Song for a Whale tells the story of Iris, a twelve-year-old girl who is Deaf. Iris makes herself heard while helping Blue 55, the “Lonliest Whale in the World,” know that he is also heard. This book won the Schneider Family Book Award in 2020 for its artistic expression of the disability experience for an adolescent audience.
Lexile: 800L | Reading Level: Grades 3-7
Twelve-year-old Iris was born deaf and communicates with American Sign Language (ASL). She is the only Deaf kid in her school, which leaves her feeling very isolated. When she learns about Blue 55, a whale that sings in a hertz range that it seems no other whales can hear, she becomes determined to find a way to sing back to him. This book is about her struggle to accomplish her goal.
Their interactions with Iris tell the story:
What Does Iris Learn?
The messages/themes in this book speak to tweens: