Everyone has heard of the Caldecott Medal and the Newbery Medal as they are prestigious awards for children’s literature from the American Library Association. There are many other awards for children’s literature, as well. Have you ever heard of the Schneider Family Book Award? It honors “an author or illustrator for a book that embodies an artistic expression of the disability experience for child and adolescent audiences” (http://www.ala.org/awardsgrants/schneider-family-book-award).
Do yourself a favor and check out the winner and honor book for 2019 for young children, Rescue & Jessica: A Life-Changing Friendship and The Remember Balloons (https://libguides.athens.edu/lit). The wonderful thing about quality children’s literature is that you can read it to your child or with your child. If it reflects them like a mirror, that’s wonderful. If it shows them to a window to learn about someone that is different, that is amazing, too.
Rescue and Jessica is about a dog. “When he is paired with a girl who has lost her legs, Rescue worries that he isn’t up to the task of being her service dog.” It allows children to learn about a character, Jessica, who lived through the Boston Marathon Bombing.
The Remember Balloons is about aging and memories. “James has a bunch of balloons, each of which holds a special memory, but as his grandfather ages and loses his own balloons, James discovers that he is gaining new ones.”
Check out the holdings at your local public library through their website, or use this website to find the library closest to you that has these items: www.worldcat.org.