Books are a great way for parents to introduce or explain certain disabilities to their children. Here are 15 of our favorite kids’ books that involve individuals with disabilities:
By Stephanie Stuve-Bodeen
Stuve-Bodeen’s picture book is about little Emma, who learns that her new baby brother has Down syndrome. She wonders if he will be able to play with her the same way other siblings can. Her father explains that her baby brother can do pretty much everything other babies can do, he just might need a little help along the way.
By Jewel Kats
An adaptation of the famous Grimm’s fairy tale with five-year-old Hansel having Down syndrome. A fun and captivating way to introduce Down syndrome to a child.
By Sharon M. Draper
A novel for teens and adults that tells the story of Melody, a brilliant girl with cerebral palsy who cannot speak, move, or communicate. In the novel, she fights to earn the recognition she deserves at home and at school.
By Shaila Abdullah
The story of a little girl who develops a close friendship with Suhana, a girl who has cerebral palsy. Filled with compassion and fun!
By Michele Gianetti
An illustrated story written by the parent of a child with dyspraxia and sensory processing disorder. It tells of Emily’s sister, who is a little bit different from other kids. The tale helps to introduce these types of conditions to children.
By Chynna T. Laird
An illustrated story about a girl who has sensory processing disorder. The book validates the feelings of children with SPD and helps them to better understand the condition and explain it to others.
By Carol Kranowitz
A chapter book about five family members, each of whom has a different sensory processing challenge. It is filled with useful information on sensory processing issues and helpful tips for those who have them.
By Meikele Lee
A children’s book that addresses the use of feeding tubes and explains them in a fun and easy way.
By Jewel Kats
A picture book about a king and queen dog who are expecting a prince puppy. The puppy is born prematurely, before his crown is finished being made. This story helps discuss the idea of premature birth.
By Sara Cremeno
A story about a child’s first trip to the dentist, which is especially helpful for children with disabilities and anxiety.
By D.S. Walker
A novel about Mia, who has Asperger’s syndrome and deals with sensory sensitivity issues, such as not liking to walk barefoot on the grass and not liking to talk on the phone. She is bullied at school and learns, over many years, to embrace what makes her unique.
By Tammy Parker Cox
A picture book in which a girl introduces readers to her little brother who has autism. She talks about all the things they do together, how they interact, and how much she loves him.
By Kim Gosselin
A story that explains epilepsy and seizures in a fun and easy way for children to understand.
By Becky Edwards
A captivating picture book about a boy with autism, as told by his older brother. It reveals that all children are unique.
By Danielle Rocheford
A picture book about a girl named Nel who has been diagnosed with epilepsy. Her family learns about the condition and everyone grows to understand what Nel has experienced.
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