Down's Syndrome Awareness

Around 750 babies in the UK every year are born with Down's syndrome. This equates to one in every thousand.


This year (2017), Tuesday 21 March is World Down Syndrome Day and 20-26 March is Down's Syndrome Awareness Week, with the theme of 'My voice, my community’. 


To mark the week, here are children's and young teen books that feature characters who have Down's syndrome. The following list includes UK titles where characters with Down's syndrome either appear as protagonists or are simply included naturally in the images.


Go to the Down's Syndrome Association website for plenty of wonderful myth-busting information and advice - including a free information pack that can be downloaded or ordered.

  • Big Ben

    by Rachel Anderson
    Barn Owl Books
    Matthew wants to write about his older brother Ben who has Down syndrome for a school project on individuals who the students admire.
  • Winter

    by Ailie Busby
    Child’s Play
    One of a lively series of board books featuring a highly inclusive cast. In this title, there is a child with Down Syndrome and an adapted sledge.
  • Victoria's Day

    by Maria De Fatima Campos
    Frances Lincoln
    A photographic diary documenting a day in the life of a four year old girl.
  • Dead Ends

    by Erin Lange
    Faber & Faber
    Dane Washington is the quick-tempered local bully, Billy D his new neighbour who has Down Syndrome.
  • Max the Champion

    by Sean Stockdale and Alexandra Strick
    Frances Lincoln
    This inclusive book is about a boy who loves sport, his friends, and school - and has a vivid imagination
  • Making Friends!

    by Jess Stockham
    Child's Play
    This book is full of great animal pictures and lift-the-flap pages. It’s a friendly and colourful way to encourage children to enjoy sharing and have fun.
  • One, two, three... Run!

    by Carol Thompson
    Child's Play
    Even a simple book for babies and toddlers can include disabled children naturally and subtly in its images - and this delightful board book proves the point.
  • Wind

    by Carol Thompson
    Child's Play International Ltd
    Sumptuous illustrations celebrate children's responses to the weather, in this series of board books. This title features a child with a hearing aid and a child with Down Syndrome.
  • Sun

    by Carol Thompson
    Child’s Play International
    It’s the perfect day to slap on the sunscreen and sunhats and explore the great outdoors. Sumptuous illustrations celebrate children's responses to the weather, in this series of board books.
  • Naked Without a Hat

    by Jeanne Willis
    Allen and Unwin
    A touching and humorous coming-of-age story, which acknowledges societal prejudice and raises some uncomfortable truths. A secret about the protagonist is only revealed to the reader towards the end.