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Let’s Hear it for Almigal!

Let’s Hear it for Almigal is hands down one of the best books I’ve read lately for children! Our heroine, the hearing aid wearing and spunkyhn little Alimgal, is the kind of protagonist every child’s book should contain. Almigal wears a hearing aid but still lives a full life doing things other little kids do: playing, having sleepovers, and attending school. But this little heroine is better because she shows readers that you don’t always have to be perfect to be in a good book.

Kiddos to the author and illustrator for depicting children of mixed ethnicities and abilities in this delightful little book. I love that Almigals friends are African American , Hispanic, wear glasses, are twins, and even speak sign language! Kids, even little kids, want to be able to identify with the character they’re reading in a book. They want to see someone who is like them and in Almigal they’ve found it. There is something for everyone in this book.

I especially love that Almigal isn’t perfect as kids with disabilities are often depicted ( Disney channel): kids who don’t get I trouble or in time out.

Get this book for every child who has ever felt different or out of place or who wears a hearing aid or who just likes a good book!

I give this book 4 paws cuz it’s perfect!

By Pam

My passion is advocating for diversity in children's and YA literature.

16 replies on “Let’s Hear it for Almigal!”

This is going on our book list for sure! We’re always looking for diverse books that depict differently abled kids from all ethnicities for our home library.

I know a few families specifically who have adopted kids from China with hearing impairments and/or microtia. Sounds like this book would really be helpful for them specifically as well as our family. I’ll share the link with them.

What a great book for the classroom – no matter whether the classroom is at home or at school! I can’t wait to read it! Thanks so much for introducing it!

Books should reflect the world we live in, and as such, Almigal seems to fit the bill. In fact Almigal is a reflection of the town I live in.

I smiled when I read “the heroine of the book is…”

Fact is two of my real life heroines are my two daughters, both of whom are labeled ‘disabled’ but who are two of the most ABLE people I know. Not that they ever wanted to be heroines, just ABLE, which after all is all they ever wanted to be. It is their journey that made them my heroines. (Don’t tell them, I’ll never live it down! LOL)

I have always taught in inclusive classrooms – and there ar ebecoming more and momre incluisve. Which is wonderful. Trick is – finding books lik ethese that all of my students can identify with. Thank you for sharing this book! I look forward to sharing it with my students this fall!

I had a cousin who grew up wearing hearing aids. He always felt different from everyone else. I think it is great when an author can reach out to all kids and show them we are all very similar, despite our differences.

thank you all for your supportive comments. this is a great book but we need to see MORE of them!

Adding this to my book list right now! My sister is deaf so this would be wonderful to read to my preschooler! Thanks for the awesome review

I thing this book is awesome. I am partially deaf and it was always a challenge with my friends and people who didn’t know me.

I’ve been deaf in one ear since my early teens, and I don’t know that I’ve ever seen a kids’ book address this. Will have to check it out.

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