Celebrating Disability Pride Month With Books for All Ages

By NYPL Staff
July 1, 2022
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Thank you to NYPL staff who contributed to this list including Alexandria Abenshon, Joy Hariprasad, Alex Kohn, Erica Parker, Jill Rothstein, Eva Shapiro, Laura Stein, Emily Wejchert, and Sue Yee.

Welcome to the second Pride Month of the summer—Disability Pride Month! Celebrated in July to commemorate the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) into law in July, 1990, it's a time to celebrate people with disabilities which is roughly 15% of the world’s population and 1 in 4 Americans. Not every disability is visible or obvious and anyone of any age can be disabled. 

Growing up, many of us didn't have books that reflected our lives as disabled people, and the ones we did have were not written by someone who was actually part of the disabled community. Thankfully, this is slowly changing

Maybe you yourself are disabled and want to finally see yourself in the books you read; maybe someone you love is disabled and you want to learn more to meet them where they are; maybe you’ve realized that you’ve never read a book by a disabled author and want to change that; or maybe you just want a book that reflects the diversity of the world around you. This booklist spans all age groups, genres, and formats, from children’s picture books and teen novels to adult poetry, nonfiction, memoirs, and more. 

Happy Disability Pride Month and happy reading!

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Can I Play Too? by Samantha Cotterill

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Emmanuel’s Dream: The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah by Laurie Ann Thompson; illustrations by Sean Qualls

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I Talk Like a River words by Jordan Scott; illustrations by Sydney Smith

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I Will Dance by Nancy Bo Flood; illustrations by Julianna Swaney


Just Ask! Be Different, Be Brave, Be You by Sonia Sotomayor; illustrations by Rafael López

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King for a Day by Rukhsana Khan; illustrations by Christiane Krömer

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My Three Best Friends and Me, Zulay by Cari Best; illustrations by Vanessa Brantley-Newton

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Temple Grandin by Lyn Miller-Lachmann; interior illustrations by Gillian Flint


We Move Together by Kelly Fritsch and Anne McGuire; illustrations by Eduardo Trejos


When Charley Met Emma by Amy Webb; illustrations by Merrilee Liddiard


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Middle Grade

El Deafo by Cece Bell; color by David Lasky

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Ellen Outside the Lines by A. J. Sass

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Fifty Four Things Wrong With Gwendolyn Rogers by Caela Carter

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Get a Grip, Vivy Cohen by Sarah Kapit

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Lila and Hadley by Kody Keplinger

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Normal: One Kid's Extraordinary Story (Young Reader's Edition) by Magdalena and Nathaniel Newman with Hilary Liftin; illustrations by Neil Swaab

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OCDaniel by Wesley King

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Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper

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Roll With It by Jamie Sumner

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Sal and Gabi Break the Universe by Carlos Hernandez

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Show Me a Sign by Ann Clare LeZotte

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Stuntboy, in the Meantime by Jason Reynolds

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Breathe and Count Back from Ten by Natalia Sylvester

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Disability Visibility (Adapted for Young Adults): 17 First-Person Stories for Today edited by Alice Wong 

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A Lesson in Vengeance by Victoria Lee

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The Memory of Light by Francisco X Stork

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The Many Half Lived Lives of Sam Sylvester by Maya MacGregor

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On the Edge of Gone by Corinne Duyvis

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One for All by Lillie Lainoff

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The Reckless Kind by Carly Heath

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Sick Kids in Love by Hannah Moskowitz

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The Words in My Hands by Asphyxia

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About Us: Essays From the Disability Series of the New York Times edited by Peter Catapano & Rosemarie Garland-Thomson

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Demystifying Disability by Emily Ladau

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The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang

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The Perseverance by Raymond Antrobus

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Places I've Taken My Body: Essays by Molly McCully Brown

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The Pretty One: On Life, Pop Culture, Disability, and Other Reasons to Fall in Love With Me by Keah Brown

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Resistance and Hope by Alice Wong


There Plant Eyes: A Personal and Cultural History of Blindness by M. Leona Godin

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Tonguebreaker: Poems and Performance Texts by Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha


Uncomfortable Labels: My Life as a Gay Autistic Trans Woman by Laura Kate Dale

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