Representation Matters: Kids Books That Embrace Disability and Difference

By Samantha Simoes, School Outreach Librarian
February 22, 2022

When we don’t talk openly about disabilities, they can become the elephants in the room, and children may interpret disability as a restricted topic. Let’s prioritize discussing and educating children about all kinds of physical differences. One way to do this is to read children’s books, like those below, that show respectful and genuine representation. Reading about people who are different from you lets you imagine, reflect on, and learn about their lives. 

Summaries provided via NYPL’s catalog, which draws from multiple sources. Click through to each book’s title for more.