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Tuesday, June 25, 2024

Over 60 Books for Kids about Disabilities and Differences


As a teacher, or parent, who works in education… we meet a lot of students with different abilities and specialties. And sure, we have Autism Awareness month and disability awareness… but it’s so much more than just being aware. That’s where books about disabilities for kids come in! (This post contains affiliate links.) Below, you’ll find a curated list of books on special needs, acceptance, and tolerance. There are also books that describe children who have other differences that may make life a little challenging, like walking, hearing, seeing, understanding social cues, and more. These are books that you can use to introduce the topics presented to other children, teachers, and adults. You’ll want to read them over and over again after eagerly adding them to your ever-growing classroom library.

Uniquely Wired: A Story About Autism and Its Gifts

Tells us about Zak, a boy with autism. As Zak describes his point of view, young readers gain a better understanding of his behaviors and learn valuable lessons about patience, tolerance, and understanding.

Who Are You?: Ella The Enchanted Princess

A story about a young princess named Ella who is different from other princesses; she has no hair. Join this sweet story about this adorable princess!

The Invisible Boy

Is a gentle story that shows how small acts of kindness can help children feel included and allow them to flourish. Any parent, teacher, or counselor looking for material that sensitively addresses the needs of quieter children will find this book a valuable and important resource.

Why Am I Me?

Is a lovely book celebrating humanity and diversity, inviting readers of all ages to imagine a world where there is no you or me, only we.

A Friend Like Simon

Is a special educational book to help introduce children to autism.

The Girl Who Thought in Pictures: The Story of Dr. Temple Grandin

Is a book about the inspirational lives of amazing scientists!

A Friend Like Anian

Tells the story of Anian, a boy with Downs Syndrome, as he goes around town and gets help from kind neighbors and friends.

I See Things Differently: A First Look at Autism

Will help children understand what autism is and how it affects those who have it.

Emmanuels’ Dream

Is the inspiring true story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah, born in Ghana, West Africa, with one deformed leg. He was dismissed by most people—but not by his mother, who taught him to reach for his dreams.

All My Stripes: A Story for Children with Autism

Is an encouraging story about being different from your peers. Features a mother who guides sweet Zane, the zebra, to help him understand that differences are only one of the many qualities that make him special.

Where Oliver Fits

Is a sweet and funny story that explores all the highs and lows of learning to be yourself and helps to show children that fitting in may not always be the best fit.

The Friendship Puzzle: Helping Kids Learn About Accepting and Including Kids with Autism

Is a lively and upbeat book that sends an encouraging message about the importance of friendship and inclusion.

Howie Helps Himself

Is about Howie, a child with cerebral palsy. Though he enjoys life, he wants nothing more than anything else… and to be able to move his wheelchair by himself.

Garbanzo and the Great Parade

Introduces children to a boy who uses an AAC (Augmented Alternative Communication) device.

Something to Say About My Communication Device

Teaches children about how others use their communication devices to express and advocate for themselves.

Understanding Sam and Asperger Syndrome

Is a heartwarming story that tells the challenges of living with Asperger Syndrome.

Waiting For Benjamin: A Story about Autism

Is a story about a boy named Benjamin and how his family learns that he has autism.

Don’t Call Me Special

Explores questions and concerns about physical disabilities in a simple and reassuring way.

Ian’s Walk: A Story about Autism

Is a sweet read about a sister who takes a walk with her brother, who has autism, and how he sees the world differently than she does.

I’m Here

Reminds us that children and the friendships they make can take flight in unexpected ways!

A Rainbow of Friends

Is a story in verse about how all friends are special and valuable regardless of differences or difficulties.

… (The list of books continues on)

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