All the Way to the Top by Annette Bay Pimentel published by Sourcebooks eXplore was an award-winning book at our house before it even won the prestigious Schneider Family Book Award. This engaging book tells the true story of Jennifer Kellan-Chaffins and her participation in the Disability Rights Movement. Her participation in the Capitol Crawl that ultimately led to the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act was a life-changing moment for so many. The passage of the ADA certainly made our family's life easier as we navigated spaces with a child who used both a walker and a wheelchair.
Pimentel captures several challenging moments in Kellan-Chaffins's life from lack of accessibility at school to physical barriers in the community and her growth as a lifelong activist. The backmatter includes notes about disability and activism and a helpful timeline of the milestones of the Disability Rights Movement as well as the milestones in Kellan-Chaffins's life. Illustrations by Nabi Ali bring this important activist and movement to life.
I was delighted to find a Common Core Standards Aligned Educator Guide (22 pages!) available on the publisher's website for grades 1-5! It contains excellent discussion questions, research project ideas, and more! I highly recommend this important non-fiction book for homes, classrooms, and libraries!
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About the Author
I am a mom to two sweet and lively boys and live in Santa Barbara, California. My oldest has Cornelia deLange Syndrome. He fuels my passion for advocating for equity and inclusion wherever I go. I love the power of a good story to inspire, educate, and make change in our world.