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I Am Not a Label: 34 Artists, Thinkers, Athletes and Activists with Disabilities from Past and Present

By Carrie Kingsley, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Detailed biographies show heart, perseverance.

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What you will—and won't—find in this book.

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age 13+

Based on 1 parent review

age 13+

For older kids

I was excited to get this book and read it with my kids, the art work is gorgeous, and I loved the concept of the book. But I am leaving a review because I see there aren’t any yet and that it’s currently recommended for ages 6+. I would disagree with that, at least for my family. These stories are inspiring but there are also tricky subjects, such as: it’s mentioned that Frida Kahlo had relationships other than with her husband, that Lady Gaga was assaulted by someone she worked with, and that Demi Lovato had bulimia and started to self-harm. These are topics that I am not ready to introduce my 7 year old to just yet. I am reading the book for myself though! I had never heard of Catalina Devandas or Wanda Diaz-Merced before but their stories are inspiring!

Is It Any Good?

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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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