Picture Books About Kids of Color With Disabilities

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People with disabilities are one of the largest minority groups in the United States, but they’re comparatively underrepresented in picture books. Though representation is increasing, picture book characters with disabilities are still predominantly white.

It’s important for kids of color with disabilities to see themselves in books. These books introduce kids of color with disabilities to characters who look like them—people with disabilities being kids and accomplishing cool things.

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Hello Goodbye Dog

A student who uses a wheelchair finds a way to see her dog each day in school.

I Will Dance

This poetic and uplifting picture book illustrated by the #1 New York Times bestselling illustrator of “We Are the Gardeners” by Joanna Gaines follows a young girl born with cerebral palsy as she pursues her dream of becoming a dancer. You can also check out this title as eBook on OverDrive/Libby.

Just Ask!

A group of friends learn about each other’s strengths and weaknesses while planting a garden together in this creative nonfiction story inspired by the author’s own childhood diabetes diagnosis. You can also check out this title as eBook on OverDrive/Libby.

Wilma Rudolph

A picture book biography of Olympic champion Wilma Rudolph, who beat polio to win gold medals and break world records for sprinting.