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20. Selecting Books for Disability Awareness

In this episode, Diana Pastora Carson shares her guidelines for selecting appropriate classroom books about disability in a way that aligns with Disability Studies in Education and the social model of disability, and in a way that is respectful of the many voices of disability.

Some of Diana's Favorite Disability and Diversity Related Classroom Books

We Move Together, Kelly Fritsch, Anne McGuire, Eduardo Trejos

All the Way to the Top: How One Girl's Fight for Americans with Disabilities Changed Everything, Annette Bay Pimentel

Ed Roberts: Champion of Disability Rights, Diana Pastora Carson

Red: A Crayon's Story, Michael Hall

One, Kathryn Otoshi

Whoever You Are, Mem Fox

It's Okay to Be Different, Todd Parr

Only One You, Linda Kranz

Pedro's Whale, Paula Kluth & Patrick Schwarz

Coaster, Paula Kluth

Can I Play Too? Mo Willems

This is Our House, Michael Rosen

Mama Zooms, Jane Cowen-Fletcher

Rolling Warrior: The Incredible, Sometimes Awkward, True Story of a Rebel Girl on Wheels Who Helped Spark a Revolution, Judith Heumann, Kristen Joiner, et al

Real, Carol Cujec & Peyton Goddard

Black Disabled Art History 101, Leroy F. Moore, Jr.

Sign Language for Kids, Lora Heller

What's your favorite book that aligns with my Beyond Awareness Book Screening guidelines? Shoot me an email with your favorite title! [email protected]


Stay Connected with Diana

Diana's Website

Free Resource - 5 Keys to Going Beyond Awareness 

Beyond Awareness: Bringing Disability into Diversity in K-12 Schools & Communities - Diana's Book

Ed Roberts: Champion of Disability Rights - Diana's Children's Book

"Beyond Awareness" Digital Course

Diana's TEDx Talk

Beyond Awareness Facebook Page

Diana on Instagram


Credits and Image Description

Intro and outro music courtesy of Emmanuel Castro.

Podcast cover photo by Rachel Schlesinger Photography.

Podcast cover image description: Black and white photograph of Diana, a Spanish-American woman with long, wavy, brown hair. She is wearing a flowy, white blouse and smiles at camera as she leans against wooden building. Photo is colorfully framed with gold and orange rays of seeming sunshine on top half, and with solid sage green color on bottom half. Text reads "Beyond Awareness: Disability Awareness That Matters, Diana Pastora Carson, M.Ed."