Children's Books About Disabilities and Differences:

Click on a selected category below to see a list of recommended books.

ADD/ADHD

A Child's Guide to Concentrating - For Kids with ADHD by Bonita Blazer. Shire Richwood Inc.

Eddie Enough! By Debbie Zimmett. Woodbine House, 2001.

Jumpin’ Johnny Get Back to Work - A Child's Guide to ADHD/Hyperactivity by Michael Gordon, M.D. GSI Publications, Inc., 1997.

Kids Explore the Gifts of Children with Special Needs. John Muir Publications, 1994. (one section written by a child with ADHD)

Pay Attention, Slosh! By M. Smith. 1997.

Shelley, the Hyperactive Turtle by Deborah Moss. Woodbine House, 1989.

Waiting for Mr. Goose by L. Lears. 1999.

Zipper, the Kid with ADHD by Caroline Janover. Woodbine House, 1997.

Autism

Andy and His Yellow Frisbee by Mary Thompson. Woodbine House, 1996.

Ian’s Walk -- A Story about Autism by L. Lears. 1998.

Blindness/Visual Impairments

A Cane in Her Hand by Ada B. Litchfield. Albert Whitman and Company, 1977.

Braille for the Sighted by Jane Schneider and Kathy Kifer. Garlic Press, 1998.

Brian's Bird by Patricia A. Davis. Albert Whitman and Company, 2000.

Kids Explore the Gifts of Children with Special Needs. John Muir Publications, 1994. (one section written by a child who is blind)

See You Tomorrow by Charles by Miriam Cohen. Bantam Doubleday Bell Publishing Group, Inc. 1983.

Seeing Things My Way by Alden R. Carter. Albert Whitman and Company, 1998.

The Secret Code by Dana Meachen Rau. Children’s Press, 1998.

We Can Do It! by Laura Dwight. Checkerboard Press, 1992. (one section on a child who is blind)

Brain Injury

A Helmet Away from Heaven by Judy Pence. Pence Publishing Company, 1998.

The Big Book of the Brain (All About the Body’s Control Center) by John Farndon. Peter Bedrick Books, 2000.

Brain by Douglas Mathers. Troll Associates, 1992.

Brain by Anna Sandeman. Copper Beech Books, 1996.

Brain and Nerves by Steve Parker. Copper Beech Books, 1998.

The Brain -- Our Nervous System by Seymour Simon. William Morrow and Company -- A Mulberry Book, 1997.

Elvin, The Elephant Who Forgets by Heather Snyder. L&A Publishing, 1998.

For Kids Only -- A Guide to Brain Injury by Shanan Raines and Pamela Waaland. The Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Severe Traumatic Brain Injury.

I'm Safe on My Bike by Wendy and Paul Gordon. Back Yard Books, 2000.

Jessica’s X-Ray by Pat Zonta. Firefly Books Ltd., 2002. (contains real X-rays, ultrasound, CAT scan and MRI films)

The Nervous System by Darlene Stille. Children’s Press, 1997.

Understanding Your Brain by Rebecca Treays. Usborne Publishing Ltd., 1995.

Cancer

Alex's Journey -- The Story of a Child with a Brain Tumor. American Brain Tumor Association, 1994.

The Amazing Hannah -- Look at Everything I Can Do! by Amy Klett. Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation, 2002.

Barklay and Eve -- What Is Cancer, Anyway? by Karen L. Carney. Dragonfly Publishing Company, 1999.

Chemo, Craziness & Comfort -- My Book about Childhood Cancer by Nancy Keene. Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation, 2002.

Let's Talk About When Kids Have Cancer by Melanie Apel Gordon. The Rosen Publishing Group, Inc., 1999.

Kathy's Hats -- A Story of Hope by Trudy Krisher. Albert Whitman and Company, 1992.

Me and My Marrow -- A Kid's Guide to Bone Marrow Transplants by Karen Crowe. Fujisawa Healthcare, Inc., 1999.

Cerebral Palsy

Danny and the Merry-Go-Round by Nan Holcomb. Jason and Nordic Publishers, 1984.

Howie Helps Himself by Joe Lasker. Albert Whitman and Company, 1975.

Imagine Me on a Sit-Ski by George Moran. Albert Whitman and Company, 1995.

Kids Explore the Gifts of Children with Special Needs. John Muir Publications, 1994. (one section written by a child with cerebral palsy)

Patrick and Emma Lou by Nan Holcomb. Jason and Nordic Publishers, 1989. (story about a child with cerebral palsy using a walker)

Rolling Along -- The Story of Taylor and His Wheelchair by Jamee Riggio Heelan. Peachtree Publishers, Ltd., 2000.

Stretching Ourselves -- Kids with Cerebral Palsy by Alden R. Carter. Albert Whitman and Company, 2000.

Summer Tunes -- A Martha's Vineyard Vacation by Patricia McMahon. Boyds Mills Press, 1996.

Taking Cerebral Palsy to School by Mary Elizabeth Anderson. JayJo Books, 2000.

Unlikely Friends -- A Story of Second Chances by Monica Hall. Thomas Nelson, Inc., 1999.

We Can Do It! by Laura Dwight. Checkerboard Press, 1992. (two sections on children with cerebral palsy)

Communication Difficulties

Sarah's Surprise by Nan Holcomb. Jason and Nordic Publishers, 1990. (story about using a communication board and electronic communication device)

Talk to Me by Sue Brearley. A&C Black (Publishers) Ltd., 1997. (talks about communication boards, lip-reading and sign language)

Deafness/Language

A Button in Her Ear by Ada B. Litchfield. Albert Whitman and Company, 1976.

Dad and Me in the Morning by Patricia Lakin. Albert Whitman and Company, 1994.

I'm Deaf and It's Okay by Lorraine Aseltine. Albert Whitman and Company, 1986.

Moses Goes to a Concert by Isaac Millman. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1998.

My First Book of Sign by P. Baker.

One TV Blasting and a Pig Outdoors by Deborah Abbott. Albert Whitman and Company, 1994.

Sign Language Fun with Linda Bove (a Sesame Street book). Random House, 1980.

Signing at School by S. Harold Collins. Garlic Press, 1992.

Signs for Me -- Basic Sign Vocabulary for Children by Ben Bahan and Joe Dannis. DawnSignPress, 1990.

Talk to Me by Sue Brearley. A&C Black (Publishers) Ltd., 1997.

Words in Our Hands by Ada B. Litchfield. Albert Whitman and Company, 1980.

Down Syndrome

ABC for You and Me by Meg Girnis. Albert Whitman and Company, 2000.

Big Brother Dustin by Alden R. Carter. Albert Whitman and Company, 1997.

Dustin's Big School Day by Alden R. Carter. Albert Whitman and Company, 1999.

Kids Explore the Gifts of Children with Special Needs. John Muir Publications, 1994. (one section written by a child with Down Syndrome)

1, 2, 3 for You and Me by Meg Girnis. Albert Whitman and Company, 2001.

Russ and the Almost Perfect Day by Janet Elizabeth Rickert. Woodbine House, 2001.

Russ and the Apple Tree Surprise by Janet Elizabeth Rickert. Woodbine House, 1999.

Russ and the Firehouse by Janet Elizabeth Rickert. Woodbine House, 2000.

Veronica's First Year by Jean Sasso Rheingrover. Albert Whitman and Company, 1996.

We Can Do It! by Laura Dwight. Checkerboard Press, 1992. (one section on a child with Down Syndrome)

We'll Paint the Octopus Red by Stephanie Stuve-Bodeen. Woodbine House, 1998.

Where’s Chimpy? by Berniece Rabe. Albert Whitman and Company, 1988.

Differences

Betsy and Peter Are Different by Gunilla Wolde. Random House, 1979.

We're Different, We're the Same (a Sesame Street book) by Bobbi Jane Kates. Random House, 1992.

Why Am I Different? by Norma Simon. Albert Whitman and Company, 1976.

Epilepsy

Becky the Brave -- A Story about Epilepsy by Laurie Lears. Albert Whitman and Company, 2002.

Lee, the Rabbit with Epilepsy by Deborah Moss. Woodbine House, 1989.

Taking Seizure Disorders to School -- A Story About Epilepsy by Kim Gosselin. JayJo Books LLC, 1996.

General

All Kinds of Friends, Even Green! By Ellen B. Senisi. Woodbine House, 2002.

He's My Brother by J. Lasker.

I'm the Big Sister Now by M. Emmert.

Kids Explore the Gifts of Children with Special Needs. John Muir Publications, 1994.

Let’s Talk About It: Extraordinary Friends by Fred Rogers. Puffin Books, 2000.

My Brother, Matthew by Mary Thompson. Woodbine House, 1992.

Somebody Called Me a Retard Today. . . and My Heart Felt Sad by Ellen O’Shaughnessy. Walker and Company, 1992.

Someone Special, Just Like You by Tricia Brown. Henry Holt and Company, 1984.

Special People, Special Ways by Arlene Maguire. Portunus Publishing Company, 1999.

The Special Raccoon -- Helping a Child Learn About Handicaps and Love by Kim Carlisle. Small Horizons, 1994.

Views From Our Shoes -- Growing Up with a Brother or Sister with Special Needs by Donald Meyer (Ed.). Woodbine House, 1997.

Way To Go, Alex by R. Pulver.

We Can Do It! by Laura Dwight. Checkerboard Press, 1992. (contains children with spina bifida, Down Syndrome, cerebral palsy and blindness)

What It's Like to Be Me written by children with disabilities, Helen Exley (Ed.). Friendship Press, 1984.

What's Wrong with Timmy? by Maria Shriver. Little, Brown and Company and Warner Books, 2001.

Who Cares About Disabled People? Illustrated by Pam Adams. Child’s Play (International) Ltd., 1992.

Medical Issues

Broken Bones by Alvin Silverstein, M.D., Virginia Silverstein and Laura Silverstein Nunn. Franklin Watts, 2001.

Jessica's X-Ray by Pat Zonta. Firefly Books Ltd., 2002. (contains real X-rays, ultrasound, CAT scan and MRI films)

Muscular Dystrophy

My Buddy by Audrey Osofsky. Henry Holt and Company, 1992. (story of a boy with muscular dystrophy and his service dog)

Physical Disabilities

A Very Special Critter by Gina and Mercer Mayer. Western Publishing Company, Inc., 1992.

Arnie and the New Kid by Nancy Carlson. Puffin Books, 1990.

Dancing Wheels by Patricia McMahon. Houghton Mifflin Company, 2000.

Danny and the Merry-Go-Round by Nan Holcomb. Jason and Nordic Publishers, 1984.

Fair and Square by Nan Holcomb. Jason and Nordic Publishers, 1992. (story about using switch activated toys)

The Handstand by Barry Rudner. Art-Print and Publishing Company, 1994.

Howie Helps Himself by Joe Lasker. Albert Whitman and Company, 1975.

Imagine Me on a Sit-Ski by George Moran. Albert Whitman and Company, 1995.

My Buddy by Audrey Osofsky. Henry Holt and Company, 1992. (story of a boy with muscular dystrophy and his service dog)

The New Counselor (A Barbie Book) by Diane Muldrow. Golden Books Publishing Company, Inc., 1998.

Nick Joins In by Joe Lasker. Albert Whitman and Company, 1980.

Our Teacher's in a Wheelchair by M. Powers.

Patrick and Emma Lou by Nan Holcomb. Jason and Nordic Publishers, 1989. (story about a child with cerebral palsy and a child with spina bifida using walkers)

Princess Pooh by Kathleen M. Muldoon. Albert Whitman and Company, 1989.

Rolling Along -- The Story of Taylor and His Wheelchair by Jamee Riggio Heelan. Peachtree Publishers, Ltd., 2000.

Rolling Along with Goldilocks and the Three Bears by Cindy Meyers. Woodbine House, 1999.

Prostheses

Harry and Willy and Carrothead by Judith Caseley. Greenwillow Books, 1991.

Spina Bifida

Dancing Wheels by Patricia McMahon. Houghton Mifflin Company, 2000.

Patrick and Emma Lou by Nan Holcomb. Jason and Nordic Publishers, 1989. (story about a child with spina bifida using a walker)

We Can Do It! by Laura Dwight. Checkerboard Press, 1992. (one section on a child with spina bifida)

Spinal Cord Injury

Follow Your Dreams by Connie Panzarino. National Spinal Cord Injury Association, 1995.

Rebecca Finds A New Way (How Kids Learn, Play, and Live with Spinal Cord Injuries and Illnesses) by Connie Panzarino. National Spinal Cord Injury Association, 1994.

Speedway Sam (A Book About Spinal Cord Injury for Children) by Nancy Glover. The Board of Trustees of the University of Alabama, 1990.

Tell It Like It Is by Connie Panzarino. National Spinal Cord Injury Association, 1997.