Children's Books About
Disabilities and Handicaps

We have three lists of children's books about disabilities

Tiny Tim on his father's back, from 'Ten Boys from Dickens,' George Alfred Williams illus. (Cropped)

The American Library Association's Schneider Family Book Award

For books that "embod[y] an artistic expression of the disability experience for child and adolescent audiences."

The books are categorized as Teen, Middle School and Children's (generally picture books).

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Schneider Family Book Award
(Titles that appear as links are reviewed on this site)

Teen Books

2016 - The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B (OCD)
written by Teresa Toten

2015 - Girls Like Us (Mentally Challenged)
written by Gail Giles

2014 - Rose Under Fire (Victim of Torture)
written by Elizabeth Wein

2013 - Somebody, Please Tell Me Who I Am (Traumatic Brain Injury)
written by Harry Mazer and Peter Lerangis

2012 - The Running Dream (Leg Aumputation)
written by Wendelin Van Draanen

2011 - Five Flavors of Dumb (Deafness)
written by Antony John

2010 - Marcelo in the Real World (Asperger)
written by Francisco X. Stork

2009 - Jerk, California (Tourette Syndrome)
written by Jonathan Friesen

2008 - Hurt Go Happy (Deafness)
written by Ginny Rorby

2007 - Small Steps (Cerebral Palsy)
by Louis Sachar

2006 - Under the Wolf, Under the Dog (Depression)
written by Adam Rapp

Middle School

2016 - Fish in a Tree (Dyslexia)
written by Lynda Mulally Hunt

2016 - The War That Saved My Life (Club Foot)
written by Kimberley Brubaker Bradley

2015 - Rain Reign (OCD)
written by Ann M. Martin

2014 - Handbook for Dragon Slayers (Deformed Foot)
written by Merrie Haskell

2013 - A Dog Called Homeless (Deaf and Blind Dog, Child Who Has Stopped Speaking)
written by Sarah Lean

2012 - close to famous (Reading disability)
written by Joan Bauer

2012 - Wonderstruck: A Novel in Words and Pictures (Deafness)
written by Brian Selznick

2011 - After Ever After (Cancer Survivor, with Aftereffects)
written by Jordan Sonnenblick

2010 - Anything but Typical (Autism)
written by Nora Raleigh Baskin

2009 - Waiting for Normal (Dyslexia)
written by Leslie Connor

2008 - Reaching for Sun (Cerebral Palsy)
written by Tracie Vaughn Zimmer

2007 - Rules (Autism)
by Cynthia Lord

2006 - Tending to Grace (Stuttering)
by Kimberly Newton Fusco

Children's Books

2016 - Emmanuel's Dream (Only One Working Leg)
written by Laurie Ann Thompson

2015 - A Boy and a Jaguar (Stuttering)
written by Alan Rabinowitz

2014 - A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin (Disabling Arm Injury)
written by Jen Bryant, illustrated by Melissa Sweet

2013 - Back to Front and Upside Down! (Writing Difficulties)
written and illustrated by Claire Alexander

2012 - None

2011 - The Pirate of Kindergarten (Double Vision, Eye Patch)
written by George Ella Lyon, illustrated by Lynne Avril

2010 - Django (Severe Burns on Hands)
written and illustrated by Bonnie Christensen

2009 - Piano Starts Here: The Young Art Tatum (Near Blindness)
written and illustrated by Robert Andrew Parker

2008 - Kami and the Yaks (Deafness)
written by Andrea Stenn Stryer, illustrated by Bert Dodson

2007 - The Deaf Musicians
by Pete Seeger and poet Paul DuBois Jacobs, illustrated by R. Gregory Christie

2006 - Dad, Jackie, and Me (Deafness)
written by Myron Uhlberg, illustrated by Colin Bootman

(Click here for more about the award or winners dating even further back.)

Children's Books About Disabilities - Special Mention

Disabilities books for kids

Our one of a kind list (pre-2006) of books about disabilities was compiled by consulting some of the best bibliotherapy booklists on the subject (from the US and Britain) and finding books that were common to more than one list.

The ten sources consulted were:

  • Birmingham (UK) Public Libraries
  • C.S. Mott Children's Hospital
  • Canisius College (NY)
  • Monroe County (IN) Public Library
  • Nancy Keane's Children's Literature Webpage
  • National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities
  • Univ. of S. Carolina Medicine Library
  • Worcester (MA) Public Library

Amazon search results for children's books about disabilities.

More bibliotherapy booklists.

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