Children’s Books That Include Characters with Disabilities

by Nicole Chavanne

ngd-A lot of books…..

It is really important for teachers to include books that provide mirrors (books where students can really identify with the characters) and windows (books where the students can see into the lives of those that are different from them). A book that may be a mirror for some, maybe a window for others.

Books that include characters with disabilities and illnesses are so important to include in our classroom and home libraries.  They provide windows AND mirrors, often at the same time, for ourselves and our children.  Through the magic of reading, our students can learn about others and be more accepting and inclusive.

In this list, I have included books with characters that happen to have various disabilities and illnesses, but those disabilities and illnesses are not the complete focus of the books.  This blog post contains affiliate links from Amazon.  If you make a purchase through one of these links, you will not pay a penny extra but I will earn a small commission.

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