the field.

Just Ask

With the backdrop of a community garden, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s book reflects on the differences that make each of us unique. Using her own experience as a child who was diagnosed with diabetes, she writes about children with various challenges and looks at the special powers those kids have within.

Rescue & Jessica

On April 15, 2013, life changed forever for authors Jessica Kensky and Patrick Downes, when two bombs exploded during the Boston Marathon.

Rescue & Jessica is a lovely illustrated children’s book, based on their experience with Jessica’s service dog.

The Girl Who Thought in Pictures

The Girl Who Thought in Pictures Today, Dr. Temple Gardin is a highly respected scientist and animal behaviorist.

Yet, when she was diagnosed with autism at a young age, no one expected her to talk, let alone become such an influential voice in modern science.
But she did just that, and her unique mind allowed her to connect with animals in a special way, helping her invent groundbreaking improvements for farms across the world. Here is her story.


Dropping on October 5, Harry Potter A Magical Year offers readers a visual journey through the much loved book series via paint, ink and pencil. Alongside Jim Kay’s most iconic illustrations, you will find quotes spanning Harry’s time at
Hogwarts.Readers can also peak inside the artist’s
sketchbook, with previously unseen pencil sketches included.A lovely keepsake for Harry Potter fans, we imagine this book will be finding its way undermany Christmas trees this year.Available at Barnes and Noble, Amazon, and elsewhere.





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