Good Books to Read and Share with Children That Involve Children with a Disability as the Main Character

Posted on December 1st, 2012 by Denise | No Comments

Good Books to Read and Share with Children

 That Involve Children with a Disability as the Main Character

By

Denise Koonce OTR

I love books!  I love to read but seldom get to read for myself.  This is okay, because most of my reading during this time of my life is to my daughter.  We read several books a night before bedtime.  In fact, we read so much that we have to add books to our collection every occasion we can.  We also supplement our choices by making trips to the local library and she checks books out weekly at her school.  We read all kinds of topics from dinosaurs to insects and adventure to history.   Over time I have thrown in some books that would help her learn about what is important in life and what is of value, but from a fun childlike perspective.  We have read a couple of fun beautifully illustrated books championing differences that can and do occur in children.  So during the ups and downs of childhood I will refer back to those or pull them out and purposely read them if she has encountered a situation at school that was difficult due to her differences.   A couple of books I have enjoyed the most are I Like Myself Because I’m Me by Karen Beaumont, illustrated by David Catrow and Stand Tall Molly Lou Melon by Patty Lovell, illustrated by David Catrow.  This made me wonder what kind of books are available that make the main character, in the book, a child with a disability.  After some research I came up with a list of some exceptional options.  Whether they are for gifts in the near future or for broadening your child’s mind they will make wonderful additions to your library. 

Anything But Typical by Nora Raleigh Baskin

Published by Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers

                This book is about a 12 year old boy with Autism.  He is living in a neurotypical world and faces daily struggles.  He finds solace by posting on the internet where he meets a girl posting under the name Phoenix Bird

Found at Barnes and Noble, Good Reads

Age Range:    10 – 16 years

Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper

Published by Atheneum Books for Young Readers

                This book is about an 11 year old girl with Cerebral Palsy.  She processes a photographic memory but can not share that with anyone because she can not speak, nor walk, nor write.  She feels like she could go out of her mind until finally she finds a way to let people know she has a voice. 

Found at Barnes and Noble, Good Reads

Age Range:   6-12 years

Slippery Willie’s Stupid, Ugly Shoes by Larry Peterson

Published by Tb Press

                This book is about a little boy who has difficulty with his feet.  He also has shoes that are meant to help his feet and help him to walk better but he doesn’t like them.  He does however learn that some things we place importance on really aren’t important.

Found at Barnes and Noble, Good Reads

Age Range:   2 – 10 years

The Pirate of Kindergarten by George Ella Lyon, Lynne Avril (Illustrator)

Published by Atheneum/Richard Jackson Books

                This book is about a little girl in kindergarten that has double vision and sees two of everything.  The solution is for her to wear an eye patch.

Found at Barnes and Noble, Good Reads

Age Range: 0 – 10 years

Sosu’s Call by Meshck Asare

Published by Kane/Miller Book Publishers

                This book is about a young boy who can not walk and lives in Africa.  Despite the fact he can not walk he saves his people from flood waters by making his way to the village drums and sounding them. 

Found at Barnes and Noble, Good Reads

Age Range:   5 – 12 years

Reading to your child can be a very powerful tool and will positively impact their life well into the future.  It is good to read a variety of book and subjects in order to broaden their horizon but it is also important to read books that will help shield and empower them when others see their disability first and them second.  It is good to give them age appropriate examples of how other children, whether fictional or not, deal with adversity.  If there are books that you enjoy regarding children with a disability that were not listed above please share them with us.  We look forward to your input.

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