Matching children with special needs to books and stories that will motivate and engage them.
“Remarkable Books About Young People with Special Needs,” by Alison M.G. Follos, is a valuable resource for any parent, grandparent, caregiver or teacher who lives or works with young people who have disabilities. This vast and var- ied selection of books offers individuals who may be isolated by their differences the security and companionship of stories they can identify with. Describing more than 100 stories featuring characters who have disabilities—from physical handicaps, ADHD, Asperger’s syndrome and dyslexia to survivors of psychological or physical trauma— the guide points to narratives that can help make these conditions understandable and familiar. Selecting books that dissolve limitations and spark the imagination, this re- source helps all kinds of adults and children empathize and truly connect. The book is published by Huron Street Press, a trade publishing imprint of the American Library Association available through Independent Publishers Group as well as numerous traditional retail outlets in both print and e-book editions.
Follos is the author of “Reviving Reading: School Library Programming, Author Visits, and Books That Rock!” A school librarian for more than 20 years, she has presented reading incentive and read-aloud workshops for library professionals and educators throughout New York and New England, and at the 2007 ALA Annual Conference. In 2009 she co-chaired the author committee for the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) National Conference.
A middle school librarian for 22 years, Follos currently works in the elementary school libraries of Petrova and Bloomingdale in the Saranac Lake School district. She has served on the Lake Placid School Board and Wilmington’s E.M. Cooper Memorial Library board. She is a children’s and Young Adult book reviewer for the national publication, School Library Journal.