Moving Forward: The Inclusion of Characters with Down Syndrome in Children’s Picture Books

Tracey Kalke-Klita


This article analyzes fifteen children’s picture books published over the past twenty-five years that include a character with Down syndrome (DS). From the perspective of both an educator and a parent of a child with DS, this article focuses on the changes in these picture books over time, the common threads connecting these books, an evaluation of these titles, and suggestions for use in the educational setting. In addition, an annotated bibliography is provided.

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