I urge all parents to check out the books on this list, and have your own discussions with your children about learning disabilities. 14,507 ratings — My Name Is Brain Brian by Jeanne Betancourt. 3,124 ratings — The fact that Cece Bell chose to make her character, who is hearing impaired, a bunny with GIANT EARS, should tell you everything you need to know about how hilarious and clever this book is. Unbroken: 13 Stories Starring Disabled Teens edited by Marieke Nijkamp. A story about Catherine, who wants to find her own identity outside of her role as the sister to a boy with autism. 1,982,032 ratings — Change ). Read on for a list of moving books that feature children and young adults with a disability. Poignant Books Featuring Characters with Disabilities: “Hi. A graphic novel memoir about growing up hearing impaired. published 2019, avg rating 4.32 — People with disabilities are often made to feel like they don’t have a voice in … We decided to find 10 books of fiction that center on a character living with a disease or disability. Perhaps you’re looking for a character … May 17, 2020 - Kid's books featuring characters with differing abilities. via Ashia April 21, 2016 [Featured Image Description: Book cov er for ‘ King For A Day.’ T he rest of the images in this post are book covers from the preceding text]. Refresh and try again. Some Indian publishers are doing an outstanding job of bringing out books which do exactly that. 1,358 ratings — Kid's books about disabilities. 1,065,483 ratings — She wishes for her own Charlotte, and is thrilled when her wish comes true in the form of Fleabrain, a well-read and articulate flea. Moose’s mother is one of my favourite literary mothers of all time because you just feel how hard she is trying and how complicated it is and how much it hurts to fail, and the relationship between Moose and his parents is such an unapologetically real one. published 2012, avg rating 4.43 — Rain, goes missing just as a storm hits, she must leave her safe routines to bring her home. 705,434 ratings — A book written half in text, half in graphic, following in the style of Selznick’s debut novel, The Invention of Hugo Cabret. This is a good story, and most suitable for middle-grade since it’s lacking complexity that would interest many older readers. Musch and Martchenko are hilarious, as usual, and put Lauretta and her amazing wheelchair at the heroic forefront of this story. 10 Books Featuring Characters with Dyslexia or a Learning Difference. published 2018, avg rating 4.26 — 746 ratings — The Chinese title translated literally to mean ‘Subway’, and the story is indeed about taking a ride on the subway. This may be my favorite book on the list. avg rating 4.40 — 1,528 ratings — Books with Characters Who Have Physical Disabilities Books about kids and teens with physical difficulties can help build understanding, compassion, and tolerance among readers who don't face those challenges -- as well as give those who do a chance to see relatable kids … Set in 1950s Pittsburgh. It’s an uplifting and easily accessible story. 24,170 ratings — The books are stacked against her and so are the lies. 15,585 ratings — During this difficult time we could use your support more than ever! 213,466 ratings — published 2017, avg rating 4.42 — Timekeeper is a fun and incredibly cute book, and protagonist Danny’s PTSD is understated but depicted with respect and care. Set in 17th century England. Children’s books featuring characters with disabilities by Rose Robbins Rose Robbins writes a piece for Female First upon the release of her new book Talking Is Not My Thing. published 2011, avg rating 3.87 — PTSD is one of the only disabilities that isn’t underrepresented, especially in fantasy, but the subtlety of this depiction makes it stand out. published 2012, avg rating 4.26 — They showcase character battles and the will to survive and thrive, as well as the need for help and empathy. Each feature characters living with physical or mental disabilities and teaches kindness and perseverance. Children’s Books Featuring Characters with Autism or Asperger’s. Influential Kids Books Featuring Capable Disabled Characters. Originally written in Chinese and translated into English by Sarah L. Thomson. This book is so great. A fast read, excellent choice for those who enjoy graphic novels and would like to read something with a little more text. 114,372 ratings — 30,452 ratings — published 2012, avg rating 4.15 — published 2012, avg rating 4.20 — 6,365 ratings — https://www.goodreads.com/shelf/show/characters-with-disabilities This book is uber popular for a reason. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. 4,072 ratings — 5,120 ratings — This much needed, vital anthology featuring disabled characters by disabled authors includes stories from authors like Keplinger, Stork, and Duyvis named above, but also … published 2015, avg rating 4.12 — 19,465 ratings — Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. 20 Books Featuring Characters with Disabilities. 15 Children’s Books Featuring Characters with Disabilities. Or rhapsodizing about killing ourselves? published 2014, avg rating 4.13 — published 2016, avg rating 4.37 — Bradley’s writing is simple and believable, taking readers to historical wartime England. published 2009, avg rating 4.23 — A great read about a boy with a facial deformity, who wants people to see him for who he is underneath: an ordinary boy who is also a wonder. It also features his relationship with his sister, Natalie, who has autism. A quirky and fun read about a young girl recovering from polio, who finds solace in the book, Charlotte’s Web. published 2019, avg rating 4.08 — These award-winning children’s books feature characters with disabilities. 97 ratings — Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. But she quickly realizes to her surprise that her hearing aid actually lets her hear all kinds of stuff – including what her teachers are saying when they think no one is listening! I love this book. Also I could do without Molly and Claire; enough with the posse of mean girls, already. Except, they get cool wheels. Would recommend this for kids who are able to suspend disbelief and would enjoy a tiny pompous insect taking a kid on magical carpet rides. Disabled characters are written into stories for one reason: the disability. 1,217,613 ratings — That’s where these 7 books come in. 47,258 ratings — This is a fantastic story about a family that is flawed like all families are, and the way they try to support each other through all these complexities. 1,920 ratings — published 2018, avg rating 4.27 — Her father leaves her and her mother to tend to the farm alone, and so they bring in Angus, a patient from the local ‘mental hospital’ to help work the field. 2,402,363 ratings — 62,532 ratings — Nuff said. We need diverse books! Author: A True Story by Helen Lester I highly recommend this memoir, written almost as a Q&A, as a powerful Own Voices read, because there are so many stories that are written by authors who have no first-hand experience with autism, and it is an important and interesting discussion to have. Thank you! 65,115 ratings — Some of my readers have found the fantasy aspect of the magical flea to be a bit too much. ( Log Out /  Where I can, I have tried to find as many Own Voices books – that is, books that are written about a marginalized group by a member of that community. published 2014, avg rating 4.09 — Auggie is starting school in Grade 5 for the first time ever. 225 books — 203 voters ... Ability and Disability Introduction - Monthly List #1. This book deserves a separate book review of its own, because HOLY MOLY. Another novel written in verse, One is the story of Grace and Tippi, two sisters who are literally joined at the hip. Two independent stories, set fifty years apart, tell of Ben and Rose, both of whom are hearing impaired or deaf. If you know a great title that features a character with a disability, please post it in the comments. 1,408 ratings — It’s a stunning book. Written by Brad Meltzer | Illustrated by Christopher Eliopoulos. Welcome back. Set during World War 2, this is the story of Ada, whose mother has never let her out of their one-room apartment because she is too embarrassed by Ada’s twisted foot. 6 books featuring characters with learning disabilities! published 2015, avg rating 4.02 — In many, the central character is a child with a disability. The list includes characters with autism, ADHD, physical disabilities, wheelchairs, OCD, tourette syndrome, visual impairment, hearing impairment, learning disabilities and more! The characters of Ada and Susan go through so much but it’s done so well that it is all-round just a consuming read. The following list is a sample of some of the adult fiction books available at the Toronto Public Library that feature a diverse range of characters. Teen and Tween Books Featuring Characters with Invisible Disabilities by rkwlovesbooks October 24, 2019 These tween and teen books bring awareness to characters with "invisible" disabilities. A biography of Helen Keller told in first-person with kid-friendly language, funny commentary, and cute illustrations. It allows you to read about a character’s experience and maybe apply it to your own. October 3, 2017 October 3, 2017. published 2009, avg rating 4.66 — As Ada finally explores life outside , the kids and Susan begin to love each other and start to dread – what will happen when they have to go back to their mother? 30,199 ratings — This is a great book for discussing integrated classrooms vs. segregation, and also to get readers to question their own assumptions about people with disabilities. published 2017, avg rating 3.96 — These books are a “must-read” for every child. Although Melody knows she is smart, she is forced to learn in the ‘special learning community’ at her school because of her cerebral palsy. Baby Loves Sight and Baby Loves Hearing by Ruth Spiro, Illustrated by Irene Chan Wonder is written in short chapters, and features the perspective of six different characters, each of whom is written with a believably distinct voice. published 2014, avg rating 3.89 — 187 ratings — There is such a wide range of books featured below, and this is just a short list of some of my personal favourites. Another Own Voices book. 284,497 ratings — 55,788 ratings — Another Own Voices book. Gorgeous and heartfelt writing. Improve the diversity of your classroom library and home library with these books with this book list! Error rating book. While Alyson and her character Rachel both have scoliosis, what Alyson writes about fitting in and making friends while trying to navigate a physical disability is definitely relatable. The sit-down comic.” This James Patterson novel is an accessible and hilarious read for middle-grade, about a boy who wants to be the world’s greatest standup comedian, from the seat of his wheelchair. This interactive book was developed for use with children with developmental and learning differences and disabilities, including autism spectrum disorder, ADHD, and dyslexia. The Sound of Colors is a tale about a young girl who is losing her sight but strives to explore and discover the world around her anew, through courage, perseverance, and imagination. published 2012, avg rating 4.24 — published 2017, avg rating 4.58 — published 2020, avg rating 3.91 — published 2003, avg rating 3.88 — published 2017, avg rating 4.48 — 4,620 ratings — Here is the truth: Disabled people barely ever even think about our disabilities. published 2018, avg rating 4.43 — An Own Voices book about a girl with high anxiety, agoraphobia, and OCD, who finds herself falling for a boy and trying to navigate her mental illness and her newfound romance. 96,367 ratings — published 2015, avg rating 4.42 — But with the help of her friends and her new teacher, Tricia comes to realize that she and all the other kids in her class can accomplish truly remarkable things. Jamie Grimm. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. Written and illustrated by Brian Selznick. published 2010, avg rating 3.98 — Awesome Blind Characters. Nov 6, 2019 - Explore Scope charity's board "Children's books with disabled characters", followed by 1019 people on Pinterest. Catch That Cat! I recommend it to a lot to students because it is a quick but gut-punching read. Just trust me. published 2018, avg rating 3.83 — Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. 559 ratings — published 2019, avg rating 3.86 — I think that’s because authors and publishers think that mobility impairments are easier to represent, and easier to understand, than other disabilities. 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