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Down Syndrome NSW
Level 6/410 Church St, North Parramatta
9am-5pm Monday - Thursday
T: 9841 444

Thursday, 1 November 2012

Library Thursday: new books and book awards

Photo: Richard Bailey
Shifting Perspectives - the book
Over eight years, curated by  photographer Richard Bailey, the Shifting Perspectives photographic collection has developed from a  calendar shoot (365 people with Down syndrome photographed for a UK calendar), through several exhibitions, a beautiful online exhibition, an app, and now, into a high quality, beautiful book, available to be ordered now (shipping in early December), through the Down's Syndrome Association in London.

All of the photographers are professionals, all of them have a personal connection with someone who has Down syndrome.  It has the hallmarks of a classic.

Sam’s Top Secret Journal – Book 1: We Spy by Sean Adelman
Join Sam as she embarks on her first big adventure in this middle-grade mystery full of fun, suspense…and just the right amount of spying!

But when curious occurrences start to disturb her community, Sam’s carefree life suddenly becomes dangerously serious ... read more on the book's web page at Raising Expectations (and there is a link to purchase it).

Sam is a middle school girl living a normal life–except when she is occasionally bullied for the differences kids perceive in her. Sam has Down Syndrome. But Sam is just like any of her friends. She likes to play basketball, perform in community plays, gossip about boys at lunchtime, and write about life in her top-secret journal. Plus, her Uncle Alex is coming home from Iraq soon, and with so much to do, there’s hardly time to dwell on anything except getting reading for his visit!
The Arc of King County interviewed the author, Sean Adelman, and reviewed the book ...
We Spy is aimed at kids in Grades 4-7 and includes lessons on inclusion, acceptance and friendship. It’s entertaining for young readers, but it also conveys the life lesson that sometimes the things we take for granted aren’t always what we think.

Speech Pathology Australia 2012 Book Awards
Speech Pathology Australia awarded six authors for excellence in the development of children’s speech, language and literacy skills at a ceremony to be held at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne on 16th October
2012 Best Books for Language and Literacy Development awards:
Sonya Hartnett, for Come Down, Cat!
Anh and Suzanne Do for The Little Refugee 
Elizabeth Fensham for The Invisible Hero
Azmen Sebastian for The Snake and the Boy
Graeme Base was presented with a lifetime achievement award for his contribution to Australian children’s literature.

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