My Sister, Alicia May

Author: Nancy Tupper Ling
Illustrator: Shennen Bersani
Publisher: Pleasant St. Press 
Publication Date: May 1, 2009
Theme: Inclusion
Grade level: 3rd-5th

My Sister, Alicia May by Nancy Tupper Ling


Rachel and Alicia are like any sisters, but Rachel knows her sister is very different and very special because she has Down Syndrome. Though Rachel occasionally feels frustrations and resentment about having to help watch over her special sister, she most often feels love, acceptance, and pride for her.

Why I Choose this Book

The book tells a beautiful story about a young girl and her sister with Down Syndrome. She explains that though her sister has “special needs” she is special in many other ways just like any other child. She explains how her sister is similar to other kids. I chose this book because Down Syndrome awareness is important to me and I believe all children should be aware of it and know that it doesn’t make someone less human. The illustrations are simply breathtaking.

Book Activity

Students make an affirmation poster including their name and adjectives describing what makes them special.

Optional Version

Students write their name in the center of the paper and other students write adjectives that what they think is special about that student. The teacher displays adjectives for students to choose from.