Publisher: AK Press
Released: April 6, 2021
Ontario Library Association Best Bets 2021 List.
A bold and colorful exploration of all the ways that people navigate through the spaces around them and a celebration of the relationships we build along the way. We Move Together follows a mixed-ability group of kids as they creatively negotiate everyday barriers and find joy and connection in disability culture and community. A perfect tool for families, schools, and libraries to facilitate conversations about disability, accessibility, social justice and community building. Includes a kid-friendly glossary (for ages 6–9).
This fully accessible ebook includes alt-text for image descriptions, a read aloud function, and a zoom-in function that allows readers to magnify the illustrations and be able to move around the page in zoom-in mode.
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Praise for We Move Together:
"This stunning picture book highlights the way that people of all abilities can move together with a little ingenuity, a lot of community and a focus toward disability justice. Presented with a focus on diversity the book is written simply and powerfully in a way that even the youngest children will find relevant."
—Ontario Library Association
"The detailed and charming illustrations in We Move Together show us a world of cooperation, equality, community, love and friendship, which I believe is a world we all would be happy to live in.”
—Brian Selznick author/illustrator of The Invention of Hugo Cabret
"Brightly illustrated and with a helpful glossary, We Move Together is a sensitive and joyful jumping-off point to begin the vital conversation about accessibility."
—Saleema Nawaz, author of Songs for the End of the World
"We Move Together is full of practical magic. It’s grounded in a world children will recognize—full of ice cream, public transit, parks, and play—but it opens up possibilities of worlds and futures we dream of. It invites us to think and talk about disability and difference with love and respect. The best kind of book about changing the world, We Move Together doesn’t tell us how we should change things, it just reminds us that we can."
—Cory Silverberg, educator and author of What Makes a Baby and Sex Is a Funny Word
"We Move Together is full of gorgeous illustrations and stories of our communities in all of their varied differences. Rooted in disability justice, this book offers ways of practicing interdependence, collective care, and transformative justice. As a Black, Mad, and disabled parent, I am eager to read this book in our family—finally a book in which we can see ourselves reflected! We Move Together is essential reading for all bookshelves!"
—Syrus Marcus Ware, Co-Founder, Black Lives Matter–Canada
"We Move Together is a love letter to the next generation of disabled kids, and a provocation for their nondisabled peers to rethink an ableist society's assumptions about how our bodies should move, what they should look like, and how our brains should work ... This gorgeously illustrated book offers a powerful message rooted in the Disability Justice movement—we care for and love each other, and we move together, with nobody left behind."
—Lydia X. Z. Brown, disability justice advocate and founder/director of Fund for Community Reparations for Autistic People of Color's Interdependence, Survival, & Empowerment
"We Move Together makes me want to move with joy! Finally there is a book I can share with my kiddo that expresses the joy of disability community; the playfulness of different ways of moving; and the fun of creating access—while also showing the challenges of ableism. This book can grow with my daughter as she goes from asking questions about the beautifully illustrated pictures and engaging words, to when she can grapple with the many key ideas of disability justice provided at the end of the book. A delightful and much needed celebration of disability community, and most importantly, as my daughter says, it's fun!"
—Sunaura Taylor, disability studies scholar and author of Beasts of Burden
"We Move Together is a new picture book by a diverse team of authors who have come together to write a love letter to the disability community. It is, in a word, fantastic. It is empowering, it is interesting, it is understandable, it is relevant—I could go on all day about how much I love this book."
—Kate Ryan for Thinking Person's Guide to Autism
"We all move through the world in different ways, and it’s so important to provide young readers with visible examples of the many assistive devices people with disabilities use on a daily basis. Normalizing characters with disabilities in children’s literature is such a great way to accomplish this goal, and We Move Together does it flawlessly."
—Mutually Inclusive Books