Kids’ Books on Disability Awareness and Acceptance
Published: Jul. 12, 2022Updated: Jul. 12, 2022
Looking for a great book to read with your kid and spark a discussion about disability acceptance and advocacy? Undivided parent Michelle M. and other parents in our community recommended the following books to add to your shelf, grouped by age. (Consider purchasing books from these booksellers if you’d like to support businesses owned by people with disabilities!)
Preschool and kindergarten age
- Come Meet Drayden by Dana Young-Askew
- Different—A Great Thing to Be! by Heather Avis
- Eli, Included by Michelle Sullivan
- I Am Connor by Connor and Fred Rodriguez
- I Am Me: Just As Life Is Meant To Be by Katelyn S. Herrygers
- It's Okay To Be Different by Todd Parr
- Juan Has the Jitters by Aneta Cruz
- Just Ask! Be Different, Be Brave, Be You by Sonia Sotomayor
- More Alike Than Different by Gail Hamblin
- My Friend Isabella by Eliza Woloson
- This is Ella by Krista Ewert
- We're Amazing 1,2,3! A Story about Friendship and Autism by Leslie Kimmelman
- When Charley Met Emma by Amy Webb
- Wiggles, Stomps, and Squeezes Calm My Jitters Down by Lindsey Rowe Parker
- You Are Enough by Margaret O'Hair
- You’re All Kinds of Wonderful by Nancy Tillman
Elementary school age
- 47 Strings: Tessa’s Special Code by Becky Carey
- All the Way to the Top: How One Girl's Fight for Americans with Disabilities Changed Everything by Annette Bay Pimentel
- Born to Sparkle: A Story About Achieving Your Dreams by Megan Bomgaars
- Ian's Walk: A Story about Autism by Laurie Lears and Karen Ritz
- My Friend has Down Syndrome by Jennifer Moore-Mallinos
- Not So Different: What You Really Want to Ask About Having a Disability by Shane Burcaw
- We Move Together by Kelly Fritsch
- We'll Paint the Octopus Red by Stephanie Stuve-Bodeen
- What's Inside You, It’s Inside Me Too: My Chromosomes Make Me Unique by Deslie Quinby and Jeannie Visootsak
Middle school age
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