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Pre-Order Maryann Cocca-Leffler and Janine Leffler's WE WANT TO GO TO SCHOOL!

Print: A Bookstore is proud to be working with New England authors Janine Leffler and Maryann Cocca-Leffler for their nonficition picture book, We Want to Go to School!: The Fight for Disability Rights. All copies will be signed by the authors and can be personalized - make sure to include your note in the checkout section!

There was a time in the United States when millions of children with disabilities weren't allowed to go to public school. But in 1971, seven kids and their families wanted to do something about it. They knew that every child had a right to an equal education, so they went to court to fight for that right. The case Mills v. Board of Education of the District of Columbia led to laws ensuring children with disabilities would receive a free, appropriate public education. Told in the voice of Janine Leffler, one of the millions of kids who went to school because of these laws, this book shares the true story of this landmark case.

Black and white photo of Janine Leffler, a light-skinned woman with short hair and glasses, sitting in an adirondack chair outside of a house. Her right arm is bent with her head resting on her hand.Janine Leffler is the co-founder of, a website dedicated to changing the public perception of children with disabilities. She has a BA in Communications and works at a non-profit community service organization that helps adults with disabilities. In her spare time Janine loves Broadway plays, poetry, and life. She lives in New Hampshire.

A black and white photo of Maryann Cocca-Leffler, a light-skinned woman with shoulder length hair wearing a dark shirt and a spiral mollusc shell necklace. She is smiling at the camera and sitting on an adirondack chair outside of a house.Maryann Cocca-Leffler has been a passionate disability rights advocate since the birth of her daughter Janine.  Maryann is also an award-winning author and illustrator of over sixty books for children, including JanineSame Way Ben, and The Power of Yet. She lives and works on the coast of Maine. Visit her online at
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ISBN: 9780807535189
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Albert Whitman & Company - September 15th, 2021