Bookmark: disability and books

Looking for information on disability and children's books? Bookmark is full of advice and book recommendations for families, teachers, librarians, authors and publishers. 

Bookmark Book of the Month: June

I Am Wolf

Author: Alastair Chisholm

pacy dystopian page-turner.

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Blogs and articles on disability and books

The importance of  dyslexic characters

Children need positive portrayals of dyslexia in books

Thunderboots author Naomi Jones explains the difference it can make when dyslexic children are represented in a positive light in books.

Mental Health

Explore our carefully-chosen booklists, blogs, and resources to promote mental health and wellbeing in children and adults.

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Bookmark advice for:

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Families, teachers and librarians

Advice on how to find inclusive books and why positive images of disability matter. 

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Writers, illustrators and publishers

Top tips on including positive images of disability in books, and what else the publishing industry can do to help.

Creating accessible library story times

Get top tips on creating accessible story times in your library for children and caregivers who are blind or partially sighted, with fantastic advice and pointers from the RNIB.

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Free books for children with additional needs

Bookstart extra packs

Our Bookstart programme gives free books to children under five with additional needs, whether your child is deaf (Bookshine), blind/partially sighted (Booktouch) or has a condition affecting their fine motor skills (Bookstart Star).

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Positive representations

Check out our list of books from the past year which are useful for discussing disability and inclusive issues with young readers.

Free books for special schools

Special School Library Pack

The Special School Library Pack is a free pack for special schools, featuring ten top-quality books selected by a panel of SEND practitioners.