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Casual inclusion of disabled characters

Small Steps

This list comprises books which include disabled characters within their images and/or story naturally, subtly and often without comment.

  • The Giant Turnip

    Author: Henriette Barkow Illustrator: Richard Johnson
    Publisher: Mantra Lingua

    The children in Miss Honeywood's class decide to grow vegetables in their school garden. What a shock they get when they discover a huge turnip that they are unable to move.

  • Small Steps

    Author: Louis Sachar
    Publisher: Bloomsbury

    Small Steps is the indirect sequel to Holes and follows the fortunes of its protagonist, Armpit, once he leaves Camp Green Lake and returns home.

  • The Great Big Book of Families

    Author: Mary Hoffman Illustrator: Ros Asquith
    Publisher: Frances Lincoln

    The Great Big Book of Families is about the diversity of families. The simple message is that every family is unique and special and that there is no such thing as "normal" or "abnormal". Books simply don’t get much more inclusive than this.

  • It's Raining! It's Pouring! We're Exploring!

    Author: Polly Peters Illustrator: Jess Stockham
    Publisher: Child's Play

    Three children are stuck inside while it's raining. Luckily they have plenty of imaginative ideas to turn a potentially dull and dreary day into a series of exhilarating adventures.

  • The Ding-Dong Bag

    Author: Polly Peters Illustrator: Jess Stockham
    Publisher: Child's Play

    The fast-moving and rhythmic text make this great book perfect for reading aloud, and a subtle arm splint on one of the boys is typical of Child’s Play’s inclusive approach to books.

  • White Dolphin

    Author: Gill Lewis
    Publisher: Oxford University Press

    A young dolphin, washed up on the beach, unexpectedly brings Kara and Felix together. But the new friends must take on new challenges - finding out the truth about Kara's missing mother, and protecting the bay when it falls under threat.

  • Max the Champion

    Author: Sean Stockdale and Alexandra Strick Illustrator: Ros Asquith
    Publisher: Frances Lincoln

    This inclusive book is about a boy who loves sport, his friends, and school - and has a vivid imagination

  • Made By Raffi

    Author: Craig Pomranz Illustrator: Margaret Chamberlain
    Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children's Books

    A delightful and gently revolutionary picture book that challenges our absurd notions about what constitutes 'normal' or 'appropriate'.

  • My Big Barefoot Book of Wonderful Words

    Author: Sophie Fatus
    Publisher: Barefoot Books

    A simple concept but a hugely satisfying wealth of material is offered up in this vibrant catalogue of words and pictures. The reader is first introduced to a diverse cast of characters before joining them in a jubilant celebration of a busy family’s daily life, covering everything from getting dressed and making breakfast to visiting the library, goin…