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Deaf Awareness Week booklist


Deaf Awareness Week will fall in May 2018. The following booklist 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.

  • Moonbird

    Joyce Dunbar, Illustrator: Jane Ray

    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 his parents must learn how to understand him.

  • Lucy: Loud and Clear

    Laila Lavan, Illustrator: Beatriz Iglesias

    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.

  • The Deaf Musicians

    Pete Seeger and Paul Dubois Jacobs, Illustrated by R Gregory Christie
    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.

  • Freddie and the Fairy

    Julia Donaldson, Illustrated by 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...

  • Noo-Noos

    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...

  • Whisper

    Chrissie Keighery

    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 Meningitis having left her profoundly deaf.

  • Ketchup Clouds

    Annabel Pitcher

    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

    Sean Stockdale and Alexandra Strick Illustrated by Ros Asquith
    Frances Lincoln

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

  • What the Jackdaw Saw

    Julia Donaldson Illustrated by Nick Sharratt
    Pan Macmillan

    A highly entertaining book with an inclusive cast of characters, providing an introduction to sign language to all children.

  • The Silent Striker

    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 read.

  • River of Ink: Genesis

    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.