The following collection of books deals with a full range of people’s differences. Their characters live in different kinds of families and are different sizes, shapes, and colors. Many have special physical and mental abilities and disabilities. Share these books with your class to show how individuals cope with and overcome their differences.

The Day the Crayons Quit

By Drew Daywalt
Crayons have feelings, too, in this funny back-to-school story illustrated by the creator of Stuck and This Moose Belongs to Me -- now a #1 ...
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The Name Jar

By Yangsook Choi
The new kid in school needs a new name! Or does she? Being the new kid in school is hard enough, but what about when nobody can pronounce ...
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The Sandwich Swap

By Queen Rania of Jordan Al Abdullah
Lily and Salma are best friends. They play together and stick together through thick and thin. But who would have ever thought that ordinary ...
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Amy’s Travels

By Kathryn Starke
Come join Amy as she travels to all seven continents. Amy's Travels, based on a true story, teaches the geography, culture, and diversity of ...
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The Cow That Went Oink

By Bernard Most
Children who are teased at school, who are shy about speaking in front of the class, or who simply see themselves as not fitting in are ...
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Radiance Descending: A Novel

By Paula Fox
Paul has a younger brother, Jacob, who has Down's syndrome, and he is angry. He doesn't like the attention his brother receives and he ...
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One True Friend

By Joyce Hansen
Fourteen-year-old Amir has bounced from foster home to foster home since the death of his parents. He now lives with the loving Smiths who ...
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The Misfits

By James Howe
Addie is super tall and super smart. Joe is gay. Skeezie is sloppy and tough looking, and Bobbie, the narrator, is overweight and vulnerable ...
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A Day for Vincent Chin and Me

By Jacqueline Turner Banks
Tommy is part of a posse, a group of six seventh-grade students who have been friends forever. He leads this posse in a neighborhood effort ...
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Sees Behind Trees

By Michael Dorris
This is the story of a young Indian boy's struggle to meet life's challenges and overcome his sight impairment. During his naming ceremony, ...
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Hooway for Wodney Wat

By Helen Lester
Wodney Wat, a shy rodent, is teased by his classmates because he can't pronounce R's. Wodney, however, transforms into a hero when he saves ...
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By Allen Say
When Allison tries on a kimono her grandmother sends her, she realizes she looks more like her Japanese doll, Mei Mei, than her parents. ...
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The Memory Box

By Mary Bahr
Zach visits his grandparents every summer at their cottage by the lake. He is looking forward to fishing with Gramps and eating Gram's ...
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A Screaming Kind of Day

By Rachna Gilmore
Before Scully can open her eyes and put in her hearing aids, her brother Leo begins a tease-torture campaign. Meanwhile Mom, who is studying ...
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