Most book writers and illustrators don't have a clue about disabilities let
alone other realities of normality.Some things are best not put in
picture form, it is misleading if the illustrator does not get it correct, then
they get sued. Perhaps just eliminate all pictures from school books, then no
one feels slighted.
@My2Cents - Newberry books aren't picture books, although they may contain some
illustrations.Most authors write about what they know. Sounds to me
more like few of the best authors (the ones winning the prize) know much about
disabilities or some of the smaller minority communities.
Adults like Newberry books. Kids for the most part do not. Kids want to
read about life outside of their own lives.Kids don't have to relate to
the characters in order to enjoy a book. They like to read stories that are
different than the life they live.They don't like to read about their own
lives, they know that and experience that.They want to read about dragons,
fantasy and happiness. They want to go to a world they can't experience
everyday.A good story will fascinate kids no matter who wrote it or who
This article is a shame for not letting people know which books met the
"criteria". The second issue I have with the study is that many of
these ficitional characters very well could have specific learning disabilities
to THE reader. I see quite a few of the so-called character flaw of OCD in many
of these books. Isn't Sherlock Holmes the epitomy of a mind wrecked with OCD?
A View from Saturday probably didn't make the cut because the
disabled person was the teacher confined to a wheelchair. How about Out of the
Dust where the girl was burned so bad she could no longer play the piano? How
about Surviving the Applewhites (a runner up for the NB) where Jake Semple has
major attactchment issues? What about Stanley Yelnats from Holes? I could
justify a character in dozens of these books as having the issues the author of
these studies claims are lacking.Great books with captivating
stories happen to be available for all kids. Its a matter of knowing whats on
the shelf, and what the kid's interest is.