Kids should peruse books that teach love, inclusion, and accessibility. A new book written by Natalie Gonchar called "Mr. Gringle's Magical Wheelchair," scheduled for release on September 24, 2019, to commemorate the National Bullying Prevention Month is one of the books you need to get for your kids.
The book's main character is a girl called Lisa who happens to have a disability. The topic is bullying, which is a problem in schools across the country. There is an urgent need for inclusionary books across the country, books where a character with a disability is included.
Mr. Gringle's Magical Wheelchair is currently under review for the Schneider Family Book award by the American Library Association (ALA). The book has an interesting storyline. The book has already won the Gold Mom's Choice Award for being family-friendly.
"Using children's literature to teach about disabilities and illness is a good idea. I love Mr. Gringle's Magical Wheelchair because it is inclusionary literature," Dr. Joan K. Blaska, a retired professor at St. Cloud State University in Minnesota said.
Natalie Gonchar is 17 years old. She is a journalist and an active advocate for disability representation. She is the president of the junior board of Big Dreams Children's Foundation. In both 2018 and 2019, Natalie received The President's Volunteer Service Award.
"The book's main character, Lisa, along with her friends, work to confront bullies, Billy and Joe, who take allowances, steal snacks and generally, push people around. Lisa has a run-in with one of the boys and her wheelchair breaks, but her kind neighbor, Mr. Gringle, gives her a new one. This one is colorfully painted and according to Mr. Gringle's, "brims with magic." Lisa is skeptical at first but quickly realizes something is definitely different. She has a new-found power; she can now face these bullies and inspires other kids to do the same," Natalie Gonchar said.
The book is available for online purchase through Barnes & Noble's website.