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!