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NEA Advice

Disability Awareness Booklist

These recommended books give readers the opportunity to explore a wide range of disability experiences as well as enjoy fabulous stories that focus on a disabled character but not their disability. Exposing students to books that include people with disabilities can help raise awareness of the everyday lives of persons with disabilities and help them see where there are similarities and differences in the challenges they encounter.
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Published: June 5, 2023
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Picture Books 

I Talk Like a River by Jordan Scott 

Song in the City by Daniel Bernstrom 

A Sky-Blue Bench by Bahram Rahman 

All the Way to the Top: How One Girl’s Fight for Americans with Disabilities Changed Everything by Annette Bay Pimentel 

Hello Goodbye Dog by Maria Gianferrari 

I Will Dance by Robert L. Flood 

Thank You, Mr. Falker by Patricia Polacco 

King for a Day by Rukhsana KhanI 

Just Ask! Be Different, Be Brave, Be You by Sonia Sotomayor 

Not So Different by Shane Burcaw 

Emmanuel’s Dream: The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah by Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah 

The Girl Who Thought in Pictures: The Story of Dr. Temple Grandin by Julia Finley Mosca

I Am Temple Grandin by Brad Meltzer 

Middle Grade 

Good Different by Meg Eden Kuyatt 

Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt 

The Distance between Me and the Cherry Tree by Paola Peretti 

This Kid Can Fly: It’s About Ability (NOT Disability) by Aaron Philip 

Marshmallow & Jordan by Alina Chau 

El Deafo by Cece Bell 

Roll with It by Jamie Sumner 

Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper 

The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley 

Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus by Dusti Bowling 

The Chance to Fly by Ali Stroker 

Show Me a Sign by Ann Clare LeZotte 

Young Adult 

Unbroken: 13 Stories Starring Disabled Teens by Marieke Nijkamp 

The First Thing About You by Chaz Hayden 

The Silence Between Us by Alison Gervais 

Breathe and Count Back from Ten by Natalia Sylvester 

Pinned by Sharon G Flake 

Marcelo in the Real World by Francisco X. Stork 

Disability Visibility: 17 First-Person Stories for Today (Adapted for Young Adults) by Alice Wong 

You’re Welcome, Universe by Whitney Gardner 

Just Breathe by Cammie McGovern 

A Time to Dance by Padma Venkatraman 


Find these titles and more reading recommendations with disability representation at your local library through World Cat.  

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