• Personal & social issues: disability & special needs (Children's/YA)
      April 2016

      MyaGrace Wants To Get Ready

      a true story promoting inclusion and self-determination

      by Jo Meserve Mach, Vera Lynne Stroup-Rentier, Mary Birdsell

      MyaGrace loves music and dancing. Her school is having a big dance and she wants to do with her friend Emily. She has so much to do to get ready. What should she wear? How should she fix her hair? What color should she paint her fingernails? Will she get ready in time? (MyaGrace has Autism, Cerebral Palsy and intellectual disabilities. She was adopted from India.)

    • Biography & True Stories

      Dreamscape

      Real Dreams Really Make a Difference

      by Martha Cinader

      From ancient history to near-modern times, this collection of short stories and poetry is about fascinating people in history who followed their dreams and changed the world. The repertoire was developed in performance in clubs, schools, libraries, jazz festivals and at the International Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Included are stories about Nicola Tesla, Albert Einstein, Josephine Baker, Queen Boedicea, Sacajawea and more. Described as "a hip beatnick Sesame Street for grownups," the stories are engaging for middle schoolers and up, and would appeal to teachers and librarians for their educational and entertainment value. The collection would also lend itself to adaptation for an educational animated TV series. Martha would like to see the life of this repertoire of biographical stories be extended to other mediums through licensing and permissions opportunities. For a more detailed description please see the Supporting Information PDF.

    • Personal & social issues: disability & special needs (Children's/YA)
      August 2014

      I Want To Be Like Poppin' Joe

      a true story of inclusion and self-determination

      by Jo Meserve Mach, Vera Lynne Stroup-Rentier, Mary Birdsell

      Dylan has an awesome friend. His friend, Poppin’ Joe pops and sells popcorn. Poppin’ Joe has a very fun job. It’s noisy fun! Dylan learns from Poppin’ Joe how to do a job you love. (Dylan has Down Syndrome. Joe has Down Syndrome and Autism.)

    • Personal & social issues: disability & special needs (Children's/YA)
      August 2014

      Kaitlyn Wants To See Ducks

      a true story of inclusion and self-determination

      by Jo Meserve Mach, Vera Lynne Stroup-Rentier, Mary Birdsell

      Kaitlyn loves ducks. Her family loves all the animals. Seeing those apes and lions and elephants and goats and giraffes and bears, just isn’t what Kaitlyn wants to do. What’s a girl to do, when it’s family day at the zoo? (Kaitlyn has Down Syndrome.)

    • True stories (Children's/YA)
      September 2015

      Reese Has a Halloween Secret

      a true story of inclusion and self-determination

      by Jo Meserve Mach, Vera Lynne Stroup-Rentier, Mary Birdsell

      Reese has an awesome secret. He has so much fun sharing clues with his friends. They have to wait until Halloween to discover his wonderful surprise. But it’s worth the wait! (Reese was born with a cancerous tumor on his spinal cord.)

    • Personal & social issues: disability & special needs (Children's/YA)
      October 2015

      Yo quiero ser como Joe Palomitas

      Una historia real que promueva la inclusión y la autodeterminación

      by Jo Meserve Mach, Vera Lynne Stroup-Rentier, Mary Birdsell, Karen Diaz Anchante

      Dylan tiene un amigo estupendo. Su amigo Joe Palomitas hace y vende palomitas de maíz. Joe Palomitas tiene un trabajo muy divertido. ¡Es una diversión ruidosa! Dylan aprende de Joe Palomitas cómo hacer un trabajo que le encante. Dylan has Down Syndrome. His friend, Poppin' Joe has Down Syndrome and Autism.

    • Personal & social issues: disability & special needs (Children's/YA)
      March 2015

      Kaitlyn queire ver patos

      Una historia real que promueva la inclusión y la autodeterminación

      by Jo Meserve Mach, Vera Lynne Stroup-Rentier, Mary Birdsell, Karen Diaz Anchante

      Kaitlyn ama los patos. A su familia le encantan todos los animales. Pero ver monos, leones, elefantes, cabras, jirafas y osos, no es exactamente lo que Kaitlyn quiere hacer. ¿Qué debe hacer una niña durante un día familiar en el zoológico?

    • Personal & social issues: disability & special needs (Children's/YA)
      October 2015

      Yo no sé si quiero un perrito

      Una historia real que promueva la inclusión y la autodeterminación

      by Jo Meserve Mach, Vera Lynne Stroup-Rentier, Mary Birdsell, Karen Diaz Anchante

      Parece que todos los niños quieren un perrito. ¡Pero no Ethan! Él es feliz jugando con sus autos. Sus hermanos mayores tienen una idea diferente. Ellos convencen a mamá y a papá de conseguir un perrito. Es bueno que Ethan esté ahí cuando descubren que su idea no funcionó de la forma que pensaban.

    • Personal & social issues: disability & special needs (Children's/YA)
      June 2015

      Marco y yo queremos jugar al béisbol

      Una historia real que promueva la inclusión y la autodeterminación

      by Jo Meserve Mach, Vera Lynne Stroup-Rentier, Mary Birdsell, Karen Diaz Anchante

      Isiah y Marco comparten su amor por el béisbol. ¿Quién va a golpear la pelota más lejos? ¿Quién va a golpear la pelota más alto? ¿De quién será la pelota que golpee el granero? A estos primos les gusta bromear y jugar, cuando es el abuelo quien está lanzando.

    • Personal & social issues: disability & special needs (Children's/YA)
      June 2015

      MyaGrace quiere hacer música

      Una historia real que promueva la inclusión y la autodeterminación

      by Jo Meserve Mach, Vera Lynne Stroup-Rentier, Mary Birdsell, Karen Diaz Anchante

      Todos en la familia de MyaGrace hacen música. MyaGrace toca el piano, pero no es lo mismo. Ella quiere unirse a su familia cuando están haciendo música. ¿Cómo va ella a resolver esto? Afortunadamente, MyaGrace conoce a la persona indicada para ayudarla.

    • True stories (Children's/YA)
      February 2016

      Reese tiene un secreto de Halloween

      Una historia real que promueva la inclusión y la autodeterminación

      by Jo Meserve Mach, Vera Lynne Stroup-Rentier, Mary Birdsell, Karen Diaz Anchante

      Reese tiene un secreto increíble. Él se divierte mucho dándole pistas a sus amigos. Ellos tienen que esperar hasta Halloween para descubrir su maravillosa sorpresa. ¡Pero la espera vale la pena!

    • Personal & social issues: disability & special needs (Children's/YA)
      March 2016

      OE Wants It To Be Friday

      a true story of inclusion and self-determination

      by Jo Meserve Mach, Vera Lynne Stroup-Rentier, Mary Birdsell

      OE is counting down the days until Friday. It’s her favorite day of the week. Each day she has fun, but she knows she will have fabulous fun on Friday. She can’t wait for her special time with Dad and her coach, Austin.( OE was born in Russia. She and Austin both have Cerebral Palsy. They use wheelchairs and communication devices.)

    • Personal & social issues: disability & special needs (Children's/YA)

      OE quiere que sea viernes

      Una historia real que promueve la inclusión y la autodeterminación

      by Jo Meserve Mach, Vera Lynne Stroup-Rentier, Mary Birdsell, Karen Diaz Anchante

      OE está contando los días hasta el viernes. Es su día preferido de la semana. Ella se divierte cada día, pero sabe que el viernes es más divertido y fabuloso. Ella tiene muchas ganas de pasarla bien con papá y con su entrenador, Austin.Tanto OE y Austin tienen parálisis cerebral y utilizan dispositivos de comunicación o el lenguaje de señas para comunicarse.OE fue adoptada de Rusia cuando tenía casi cinco años. Finding My Way Books hace honor a los niños con necesidades especiales o al compatir sus historias.

    • Classic fiction (Children's/YA)
      December 2015

      The Shoemaker's Splendid Lamp

      by Tuula Pere (author), Georgia Stylou (illustrator)

      The shoemaker lives in a small cottage with his large family. Every day he toils away, making boots so his family can eat. The shoemaker’s sickly youngest son, Aron, often sits beside him. The doctor has warned the shoemaker that little Aron might not live long enough to see next summer. The shoemaker longs to make more shoes to feed his family, but the cottage gets so dark, he must stop working before the sun goes down. One day the shoemaker and Aron spot something at the market—a beautiful oil lamp! Can the splendid lamp help the shoemaker—and save little Aron?

    • Classic fiction (Children's/YA)
      September 2017

      Raspberry Red

      by Tuula Pere (author), Georgia Stylou (illustrator)

      Late one autumn, Aino’s father sets off on the road with the other village men. Little Aino doesn’t quite understand why. During the cold winter days, scary noises start to echo from the nearby forest. The family is forced to leave their home, their own village shop, and Aino’s playhouse. They leave for the train station in such a hurry that Aino can hardly keep up with the others. Near the playhouse, the eyes of the child and a foreign soldier meet. When Aino escapes, her rag doll’s raspberry red apron is left behind in the snow.

    • Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

      Rhyfel Sam

      by Glenys Lloyd

    • Children's & young adult fiction & true stories

      The Piano Tuner's Daughter

      My Best Friend

      by Ingrid Silvian

      At a time when many of the suvivors of Nazi Germany are no longer with us, this story provides a valuable link to a new generation of children, who want to learn and read about how their grandparents grew up and survived this chilling chapter of history. Though this book is primarily for children, the readership could be extended to young aduly and older readers.

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