Andy and His Yellow Frisbee - Mary Thompson

This book is great for addressing diversity in the classroom- especially for an inclusive classroom. Andy, the main character in this novel, has autism and spend most of his recess time alone on the playground. The other students don't quite understand Andy, but a new girl to the school tries to befriend Andy. The intended audience for this book is 2nd grade. At his age, students are more apt to realize the difference between themselves and other students- especially those who are in need of special aids. Children this age are curious and just want to understand their peers. An activity I could use for this book are to have the students come up with ways to befriend other peers who may be little different than they are- whether it be different skin color, different disabilities, or different family backgrounds. Diversity in the classroom is so important and it is imperative to create a positive and accepting classroom climate.