Books Written and Illustrated by Linda Kurtz Kingsley

Blue Skies for Lupe, Woodbine House. Availabe through, Barnes & Noble, and Amazon for $16.95.

Blue Skies for Lupe is a storybook based on the real-life adventures of a Mexican immigrant born with physical disabilities. The story begins when Lupe's mother, Mami, leaves for America to get the best care for her daughter. They cross the desert at night and arrive in California where their new life begins. Mami works as a farm laborer.

The years pass, and Lupe is ready for school. She cannot walk, so she uses a wheelchair, and has an aide, who helps her understand her lessons in English. Lupe has moments of self-doubt, but is reassured by Mami with her quiet refrain, "Just you wait. You'll do fine".

Encouraged by Mami, friends, and teachers, supported by accommodations, and respected for her Hispanic heritage, Lupe blossoms.

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Bringing Up Sophie, Jason & Nordic: 2010.

Mike and Pete are working together on a project! Mike, who is deaf, and his family are raising Sophie who will one day become a service dog for someone with a disability. Again, Pete and Mike learn to communicate and work together using signs and speech as they help train the puppy. 24 signs to learn and a puppy to enjoy!

Hardcover available at Amazon Books for $16.95 .

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Signs of Jays, Jason & Nordic, 2008:

A children's picture book about 2 Scrub Jay babies who get rescued, rehabilitated, and then mainstreamed back into the wild. Great book for children with disabilities, especially relevant to hearing-impaired kids or any kids who want to learn about children with disabilities. Hand signs for some of the key words are included.

Hardcover available at Amazon Books for $16.95 .

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Teachng Art to the Deaf, Gordon Press Publishers: 1974.

A practical guide for the classroom as well as a look at the role of art for the deaf. Contents:
1. The problem of deafness: Varieties of deafness; causes; additional handicaps; academic assessment; emotional adjustment.
2. Communication with the deaf: oralism; manualism: sign language, fingerspelling, signed English, manual English, simultaneous method, art as a means of communication: providing experience to aid communication through art; the validity of art symbols as language.
3. The psychological importance of art for the deaf: art as an outlet; building basic concepts through art; strengthening self concepts.
4. Art for art's sake with the deaf: art aptitudes of the deaf; art for the talented. 5. Classroom logistics: seating arrangements; special arrangements for special children; room amplification systems; storage problems in art.
6. Lesson plans for today's deaf: organizing a five-year curriculum; planning around the individual child; building responsibility through behavior controls; visual aids for the deaf.
7. The art teacher's other roles: as a language teacher; as an academic teacher.
8. Conclusions.

Out of print, but still available at Amazon Books.