Books on: Physical Disabilities

Books that either inform and educate able-bodied children on physical disabilities, or acknowledge the challenges/celebrate the positive aspects of living with a physical disability.

Off to the Park!
Author:
Illustrator: Stephen Cheetham
How this book may help: This is not only a fantastic book to engage the imaginations of blind and partially sighted children, it is also a great choice for all children to explore how they use their senses. Adults could use this book to open a discussion about what it feels like to be blind or partially sighted.
Publisher's summary: "Come with us to the park! Which way shall we go? What shall we do? What will we find? A stunning..." read more

Tags: blindness, disability

Susan Laughs
Author: Jeanne Willis
Illustrator: Tony Ross
How this book may help: Celebrating the similarities between disabled and able-bodied children. Encouraging acceptance and tolerance of differences.
This book is written simply, with only a few words on each page, relying heavily on the... read more

Tags: disability, diversity, wheelchair

Catherine's Story
Author: Genevieve Moore
Illustrator: Karin Littlewood
How this book may help: Promoting tolerance and understanding of those with physical or mental disabilities. Highlights the positive traits of disability.
This book is based on a child who suffers from a kind of epilepsy known as infantile spasms or West... read more

Tags: being different, disability, persistence

Our Stripy Baby
Author: Gillian Shields
Illustrator: Paula Metcalf
How this book may help: Encourages children to accept the fact that everyone is different. This book may help a child who is struggling to come to terms with having a sibling with special needs.
The characters in this book are purple alien-like creatures with coloured spots on their skin. Zara... read more

Tags: new baby, family, diversity, disability, brother, being different, behaviour, sister

The Animal Boogie
Author: Debbie Harter
Illustrator: Debbie Harter
How this book may help: Celebrating diversity, providing images of children of different ethnic backgrounds and wheelchair users.
Take a trip through the Indian Jungle with the animal boogie. A catchy tune and a CD accompany this... read more

Tags: multicultural, diversity, wheelchair

Dan and Diesel
Author: Charlotte Hudson
Illustrator: Lindsey Gardiner
How this book may help: Gives a positive view of disability. The blind central character (Dan), in partnership with his faithful guide dog (Diesel), feels like he can 'conquer the world'. The book skilfully reflects the vulnerability Dan feels when he is separated from Diesel.
Dan's little brother narrates the tale of Diesel the 'wonder dog' and his relationship with his... read more

Tags: relationships, love, dog, blindness

Why Am I So Tired?: A First Look at Childhood Diabetes
Author: Pat Thomas
Illustrator: Lesley Harker
How this book may help: Helps children to understand that with a little care, anyone with diabetes lead a normal life. It may demystify the causes, symptoms and treatment of diabetes for young people who are either diabetic themselves or have friends or family with the condition.
This pleasantly illustrated book uses simple language to describe the symptoms and treatment of... read more

Tags: being different, illness, needles, treatment

Noo-Noos
Author: Carol Thompson
Illustrator: Carol Thompson
How this book may help: A fun bright rhyming text book about comforters.
Beautifully illustrated book showing a huge assortment of noo-noos (comfort objects) and their... read more

Tags: deafness, comfort object, comfort, dummy

Ringo the Flamingo
Author: Neil Griffiths
Illustrator: Judith Blake
How this book may help: Shows how although unable to walk Ringo finds his own way in the world and how he helps others.
Ringo was born with his legs not working, his parents love him and look after him and he has many... read more

Tags: family, disability, bullying, being different

I Can't Hear Like You (Talking it Through)
Author: Althea
Illustrator: Bridget Dowty
How this book may help: This book should give hearing children an insight into the experiences of a deaf child. Deaf children may relate to the boy in the story.
Tom, who is a young deaf boy, narrates his story. He tells the reader how he wears a hearing aid to... read more

Tags: bullying, deafness, doctor, emotions, fears, friends, health, prejudice, school

The Deaf Musician
Author: Pete Seeger Paul Dubois Jacobs
Illustrator: Gregory Christie
When a jazz musician begins to lose his hearing he must find a new way of making music. Together... read more

Tags: deafness, friends

Collywobble
Author: Malachy Doyle
Illustrator: Petra Brown
How this book may help: The story shows that appearances are not always as they seem. It has an underlying message that even the youngest and weakest can achieve great and unexpected things with enough determination.
Working sheepdog Bess has a litter of puppies: all are big and strong, except one (Collywobble) who... read more

Tags: being different, confidence, dog, persistence

Jump!
Author: Carol Thompson
Illustrator: Carol Thompson
How this book may help: One of a vibrant series of books (Crawl!, Jump!, Climb! and Run!) that focusses on children's love of movement.
Carol Thompson's wonderful illustrations reflect the struggles, achievements and sheer delight that... read more

Tags: deafness, disability, diversity, multicultural

Run!
Author: Carol Thompson
Illustrator: Carol Thompson
How this book may help: One of a vibrant series of books (Crawl!, Jump!, Climb! and Run!) that focusses on children's love of movement.
Carol Thompson's wonderful illustrations reflect the struggles, achievements and sheer delight that... read more

Tags: being different, disability, Down's syndrome, prejudice

Max The Champion
Author: Sean Stockdale and Alexandra Strick
Illustrator: Ros Asquith
How this book may help: Max is first and foremost a fun picture book about a sport-mad boy with a powerful imagination. It also tells us that deaf and disabled children can - and should - be included, both in stories and in life.
Sport-mad Max turns aspects of his daily routine into daydreams of major sporting events. As he... read more

Tags: being different, disability, exercise, wheelchair

I Want To Be Like Poppin' Joe
Author: Jo Meserve Mach and Vera Lynne Stroup-Rentier
Illustrator: Mary Birdsell
How this book may help: This book tells the true story of a successful, hard working man with Down Syndrome and Autism, and the positive effect he has on a young boy.
This lovely photo story book features real-life people. The small boy in the story (Dylan) is... read more

Tags: confidence, Down's syndrome, friends, independence

Best Friends: A Pop-up Book
Author: Tango Books
Illustrator: Mark Chambers
Publisher's summary: "A boy in a wheelchair and his best friend pretend they’re pirates on a ship, mountain climbers,..." read more

Tags: wheelchair

Topsy and Tim: Make a New Friend
Author: Jean and Gareth Adamson
Illustrator: Jean Adamson
How this book may help: Educates young children on common aspects of physical disability and encourages tolerance and acceptance.
Publisher's summary: "Topsy and Tim are delighted to learn that their disabled friend Jenny is going to join their class...." read more

Tags: disability, friends, wheelchair

Just Because
Author: Rebecca Elliott
Illustrator: Rebecca Elliott
How this book may help: Promoting tolerance and celebrating diversity. May help children to realise that those with disabilities can achieve as much as those who are able-bodied.
Publisher's summary: "'My big sister Clemmie is my best friend. She can't walk, talk, move around much, cook macaroni,..." read more

Tags: brother, being different, disability, love, sister, wheelchair

The Black Book of Colours
Author: Menena Cottin
Illustrator: Rosana Faria
How this book may help: A child with a blind friend or relative may find this a useful tool to help understand how visually impaired people 'see' without their eyes.
Publisher's summary: "Our eyes tell us about colour. But what if you are blind? Can you still know colours? Using simple..." read more

Tags: blindness, disability

Let's Talk: My Friend has Down's Syndrome
Author: Jennifer Moore-Mallinos
Illustrator: Marta Fabrega
How this book may help: By inspiring and encouraging children to overcome barriers that can exist between children with Down's syndrome and their playmates.
Publisher's summary: "My friend has Down's syndrome is a sensitively written story about two children who meet at a..." read more

Tags: being different, disability, diversity, Down's syndrome, friends

My Grampy Can't Walk
Author: Vanita Oelschlager
Illustrator: Robin Hegan and Kristin Blackwood
How this book may help: A positive book which sends out the message that a person's disabilities need not define them. It would be a good choice for a child who has a family member in a wheelchair.
Publisher's summary: "Grampy can't walk anymore because he has multiple sclerosis. But that doesn't slow him down, or his..." read more

Tags: disability, grandparent, wheelchair

Snug!
Author: Carol Thompson
Illustrator: Carol Thompson
How this book may help: A comforting board book that includes illustrations of a child wearing glasses and a wheel-chair user.
Publisher's summary: "What makes you feel snug? Is it being curled up in a blanket? Feeling safe in your cosy bed? Being..." read more

Tags: disability, diversity, glasses, wheelchair

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