Accept Disabled Characters
Ages 4+ ‘King For A Day‘ is a story of dedication, plus kindness and generosity with a bit of suspense thrown in. Also the main character uses a wheelchair. A book that both empowers and normalizes kids with disabilities.
Ages 9m-4y Clean It!‘ features a young family cleaning around the house. The main character wears a leg splint and his dad uses an inhaler.
Ages 6m-3.5y ‘I Can, Can You?‘ is a regular toddler board-book featuring photos of tots with Down syndrome doing everyday kid things.
Ages 8+ ‘Real Friends‘ – In this graphic novel/semi-memoir, the protagonist has OCD, which is mentioned a couple times.
3.5+ ‘Hello, Goodbye Dog
‘ – Features a wily, loving dog and her competent, loving owner (who happens
to use a wheelchair).
‘Hands And Hearts’– Simple book featuring a mom and daughter’s day at the beach, and they communicate via ASL.
‘Susan Laughs‘ features an active, boisterous little girl going doing typical kid stuff, who happens to use a wheelchair. Ages 2+
Include Disabled Peers & Equals
Ages 3+ ‘Beautiful‘ is similar to ‘Lovely,’ but with more action and less diversity. The images spin common stereotypes on proper little ladies with mud-slinging, active, goofy, rough, and tumble girls – some of whom are physically disabled.
Ages 6m-3.5y ‘Happy In Our Skin‘ runs along the same lines, but for even younger children, and includes several mixed-race, interfaith, and gay families in addition to characters with vitiligo, wheel-chair users.
Brave includes a character with a leg brace and arm crutches periodically through the book.
Change The Environment To Suit Disabilities – Not The Person
Ages 2.5+‘Ernest, The Moose Who Doesn’t Fit‘ is about a Moose who doesn’t fit in the book. The solution is an allegory for inclusion – change the book, not the moose.
Ages 4+ Ada Twist, Scientist is about a science-minded, hyper-focused little girl whose parents reject her interest in science and worry about her lack of speech until an advanced age.
Ages 3.5+‘Charlotte And The Quiet Place‘ isn’t explicitly about sensory processing disorders, but helps all children begin to understand the need to escape from painful, overwhelming sensory input.