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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.

What Happened to You? Cover Image
By James Catchpole, Karen George (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780571358304
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Published: Faber & Faber - April 6th, 2021

Imagine you were asked the same question again and again throughout your life . . .
Imagine if it was a question that didn't bring about the happiest of memories . . .

You Are Enough: A Book About Inclusion Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781338630749
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Published: Scholastic Inc. - March 2nd, 2021

A beautiful and inclusive picture book all about celebrating being yourself from Down syndrome advocate and viral sensation Sofia Sanchez!

It can be hard to be differentwhether because of how you look, where you live, or what you can or can't do. But wouldn't it be boring if we were all the same? Being different is great!

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.

Can Bears Ski? Cover Image
By Raymond Antrobus, Polly Dunbar (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781536212662
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Published: Candlewick - November 10th, 2020

Is Little Bear ignoring his friends when they say hi, or is something else going on? A discovery opens new doors in a tale that will delight kids with deafness and all children learning to navigate their world.

Can I Play Too? (Little Senses) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525553465
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Published: Dial Books - March 31st, 2020

Friendship--and trains!--take center stage in this gentle, inviting story about paying attention to other people's feelings.

Baby's First Signs Cover Image
ISBN: 9781563681141
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Published: Gallaudet University Press - September 13th, 2001

Every parent knows the frustration of trying to satisfy the demands of an infant too young to communicate his or her thoughts.

DK Braille: Shapes Cover Image
ISBN: 9781465436122
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Published: DK Children - April 5th, 2016

Where is the square?

DK Braille: Shapes helps children learn, find, and remember their shapes through die-cut shapes, embossed images, and braille or large format text in this special book designed specifically for blind or visually impaired readers.

The Black Book of Colors Cover Image
By Menena Cottin, Rosana Faría (Illustrator), Elisa Amado (Translator)
ISBN: 9780888998736
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Published: Groundwood Books - June 28th, 2008

Living with the use of one's eyes can make imagining blindness difficult, but this innovative title invites readers to imagine living without sight through remarkable illustrations done with raised lines and descriptions of colors based on imagery. Braille letters accompany the illustrations and a full Braille alphabet offers sighted readers help reading along with their fingers.

The Boy with Big, Big Feelings Cover Image
By Britney Winn Lee, Jacob Souva (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781506454504
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Published: Beaming Books - August 20th, 2019

Meet a boy with feelings so big that they glow from his cheeks, spill out of his eyes, and jump up and down on his chest. When a loud truck drives by, he cries. When he hears a joke, he bursts with joy. When his loved ones are having a hard day, he feels their emotions as if they were his own.

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.

All the Way to the Top: How One Girl's Fight for Americans with Disabilities Changed Everything Cover Image
By Annette Bay Pimentel, Jennifer Keelan-Chaffins (Foreword by), Nabi Ali (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781492688976
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Published: Sourcebooks Explore - March 10th, 2020

2021 Schneider Family Book Award Young Children's Honor Book (American Library Association)

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.

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.

Attention, Girls!: A Guide to Learn All about Your AD/HD Cover Image
By Patricia O. Quinn, Carl Pearce (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781433804489
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Published: Magination Press - April 1st, 2009

Suitable for 'tween' girls (ages 7-11) who have ADD/ADHD, this title offers girls, their parents, and professionals practical tips and techniques for managing attention disorders and the many aspects of life that these disorders can affect. It includes useful lessons that are simple to apply.

Thukpa for All Cover Image
ISBN: 9788193388983
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Published: Karadi Tales Picturebooks - October 1st, 2019

Tsering can't wait to taste his grandmother's delicious noodle soup.

He invites a string of friends and neighbours home. But as preparations get underway, there is a power cut and the house is plunged into darkness. Will Abi be able to put together the much-anticipated thukpa?

My Ocean Is Blue Cover Image
By Darren Lebeuf, Ashley Barron (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781525301438
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Published: Kids Can Press - March 3rd, 2020

A young girl's poetic exploration of the enchanting ocean she loves.“This is my ocean,” the young girl begins as she heads over the dunes with her mother. Then, as they pass the whole day at the seaside, she lyrically describes her ocean in simple, sensory detail.

Just Ask!: Be Different, Be Brave, Be You Cover Image
By Sonia Sotomayor, Rafael López (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780525514121
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Published: Philomel Books - September 3rd, 2019

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor and award-winning artist Rafael Lopez create a kind and caring book about the differences that make each of us unique.

A #1 New York Times bestseller!

Winner of the Schneider Family Book Award!

Rescue and Jessica: A Life-Changing Friendship Cover Image
ISBN: 9781536203011
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Published: Candlewick - March 2nd, 2021

“An inspiring tale of compassion and perseverance.” —Booklist (starred review)

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.

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!

I Am Not a Label: 34 disabled artists, thinkers, athletes and activists from past and present Cover Image
By Cerrie Burnell, Lauren Mark Baldo (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780711247451
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Published: Wide Eyed Editions - July 7th, 2020

* 2021 EUREKA! Nonfiction Children’s Honor Book

“An inclusive and upbeat collection ideal for classrooms and libraries.” – School Library Journal

In this stylishly illustrated biography anthology, meet 34 artists, thinkers, athletes, and activists with disabilities, from past and present.

I Will Dance Cover Image
By Nancy Bo Flood, Julianna Swaney (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781534430617
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - May 26th, 2020

This poetic and uplifting picture book illustrated by the #1 New York Times bestselling illustrator of We Are the Gardeners by Joanna Gaines follows a young girl born with cerebral palsy as she pursues her dream of becoming a dancer.

Like many young girls, Eva longs to dance. But unlike many would-be dancers, Eva has cerebral palsy.

Talking Is Not My Thing Cover Image
ISBN: 9780802855497
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Published: Eerdmans Books for Young Readers - September 8th, 2020

This little sister might not use words, but she's got plenty to say Narrated through thought bubbles, this energetic book invites readers into the day of a nonverbal girl with autism. She has so much to do--games to play, spaghetti to eat, and a missing stuffed animal to find Sometimes life can be noisy and overwhelming, but something new is always around the corner.

I Talk Like a River Cover Image
By Jordan Scott, Sydney Smith (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780823445592
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Published: Neal Porter Books - September 1st, 2020

Winner of the Schneider Family Book Award
What if words got stuck in the back of your mouth whenever you tried to speak? What if they never came out the way you wanted them to?
Sometimes it takes a change of perspective to get the words flowing.

A New York Times Best Children's Book of the Year

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.