Several weeks ago, I was approached by PicPocket Books to write two reviews about some new picture book apps about children with Down Syndrome. These picture books, My Friend Isabelle by Eliza Woloson and We’ll Paint the Octopus Red by S.A. Bodeen, are two stories that do an excellent job promoting understanding and acceptance of differences. Writing these reviews inspired me to see what other books libraries had in their collection with and about characters with Down Syndrome. Here are some recommendations.
I Can, Can You? By Marjorie Pitzer – This board book features babies and toddlers with Down Syndrome eating spaghetti, sharing & playing ball. Check out other titles in this series, including My Up & Down & All Around Book.
1 2 3 for You and Me by Meg Girnis – This simple counting book is illustrated with photos of children with Down syndrome and their friends admiring colorful objects that gradually increase in number to 20.
Kids Like Me…Learn ABCs by Laura Ronay – This book children with Down Syndrome and their siblings learning their ABCs. The appealing photographs in this concept book make this a great book for any preschooler learning the alphabet.
How Smudge Came by Nan Gregory – Cindy is a young woman with Down Syndrome. Cindy finds a puppy on her way home from work, but she’s not allowed to have pets where she lives. While many other stories about characters with Down Syndrome tell the story from the sibling or friend perspective, this story does a beautiful job telling the story as Cindy sees it.
My Friend Has Down Syndrome by Amanda Doering Tourville – This non-fiction series is written for an audience of typically developing children with the intent of building awareness and promoting tolerance to friends with disabilities. Check out others in this series, including books about friends with autism and ADHD.
Willowood by Cecilia Galante – Eleven-year-old Lily has trouble leaving her best friend behind and moving to the city when her mother changes jobs, but she makes some very unlikely friends that soon become like family members.
Sophie Gets Real by Nancy Rue – Although Sophie’s faith is shaken after her baby sister is born with Down Syndrome and as she tries to help a troubled girl at her school, the other Corn Flakes and Dr. Peter are there to lend their support.