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Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah: Champion for Ghana’s Disabled
by Leanne Currie-McGhee

Through the life experiences of Yeboah, who was born with a physical disability, the reader learns of the prejudicial views toward and oppressive treatment of individuals with disabilities in Ghana. Yeboah’s mother told him “Don’t let anyone put you down because of your disability”. He took this advice to heart as he hopped miles to school, later walked 150 miles for employment, and then biked 370 miles across Ghana. Yeboah had a desire to advocate for those with disabilities and approached the Challenged Athletes Foundation in CA for support. He told them that if “you take care of me, I am going to take care of thousands more just like me”. Through this organization and political leaders in U.S. and Ghana, he worked to facilitate change in the treatment of individuals with disabilities. The book finishes with a section entitled ‘What You Can Do’ which explains ways that people of any age can help to raise awareness or funds for people with disabilities in Ghana. Readers might also be interested in the documentary of Yeboah’s life, Emmanuel’s Gift.

Published by: KidHaven
Recommended by: Dr. Vicki Donne



The Red Pencil
by Andrea Davis Pinkney

Through this first-person verse novel, Amira shares the everyday experiences of her family’s life in a farming village in South Dufar, Sudan. Her sister Leila, was born with a physical disability, and her experiences reflect some of the stereotypes within their culture. The family’s life is forever changed when Janjaweeds attack their village and the family flees to the Kalma refugee camp. A relief worker there gives Amira a red pencil and yellow paper and she begins a voyage to literacy and looking at things in new ways similar to the game her father taught her “What Else is Possible”. This book has won the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work. (For those interested in using this book in the classroom, an Educator’s Guide is available at http://media.hdp.hbgusa.com/titles/assets/reading_group_guide/9780316247801/EG_9780316247801.pdf.)

Published by: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Recommended by: Dr. Vicki Donne



A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin
by Jen Bryant

This beautifully illustrated book is a biography of a native Pennsylvania African American painter. From early childhood, Horace loved to draw. He left school in 8th grade to work and support his family, yet his love of drawing continued. He served in the Army during World War I and continued to draw about his experiences. He was injured in the war and was physically disabled, unable to use his right arm, nevertheless his love of drawing and painting continued and his work can be seen throughout the U.S. today. It has won numerous awards: The Schneider Family Book Award for its depiction of disabilities, Sibert Informational Book Award, Caldecott Honor, and ALA-ALSC Notable Children’s Book.

Published by: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Recommended by: Dr. Vicki Donne