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Stories for Every Classroom
Canadian Fiction Portraying Characters with Disabilities
Academic study of children’s literature has explored various aspects of diversity; however, little research has examined Canadian books that portray characters with disabilities. This relevant and timely text addresses the significant dearth of research by exploring the treatment of disability in Canadian literature for young people. Engaging and highly accessible, this text will assist teachers, teacher educators, and teacher candidates in finding and using books about characters where disability is a part of their characterization, supporting the development of curricula that reflect critical literacy and social justice issues.Stories for Every Classroom explores the historical patterns and trends, theoretical frameworks, and critical literacy methods used to understand and teach children’s literature and its portrayal of characters with disabilities. It provides educators with curriculum ideas and enriches the body of resources shared with children in K–12 settings for the purposes of developing imagination, empathy, and understanding of self and others. Featuring author portraits, comprehensive annotated bibliographies of contemporary Canadian children’s books that depict characters with disabilities, and read-on bibliographies that provide connections with other books in the field, this unique text will be an invaluable resource for educators.
Table of Contents
Introduction: The Value of Stories My Journey with Books Portraying Characters with Disabilities Writing Books about Characters with Disabilities The Value of Diverse Perspectives in Children’s Literature Changing the World through Critical Literacy Three Essential Questions for This Chapter
Chapter 1: The History of Characters with Disabilities in Children’s Texts The Evolution of Disability The Definition of Disability in the Context of This Book Historical Patterns and Trends Contemporary Trends Future Predictions Three Essential Questions for This Chapter
Chapter 2: Critical Literacy and the Value of Shared Reading as a Teaching Context Rationale for Sharing Stories with Children Evaluation of Children’s Literature Critical Literacy Three Essential Questions for This Chapter
Chapter 3: Contemporary Canadian Picture Books Introduction to Picture Books in Canada Summary of Picture Books Portraying Characters with Disabilities Annotated Bibliography of Picture Books Portraying Characters with Disabilities Three Essential Questions for This Chapter
Chapter 4: Contemporary Canadian Junior Novels Introduction to Junior Novels in Canada Author Portrait: Rachna Gilmore Annotated Bibliography of Canadian Junior Novels Portraying Characters with Disabilities Read-On Bibliography Three Essential Questions for This Chapter
Chapter 5: Contemporary Canadian Intermediate Novels Introduction to Intermediate Novels in Canada Author Portrait: Pamela Porter Annotated Bibliography of Canadian Intermediate Novels Portraying Characters with Disabilities Read-On Bibliography Three Essential Questions for This Chapter
Chapter 6: Contemporary Canadian Young Adult Novels Introduction to Young Adult Novels in Canada Author Portrait: Beverley Brenna Annotated Bibliography of Canadian Young Adult Novels Portraying Characters with Disabilities Read-On Bibliography Three Essential Questions for This Chapter
Chapter 7: Contemporary Canadian Books on an International Landscape Book Selection Ideas The Promise of Radical Change Concluding Thoughts Three Essential Questions for This Chapter
References Copyright Acknowledgements Index
"Brenna is bringing into the light a topic that is often avoided, bringing into focus the students who are so often marginalized and misunderstood. . . . This book helps readers to overcome stereotypes and moves us into understanding rather than avoiding this very important sector of our school population."—Joyce Bainbridge, Faculty of Education, University of Alberta
"Brenna has written an important book in Stories for Every Classroom. She navigates the growing field of literature on dis/ability with eloquence and passion. It is a book that will be treasured by teacher educators, teacher candidates, and teachers alike."—Cam Cobb, Faculty of Education and Academic Development, University of Windsor
"With its examination of Canadian fiction portraying characters with disabilities, Stories for Every Classroom addresses a significant gap in the literature. Bev Brenna expertly integrates historical context and theoretical orientation with rich descriptions of picture books and novels for children and young adults. Rather than the traditional uni-dimensional portrayals of characters with disabilities, the author highlights characters who have a multiplicity of traits. The additional features of author profiles, annotated bibliographies, and read-on lists make this a must-read for in-service and pre-service teachers, as well as for teacher educators and educational researchers."—Lynne Wiltse, Faculty of Education, University of Alberta
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