Disability and Illness Books for Children

A great list of books to help children understand and learn about disabilities and illnesses.

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: Barron's Educational Series - 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: Barron's Educational Series - 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.

The Little Word Catcher Cover Image
By Danielle Simard, Genevieve Cote (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781897187449
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Published: Second Story Press - September 1st, 2008

A little girl tries to help her grandmother by finding the growing number of words that seem to be escaping her. Are the words hiding somewhere? Can she trap them in her net like butterflies?

Can I Catch It Like a Cold?: Coping with a Parent's Depression Cover Image
ISBN: 9780887769566
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Published: Tundra Books (NY) - April 28th, 2009

In partnership with the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), Tundra is proud to launch an important series of books for children who have to cope with adult-sized problems.

Understanding Sam and Asperger Syndrome Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780974721712
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Skeezel Press - April 1st, 2008

The National Parenting Center Seal of Approval Winner Holiday 2008 Shortlisted for Speech Pathology Australia's Book of the Year in the lower primary category Answering the question Why is Sam different?, this heartwarming story tells of the challenges of living with Asperger Syndrome, a form of autism.

Wishing Wellness: A Workbook for Children of Parents with Mental Illness Cover Image
ISBN: 9781591473138
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Published: Magination Press - March 1st, 2006

A workbook for the child whose mother or father is suffering from a serious mental illness. This work includes information, interactive questions, and fun activities suitable for children and their therapists or other professional mental health workers, covering: how the brain works; causes, symptoms, and treatment of mental illness; and more.

Even Little Kids Get Diabetes (Albert Whitman Prairie Books) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780807521595
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Published: Albert Whitman & Company - January 1st, 1990

Easy language and simple explanations will help even very young children understand what it means to have diabetes. They will find some of their own experiences described and at the same time receive reassurance that they are still -regular kids.-

It's Ok to Be Me!: Just Like You, I Can Do Almost Anything! Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780764135842
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Barron's Educational Series - March 1st, 2007

From a child's point of view, life can often seem difficult, but this brightly illustrated book--one in a set of two " Live and Learn " titles--encourages children never to be afraid of a challenge. It's all right to be a little scared about things that seem hard to do, but whatever the challenge, determination and practice can get them through. The child in this story must stay in a wheelchair.

When Someone Has a Very Serious Illness: Children Can Learn to Cope with Loss and Change (Drawing Out Feelings) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780962050244
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Published: Woodland Press (MN) - July 23rd, 1996

An excellent resource for helping children learn the basic concepts of illness and various age-appropriate ways of coping with it.

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.

David's World: A Picture Book about Living with Autism Cover Image
ISBN: 9781616089627
Availability: Backordered
Published: Sky Pony Press - September 11th, 2012

"Sometimes I do not like David. He is so different. He speaks a different language. . . . David is my brother." Thus begins a moving story about David, who has autism, and his older brother, who is trying to understand the world David inhabits. David does not like when people are noisy; he does not like being hugged--not even by his own brother. David does not laugh when happy or cry when sad.