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Be Quiet, Marina! Kirsten DeBear & Laura Dwight, $11.95

Marina has Cerebral Palsy and Moira has Down syndrome, but they like many of the same things. However, Marina loves to make noise, and Moira likes quiet. The story of their friendship is beautifully told in words and photographs.


Breakthrough Parenting for Children with Special Needs: Raising the Bar of Expectations. Judy Winter, $17.99

Breakthrough Parenting for Children with Special Needs challenges families and professionals to help children with special needs to reach their full potential by using a proven motivational, how-to approach. This groundbreaking and inspiring book provides detailed information on how to let go of the “perfect-baby” dream, face and resolve grief, avoid the no-false-hope syndrome, access early intervention services, and avoid the use of limiting and outdated labels. Also included are specific guidelines for working with professionals, understanding the law and inclusion and planning for the future.


Can I Tell You about Cerebral Palsy? A Guide for Friends, Family and Professionals. Marion Stanton, Illustrated by Katie Stanton, $15.95

Meet Sophie — a girl with cerebral palsy (CP). Sophie invites readers to learn about CP from her perspective, helping them to understand what it is like to use a wheelchair to move around and assistive technology to communicate. She also introduces readers to some of her friends who have different forms of CP and explains that living with CP can sometimes be difficult, but there are many ways she is supported so that she can lead a full and happy life.

This illustrated book is ideal for young people aged 7 upwards, as well as parents, friends, teachers and professionals working with children with CP. It is also an excellent starting point for family and classroom discussions.

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The Courage to Compete: Living with Cerebral Palsy and Following My Dreams. Abbey Curran, $21.99

Abbey Curran was born with cerebral palsy, but early on she resolved to never let it limit her. Abbey made history when she became the first contestant with a disability to win a major beauty pageant. After earning the title of Miss Iowa, she went on to compete in Miss USA.

Growing up on a hog farm in Illinois, Abbey competed in local pageants despite naysayers who told her not to. After realizing her own dream, she went on to help other disabled girls achieve their goals by starting Miss You Can Do It, a national non-profit pageant for girls and women with special needs and challenges, which became the subject of an HBO documentary with the same name. This is Abbey’s story. 


Finnie’s Handling the Young Child with Cerebral Palsy at Home, 4th Edition. Edited by Eva Bower, $70.95

The 4th edition of Finnie s Handling the Young Child with Cerebral Palsy at Home aims to help parents assist their child with cerebral palsy (CP) towards achieving the most comfortable independence in all activities. The book is also intended to help professionals and other carers new to this field understand, support and encourage young children with CP and their families.

The emphasis of this new edition remains a holistic approach to the child's needs - seeing the difficulties in relation to the overall development of the child as a unique person from childhood to adulthood.

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The Four Walls of My Freedom. Donna Thomson, $18.95

This is a riveting and redemptive family memoir. Donna Thomson's vivid descriptions of her own experience in treading delicately through daily care, medical emergencies and the medical bureaucracy as she and her family cope with her son Nicholas' cerebral palsy is both inspirational and instructive. 

Donna Thomson's own experience with adversity takes on new meaning when viewed through the lens of Nobel Prize-winning economist Amartya Sen and other philosophers' roadmaps of how to realize a good life against all odds. This lens includes not only people with disability, but also the enormous generation of post-WWII Baby Boomers who are beginning to sense the health care crisis that is looming as they deal with their own aging and increasingly infirm parents. 

Donna Thomson's brilliantly written family memoir provides a strong, original message that touches on the lives of anyone caring for the needs of another.


If at Birth You Don't Succeed: My Adventures with Disaster and Destiny. Zach Anner, $31.50

Comedian Zach Anner opens his frank and devilishly funny book, If at Birth You Don't Succeed, with an admission: he botched his own birth. Two months early, underweight and under-prepared for life, he entered the world with cerebral palsy and an uncertain future. So how did this hairless mole-rat of a boy blossom into a viral internet sensation who's hosted two travel shows, impressed Oprah, driven the Mars Rover, and inspired a John Mayer song? (It wasn't "Your Body is a Wonderland.")

If at Birth You Don't Succeed is a hilariously irreverent and heartfelt memoir about finding your passion and your path even when it's paved with epic misadventure. This is the unlikely but not unlucky story of a man who couldn't safely open a bag of Skittles, but still became a fitness guru with fans around the world. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll fall in love with the Olive Garden all over again, and learn why cerebral palsy is, definitively, "the sexiest of the palsies."

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Lucky Lou Gets Game. Sarah Yates, $25.00 (novel, 12 & up)

Lou is funny and she has attitude. Lou is a teenager with cerebral palsy. Her cousin Sam has never understood why she can’t play baseball, as he does. He doesn’t take her disability as an excuse. When Sam and his friends coach Lou and her motley crew, the baseball game has unexpected results. Lou gets the boy who was never in her dreams and learns to speak up for herself.


Mitchell’s Story: Living with Cerebral Palsy. Jeff Parkin & Lynda Thompson, $20.50

This is the story of one family’s struggle to give their son as normal a life as possible — and the rewards they found along the way.


Out of My Mind. Sharon Draper, $10.99

Eleven-year-old Melody has a photographic memory. Her head is like a video camera that is always recording. Always. And there's no delete button. She's the smartest kid in her whole school — but no one knows it. Most people — her teachers and doctors included — don't think she's capable of learning, and up until recently her school days consisted of listening to the same preschool-level alphabet lessons again and again and again. If only she could speak up, if only she could tell people what she thinks and knows...but she can't, because Melody can't talk. She can't walk. She can't write.

Being stuck inside her head is making Melody go out of her mind — that is, until she discovers something that will allow her to speak for the first time ever. At last Melody has a voice... but not everyone around her is ready to hear it.

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The Survival Guide for Kids with Physical Disabilities & Challenges. Wendy Moss & Susan Taddonio, $21.99

For many kids with physical disabilities and challenges, the barriers they face go beyond what they can and can’t do with their bodies. Loaded with tools for coping with the intense social, emotional, and academic difficulties these students often must deal with — as well as their secret fears — this book helps kids succeed in and out of the classroom and confidently handle their physical challenges. Friendly illustrations, think-about-it prompts, true-to-life stories gathered from the authors’ decades of experience, and specific tips and advice provide comfort, hope, and supportive guidance.


Taking Cerebral Palsy To School. Mary Elizabeth Anderson, $16.95

School friends learn about cerebral palsy. Ages 5-9.


Teaching Motor Skills to Children with Cerebral Palsy and Similar Movement Disorders: a Guide for Parents and Professionals. Sieglinde Martin, $28.95

Written by an experienced physical therapist who is also the mother of a child with cerebral palsy, this comprehensive guide examines the physical characteristics of cerebral palsy and similar conditions - muscle tightness and weakness, increased or decreased flexibility, abnormal reflexes, impaired sensory perception - that affect a child's ability to sit, crawl, stand, and walk. Teaching Motor Skills offers dozen of easy-to-follow exercises with accompanying photos that parents may incorporate into many daily routines at home with the guidance and support of their child's physical therapist. This user-friendly guide helps parents and professionals coordinate their efforts to achieve the best possible outcome for the child.

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Understanding Cerebral Palsy: a Guide for Parents and Professionals. Marion Stanton, $22.95

An invaluable starting point for anyone encountering cerebral palsy for the first time, this book provides essential background information on causes, types and symptoms, as well as vital advice about the treatments, therapies and sources of support available. Practical tips on everyday considerations such as communication, diet and education will help parents achieve the best quality of life for their child. A final chapter explores options after compulsory education and how best to support a young person making the transition to independent adulthood.

Using personal experience and case studies as sources of inspiration, as well as a comprehensive list of resources to signpost readers to further information, this positive handbook will help parents and professionals more fully understand cerebral palsy and the different options available to people with the condition.


Yago’s Heartbeat. Conchita Miranda, illustrated by Monica Carretero, $17.95

Can you dance in a wheelchair? Can you sing without being able to speak? Can you tell stories just with your eyes?

Yago’s Heartbeat is a story for everyone about differences, communication without words and unconditional love.


Yoga Therapy for Every Special Child: Meeting Needs in a Natural Setting. Nancy Williams, Illustrated by Leslie White, $22.95

Yoga therapy is gaining rapid recognition as a form of treatment that can improve the physical and mental wellbeing of children with a variety of complex needs. This book contains a specially-designed yoga program for use with children of all abilities, and provides both parents and professionals with the knowledge they need to carry out the therapy themselves.

The program consists of a series of postures, each of which is explained and accompanied by an illustration. The postures are designed to help children understand and use their bodies, and work towards positive changes such as realigning the spine, encouraging eye-contact, and promoting calm and steady breathing. Consideration is given to creating the right setting for carrying out the therapy, assessing an individual child's particular needs, and making the sessions fun using games and props. Sections on yoga therapy for specific conditions such as autistic spectrum disorder, Down syndrome, and cerebral palsy are included, and the book concludes with child and parent reports on how the program has worked for them, and a list of useful contacts and resources.

This practical book is a must for parents, teachers, therapists and other professionals, and anybody else who wants to help a child to develop through enjoyable and therapeutic yoga sessions.

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Resources for Families & Professionals

Breakthrough Parenting for Children with Special Needs: Raising the Bar of Expectations. Judy Winter, $17.99

Can I Tell You about Cerebral Palsy? A Guide for Friends, Family and Professionals. Marion Stanton, Illustrated by Katie Stanton, $15.95

Cerebral Palsy: a Complete Guide for Caregiving. Freeman Miller, $21.50

Children with Cerebral Palsy: a Manual for Therapists, Parents and Community Workers. Hinchcliffe, Price & Rogers, $42.95

The Courage to Compete: Living with Cerebral Palsy and Following My Dreams. Abbey Curran, $21.99

Educating Children with Multiple Disabilities: a Transdisciplinary Approach, 3rd Edition. Fred Orelove, Roseanne Silberman & Dick Sobsey, $56.50

Finnie’s Handling the Young Child with Cerebral Palsy at Home, 4th Edition. Edited by Eva Bower, $70.95

The Four Walls of My Freedom. Donna Thomson, $18.95

If at Birth You Don't Succeed: My Adventures with Disaster and Destiny. Zach Anner, $31.50

Life Skills Activities for Special Children Grades K-5, 2nd Edition. Darlene Mannix, $35.99 – Secondary Students, $39.95

Mitchell’s Story: Living with Cerebral Palsy. Jeff Parkin & Lynda Thompson, $20.50

PECS Starter Kit. Pyramid Educational Products, Inc. $175.95

Relaxation: a Comprehensive Manual for Adults, Children and Children with Special Needs. J. Cautela & J. Groden, $22.95

Teaching Motor Skills to Children with Cerebral Palsy and Similar Movement Disorders: a Guide for Parents and Professionals. Sieglinde Martin, $28.95

Understanding Cerebral Palsy: a Guide for Parents and Professionals. Marion Stanton, $22.95

Visual Strategies for Improving Communication: Practical Supports for School and Home, 2nd Edition. Linda Hodgdon, $58.95

Yoga Therapy for Every Special Child: Meeting Needs in a Natural Setting. Nancy Williams, Illustrated by Leslie White, $22.95

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Books for Kids & Teens

Arnie and the New Kid. Nancy Carlson, $6.99 (4-8)

Be Quiet, Marina! Kirsten DeBear & Laura Dwight, $11.95

Can't You Be Still? Sarah Yates & Darlene Toews, $6.00 (4-6)

Lucky Lou Gets Game. Sarah Yates, $25.00 (novel, 12 & up)

Mama Zooms. Jane Cowen Fletcher, $6.99 (3-5)

Nathan’s Wish: a Story about Cerebral Palsy. Laurie Lears, $22.99 (5-9)

Out of My Mind. Sharon Draper, $10.99 (11-16)

The Survival Guide for Kids with Physical Disabilities & Challenges. Wendy Moss & Susan Taddonio, $21.99

Taking Cerebral Palsy to School. Mary Elizabeth Anderson, $16.50 (5-9)

Views from Our Shoes: Growing Up with a Brother or Sister with Special Needs. Donald Meyer, $22.50

Yago’s Heartbeat. Conchita Miranda, illustrated by Monica Carretero, $17.95

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