It’s Disability Day!
I always get asked about books on disability for kids! So here are a couple.
These books are so cool – two of the Big Visions books created by Vision Australia. Big Visions books are biographies about people who are Blind or have low vision, and are written for children. The print is in English and Braille.
I bought Craig Shanahan – Cooking up a Storm and Nikki Hind – Dressed for Success. I love the way their stories are told through words and beautiful illustrations. These books can be read by Blind and sighted people.
Craig’s blurb: “Craig Shanahan always dreamed of being a chef. But after two operations on his eyes, he was almost completely blind. Craig didn’t let that stop him from following his dreams. Now, Craig is the owner of his own café. Discover how being vision impaired has made Craig an inspiring role model for all Australia.”
Nikki’s blurb: “Meet Nikki Hind, the blind fashion designer with her own fashion label – Blind Grit. Nikki had always dreamed of becoming a fashion designer. When she was growing up, Nikki couldn’t see out of her left eye and later in life a stroke took away almost all of her vision. Nikki didn’t let that stop her. Now, she is the proud owner of Blind Grit, her own fashion label that employs people with disabilities and challenges.”
I know Craig and Nikki – it’s wonderful to see their stories told in books. They’ll be role models for so many.
(There are three books in the series so far – the other book is about Matt Formston, it’s called Surfing in the Dark.)
From Vision Australia’s website:
You can purchase Big Visions books from Vision Australia – they’d make a great addition to school libraries, and Christmas gifts for all kids!
“… written by Vision Australia, all with successful Australian’s living with blindness or low vision at their heart. Giving Australia three new role models who are determined, resilient, successful and blind. True stories to empower new perspectives of what is possible to build true inclusivity through belief.”
There are some more #DisabilityReads recommendations if you scroll back through my Instagram and blog posts.
Images: 1. two kids books – Craig Shanahan – Cooking up a Storm and Nikki Hind – Dressed for Success. 2-7. Colourful illustrations of Craig and Nikki’s work, black text & braille on the pages.