Listen to some of Dizzy Gillespie’s music while you are reading together as a family.
A Picture Book of Louis Braille - (ISBN: 978-0823414130)
by David A. Adler
Despite having become blind in an accident during his childhood, Louis Braille went on to invent the definitive alphabet for blind readers. The book helps you understand the atmosphere of France at the time he was living there as well as explaining other touch alphabets. Enjoy feeling the raised alphabetical symbols and numbers at the end of the book.
Alvin Ho: Allergic to Girls, School, and Other Scary Things - (ISBN: 978-0375849305)
by Lenore Look
Although Alvin is so nervous he cannot open his mouth at school, in his imagination (and at home!), he is a super hero. Plus, he is interested in everything. The humor in this chapter book helps dissipate some of the angst of Alvin’s phobias, but the best thing comes toward the end of the book when he makes a real friend, despite his selective mutism. Draw two self-portrait sketches, one of the person you believe you are today and one of the person you would like to be.
Dizzy - (ISBN: 978-0439507370)
by Jonah Winter
Dizzy Gillespie overcomes being picked on by his peers and becoming angry by allowing his interest in music grow. His family life was also tough. He maintained his delight with the piano and the musical world to become one of the world’s greatest jazz musicians. Talk to one of your music teachers to see if he or she knows any more about Dizzy Gillespie.
Harry and Willy and Carrothead - (ISBN: 978-0688094928)
by Judith Caseley
Despite being born with only one hand, Harry views himself as “normal,” but with a prosthesis. He is surprised when the kids at school tease him, but his self-confidence soon helps him make friends. He does not mind talking about his disability, and he becomes a good enough baseball player as well! What small personal problems have you overcome to become your present self?
The Story of Ruby Bridges - (ISBN: 978-0439472265)
by Robert Coles
Ruby Bridges was a 6 year-old-girl who was the first African American child to integrate her New Orleans classroom. Despite the fact that the other parents kept their children home, and people yelled and screamed as the federal marshals accompanied her to the classroom, Ruby sat at her desk and learned to read and write. Her ordeal went on for months, but she persevered, strengthened by her family’s support and her faith. Write a poem using adjectives that describe Ruby.