Additional Resources

We are  currently collecting literature, films, websites and additional resources to be utilized in conjunction with the PEARLS Project.  We plan to post an increasing number of resources to this site. One novel that many elementary/middle schools are currently reading in conjunction with the PEARLS Project is R.J. Palacio’s Wonder. This #1 New York Times Bestseller explores issues of discrimination, prejudice and bullying while also themes of compassion, empathy and kindness. Here is a link to the author’s website which is a tremendous resource and includes questions for teachers to use in the classroom:

Here are some other wonderful resources:

Book Author Grade Topic
My Friend Isabelle Eliza Woloson Pre-K+ Friend living with Down syndrome
Hooway for Wodney the Wat Helen Lester Pre-K-3 Speech disability
Knots on a Counting Rope Bill Martin Jr. Pre-K-3 Blindness
Apt. 3 Ezra Keats K-2 Blindness
Lee: The Rabbit with Epilepsy Deborah Moss K-2 Epilepsy
A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin Jen Bryant K-3 Physical disability (loses arm)
See the Ocean Estelle Condra K-3 Blindness
Thank You Mr. Falker Patricia Polacco K-4 Dyslexia
Dad and Me in the Morning Patricia Lakin 1-3 Deafness
Through Grandpa’s Eyes Patricia MacLahlan 1-4 Grandfather living with blindness
Jacob’s Eye Patch Beth Kobliner Shaw, Jacob Shaw, Jules Feiffer 1-4 Eye Patch
Shredderman Wendelin Van Draanen 1-4 Bullying
How to be Human: Diary of an Autistic Girl Florida Frenz 1-6 Autism
The Trumpet of the Swan E.B White 2-4 Muteness
The Alphabet War Diane Burton Robb 2-5 Dyslexia
Different is not Bad, Different is the World : A Book about Disabilities Sally Smith 2-5 Physical/ Learning Disabilities
The Secret Garden Frances Hodgson Burnett 2-6 Use of Wheelchair
Freckles Gene Stratton-Porter 3-6 Physical disability (one-handed)
Wonder R. J. Palacio 3-7 Treacher-Collins Syndrome
Half-a-Moon Inn Paul Fleischman 3-7 Muteness
Rules Cynthia Lord 3-7 Brother living with autism
Wonderstruck Brian Selznick 3-7 Deafness, bullying
Blubber Judy Blume 3-7 Bullying
Freak the Mighty Rodman Philbrick 3-7 Learning, physical differences
The Bus People Rachel Anderson 4 Youth living with disabilities
The View from Saturday E. L. Konigsburg 4-6 Physical disability
Tru Confessions Janet Tashjian 4-7 Brother living with intellectual disability
Al Capone Does My Shirts Gennifer Choldenko 5 Sister living with autism
Out of My Mind Sharon M. Draper 5 Cerebral Palsy
Mockingbird Kathryn Erskine 5+ Asperger’s
Counting by 7s Holly Goldberg Sloan 5+ Autism/ Asperger’s
Paperboy Vince Vawter 5+ Stuttering
I, Emma Freke Elizabeth Atkinson 5-7 Mother living with emotional and mental health issues
The Westing Game Ellen Raskin 5-8 Physical disability
Tangerine Edward Bloor 5-9 Visually challenged
Anything but Typical Nora Raleigh Baskin 5-9 Autism
Cat’s Cradle Kurt Vonnegut 6-8 Little person
So B. It Sarah Weeks 6-9 Intellectual disability/Agoraphobia
Kissing Doorknobs Terry Spencer Hesser 7+ OCD
Gathering Blue Lois Lowry 7+ Physical disability
Shark Girl Kelly Bingham 7+ Physical disability (loses arm)
Marcelo In the Real World Francisco X. Stork 7+ Autism
The Running Dream Wendelin Van Draanen 7+ Physical disability (loses leg)
My Sister’s Keeper Jodi Picoult 7-10 Leukemia
The Mind’s Eye Paul Fleischman 7-11 Severed spinal cord
Handle with Care Jodi Picoult 8 Brittle bone disease
Flowers for Algernon Daniel Keyes 9-11 Intellectual disability
Of Mice and Men John Steinbeck 9-10 Intellectual disability
The Fault in Our Stars John Green 9+ Cancer
Huck Finn Mark Twain 9-12 Discrimination
To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee 10+ Discrimination
Handle with Care Jodi Picoult 10+ Brittle bone disease
The Sound and the Fury William Faulkner 10+ Intellectual disability
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly Jean-Dominique Bauby 11+ Locked-in Syndrome
Angle of Repose Wallace Stegner 12+ Physical disability
Civilwarland in Bad Decline George Saunders 12+ Physical disabilities

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