Wonder by R.J. Palacio
A beautiful book to share with buddies and leaders who are new to the world of disability and what our friends experience in life… or for a longtime staff person who wants to enter into the story.
August Pullman was born with a facial deformity that, up until now, has prevented him from going to a mainstream school. Starting 5th grade at Beecher Prep, he wants nothing more than to be treated as an ordinary kid—but his new classmates can’t get past Auggie’s extraordinary face. WONDER, now a #1 New York Times bestseller and included on the Texas Bluebonnet Award master list, begins from Auggie’s point of view, but soon switches to include his classmates, his sister, her boyfriend, and others. These perspectives converge in a portrait of one community’s struggle with empathy, compassion, and acceptance.
"Wonder is the best kids' book of the year," said Emily Bazelon, senior editor at Slate.com and author of Sticks and Stones: Defeating the Culture of Bullying and Rediscovering the Power of Character and Empathy. In a world where bullying among young people is an epidemic, this is a refreshing new narrative full of heart and hope. R.J. Palacio has called her debut novel “a meditation on kindness” —indeed, every reader will come away with a greater appreciation for the simple courage of friendship. Auggie is a hero to root for, a diamond in the rough who proves that you can’t blend in when you were born to stand out.
The Reason I Jump The inner voice of a 13 year old boy with autism.
by Naoki Higashida
An absolutely fascinating glimpse into non verbal Naoki’s life! Seriously, could not put this book down as it made me simply value people and be inspired to work harder at getting to know my non-verbal and introverted friends. No question- God wants us to wonder about Him as wonder always leads to Him and our non-verbal friends give us plenty to wonder about.