Books read aloud in Ms. Barbour's class

Reaching for Sun by Tracie Vaughn Zimmer

Josie Wyatt has always been different. She lives on a farm with her different family. She has cerebral palsy and often feels isolated. That is, until a new boy named Jordan moves next door...

The Running Dream by Wendelin Van Draamen

Track star Jessica's world is flipped upside down when she gets in a car accident and loses her leg. When people start treating her differently, she realizes that's how she had been treating a girl with cerebral palsy in her class, Rosa. With the help of her friends and family, Jessica may get to run on the track again- and she wants to bring Rosa with her.

Wonder by R.J. Palacio

Wonder by R. J. Palacio

Rules by Cynthia Lord

Catherine just wants to have a normal life. That seems nearly impossible to her because her brother, David, is autistic and is constantly embarrassing her with his behavior. When Catherine meets a paraplegic boy named Jason and Krisi, the friend she's always wished for, her own behavior makes her question "What is normal?"

Why are we reading these books?

Ms. Barbour has picked these texts to read to you this year to help everyone learn about disabilities and how people with them aren't so different from us. I hope that as we read these books that each of you will learn to treat everyone you meet with kindness and understanding.