Max the Champion

Sean Stockdale
Alexandra Strick
Picture Book
Target Age
3-6 , 6-12

A diverse group of children, many with disabilities, all interact with each other in this exuberant picture book. At the centre of their world is their sports-loving friend and classmate Max who, as sharp-eyed readers will notice, uses an asthma inhaler and wears a hearing aid. The cartoon-style artwork captures the cheerful mood of Max’s community and the ease with which the characters relate to each other. The text makes no mention of anything to do with disabilities and no one is singled out for special attention. In choosing this approach, this book models inclusivity at its best: a physical world and a mindset where affability and acceptance are always present and differences do not need to be emphasized.

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