Rescue and Jessica: A Life-Changing Friendship (published by Candlewick Press) is a heartening story of the love and teamwork between a girl and her Service Dog, based on a real-life partnership. Co-authors Jessica Kensky and Patrick Downes, both survivors of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, will be in conversation with Julie Roach, Manager of Youth Services at the Cambridge Public Library in Massachusetts. They will discuss their personal story, which served as inspiration for the book, the varied abilities of Service Dogs, and the extraordinary role they play in helping their owners live full, happy lives. Rescue and Jessica will evoke empathy in young readers, demystify what it means to live with a disability, and serve as a crucial mirror for those who do not yet see themselves reflected in children’s books.
ALA Unit/Subunit: ALA, UNO
Meeting Type: PopTop Stage
Cost: Included with full conference and exhibits only registration.