The Fall issue of Canadian Children’s Book News looks at how disabilities are represented in Canadian children’s books and what publishers are doing to help those with learning differences who struggle with reading. We look at how accessibility and inclusion have been represented in Canadian children’s picture books and author Andrew Katz shares with us how important it is for children with neurological differences, such as ADHD, to see themselves represented in a positive light.
With the new Jean Little First-Novel Award being awarded for the first time this fall, fellow children’s author Sarah Ellis, a long-time friend of Jean’s, shares with us the impact of Jean’s writing and the legacy she has left behind. Leigh Turina, Lead Librarian for the IBBY Collection for Young People with disabilities, offers a personal introduction to the collection and highlights some of its uses. Our Keep Your Eye On column introduces readers to Sabina Khan, whose first book, The Love and Lies of Rukhsana Ali, garnered international praise. Our Bookmark! column features a list of hi-lo books suitable for middle-grade and young adult readers and showcases the types of books publishers are producing to help reluctant readers enjoy reading. As always, our We Recommend section has over 40 fabulous new Canadian books for you to discover.