- 24 pages
- Standard Color
- 8.5 x 11.0 inches
- eBook (epub, pdf)
- 978-1-5255-1362-6 eBook
- 978-1-5255-1361-9 Paperback
- 978-1-5255-1360-2 Hardcover
- Juvenile Fiction, Social Issues, Special Needs
- Juvenile Fiction, Social Issues, Friendship
- Juvenile Fiction, Social Issues, Values & Virtues
Down Syndrome, Inclusion, Friendship, Children, Difference, Kindness, Special Needs
This Is Ella
Ella is a happy, fun-loving girl who is just starting school. She knows all of her letters, helps take care of her little sister, and enjoys riding her blue bike. Sometimes she has to practice sitting still. Ella loves to play and is a good friend.
Ella has Down syndrome. Though she might look a bit different and have trouble saying some words, she is more the same than different, and she wants to be accepted and included just like any other child.
In a simple, welcoming way, This is Ella teaches children about Down syndrome, inclusion, and friendship. The story is followed by information about Down syndrome, including helpful facts and explanations. This is Ella offers a perfect starting point for a conversation with children about difference in general, Down syndrome in particular, and the concepts of inclusion and friendship.
"Inclusion is not something we do, it is something we live. Reading this book will help all of us live a bit more inclusively, for Ella, and for all of us who know and love an Ella. Thank You Ella for teaching us." - Shelley Moore, Inclusive Education Consultant and author of "One Without the Other: Stories of Unity Through Diversity and Inclusion"
“The Canadian Down Syndrome Society is proud to endorse This is Ella as a fantastic book that promotes inclusion. It teaches children to See the Ability in everyone!” – Canadian Down Syndrome Society
"This is Ella is a beautifully written and illustrated book. It clearly but sensitively conveys a message of inclusion and acceptance to children and adults alike." Tim Loreman, President of Concordia University of Edmonton and author of "Inclusive education: Supporting diversity on the classroom"
About the Author:
Krista Ewert is a photographer, writer, speaker, and special needs advocate. She is passionate about inclusive education and equal opportunities. This is Ella was inspired by her daughter, Ella, and was originally written to share with Ella’s kindergarten class. Krista wants Ella to have the same opportunities as other children, and she has worked closely with educators, therapists, and organisations to advocate for and promote inclusion of children with disabilities. She believes that every person can make significant contributions to their community and society as a whole, and wants to make sure children of all abilities are welcomed into every school in Canada.
Krista is from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada with her husband, Ben, and three children: Jakob, Ella, and Audrey. She writes on faith, family, building meaningful communities, and special needs at www.kristaewert.com.
About the Artist:
Celia Marie Baker is a teacher at heart. She loves to help kids learn.
During the summer, Celia teaches art at Cedar Springs Camp in Lake Stevens, Washington, where she lives with her husband and their three boys.
Celia feels very privileged to have worked on This is Ella. She believes that there is a very real need for this book—in schools, churches, and communities.
As a parent, Celia wants her kids to understand that inclusion is important. Compassion is important. Our Creator, God, has designed beauty in diversity. You can be friends with kids who are a little different because, it’s true, we are all more the same than we are different.
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