Books to develop understanding of disability
The following list represents just a few examples of titles which feature disability as a theme and might be valuable in helping children and young people to consider their perceptions and understanding of disability.
Author: Harriet McBride Johnson
Publisher: Andersen Press
Jean, who has Cerebral Palsy, is about to spend ten days at Camp Courage (or ‘Crip Camp’ as her cabinmate Sara calls it), which is to prove an eye-opening experience.
Author: Rebecca Elliott
Publisher: Lion Hudson
When Toby’s sister Clemmie is unwell, she has to go and stay in hospital...
Author: Nora Raleigh Baskin
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Jason is 12 and on the autistic spectrum...
Author: R J Palacio
Publisher: Bodley Head
August ('Auggie') Pullman can't help but stand out - he was born with a severe facial deformity. Written in the first person, Wonder follows Auggie as he experiences more than the usual ups-and-downs of friendships, family and school.
Author: 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.
Author: Menena Cottin Illustrator: Rosana Faria
Publisher: Walker Books
A visually impaired boy introduces us to colours as he experiences them – through his senses of hearing, touch, smell and taste.
Author: Naoki Higashida
Publisher: Sceptre Publishing
An invaluable tool for family members trying to understand autistic behaviour but also a fascinating and powerful read in its own right.