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Disability and Anti-Ableism Books for Children

Don't Call Me Special: A First Look at Disability (First Look at Books) Cover Image
By Pat Thomas, Lesley Harker (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780764121180
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Published: B.E.S. Publishing - May 1st, 2002

This delightful picture book explores questions and concerns about physical disabilities in a simple and reassuring way. Younger children can find out about individual disabilities, special equipment that is available to help the disabled, and how people of all ages can deal with disabilities and live happy and full lives.

I Am Deaf (Live and Learn Books) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780764141799
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Published: B.E.S. Publishing - March 1st, 2009

Titles in the Live and Learn series take a child's point of view--especially the view of children who either suffer from some physical challenge or lack self-confidence in going about their everyday activities. This book describes challenges that hearing-impaired children face, and how one child overcomes them to live a normal, happy life.

Not So Different: What You Really Want to Ask About Having a Disability Cover Image
By Shane Burcaw, Matt Carr (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781626727717
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - November 7th, 2017

Not So Different offers a humorous, relatable, and refreshingly honest glimpse into Shane Burcaw’s life. Shane tackles many of the mundane and quirky questions that he’s often asked about living with a disability, and shows readers that he’s just as approachable, friendly, and funny as anyone else.

Hello Goodbye Dog Cover Image
By Maria Gianferrari, Patrice Barton (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781626721777
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - July 25th, 2017

For Zara’s dog, Moose, nothing is more important than being with his favorite girl. So when Zara has to go to school, WHOOSH, Moose escapes and rushes to her side.

Hello, Moose!

Unfortunately, dogs aren’t allowed at school and Moose has to go back home.

Goodbye, Moose.

Unbroken: 13 Stories Starring Disabled Teens Cover Image
ISBN: 9780374306502
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) - September 18th, 2018

This anthology explores disability in fictional tales told from the viewpoint of disabled characters, written by disabled creators. With stories in various genres about first loves, friendship, war, travel, and more, Unbroken will offer today's teen readers a glimpse into the lives of disabled people in the past, present, and future.

The ADHD Workbook for Kids: Helping Children Gain Self-Confidence, Social Skills, & Self-Control (Instant Help Book for Parents & Kids) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781572247666
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Published: Instant Help Publications - May 1st, 2010

All kids with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) want to manage their symptoms in order to get along better with others, build confidence, and succeed in school, but most don't have the skills they need to get their impulsive behavior under control.

The Waiting Song Cover Image
By Natasha Barber, Rayah Jaymes (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781941765562
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Published: Future Horizons - November 1st, 2017

Nigel is a hedgehog. He's four years old, likes trains and cookies, and is a lot like other kids in class. Nigel is a little different, too. Nigel has autism. He doesn't talk or say many words. Nigel is not very good at taking turns or being polite, and he really does not like to wait. Nigel thought and thought and came up with the Waiting Song.

Rescue and Jessica: A Life-Changing Friendship Cover Image
ISBN: 9780763696047
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Published: Candlewick - April 3rd, 2018

A 2019 Schneider Family Book Award Winner

Based on a real-life partnership, the heartening story of the love and teamwork between a girl and her service dog will illuminate and inspire.

Why Johnny Doesn't Flap: NT Is Ok! Cover Image
By Clay Morton, Gail Morton, Alex Merry (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781849057219
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Published: Jessica Kingsley Publishers - October 21st, 2015

Johnny is different. He is never exactly on time, he can't seem to stick to a routine and he often speaks in cryptic idioms. Johnny is neurotypical, but that's OK. A picture book with a difference, Why Johnny Doesn't Flap turns the tables on common depictions of neurological difference by drolly revealing how people who are not on the autistic spectrum are perceived by those who are.

Rolling Along with Goldilocks and the Three Bears Cover Image
By Cindy Meyers, Carol Morgan (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781890627126
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Published: Woodbine House - January 1st, 1999

This story unfolds with many of the familiar scenes of the classic tale, and ends on a hopeful note. Here, baby bear uses a wheelchair, goes to physical therapy, and ultimately makes friends with Goldilocks.

Since We're Friends: An Autism Picture Book Cover Image
By Celeste Shally, David Harrington (Illustrator), Alison Singer (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9781616086565
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Published: Sky Pony - April 10th, 2012

  • Ideal for fans of My Brother Charlie, All My Stripes, and I See Things Differently: A First Look at Autism 
  • A delightful autism story book
  • A sweet story about two friends and how they help each other

Matt’s autism doesn’t keep him from having fun!