•  December 2, 2021
     3:30 pm - 4:45 pm

Children’s Book Review: Examining the Role of Characters with Disabilities (webinar)

Learning Level 2: Intermediate/Application

Intended Audience – ECSE and General EducatorsTeacher Assistants

Description – You will not want to miss this intermediate webinar which will give participants the opportunity to evaluate children’s books featuring characters with disabilities. It can be hard to find high quality books that feature characters with disabilities and do not include bias and stereotypes. Join us as we use an anti-bias and developmentally appropriate practice lens to explore children’s books featuring characters with disabilities and the messages that are being sent. Participants will leave the webinar with recommendations for book titles to include in their library. This webinar is limited to 30 people. Accepted registrants will be sent an email about one month before the training asking them to confirm the address to which the book should be sent. Five different children’s book titles will be used in this training. During the webinar, participants with the same book will be put into groups to evaluate it using the information shared by the presenters in the beginning of the webinar.

Continuing Education – This webinar will provide 1.25 contact hours for the following:

  • Educator License Renewal
  • CDA (Child Development Associate) credit in area(s) 3
  • CE credit for SLP, SW, LCPC, PT, and OT professionals
  • Gateways to Opportunity credit in area E (Org. ID# B40093, Event ID# )

Full participation is required to receive a certificate.


  • Emily Reilly
    Emily Reilly, Early Childhood Resource Specialist with STARnet Regions I and III is a proven leader with 14 years of experience in early care and education. Emily has served in a variety of leadership roles in the field including master teacher, associate director, college instructor, trainer and IL AEYC board member. Emily presents on a variety of topics including anti-bias curriculum, project approach, inclusive practices, reflective practice, and portfolios. She is passionate about supporting adult learners in improving their practice, specifically when it comes to making sure all children and families feel a sense of belonging and community. In her spare time, she enjoys running, yoga, trying new foods, and hanging out with her family.
  • Anni Reinking
    Anni K. Reinking, Ed.D. is a Family Resource Specialist at STAR NET Regions I & III. She also sits on her local school board, Peoria School District 150. Prior to her current role, she was a full-time early childhood professor and early childhood classroom teacher. She specializes in early childhood education, family advocacy, and multicultural education. Additionally, Dr. Reinking has published and presented research in the areas of multicultural education, challenging behaviors, trauma informed practices, and creating positive school cultures, and more.
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