All the Way to the Top: How One Girl’s Fight for Americans with Disabilities Changed Everything

Annette Bay Pimentel, illus. by Nabi H. Ali. Sourcebooks Explore, $17.99 (32p) ISBN 978-1-4926-8897-6
“How do you change someone’s mind?” As a child who uses a wheelchair, Jennifer faces obstacles, from curbs that are like “a cliff” to exclusionary classmates. But “Jennifer knows they’re wrong. She’s just a friend waiting to happen!” In clear, accessible prose accompanied by Ali’s creamily textured digital illustrations, Pimentel relates the story of Jennifer Keelan-Chaffin’s activism in the disability rights movement, culminating in the Capitol Crawl on Mar. 12, 1990. Alongside adult activists with disabilities, Jennifer hauled herself up the steps of the U.S. Capitol to advocate for passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act, after which Congress at long last passed the bill. Supplemental material contextualizes the disability rights movement, offering a jumping-off point for conversations: “Anyone can choose to be an activist, no matter your age.” Ages 4–8. (Mar.)
Reviewed on : 01/02/2020
Release date: 03/01/2020
Genre: Children's
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