A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Detailed biographical and historical information, and an extensive glossary and index.
Physical and mental differences don't define your fate. Work hard and don't give up on your dreams. You are valued just as you are.
Positive Role Models
Each of the diverse people featured overcame obstacles with perseverance, heart, and the support of family and friends.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Cerrie Burnell's beautifully illustrated book, I Am Not a Label: 34 Artists, Thinkers, Athletes and Activists with Disabilities from Past and Present, is full of fascinating biographies of people who have made an impact on the world, from centuries past to the present. This insightful book includes both physical and mental disabilities, helping readers understand that mental and physical health play a role in navigating everyday life. Burnell prefaces the information with her own biography as a disabled person, and includes an extensive glossary.
Is It Any Good?
With a fresh look at both the way we refer to disable people and the ways in which physical and mental health can impact lives, there's tremendous breadth, depth, and value on these colorful pages. I Am Not a Label includes notable historical figures, but the most powerful connections are likely with the many pages of modern artists, thinkers, and athletes, as young readers see that the people on their screens today have overcome quite a lot to make an impact on the world.
The inclusion of many people with hidden physical disabilities and mental health obstacles is an important reminder that not all challenges are obvious, and that these conditions can come and go throughout a lifetime. These stories are packed with hope and dare readers to follow their dreams no matter what obstacles are in their way.
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