Children's Books about Disabilities      
Andy and His Yellow Frisbee  by Mary Thompson
Sarah is a new girl at school who is curious about why Andy spins his yellow frisbee every day by himself on the playground. When Sara tries to talk to Andy, Rosie, Andy's older sister,
watches and worries about how her brother may react. Rosie knows that Andy is in his own world most of the time, and that he has trouble finding the words to express himself.

Having a Brother Like David  by Cindy Dolby Nollette and others
Marty's brother, David, has autism. Marty explains that David looks a lot like other children but has special needs.

Ian's Walk: A Story About Autism by Laurie Lears
Tara feels frustrated while taking a walk with her brother, Ian, who has autism. After she becomes separated from him, she learns to appreciate the way Ian experiences the world.

Russell Is Extra Special: A Book About Autism for Children  by Charles A. Amenta III, M.D.
This portrayal of a boy with autism and his family is designed to help children (ages 4 to 8) and their parents understand this serious developmental disorder.

Talking to Angels by Esther Watson
Christa is a girl with autism who is described in this picture book by her sibling. Her behavior is described and illustrated in mixed media, including her favorite sounds and textures,
occasional staring and fixation on stimuli, and interactions with others.

A Picture Book of Helen Keller  by David A. Adler  
Some salient details in the life of Helen Keller are described in this pictorial biography; her frustration and untamed behavior and the radical changes effected by Anne Sullivan Macy.

Armann and Gentle  by Kristin Steinsdottir (stuttering)
A six year old boy, Armann,
stutters when he is frustrated.

Cat's Got Your Tongue? by Charles E. Schaefer, Ph.D. (Communication Disorders, Mutism)
Anna, a kindergartener, is diagnosed with
selective mutism.

Sarah's Surprise by Nan Holcomb
Six year old Sarah, who is unable to talk, has used a picture board to communicate. She is now ready for an augmentative communication device. With the help of her speech therapist she
gives everyone a surprise at her mother's birthday party.

The Bob (Butterbean) Love Story by Terry Page and Bob Love
Bob's autobiography tells his story: a famous basketball player with a speech impediment.

A Very Special Friend  by Dorothy Hoffman Levi
Frannie, a lonely little girl, discovers a new friend when a girl who is deaf moves in next door.

A Very Special Sister  by Dorothy Hoffman Levi
Mixed feelings are experienced by Laura, a young girl who is deaf, upon finding out her mother will soon give birth. Her initial excitement is replaced by worries that the new child, if able to
hear, would be more lovable.

Silent Observer by Christy MacKinnon
Christy MacKinnon is a young girl born in 1889 on a farm on Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, Canada who became deaf after having whooping cough. She describes her life in adjusting to
deafness, her relationships with family, and her problems trying to understand and be understood by hearing individuals.

Thomas Alva Edison: Great Inventor by David A. Adler
Thomas Edison's life and his many inventions, despite his deafness, that shape our lives today are explored in this book.

When I Grow Up by Candri Hodges
Jimmy is a deaf and takes a field trip and encounters various careers of individuals who are deaf.

Be Good to Eddie Lee  by Virginia FilIing
Eddie Lee, a young boy with Down syndrome, follows the neighborhood children into the woods to find frog eggs. They are resentful and try to make him stay home.

Big Brother Dustin  by Alden R. Carter
Dustin, a young boy with Down syndrome, learns that his parents are expecting a baby.

My Brother, Matthew  by Mary Thompson
David is a young boy who describes life with his younger brother who was born with an intellectual disability.

Russ and the Apple Tree Surprise  by Janet Elizabeth Rickert  
Russ, a five-year old boy with
Down syndrome longs for a swing set. All his backyard has to offer is an apple tree. When his grandparents visit, Russ discovers the job of picking apples and
making them into apple pie. He decides that his apple tree may be just as good as a swing set.

Russ and the Fire House  by Janet Elizabeth Rickert   
Russ is a young boy with
Down syndrome whose everyday life experiences - not his disability - are the subject of books in this series. Russ goes "on-duty" with his Uncle, a fireman. Their
shift includes a full inspection of the fire equipment, including keeping it clean. He also encounters Spark, the firehouse dog. At the end of this exciting day, all the firemen thank Russ for his
hard work and invite him back for another visit.

Buddy's Shadow by Shirley Becker
Buddy, a five year old boy with Down syndrome, purchases a puppy.

Charlsie's Chuckle by Clara Widess Berkus
Charlsie, a seven year old boy with Down syndrome, has an infectious laugh and enjoys bicycling around his neighborhood. On one such excursion he inadvertently wanders into a
disputatious city council meeting and brings humor and harmony to the argumentative adults.

Cookie by Linda Kneeland
Molly, a four year old girl with Down syndrome, has difficulty talking. Her frustration with communication difficulties is relieved when someone comes to teach her sign language.

How About a Hug by Nan Holcomb
A young girl with Down syndrome includes the details of a typical day in her life. While her daily activities require a degree of concentration and don't go perfectly smoothly, she is
surrounded by helpful, supportive, and affectionate friends, family, and teachers, all of whom she agrees to hug when they offer.

Thumbs Up, Rico! by Maria Testa
Rico is a boy with Down syndrome who loves basketball. The story describes his relationship with a neighborhood boy named Caesar, his older sister Nina, and his art class.

We'll Paint the Octopus Red by Stephanie Stuve-Bodeen
Ima is a little girl who has a new baby brother with Down syndrome.

Where's Chimpy?
by Berniece Rabe
Misty, a young girl with Down syndrome, misplaced her stuffed monkey and reviews her day with her father to try to remember where she left him.

Eukee: The Jumpy Jumpy Elephant  by Clifford L. Corman and Esther Trevino
Eukee is a smart little elephant who likes to chase butterflies, blow bubbles, and do cartwheels. He always feels jumpy inside, however, and can never finish the march at school. Unhappy that
he doesn't have any friends, he consents to a visit to the doctor where he learns he has
Attention Deficit Disorder.

Lee: The Rabbit with Epilepsy
 by Deborah M. Moss
Lee is a young rabbit who experiences occasional blackouts and trances. After Dr. Bob, the wise owl, administers a series of neurological tests, Lee is told she has a seizure disorder

Luke Has Asthma, Too
 by Alison Rogers
Luke has an older cousin who teaches him some aspects of asthma management and serves as a general role model.

Otto Learns About His Medicine: A Story About Medication for Hyperactive Children  by Matthew Galvin  
Otto, a fidgety young car that has trouble paying attention in school, visits a special mechanic who prescribes a medicine to control his
hyperactive behavior.

You Can Call Me Willy. A Story for Children About AIDS by Joan C. Verniero
Willy is an eight year old girl with Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). Describing her life, she shares her hobbies, friends, family life, and aspects of her medical care and how it impacts
her activities.

There's a Little Bit of Me in Jamey by Diana M. Amadeo
Brian struggles with the fact that his brother Jamey has leukemia and submits to a bone marrow test, which leads to a transplant.

Anna Joins In by Katrin Arnold
Anna is a young girl who has a difficult pattern to her days because she has cystic fibrosis.

Kathy's Hats: A Story of Hope
by Trudy Krisher
Kathy is a young girl who develops cancer and loses her hair as a result of chemotherapy.

Little Tree: A Story for Children with Serious Medical Problems by Joyce C. Mills, Ph.D.
A small tree that loses some branches in a storm is used to illustrate the questions and feelings children may experience during and after medical problems.

Sarah and Puffle: A Story for Children About Diabetes
by Linnea Mulder
Sarah feels resentful of the limitations diabetes places on her activities until a stuffed animal (Puffle) comes to life and offers her encouraging rhymes about coping with diabetes.

Shelley: The Hyperactive Turtle
by Deborah M. Moss
Shelley is a young hyperactive turtle who faces difficulties due to his inability to sit still and his frequent behavior problems, which lead to problems at school and on the bus, at home, and
with friends, eventually leading to a poor self-image and depression. After a visit to a neurologist, he no longer thinks of himself as a bad turtle and his condition gradually improves.

Clover's Secret by Christine M. Winn and David Walsh, Ph.D.
Clover attempts to hide family violence. She feels much better when she confides in her teacher and the family receives help.

Danny and the Merry-Go-Round  by Nan Holcomb
Danny, who has cerebral palsy, visits the park with his mother and watches other children playing on a playground. He makes friends with a young girl after his mother explains cerebral
to her and points out that it is not contagious.

Andy Finds a Turtle  by Nan Holcomb
Andy enjoys physical therapy most of the time, but sometimes he doesn't. One day he's told he acts like a turtle with his legs and arms drawn in tight - but Andy doesn't know what a turtle is,
so he goes in search of one. In this search he protects his baby sister from a strange invader and discovers something important about himself.

Andy Opens Wide  by Nan Holcomb
Andy, a young boy with cerebral palsy, is frustrated by his inability to open his mouth wide enough for his mother to feed him easily.

Happy Birthday Jason by C. Jean Cutbill and Diane Rawsthorn
A delightful story that will help children better understand their world by understanding Jason's dyslexia. His story reveals that children with learning disabilities are more similar to other
children than they are different.

What Do You Mean I Have a Learning Disability?  by Kathleen M. Dwyer
Ten year old Jimmy is having problems at school and believes he is stupid. After a parent-teacher conference, he is tested and found to have a learning disability.

Kevin's Story
by Dvora Levinson, Ph.D.
Kevin exhibits reading problems and is referred for testing with a psychologist who explains reading and learning disabilities (dyslexia) to him and his family.

Keith Edward's Different Days by Karen Melberg Schwier
Keith meets a variety of people with differences, including Down syndrome and physical differences, and learns that being different is okay.

What It's Like to Be Me by Helen Exley
Children from all over the world write about themselves and their disabilities. They tell us how they see themselves and how they want to be seen. All of the illustrations are created by the

I'm Like You, You're Like Me: A Child's Book about Understanding and Celebrating Each Other by Cindy Gainer
Children interact with people who are different from themselves; share, take turns, work and play together; discover and develop traits and skills that make them unique; and explore the many
ways in which they are like and unlike others.

Joey and Sam by Illana Katz and Edward Ritvo
Sam is five and has autism, and Joey is his six year old brother. They describe an ordinary day at home and at school, showing some of the ways they are different and alike.

There's a Blue Square on My Brother's School Bus by Sally Craymer
This book discusses various types of disabilities. An emphasis is placed on what children with disabilities are able to do and ways in which they can participate in mainstream student life.

We Can Do It! by Laura Dwight
The daily activities of five children who each have either cerebral palsy, blindness, spina bifida, or Down syndrome. Color photographs show the children engaging in their favorite
pastimes at home and at school, with family members and with peers.

Knots on a Counting Rope  by Bill Martin and John Archambault
A boy is told a story by his grandfather of a boy born blind.

Luna and the Big Blur: A Story for Children Who Wear Glasses
by Shirley Day
Luna resents the fact that she needs glasses to correct her nearsightedness.

Naomi Knows It's Springtime
by Virginia L. Kroll
Naomi tells us of the signs of spring through the mind of people who are blind.

See You Tomorrow, Charles
 by Miriam Cohen
Charles is a first grader who is blind and is adjusting to school.

The Night Search by Kate Chamberlin
Heather, who is blind, resists using her white cane until her puppy wanders off.

Leo the Late Bloomer  by Robert Kraus
Leo is a tiger cub who just can't keep up with what the other animals are doing. He can't read, write, or speak, and he is a sloppy eater; he's a late bloomer.

My Mom Is Handicapped: A "Grownup" Children's Book  by Barbara Turner Brabham
A six year old boy describes life with his mother, a teacher with physical disabilities.

Andy Finds a Turtle
 by Nan Holcomb
Andy, a boy with cerebral palsy, enjoys physical therapy most of the time, but sometimes he doesn't. One day he's told he acts like a turtle with his legs and arms drawn in tight - but Andy
doesn't know what a turtle is, so he goes in search of one. In this search he protects his baby sister from a strange invader and discovers something important about himself.

Andy Opens Wide  by Nan Holcomb
Andy, a young boy with cerebral palsy, is frustrated by his inability to open his mouth wide enough for his mother to feed him easily.

Danny and the Merry-Go-Round  by Nan Holcomb
Danny, who has cerebral palsy, visits the park with his mother and watches other children playing on a playground. He makes friends with a young girl after his mother explains cerebral
palsy to her and points out that it is not contagious.

A Smile from Andy by Nan Holcomb
Andy, who has cerebral palsy, is very shy. One day he meets a girl who helps him discover something that he can do to reach out to others in his own special way.

Can't You Be Still? by Sarah Yates
Ann, who has cerebral palsy, attends school for the first time.

Fair and Square by Nan Holcomb
Kevin is confined to a wheelchair and has limited motor skills. A therapist introduces him to a computer game he can play and win, and shows him how to adapt other games for his use.

Patrick and Ima Lou by Nan Holcomb
Three year old Patrick has cerebral palsy. He is having a hard time managing his new walker, but with the help of a new friend, Ima Lou, who is six and has spina bifida, they both discover
something very important about each other.


My Sister Is Different by Betty Ren Wright
Carlo tells us what it is like to have an older sister with intellectual disabilities.

What About Me? When Brothers and Sisters Get Sick by Allan Peterkin, M.D.
Laura is a young girl attempting to cope with her brother Tom's chronic illness. The story describes her wide range of emotions including guilt, fear, anger, anxiety, and a general sense of
disruption of normal family life.