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Blue Skies for Lupe. Linda Kurtz Kingsley, $23.95

Blue Skies for Lupe will warm readers' hearts with its simple, but gripping story based on the real-life adventures of a Mexican immigrant born with physical disabilities. Linda Kurtz Kingsley's charming tale is supported by her beautiful watercolors, sensitively rendered to capture the landscapes and people in Lupe's life.


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resolve grief, avoid the no-false-hope syndrome, access early intervention services, and avoid the use of limiting and outdated labels.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 ME/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome? A Guide for Friends, Family and Professionals. Jacqueline Rayner, Illustrated by Jason Lythgoe-Hay, $15.95

Meet Mollie — a woman with an illness called ME (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis) or CFS (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome), and her family, Mike, Ellie and Eric. Mollie and her family help readers to understand what ME/CFS is, what it is like to have it and how it can affect their family life. Mollie can't always do things that other mums do because of her illness, which can sometimes be frustrating, but they share strategies that help them all to cope. The family also explain how ME/CFS can affect different people in different ways.

This illustrated book is an ideal introduction to this often misunderstood condition. It shows family, friends and anyone who knows someone with the condition how they can support someone with ME/CFS, and their family.

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Children with Disabilities, 8th Edition. Mark Batshaw, Nancy Roizen & Louis Pellegrino, $124.50

Children with Disabilities is the gold-standard text on working effectively with children and families. Now this authoritative resource is in its eighth edition, enhanced with new chapter son critical topics, the latest evidence-based practices, updated instructor materials, and guidance on working with a wide range of professionals to address every aspect of child health and well-being. Every chapter has been meticulously peer-reviewed, and content has been updated throughout to reflect important new research and developments in diverse fields. Comprehensive coverage of contemporary issues makes this volume an indispensable reference for practicing professionals, and the student-friendly features and multimedia instructor materials make it the ultimate textbook for courses on disability.

A treasury of essential knowledge from a who's who of today's leading experts and innovators, Children with Disabilities is a cornerstone resource that professionals will use year after year to support their important work and ensure that every child and family thrives.


The Chronic Pain & Illness Workbook for Teens: CBT & Mindfulness-based Practices to Turn the Volume Down on Pain. Rachel Zoffness, $23.95 (ages 13-19)

Living with chronic pain and illness can be difficult, scary, and sometimes lonely. But if you’re one of the millions of teens who suffer from chronic pain, you should know that there are real tools you can use now to help you feel better. Blending cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR), this workbook provides proven-effective solutions to help you take control of your pain and get back to being you!

With this powerful and easy-to-use workbook, you’ll learn how pain affects both your mind and body, how negative emotions can make pain worse, and strategies to help you turn the volume down on your pain, so you can go back to enjoying activities that you love. You’ll also learn mindfulness and relaxation exercises, including belly breathing and body scan to help manage pain in the moment.

The exercises and strategies in this book are rooted in research, fun to learn, and easy to practice. And the best part? You can carry them with you wherever you go. Take them out into the world and take charge of your pain — and your life!


College Success for Students with Physical Disabilities. Chris Wise Tiedemann, $21.95

COLLEGE SUCCESS FOR STUDENTS WITH PHYSICAL DISABILITIES is a college planning guide for students with physical disabilities and chronic medical conditions. Students will learn about their rights under the laws governing education and disability, self-advocacy, choosing a college, how having a physical disability affects admissions testing, the increased responsibilities in college, and how to make sure they get everything they need. The book contains forms, checklists, interviews with other students, advice from college disability services personnel, and profiles of disability-friendly colleges across the United States.

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Cystic Fibrosis: a Guide for Patient and Family, 4th Edition. David Orenstein, Jonathan Spahr & Daniel Weiner, $86.50

Written by Dr. David Orenstein, director of one of the nation's leading CF centers, this one-of-a-kind guide offers clear explanations and real-world advice on cystic fibrosis and its management. Here you'll find practical and reassuring information on day-to-day concerns-school, travel, exercise, nutrition, medication-as well as on physiological effects, long-term issues, and prospects for a cure. Cystic Fibrosis: a Guide for Patient and Family offers straightforward answers to the questions most frequently asked by patients and families-what causes cystic fibrosis; how it affects body systems; what pharmacological, surgical, and physical therapies are most effective; what roles exercise, diet, and nutrition play; what complications can occur and how they can be managed; when and why a lung transplant should be considered; what psychological effect the disease has on the patient's family; and how the special needs and concerns of adult CF patients can be addressed.


Cystic Fibrosis (ORML), 2nd Edition. Alex Horsley, Steve Cunningham & J. Alastair Innes, Editors, $40.00

Cystic Fibrosis (CF) is a multi-system disorder, requiring not just respiratory expertise but also management of nutrition, and diabetes, as well psychosocial issues. This pocketbook will be a concise companion for all health care professionals in respiratory medicine, paediatrics, and primary care who manage, or come across, patients with CF. The book will cover all aspects of care, including both paediatric and adult-specific issues and summarize up-to-date literature in a concise and focussed style.

There will be an emphasis on the practical aspects of management with the effects of CF in the lung, the microbiology of pulmonary CF, and management of exacerbations covered in separate chapters. The psychosocial aspects of CF care, end of life care and lung transplantation will also be addressed, and potential future therapies reviewed. This second edition is updated to include emerging organisms, e.g. Pandorea, and treatment guidelines and Cochrane reviews; an expanded section on physiotherapy; and a new chapter on pharmacopeia.


Dancing with Katya. Dori Chaconas, illustrated by Constance R. Bergum, $21.95

Anna loves to dance with her beloved sister Katya in the meadow of their family's Wisconsin farm. But during the summer in which Katya turns five she is suddenly overcome by a high fever. The doctor delivers a grim diagnosis: polio. Although she recovers from the lingering illness, Katya's legs are left weakened and twisted. Anna carries her to the meadow in a wheelbarrow now, and dances alone for her sister. Together they dream of a time when Katya will be able to join her in their ballerina game.

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Disorders of Sex Development: a Guide for Parents and Physicians. Amy Wisniewski, Steven Chernausek & Bradley Kropp, $31.95

Compassionately written by an experienced team of professionals, this book offers parents and families essential information about the causes, diagnosis, and treatment of disorders of sex development, or DSD. DSD refers to medical conditions, usually discovered at birth, in which there is disagreement between a person's genetic sex (i.e., chromosomes) and the appearance of the person's external or internal reproductive structures.

After their child is diagnosed with DSD, parents need answers to a host of questions. This concise book answers parents' questions in a reassuring and forthright way, giving affected individuals, their families, and their health care providers a current and evidence-based picture of DSD. It offers clear explanations of how newborns with DSD are evaluated, diagnosed, and treated; describes the different kinds of DSD; and pays close attention to both psychosocial and medical aspects of DSD. This guide also includes information about the importance of support groups and education for affected individuals and their families. DISORDERS OF SEX DEVELOPMENT gives the information they need to reach a meaningful understanding of their child's DSD and make informed decisions about their child's health.


A Guide to Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy: Information and Advice for Teachers and Parents. Edited by Janet Hoskin, $29.95

This guide provides everything teachers and parents need to know to support a child or young person with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) at school and home. Medical experts and practitioners working with children with Duchenne in schools give advice on learning and behavioural concerns, physical management and the transition to adulthood.

Leading experts on DMD explain Duchenne and its impact in easy-to-understand terms. Going beyond physical management, particular focus is put on learning and behavioural issues, including speech delay and difficulty learning to read, as well as common co-morbid conditions, such as ADHD, autism and OCD. Raising aspirations, the book gives guidance on effective support in the classroom and advice on the transition to adulthood, employment and independent living.


A Guide to Living with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (Hypermobility Type): Bending without Breaking, 2nd Edition. Isobel Knight, $29.95

Covering everything from recognising symptoms and obtaining initial diagnosis to living with the condition on a daily basis, this complete guide to living with and managing Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (Hypermobility Type — formerly known as Type III) has been revised and fully-updated in this accessible new edition. The author, who has the condition, looks at how it affects children and adolescents and explores pain management, pregnancy, physical and psychological aspects, and how it widely affects dancers and other performance artists.

New material includes: • changes in terminology • information on how osteopathy and nutrition can help • psychological approaches beyond CBT • how to deal with professionals  • what to expect from support groups and rehabilitation programmes

This new edition will be a must for anybody who suffers, or suspects they might be suffering from, Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (Hypermobility Type) and provides everything needed to enjoy a fulfilling life with this complex condition. It will also be of interest to their families and friends, and professionals working with Hypermobility Type EDS.

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Helping Children and Adolescents with Chronic and Serious Medical Conditions: a Strengths-Based Approach. Nancy Boyd Webb (Editor), $86.00

Providing an innovative inter-professional model, Helping Children and Adolescents with Chronic and Serious Medical Conditions provides a multi-disciplinary approach so that practitioners from a diverse range of helping fields, working in hospitals, out-patient clinics, agencies and schools, may be better equipped to foster children's resilience and build on their emotional strengths. This is a vital tool for a broad range of health care professionals, including social workers, school counselors, play therapists, nurses, and many others.


Helping Children to Improve Their Gross Motor Skills: the Stepping Stones Curriculum. Rachel White, $49.95

Help children with motor coordination difficulties to develop their gross motor skills in a fun way with this guided programme for children and young people aged 5-18. Activity worksheets provide detailed descriptions of how gross motor tasks can be accomplished through incremental stages, culminating in the achievement of the specific task. The step-by-step programme is divided into two sections:

  • Learning basic skills, which includes balance, jumping, climbing, skipping, ball skills, riding a bike and more
  • Developing specific sports skills, which includes football, badminton, basketball, netball, tennis, bowling and more.

The Stepping Stones Curriculum will enable adults to chart the progress of a child and allow children to become engaged in mastering motor coordination skills. Supplementary aids such as warm up and cool-down activity sheets, an initial assessment tool and a certificate of achievement will help parents and professionals to deliver the programme effectively at home or at school.

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Imagine a Rainbow: a Child's Guide for Soothing Pain. Brenda Miles, Illustrated by Nicole Wong, $14.50

When a child is in pain, imagining scenes that are soothing or uplifting may help reduce the discomfort. IMAGINE A RAINBOW is a beautiful tool for introducing children to the idea of using their imaginations to cope with pain, whether by itself or as part of a more comprehensive pain management plan.

The book also includes an extensive Note to Parents that explains the techniques of imagery and deep breathing, and how to help children use them.


Immortal Bird: a Family Memoir. Doron Weber, $18.99

A family’s love lies at the heart of this gifted boy’s fight to survive. Born with a congenital heart defect that required surgery when he was a baby, Damon Weber lives a big life with spirit and independence that have always been a source of pride to his parents, Doron and Shealagh. But when Damon is diagnosed with a new illness as a teenager, his triumphant coming-of-age tale turns into a darker and more dramatic quest: his family’s race against time and a flawed heath care system.

IMMORTAL BIRD is a searing account of a father’s struggle to save his remarkable son, a story of a young boy’s passion for life, and a tribute to his family’s love. It is also a story of the perils of modern medicine and the redemptive power of art in the face of the unthinkable.


Insignificant Events In the Life of a Cactus. Dusti Bowling, $16.95

Aven Green loves to tell people that she lost her arms in an alligator wrestling match, or a wildfire in Tanzania, but the truth is she was born without them. And when her parents take a job running Stagecoach Pass, a rundown western theme park in Arizona, Aven moves with them across the country knowing that she'll have to answer the question over and over again.

Her new life takes an unexpected turn when she bonds with Connor, a classmate who also feels isolated because of his own disability, and they discover a room at Stagecoach Pass that holds bigger secrets than Aven ever could have imagined. It's hard to solve a mystery, help a friend, and face your worst fears. But Aven's about to discover she can do it all... even without arms.

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Just One of the Kids: Raising a Resilient Family When One of Your Children Has a Physical Disability. Kay Harris Kriegsman & Sara Palmer, $30.95

If you have a child with a physical disability, how can you plan your family’s life in a way that is inclusive for everyone? What can you do to create a family where every member pulls his or her own weight (in appropriate measure), meets challenges, and has moments in the spotlight along the way? Most parents of a child who has a physical disability want their child to have fun, be responsible, make friends, and take acceptable risks — in short, to feel like "just one of the kids" — and they want to make sure that the needs of the whole family are met, too.

Just One of the Kids is designed to help parents focus not on what could have been but instead on what can be, so that they, their children, and the grandparents thrive as individuals and as a family. The advice from psychologists Kay Harris Kriegsman and Sara Palmer is valuable for any family with children who have a physical disability, from any cause. Their warm and encouraging book is full of family stories, tips, and tools. Parents of children with physical disabilities can help them develop the skills needed to meet life’s challenges and launch into independence. Parents, building on that foundation and acknowledging each person’s contributions, interests, and aspirations, create an inclusive and resilient family.


Laughing at My Nightmare. Shane Burcaw, $13.99

With acerbic wit and a hilarious voice, Shane Burcaw describes the challenges he faces as a twenty-one-year-old with spinal muscular atrophy. From awkward handshakes to having a girlfriend everything in between, Shane handles his situation with humor and a "you-only-live-once" perspective on life. While he does talk about everyday issues that are relatable to teens, he also offers an eye-opening perspective on what it is like to have a life-threatening disease.


Living Well with Mitochondrial Disease: a Handbook for Patients, Parents and Families.Cristy Balcells, $32.95

LIVING WELL WITH MITOCHONDRIAL DISEASE helps make sense of an overwhelming and complex group of diagnoses. This guide is the first book about Mito written for patients and their families. It helps readers understand how the mitochondria work (they are the powerhouse of the cell, providing energy for the entire body), how people with mitochondrial defects are diagnosed and treated, and how to live well when you, your child, or someone you love is struggling with disabling symptoms.

Writing as a parent and nurse, the author shows adult patients, parents, family members, and caregivers how to achieve the best quality of life possible. Readers will feel empowered as they come to understand Mito, learn to manage the symptoms, avoid emergencies, and make appropriate lifestyle choices. Topics include:

  • the journey to diagnosis
  • the biochemistry of Mito
  • practical advice for the specific needs of children and adults
  • understanding and managing symptoms
  • where to find specialists and support
  • treatment approaches
  • autism and Mito

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Managing Your Child's Chronic Pain. Tonya Palermo & Emily Law, $25.95

Studies suggest that as many as four out of ten children and adolescents suffer from chronic pain. The causes of chronic pain in young people vary, from illness-related causes to pain following medical procedures. In fact, in some children the cause of chronic pain is never explained.

Managing Your Child's Chronic Pain is an invaluable resource for parents who wish to learn how to help their children and families cope with persisting pain using cutting-edge, scientifically proven treatment tools and techniques. The easy-to-implement strategies in this book provide parents with practical instructions for pain management that will enable children to return to school, participate in sports and other activities, and pursue healthy and active social lives. With guidance on how to prevent relapse, maintain improvements, and prevent future problems with pain and disability, Managing Your Child's Chronic Pain will empower parents to take a hands-on approach to relieving their child's pain.


Marco and I Want to Play Ball: a True Story Promoting Inclusion and Self-Determination. Jo Meserve Mach, Vera Lynne Stroup-Rentier & Mary Birdsell, $9.95 (ages 3-8)

Isiah has Spina Bifida. He and his cousin Marco share a love of baseball. Who’s going to hit the ball farther? Who’s going to hit the ball higher? Whose ball will hit the barn?  Cousins like to tease and play, when Grandpa is pitching.


My Grampy Can't Walk. Vanita Oelschlager, illustrated by Robin Hegan & Kristin Blackwood, $10.95 (about multiple sclerosis)

Grampy can't walk anymore because he has multiple sclerosis. But that doesn't slow him down — or his grandchildren. Together they go places, do things and learn about life as only grandparents and grandchildren can.

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My Heart vs. the Real World: Children with Heart Disease, In Photographs & Interviews. Max Gerber, $31.95

MY HEART VS. THE REAL WORLD is an extraordinary photo essay that explores the lives of children with congenital heart disease through striking photographs and interviews with subjects and their families. These are stories of how CHD patients and their families cope with and overcome extraordinary obstacles — and learn about themselves during the process. MY HEART VS. THE REAL WORLD is sometimes funny, sometimes sad, always thought–provoking, and altogether human.

Author Max Gerber is a professional photographer who was born three months premature with bradycardia (an abnormally low heart rate). He has had a pacemaker since the age of eight.


New Hands, New Life: Robots, Prostheses and Innovation. Alex Mihailidis & Jan Andrysek, $9.95 (ages 8-12)

Everyone uses machines in our daily life — cars, buses and bikes; computers and phones; washing machines and dryers. Another type of machine is an "assistive technology". These enable a man missing a leg to walk, a woman missing an arm to hold objects, and a child in a wheelchair to play a sport.

New Hands, New Life offers young readers the opportunity to learn how our bodies work during physical activity and what happens when they don't work properly. It shows how exciting advances in technology and science have allowed us to create assistive technologies — from artificial limbs and wheelchairs to exoskeletons and robots — that make it possible for someone with a disability to make new abilities. Assistive technologies are especially life-changing for a child who can overcome the challenges of a missing limb or reduced motor function to enjoy a life of learning and play that would be otherwise out of reach. Topics include:

  • The emergence of robotics
  • Anatomy and physiology related to movement and activity, including motor control
  • Why some children need help to move or do things
  • Different types of challenges (e.g., walking, interacting with environment)
  • Diseases, trauma and disabilities that affect movement
  • Working together with robots
  • Making robots (robotics clubs, LEGO toys, other kits)
  • 3-D printing of prostheses for growing children

The book features case studies that follow the design and fitting of assistive technologies. There are pictures of the labs, robots, and researchers working to develop new machines, along with a brief history of prosthetics and a survey of medical-engineering work currently underway in many countries.

New Hands, New Life provides fascinating, illustrated coverage of a topic rarely covered for a young audience. It is an essential selection for all libraries, and for many families.

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Pain Is Really Strange. Steve Haines, illustrated by Sophie Standing, $15.95

Answering questions such as 'how can I change my pain experience?', 'what is pain?', and 'how do nerves work?', this short research-based graphic book reveals just how strange pain is and explains how understanding it is often the key to relieving its effects.

Studies show that understanding how pain is created and maintained by the nervous system can significantly lessen the pain you experience. The narrator in this original, gently humorous book explains pain in an easy-to-understand, engaging graphic format and reveals how to change the mind's habits to transform pain.


The Pocket Occupational Therapist for Families of Children with Special Needs. Cara Koscinski, $25.95

If you are unsure about what occupational therapy (OT) is and how it can help your child, this accessible overview is for you. Answering all of the common questions about the issues an occupational therapist might address with a child with special needs, including core muscle strength, feeding, fine motor skills, sensory sensitivities, transitions and life-skills, this book also offers simple activities to practice at home that are inexpensive, fun and, most-importantly, OT-approved.

This will be an illuminating and essential guide for parents and carers of children with physical and developmental disabilities or parents of children in rehabilitation from illness or injury. Professionals who want to learn more about the principles and practicalities of occupational therapy will also find it useful.


POTS and Other Acquired Dysautonomia in Children and Adolescents: Diagnosis, Interventions, and Multi-Disciplinary Management. Kelly McCracken Barnhill, $27.95

This is an authoritative overview for anyone encountering Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS) — a dysfunction of the autonomic nervous system resulting in diverse symptoms experienced in an upright position that are relieved by lying down — and other types of acquired dysautonomia. It provides essential information on the symptoms, diagnosis and treatment in children and young people.

Post-viral syndromes can be extremely difficult to manage and the average individual spends two to three years accessing appropriate diagnosis. This book provides necessary information for parents and healthcare professionals on identifying POTS and other post-viral dysautonomia, the most common triggers, appropriate intervention and successful multi-disciplinary management in both short and long term situations. It also includes helpful tips and coping strategies for managing the syndrome at home and in educational and clinical settings.

Providing clear information on the causes, symptoms and diagnosis of POTS and other acquired dysautonomia, this practical handbook allows parents and professionals to gain a fuller understanding of post-viral syndromes. It covers a range of interventions and includes strategies for management and treatment at home and in clinical settings.

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Raising a Child with Arthritis: from Infancy to Young Adulthood. Charlotte Huff, $16.50

RAISING A CHILD WITH ARTHRITIS provides solutions for the daily challenges in your child’s life.


Reese Has a Halloween Secret: a True Story Promoting Inclusion and Self-Determination. Jo Meserve Mach, Vera Lynne Stroup-Rentier & Mary Birdsell, $13.50

Reese uses a wheelchair and a walker, and for Halloween his father has made him a costume that includes Reese's wheelchair. Reese loves having a secret, so no one knows what he and his father have planned.  It’s so much fun sharing clues with his friends. They have to wait until Halloween to discover his wonderful surprise. But it’s worth the wait!


Reflections from a Different Journey: What Adults with Disabilities Want All Parents to Know. Edited by Stanley Klein & John Kemp, $27.95

Most parents of children with disabilities lack personal experience with adults who have disabilities. Hearing from people who have lived the disability experience can provide parents with essential information about the possibilities for their children. REFLECTIONS FROM A DIFFERENT JOURNEY comprises forty inspiring essays written by successful adult role models who share what it is like to grow up with a disability.

Compiled by two award-winning advocates for the disabled, each eloquently written essay is an insightful source of wisdom, inspiration, and emotional support as well as a rare glimpse inside the lives and minds of people with many different disabilities — cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, autism, learning disabilities, deafness, blindness, mental illness, developmental disabilities, spina bifida, muscular dystrophy, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, congenital amputation, and chronic health conditions.


Rescue & Jessica: a Life-Changing Friendship. Jessica Kensky & Patrick Downes, illustrated by Scott Magoon, $22.99 (ages 5-9)

Rescue thought he’d grow up to be a Seeing Eye dog — it’s the family business, after all. When he gets the news that he’s better suited to being a service dog, he’s worried that he’s not up to the task. Then he meets Jessica, a girl whose life is turning out differently than the way she'd imagined it, too. Now Jessica needs Rescue by her side to help her accomplish everyday tasks. And it turns out that Rescue can help Jessica see after all: a way forward, together, one step at a time.

An endnote from the authors tells more about the training and extraordinary abilities of service dogs, particularly their real-life best friend and black lab, Rescue.

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Roll On: Rick Hansen Wheels Around the World. Ainslie Manson, illustrated by Ron Lightburn, $12.95 (ages 6-9)

As Rick Hansen wheels around the globe on his incredible Man in Motion World Tour, the children he meets are encouraged to dream their own dreams and work to make them come true. In China, after meeting Rick, Lin, who longs to be a ballerina, pictures herself leaping gracefully over a wall as high as the Great Wall of China. Back in Canada, Jack makes great progress in his wheelchair — even learning to do a wheelie — as he eagerly awaits his hero's return.

On the eve of its twenty-fifth anniversary, Rick Hansen's compelling journey is retold for young readers and brought to life in this beautifully illustrated book. It is a story of triumph, adventure, and enormous personal challenge. Readers travel with Rick, glimpsing not just the joys but all the ups and downs and the aches and pains that he endured on the 43,000-kilometre journey. Readers also discover little-known facts of the great journey. They learn that Rick wheeled the equivalent of three marathons a day and went through ninety-four pairs of gloves. And they learn about the gift of a song that Rick and his team sang or hummed kilometre after kilometre. The lively text and enchanting illustrations combine to bring to life Rick's amazing feat and the impact it has had on children everywhere.


Seahorse's Magical Sun Sequences: How All Children (and Sea Creatures) Can Use Yoga to Feel Positive, Confident, and Completely Included. Michael Chissick & Sarah Peacock, $19.95

The Starfish Brothers, Eel, Crab and Octopus are having a horrid time. The Starfish Brothers' backs are stiff as planks, Eel is in a wheelchair and feels excluded, Crab finds it hard to play with others, and highly-competitive Octopus is on crutches after a pole-vaulting accident. Luckily, Seahorse adapts her Magical Yoga Sun Sequence to suit their individual needs, helping them to be active, included, and much happier! This beautiful picture book teaches four Yoga Sun Sequences in a fun and interactive way. The simple sequences benefit all children, while ensuring that anyone with inflexibility, autism, disability or injury can join in the fun. With specific advice for individual needs, this is an excellent resource for educators, yoga instructors and parents hoping to promote inclusion, positivity and confidence in all children aged 3-11.


The Short Child: a Parents' Guide to the Causes, Consequences, and Treatment of Growth Problems. Paul Kaplowitz & Jeffrey Baron, $22.99

For parents concerned about their child's growth, this authoritative resource presents comprehensive information to reassure and guide them in seeking help. Two of America's leading pediatric endocrinologists present reliable guidance on the diagnosis and treatment of growth disorders, from helping parents determine whether their child's height is normal to understanding when it's necessary to seek the advice of a specialist. Parents will also learn about the role of genetics, nutrition, and hormones in their child's growth as well as medical conditions that cause short stature. THE SHORT CHILD includes current research on treatment; including the controversial use of growth hormone, so you and your physician can decide what's right for your child.

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Some Kids Use Wheelchairs. Lola Schaefer, $8.95 (ages 4-8)

Text and photographs discuss why some children cannot walk, how wheelchairs help them, and the everyday activities of children who use wheelchairs.


Some Kids Wear Leg Braces. Lola Schaefer, $8.95 (ages 4-8)

Describes some of the reasons children may wear leg braces and how they are helpful.


Sticky Icky Booger Bugs: a Day In the Life of a Young Boy with Cystic Fibrosis. Sherry Frith, illustrated by Carol Newell Walter, $25.50

Sticky Icky Booger Bugs is the tale of a boy’s battle with cystic fibrosis as he attempts to avoid the hospital. Kory is just like any other child. He loves recess, playing soccer and exploring his neighborhood with his best friend. With every puff, cough, and sneeze, Kory keeps the sticky icky booger bugs away so he can have fun every day!

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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 Arthritis to School. Dee Dee Miller, $16.95 (ages 4-8)

Eric`s story helps other children realize that, despite his arthritis, he loves being a Cub Scout, riding his bike, and being like all the other children.


Taking Cystic Fibrosis to School. Cynthia Henry, $16.95 (ages 4-8)

Even though Jessie has cystic fibrosis, she can still attend school and do many of the same things as her classmates. Written from Jessie's perspective, this book explains and educates her classmates about her condition.

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Teaching Motor Skills to Children with Cerebral Palsy and Similar Movement Disorders: a Guide for Parents and Professionals. Sieglinde Martin, $30.50

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.


A Teen's Guide to Gut Health: the Low-FODMAP Way to Tame IBS, Crohn's, Colitis and Other Digestive Disorder. Rachel Meltzer Warren, $23.95

The discomfort and embarrassment of IBS and other digestive disorders are hard enough for adults to deal with. For teens, it can be difficult to diagnose digestive diseases, challenging to navigate school and the cafeteria, and all-around isolating and stressful. As a registered dietician, Warren has helped teens transition their diets and seen the success of following a low-FODMAP diet to end the symptoms of IBS, Crohn’s, colitis, and other digestive diseases.

With an emphasis on clarity and positivity, not deprivation, teens will learn how to find relief. The 30 easy-to-follow recipes are gluten-free (with vegetarian options) so teens can feed themselves meals they would want to eat. There is also a chapter to the concerns of real teens, answering questions, advice-column-style — no matter how embarrassing!


The Theory of Hummingbirds. Michelle Kadarusman, $12.95 (novel, ages 8-12)

"Hummingbirds and angels don’t need two good feet. They have wings.” That’s what Alba’s mother always says. Of course, Alba doesn’t have wings or two good feet: she has Cleo. Cleo is the name Alba has given to her left foot, which was born twisted in the wrong direction. When she points this out, though, her mother just smiles like the world has some surprise in store she doesn’t know about yet.

Well, Alba has her own surprise planned. After one final surgery and one final cast, Cleo is almost ready to meet the world straight on — just in time to run in the sixth grade cross-country race. Unfortunately, Alba’s best friend Levi thinks there’s no way she can pull it off. And she thinks there’s no way he’s right about the school librarian hiding a wormhole in her office. Tempers flare. Sharp words fly faster than hummingbirds. And soon it looks like both friends will be stuck proving their theories on their own.

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When Your Child is Sick: a Guide to Navigating the Practical and Emotional Challenges of Caring for a Child Who Is Very Ill. Joanna Breyer, $22.00

To many parents, it is hard to imagine a more upsetting reality than one where their child is hospitalized, severely sick, or terminally ill. In When Your Child is Sick, psychosocial counselor Joanna Breyer distills decades of experience working with sick children and their families into a comprehensive guide for navigating the uncharted and frightening terrain. She provides expert advice to guide them through the hospital setting, at-home care, and long-term outcomes.

Breyer's actionable techniques and direct advice will help parents feel more in-control of a circumstance that has upended their life. She alerts parents to key personnel in the hospital, gives dialogue prompts to help parents ask for the help they need, addresses the needs of their other children at home, offers advice on how to best utilize friends and family who want to help, includes stories from other families who have been there, and teaches coping techniques to help both parents and children weather the stress of prolonged illness and even death. When Your Child is Sick is a valuable guide to managing the myriad practical and emotional complications of an impossible situation.


You, Me and My OT. Paulette Bourgeois, illustrated by Kristi Bridgeman, $11.95

Emma wants to be an astronaut for a school project. She also has a disability. So Emma and her occupational therapist make plans to help her blast off with the rest of her class!


Your Child with Inflammatory Bowel Disease: a Family Guide for Caregiving, 2nd Edition. North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, Edited by Maria Oliva-Hemker, et al, $31.95

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is a common condition in children and adolescents. Parents and other family members typically have many questions about the diagnosis, symptoms, and treatments associated with various forms of IBD including Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, and indeterminate colitis. In this book, medical experts explain all you need to know about IBD and answer important questions.

This new edition has been thoroughly revised with updated scientific evidence. The chapters on medical therapies have been expanded to include robust discussions of emerging biologic medications and forms of nutrition used for treating IBD. A new chapter on complementary and alternative therapies expands on this topic.

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Resources for Families & Caregivers

Between Myself and Them: Stories of Disability and Difference. Carol Krause, editor. $18.95

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

Children with Disabilities, 8th Edition. Mark Batshaw, Nancy Roizen & Louis Pellegrino, $124.50

College Success for Students with Physical Disabilities. Chris Wise Tiedemann, $21.95

Cystic Fibrosis: the Facts, 4th Edition. Anne Thomson & Ann Harris, $29.95

Cystic Fibrosis: a Guide for Patient and Family, 4th Edition. David Orenstein, Jonathan Spahr & Daniel Weiner, $86.50

Cystic Fibrosis (ORML), 2nd Edition. Alex Horsley, Steve Cunningham & J. Alastair Innes, Editors, $40.00

Disorders of Sex Development: a Guide for Parents and Physicians. Amy Wisniewski, Steven Chernausek & Bradley Kropp, $31.95

A Guide to Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy: Information and Advice for Teachers and Parents. Edited by Janet Hoskin, $29.95

A Guide to Living with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (Hypermobility Type): Bending without Breaking, 2nd Edition. Isobel Knight, $29.95

Helping Children and Adolescents with Chronic and Serious Medical Conditions: a Strengths-Based Approach. Nancy Boyd Webb (Editor), $86.00

Helping Children to Improve Their Gross Motor Skills: the Stepping Stones Curriculum. Rachel White, $49.95

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Immortal Bird: a Family Memoir. Doron Weber, $18.99

Just One of the Kids: Raising a Resilient Family When One of Your Children Has a Physical Disability. Kay Harris Kriegsman & Sara Palmer, $30.95

Laughing at My Nightmare. Shane Burcaw, $13.99

Living Well with Mitochondrial Disease: a Handbook for Patients, Parents and Families. Cristy Balcells, $32.95

Living with Spina Bifida: a Guide for Families and Professionals. Adrian Sandler, $25.95

Managing Your Child's Chronic Pain. Tonya Palermo & Emily Law, $254.95

My Heart vs. the Real World: Children with Heart Disease, In Photographs & Interviews. Max Gerber, $31.95

New Hands, New Life: Robots, Prostheses and Innovation. Alex Mihailidis & Jan Andrysek, $9.95 (ages 8-12)

The Pocket Occupational Therapist for Families of Children with Special Needs. Cara Koscinski, $25.95

POTS and Other Acquired Dysautonomia in Children and Adolescents: Diagnosis, Interventions, and Multi-Disciplinary Management. Kelly McCracken Barnhill, $27.95

Raising a Child with Arthritis: from Infancy to Young Adulthood. Charlotte Huff, $16.50

Reflections from a Different Journey: What Adults with Disabilities Want All Parents to Know. Edited by Stanley Klein & John Kemp, $27.95

The Short Child: a Parents' Guide to the Causes, Consequences, and Treatment of Growth Problems. Paul Kaplowitz & Jeffrey Baron, $22.99

Small Steps Forward: Using Games and Activities to Help Your Pre-School Child with Special Needs. S. Newman, $27.95

Steps to Independence : Teaching Everyday Skills to Children with Special Needs. Bruce Baker & Alan Brightman, $46.50

Teaching Motor Skills to Children with Cerebral Palsy and Similar Movement Disorders: a Guide for Parents and Professionals. Sieglinde Martin, $30.50

When Your Child is Sick: a Guide to Navigating the Practical and Emotional Challenges of Caring for a Child Who Is Very Ill. Joanna Breyer, $22.00

Your Child with Inflammatory Bowel Disease: a Family Guide for Caregiving, 2nd Edition. North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, Edited by Maria Oliva-Hemker, et al, $31.95

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Books for Kids and Teens

Blue Skies for Lupe. Linda Kurtz Kingsley, $23.50 (physical challenges) (ages 4-7)

Can I Tell You about ME/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome? A Guide for Friends, Family and Professionals. Jacqueline Rayner, Illustrated by Jason Lythgoe-Hay, $15.95

The Chronic Pain & Illness Workbook for Teens: CBT & Mindfulness-based Practices to Turn the Volume Down on Pain. Rachel Zoffness, $23.95 (ages 13-19)

Dancing with Katya. Dori Chaconas, illustrated by Constance Bergum, $25.95 (physical disability) (9-12)

Imagine a Rainbow: a Child's Guide for Soothing Pain. Brenda S. Miles, Illustrated by Nicole Wong, $14.50 (ages 4-10)

Insignificant Events In the Life of a Cactus. Dusti Bowling, $16.95 (physical anomalies) (novel, ages 10-14)

Let's Talk About It: Extraordinary Friends. Fred Rogers, $8.50 (ages 4-6)

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

Marco and I Want to Play Ball: a True Story Promoting Inclusion and Self-Determination. Jo Meserve Mach, Vera Lynne Stroup-Rentier & Mary Birdsell, $9.95 (ages 3-8)

My Buddy. Audrey Osofsky & Ted Rand, $8.95 (muscular dystrophy) (ages 6-9)

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My Grampy Can't Walk. Vanita Oelschlager, illustrated by Robin Hegan & Kristin Blackwood, $10.95 (multiple sclerosis)

Pain Is Really Strange. Steve Haines, illustrated by Sophie Standing, $15.95

Reese Has a Halloween Secret: a True Story Promoting Inclusion and Self-Determination. Jo Meserve Mach, Vera Lynne Stroup-Rentier & Mary Birdsell, $13.50

Rescue & Jessica: a Life-Changing Friendship. Jessica Kensky & Patrick Downes, illustrated by Scott Magoon, $22.99 (ages 5-9)

Roll On: Rick Hansen Wheels Around the World. Ainslie Manson, illustrated by Ron Lightburn, $12.95 (ages 6-9)

Rolling Along with Goldilocks and the Three Bears.  Cindy Meyers, $26.50 (ages 4-7)

Seahorse's Magical Sun Sequences: How All Children (and Sea Creatures) Can Use Yoga to Feel Positive, Confident, and Completely Included. Michael Chissick & Sarah Peacock, $19.95

Some Kids Use Wheelchairs. Lola Schaefer, $8.95 (ages 4-8)

Some Kids Wear Leg Braces. Lola Schaefer, $8.95 (ages 4-8)

Sticky Icky Booger Bugs: a Day In the Life of a Young Boy with Cystic Fibrosis. Sherry Frith, illustrated by Carol Newell Walter, $25.50

The Survival Guide for Kids with Physical Disabilities & Challenges. Wendy Moss & Susan Taddonio, $21.99 (ages 10-14)

Taking Arthritis to School. Dee Dee Miller, $16.95 (ages 5-10)

Taking Cystic Fibrosis to School. Cynthia Henry, $16.95 (ages 5-10)

A Teen's Guide to Gut Health: the Low-FODMAP Way to Tame IBS, Crohn's, Colitis and Other Digestive Disorder. Rachel Meltzer Warren, $23.95

The Theory of Hummingbirds. Michelle Kadarusman, $12.95 (novel, ages 10-14)

You, Me and My OT. Paulette Bourgeois, illustrated by Kristi Bridgeman, $11.95 (ages 3-8)

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