Deaf Awareness Week booklist

Deaf Awareness Week runs from 15-21 May 2017. Relevant organisations will use the week to flag up the need for greater understanding of the vast spectrum of deafness and their work in and around this area.

 

The following booklist features a range of books relevant to the subject. The selection includes books that feature deafness as a key theme, books with a deaf protagonist, and books that happen to include children with hearing aids and cochlear implants, in a subtle and natural way.

  • River of Ink: Genesis

    by Helen Dennis
    Hachette Children's Group
    River Boy is washed up on the banks of the River Thames, unable to find his voice or memory. The only things he can draw on are his visions and mysterious symbols. An exciting first book in a trilogy.
  • Freddie and the Fairy

    by Julia Donaldson and Karen George
    Macmillan Children's Books
    Freddie rescues a fairy who offers to grant him his every wish. The only problem is that she can't hear very well, and so his wishes result in some unexpected surprises...
  • Moonbird

    by Joyce Dunbar
    Doubleday
    Orla doesn't answer when his parents call his name, and seems to be shut away in his own world. When he meets the mysterious moonbird he learns how to speak with his hands and listen with his eyes, but now...
  • The Deaf Musicians

    by Pete Seeger and Paul Dubois Jacobs
    Putman Juvenile US
    Stylish artwork accompanies the story of a pianist who loses his hearing and his job, only to start a popular new band of deaf musicians.
  • The Silent Striker

    by Pete Kalu
    Hope Road
    Marcus lives and breathes football. He might even have the makings of a professional player. But Marcus' life is about to change. Neither a book 'about' deafness or disability, nor another stock football story, this is an uplifting and accessible...
  • Whisper

    by Chrissie Keighery
    Templar
    Fifteen year old Demi is starting a new school – always a nerve-racking experience. However, for Demi, it represents a time of far more dramatic change, as her new school is a college for deaf students, a recent case of...
  • Ketchup Clouds

    by Annabel Pitcher
    Indigo
    Fifteen-year-old Zoe attempts to come to terms with a dark secret by writing letters to a murderer awaiting execution on Death Row.
  • 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
  • Noo-Noos

    by Carol Thompson
    Child's Play
    Every young child has a noo-noo. It’s that scruffy piece of well-loved fabric, fur, plastic or rubber, that goes everywhere with you...
  • What the Jackdaw Saw

    by Julia Donaldson and Nick Sharratt
    Pan Macmillan
    A highly entertaining book with an inclusive cast of characters, providing an introduction to sign language to all children.
  • Lucy: Loud and Clear

    by Laila Lavan
    Topka
    Lucy is deaf and Omar is rather flippantly pretending he can't understand her request. Lucy has to be creative if she is to find a solution.