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Disability Acceptance Month: Book List

The list below, compiled by our Equity & Inclusion Committee of parents and staff members, is split into Early Childhood, Young Readers and Older Kids/Young Adult. There are a wide range of books designed to teach children to be empathetic, inclusive, and accepting of all types of people.

Early Childhood

What Happened to You? by James Catchpole and Karen George

  • Talks about how disabled kids just want to be treated and played with like other kids, and do not want nosy questions!

Mama Zooms by Jane Cowen-Fletcher

  • About life with a disabled mother

My Travelin’ Eye by Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw

  • About a young girl whose lazy eye lets her see the world a special way

Can Bears Ski? by Raymond Antrobus and Polly Dunbar

  • About a deaf bear who can do many things!

I See Things Differently by Thomas Pat

  • A first glimpse at autism

Young Readers

We Move Together by Kelly Fritsch & Anne McGuire

  • A celebration of disability culture and community

Rescue & Jessica by Jessica Kensky

  • Based on a true story about a disabled woman and her service dog

How I Learn by Brenda Miles

  • Introduces the concept of learning disabilities and how it affects one boy at school

A Kids Book about Disabilities by Kristine Napper

  • A straightforward, simple explanation about disabilities

When Charley Met Emma by Amy Web

  • About a boy befriending a physically disabled girl

Awesomely Emma by Amy Web

  • About a girl with limb differences who uses a wheelchair

You are Enough by Margaret O’Hair

  • About inclusion and diversity, inspired by a real girl with Down’s Syndrome

The Girl Who Thought in Pictures: The Story of Dr. Temple Grandin by Julia Finley Mosca

  • A biography of autistic science Dr. Temple Grandin

I Talk Like a River by Jordan Scott

  • About a boy who speaks with a stutter learning to accept himself

All My Stripes by Shaina Rudolph

  • About a zebra with autism navigating the world

Older Kids/Young Adult

Rolling Hero: The Incredible, Sometimes Awkward, True Story of a Rebel Girl on Wheels Who Helped Spark a Revolution by Judith Heumann

  • The young adult version of disability advocate Judy Heumann’s autobiography

El Deafo by Cece Bell

  • A graphic memoir of a deaf girl

I am Not a Label by Cerrie Burnell

  • Biographies of disabled artists, advocates, and athletes

Not So Different by Shane Burcaw

  • An autobiography that answers many every day questions people have about living with a disability

The Reason I Jump by Naoki Higashida

  • A young adult/adult autobiography of a non-vocal autistic boy


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