The Dolly Gray Children’s Literature Award is given every other year (in even years) since 2000. Sponsored by the CEC (Council for Exceptional Children) and DADD (Division on Autism and Developmental Disabilities) “to recognize effective, enlightened portrayals of individuals with developmental disabilities in children’s books.” Both picture and chapter books are eligible to win this award. Previous winners include “The Someday Birds,” “The Girl Who Thought in Pictures: The Story of Dr. Temple Grandin,” and “Rain, Reign.” According to the web site’s information, the award has had a positive impact on the public acceptance, recognition, and understanding of people with developmental disabilities. Link to the entire list of award-winning Dolly Gray titles using the award picture above.
There are some terrific titles to discover on the list.