by Cari Best (Ages 4-8)
Zulay is a young girl with three best friends. The four girls have lots of fun together at school each day. As the story unfolds, it becomes apparent that Zulay is blind. This fact is never stated outright because this is not a story about her vision impairment: the story focuses on what Zulay is able to do, and the ways in which she is included in her class and school community. When Field Day approaches, Zulay surprises everyone when she says she wants to run a race. And, with the help of her friends, she does. My Three Best Friends and Me, Zulay reveals what life is like for someone with a visual impairment without putting the focus on the disability. It also focuses on the theme of inclusion: although Zulay cannot do everything in the same way that her friends can, she is still included in every activity.