Nick Springer on the Move is an adaptive sports story written to redefine ability. It was also written to fill a chasm in children’s literature with regard to the representation of disabled people in picture book biographies. We believe all children should see themselves represented in books and that representation matters. We also believe picture books should challenge children’s frame of reference to help them redefine a more inclusive world. We know children are curious and we encourage you to engage them in critical conversations about disability, sport, and social justice. So, we hope this book makes its way to every classroom and library shelf, and when it does, below are the resources to host those conversations.
But first, some fun facts about Nick Springer on the Move:
- It is the first sports picture book biography to feature a quad amputee and the sport of wheelchair rugby.
- It is illustrated by Mouth and Foot Painting Artist, Christopher Kuster, who created every image using his mouth due to paralysis.
- All proceeds of the book go to support Mouth and Foot Painting Artists and Wheelchair Sports Federation. We proudly support these two organizations because of their commitment to empowering individuals with disabilities through art and sport.
Let’s Look at Disability Representation in Children’s Books
In this video, Mal will guide you through thinking critically about how disability is represented in children’s literature. Mal is a Severe Disabilities Special Education major at Bay Path University. She is also an autistic self-advocate, and has a deep respect for her disabled community. She has made it her goal to eliminate ableism within the classroom and wishes to help educators do the same. Here is a link to an analysis chart of all the books mentioned in Mal’s video.
In this video, undergraduate education students, Cynthia and Melissa provide you with the context to think critically about the representation of women with disabilities in children’s literature by telling the research story of who is missing from our bookshelves. We also encourage you to read the blog post, A Mother’s Love Is Limitless.
Let’s Talk Disability
Lesson Plans in Reading, Writing, PE & More
Want to truly unleash the power of this picture book biography, then engage young people in conversations about ability, disabilities, and sport. Here is a post on how to do it: Reading with Nick Springer on the Move.
Here are more resources just for young readers. If you would like to share your resources, lesson plan ideas, or more, we would love to hear from you because to create change we need an expansive team.
Keep believing in the possible and push hard,
Jen Stratton & Team Possible