16 Shelf-Worthy Children’s Books About Disabilities For All Students

  1. “Wonder” by R.J. Palacio
  2. “Out of My Mind” by Sharon M. Draper
  3. “El Deafo” by Cece Bell
  4. “Fish in a Tree” by Lynda Mullaly Hunt
  5. “The Deaf Musicians” by Pete Seeger
  6. “My Brother Charlie” by Holly Robinson Peete and Ryan Elizabeth Peete
  7. “The Junkyard Wonders” by Patricia Polacco
  8. “Thank You, Mr. Falker” by Patricia Polacco
  9. “Rolling Along with Goldilocks and the Three Bears” by Cindy Meyers
  10. “Emmanuel’s Dream: The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah” by Laurie Ann Thompson
  11. “Susan Laughs” by Jeanne Willis and Tony Ross
  12. “The Girl Who Thought in Pictures: The Story of Dr. Temple Grandin” by Julia Finley Mosca
  13. “Ian’s Walk” by Laurie Lears
  14. “Amazing Matilda: A Monarch’s Tale” by Bette A. Stevens
  15. “Moses Goes to a Concert” by Isaac Millman
  16. “The Pirate of Kindergarten” by George Ella Lyon

These 16 shelf-worthy children’s books about disabilities aim to promote understanding, empathy, and inclusivity among all students. Each story offers unique perspectives on disabilities, helping young readers develop a greater appreciation for diversity and a deeper understanding of the challenges that individuals with disabilities may face. Whether it’s a story about a boy with a facial difference in “Wonder” or a girl with hearing difficulties in “El Deafo,” these books celebrate resilience, friendship, and the power of overcoming obstacles.

By integrating such books into classrooms and libraries, educators can foster conversations about disabilities, debunk stereotypes, and teach kids the value of inclusivity from a young age. These books can not only provide representation for students with disabilities but also create a sense of belonging and acceptance for all students.