Henry would like to find a friend at school, but for a boy on the autism spectrum, making friends can be difficult, as his efforts are sometimes misinterpreted, or things just go wrong–but Henry keeps trying, and in the end he finds a friend he can play with.
By sharing stories together and having conversations about the books you read, you can help young children understand the world around them. Seeing diverse experiences represented in books helps children to explore their own identities and develop empathy for others.
From physical and developmental disabilities to vision and hearing impairments, disability encompasses a broad spectrum, and children with and without disabilities may have questions. The following books positively portray a range of disabilities, enabling children with disabilities to see themselves and introducing children of all abilities to people who experience the world in a variety of interesting ways.
Not every book is available at all locations, but any title can be requested. The children’s librarian at your neighborhood library is also here to help, with suggestions for additional titles on topics of interest–or feel free to suggest some titles to us. New books are always being added to the collection. You can find more Here to Help booklists on different topics by clicking here.
A student who uses a wheelchair finds a way to see her dog each day in school.
Presents the story of Grandins “squeeze machine,” describing her childhood love of building and design, as well as her sensitivities.
Photographs of young children with Down syndrome enjoying a wide selection of healthful foods, from fruits and veggies to meats and snacks.
Encompasses the issue of disability in a charming celebration of sibling friendship.
Even though he is confined to a wheelchair, a Pakistani boy tries to capture the most kites during Basant, the annual spring kite festival, and become “king” for the day. Includes an afterword about the Basant festival.
Laurie is a special girl. She doesn’t hear well and that can be hard sometimes. She doesn’t always understand what other people say and playing with other children can be difficult. Luckily there’s the ear doctor. He examines Laurie’s ears and gives her hearing aids.
A story about a special friendship between a young girl and her dog, featuring a surprise ending.
A boy’s wonderful mama takes him zooming everywhere with her, because her wheelchair is a zooming machine.
Zulay is a blind girl who longs to be able to run in the race on field and track day at her school.
A picture book answering the questions young children ask Shane Burcaw about his wheelchair and life with Spinal Muscular Atrophy with equal parts optimism, humor, and empathy.
When he is paired with a girl who has lost her legs, Rescue worries that he isn’t up to the task of being her service dog.
Some people are blind. What does that mean? Using simple, engaging text and full-color photos, readers learn what blindness is, how it can be caused, and what daily life is like for someone who can’t see. This book includes a video, which launches via a 4D app.
Some people are deaf. What does that mean? Using simple, engaging text and full-color photos, readers learn what deafness is, how it can be caused, and what daily life is like for someone who can’t hear.
Teach diversity and tolerance to young readers, and help them understand and appreciate those children who have health differences. Colorful photos show kids with disabilities enjoying activities with their peers.
Some people use wheelchairs to get to and from places. What does that mean? Readers learn why someone would use a wheelchair and what daily life is like for someone who can’t walk.
Some people need to wear leg braces. What does that mean? Using simple, engaging text and full-color photos, readers learn how leg braces can help and what daily life is like for someone who wears them.
Rhyming couplets describe a wide range of common emotions and activities experienced by a little girl who uses a wheelchair.
Augie enjoys the company of his dog, Daisy, and using his imagination, but painfully endures the taunts of his peers because of his facial deformity.