When Charley Met Emma by Amy Webb and illustrated by Merrilee Liddiard

 

June 1, 2019 (by Kerri Mullen)

Charley loves to run, swing, and climb. At the playground, he meets Emma, a girl without hands in a wheelchair, and he's not sure how to respond. His mother explains that being different is OK, and encourages him to introduce himself. When he does, Charley and Emma become friends. They talk about the many ways in which people can be unique, as well as all of the ways in which they are similar. Written by an artist, writer, and mother of a child with special needs, this is a wonderful book to help kids learn about disability, kindness, and etiquette when you meet someone who is differently-abled. With lovely, whimsical watercolor illustrations, I highly recommend this addition to every child's bookshelf!