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1.   Babu's Song
Aaron Boyd (Illustrator), Stephanie Stuve-Bodeen (Author)
In Tanzania, Bernardi's grandfather who has lost the ability to speak, helps his grandson realize his dream of going to school.
[Grade Level: K - 6]
 
2.   Crash
Written by
Jerry Spinelli
Crash Coogan is a seventh grade "jock" who enjoys teasing his skinny Quaker neighbor. When one day Coogan's grandfather has a stroke and becomes severely disabled, Crash no longer sees the fun in playing brutal pranks and quickly learns about what is important in life.
[Grade Level: 5 & Up]
 
3.   Drita, My Homegirl
Written by
Jenny Lombard
Drita and her family come to New York as refugees from war-torn Kosovo. Even though she barely speaks English, Drita can’t wait to start school and make a new best friend. But her new classmates don’t make it easy, teasing her about virtually everything. The worst is Maxie, a tough African-American girl whose sassy attitude hides a painful secret. When Maxie takes things too far, their teacher assigns Maxie a paper on Drita and her journey to America from Kosovo. Suddenly, Maxie realizes she and Drita have more in common than she thought. And when Drita’s mother gets sick, there’s only one person who can help—Drita’s new homegirl.
[Grade Level: 3 - 5]
 
4.   Facing Down the Tough Stuff
Written by
Jacqueline L. Harris
Young authors with learning disabilities, serious illness, blended families and friendship struggles share their stories. The end of the book includes teaching ideas and discussion questions.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
 
5.   Losing Uncle Tim
Judith Friedman (Illustrator), MaryKate Jordan (Author)
A young boy struggles to find understanding when his uncle dies of AIDS.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
 
6.   My eXtra Special Brother
Stephanie Conley (Illustrator), Carly Heyman (Author)
The teen author describes the joys and challenges of life with her brother Scott who has fragile X syndrome.
 
7.   My Grandma's in a Nursing Home
Judy Delton (Author), Kathy Tucker (Editor), Dorothy Tucker (Author), Charles Robinson (Illustrator)
This book is about a young boy, Jason, who visits his grandmother, who has Alzheimer's disease. Jason hates going to the nursing home where his grandmother lives. Eventually Jason starts to enjoy going to the nursing home because he sees how much it means to his grandmother.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
 
8.   Peppe the Lamplighter
Elisa Bartone (Author), Ted Lewin (Illustrator)
A young boy learns that every job is important.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
 
9.   Please Don't Cry, Mom: A Book About Depression
Helen DenBoer (Author), Janice Galanter Goldstein (Illustrator)
A young boy and his father learn how to cope with a family member's depression.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
 
10.   The Memory Box
David Cunningham (Illustrator), Mary Bahr (Author), Kathy Tucker (Editor)
Zach's gramps has Alzheimer's disease. Grmaps creates a "memory box" where he and Zach can write down old and new memories and keep them in their "memory box."
[Grade Level: K - 3]
 
11.   Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge
Mem Fox (Author), Julie Vivas (Illustrator)
A young boy tries to find out what a memory is so that he can restore the memory of an elderly friend.
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 3]
 
12.   William and the Good Old Days
Jan Spivey Gilchrist (Illustrator), Eloise Greenfield (Author)
A young boy copes with his grandmother's illness.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
 
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