Books About Disabilities


black_book_of_colorsThe Black Book of Colors by Menena Cottin

Readers are invited 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.


just_becauseJust Because by Rebecca Elliott

A younger brother describes all the fun he has with the big sister he loves so much just because. He is enthusiastic about just how loving and special she is, and delights in sharing all the fun things they do together.


looking_after_louisLooking After Louis by Lesley Ely

When a new boy with autism joins their classroom, the children try to understand his world and to include him in theirs.


looking_out_for_sarahLooking Out for Sarah by Glenna Lang

Describes a day in the life of a seeing eye dog, from going with his owner to the grocery store and post office, to visiting a class of school children, and playing ball. Also describes their three-hundred mile walk from Boston to New York.


catherine's_storyCatherine’s Story by Genevieve Moore

What makes Catherine so special? She can’t talk, and she can’t walk like her cousin Frances can. But Catherine listens very closely, she walks in her special shoes, and her claps are so quiet that hardly anyone can hear them. These are some of the things that make Catherine special and, because her family knows how special she is, this makes them feel special, too.


zoomZoom! by Robert Munsch

When Lauretta tries out a 92-speed, silver and gold, dirt-bike wheelchair, she gets a speeding ticket but also helps out her brother.


my_brother_charlieMy Brother Charlie by Holly Robinson Peete

A girl tells what it is like living with her twin brother who has autism and sometimes finds it hard to communicate with words, but who, in most ways, is just like any other boy. Includes authors’ note about autism.


the_deaf_musiciansThe Deaf Musicians by Peter Seeger

Lee, a jazz pianist, has to leave his band when he begins losing his hearing, but he meets a deaf saxophone player in a sign language class and together they form a snazzy new band.


autism_and_meAutism and Me: Sibling Stories by Osisie Shapiro

In moving essays, children tell stories of what it’s like to live with a sibling who has autism.


why_am_i_so_tiredWhy Am I So Tired? A First Look at Childhood Diabetes by Pat Thomas

Children learn what diabetes is and the importance of taking their medication on schedule and maintaining a correct diet to ensure that they enjoy long, active, and productive lives.


ballerina_dreamsBallerina Dreams: A True Story by Lauren Thompson

True story of five little girls with cerebral palsy or other physical disabilities who were determined to become ballerinas.


my_friend_has_down_syndromeMy Friend Has Down Syndrome by Amanda D. Tourville

My friend Sarah has a disability called Down Syndrome. But that doesn’t matter to us. We tell jokes and laugh, go to ballet class together, and have a lot of fun.


my_friend_has_dyslexiaMy Friend Has Dyslexia by Amanda D. Tourville

My friend Darius has a disability called dyslexia. But that doesn’t matter to us. We make our own comics, help each other with our homework, and volunteer at a nearby animal shelter.