Downloadable Literature Guides

Books about Illness, Handicaps, and Problems

with Kids' Wings Classroom Literature Guides and Activities

Most of these "handicap" books are in your library! (If can't find them, you can order them by clicking the titles below.) They represent every genre! Check out two or three copies of each for your class. Let students choose their favorites and form literature groups. Give them copies of the unit to guide them to find the special treasure inside each book, to develop valuable skills, to problem solve, and to help them work together as a group! Click on each title for a summary and internet links to terrific extensions!

Here are just a few books with Kids Wings units about kids with problems that might interest your students include:

All the Way Home by Patricia Giff (polio and loss of home)
Alvin Ho, Allergic to Girls, School, and Other Scary Things by Lenore Look (selective mutism, fears...yet a funny book)
Any Small Goodness: A Novel of the Barrio by Tony Johnston (poverty, Mexicans, gangs)
Bear Snores On by Karma Wilson (spreading colds and flu)
Because of Mr. Terupt by Rob Buyea (accident in school)
The Big House by Carolyn Coman (parents in prison)
Bud Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis (homelessness in the Great Depression)
Each Little Bird That Sings by Deborah Wiles (death of a relative)
Earthquake Terror
, by Peg Kehret (earthquake, survival, little sister is a paraplegic)
Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis (poverty, homelessness)
Firegirl by Tony Abbot (girl with severe burns)

Flying the Dragon by Natalie Lorenzi (immigration, language)
Freaky Fast Frankie Joe by Lutricia Clifton (Bullying)
Ghetto Cowboy by G. Neri (poverty, broken family, gangs)
Good Luck, Mrs. K
by Louise Borden (teacher with cancer)
The Graduation of Jake Moon by Barbara Park (Alzheimers)
The Hero of Bremen by Margaret Hodges PLUS 3 other Heroes with Handicaps in the Three Heroes Collection
Home of the Brave by Katherine Applegate (loss of home, immigration)
Ida B
by Katharine Hannigan (cancer)
Laugh with the Moon by Shana Burg (loss of parent, displacement into new culture)
The Luckiest Man: Lou Gehrig in the Three Heroes Collection
The Middle of Somewhere
by J. B. Chaeney (ADHD)
Okay for Now by Gary D. Schmidt (abusive father) Middle/HS
On Wings of Heroes by Richard Peck (WWII, rationing)
One-Handed Catch by Mary Jane Ault (loss of a hand)
Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper (cerebral palsy)
Phineas Gage, A Gruesome but True Story about Brain Science

by John Fleischman (accident, brain damage)
Roxie and the Hooligans by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor (bullying)
A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park (poverty)
Small Steps The Year I Got Polio by Peg Kehret, Downloads (polio)
SOAR! by Joan Bauer (the love of baseball, heart transplant, adoption)
The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo (giftedness, being different)
Tall Tales by Karen Day (alcoholism)

The Thing About Georgie
by Lisa Graff (4th grader is a dwarf)
Thunder from the Sea by Joan Hiatt Harlow (orphan, bullying)
Toby and the Phantoms of the Fourth Grade by Art Wallace (giftedness, failure to fit in)
The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley (World War II, club foot, Bombing of Britain
When Zachary Beaver Came to Town by Kimberly Willis Holt (gross obesity)
Waiting for the Magic by Phyllis MacLachlan (loss of father)
The Fastest Woman on Earth: Wilma Rudolph in the Kids Wings Three Heroes Collection
Wingwalker by Rosemary Wells, an easy chapter book (Great Depression, poverty, loss of home)
Wonder by R. J. Palacio (facial deformity)


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