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1.   A Very Special Critter
Gina Mayer (Author), Mercer Mayer (Author)
Little Critter discovers that the new boy in class who uses a wheelchair is really not so different from anyone else.
[Grade Level: K - 2]
2.   ABC: A Family Alphabet Book
Bobbie Combs (Author), Desiree Keane (Illustrator), Brian Rappa (Illustrator)
This book teaches the alphabet to young children while exposing them to different and diverse kinds of families and people.
[Grade Level: Pre-K]
3.   All About My Brother: An Eight-Year-Old Sister's Introduction To Her Brother Who Has Autism
Written by
Sarah Peralta
Sarah, the young author of this book, lovingly tells of her day-to-day life activities with her brother, Evan, who is autistic. She accurately describes autism through use of scientific and medical terms, and through a realistic portrayal of her brother’s behavior and communication style.
[Grade Level: K - 2]
4.   Arnie and the New Kid
Written by
Nancy Carlson
Philip uses a wheelchair and has the challenge of being new to town. Arnie targets Phillip with acts of bullying and name-calling, until Arnie falls, breaks his leg, and finds himself temporarily disabled. As Arnie begins to understand and experience a physical disability, the two become friends.
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 3]
5.   Balancing Girl
Lillian Hoban (Illustrator), Bernice Rabe (Author)
Margaret, a first grader, is excellent at balancing things while in her wheelchair. She is excited for the school carnival because she has one of the best acts prepared.
[Grade Level: K - 2]
6.   Big Brother Dustin
Carol Carter (Illustrator), Alden Carter (Author), Dan Young (Illustrator)
A young boy with Down Syndrome helps his family prepare for the birth of his new born sister. Dustin comes up with a perfect name for his new sister.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
7.   Can You Hear a Rainbow?: The Story of a Deaf Boy Named Chris
Jamee Riggio Heelan (Author), Nicola Simmonds (Illustrator)
A boy who is deaf tells how he uses sign language, hearing aids, and his other senses to communicate, and how he goes to public school with an interpreter.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
8.   Count Us In: Growing Up with Down Syndrome
Andy Bricky (Author), Jason Kingsley (Author), Mitchell Levitz (Author)
Two young men with Down Syndrome celebrate their successful coming-of-age and hard-won independence.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
9.   Dad and Me in the Morning
Patricia Lakin (Author), Robert Steele (Illustrator)
A young deaf boy and his father share walks to the beach and the sunrise every morning. This book illustrates different ways in which they communicate with one another and the experiences that they share each morning.
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 2]
10.   Emmanuel Osofu Yeboah, Advocate for Ghana's Disabled Population
Written by
Adam Woog
Emmanuel Osofu Yeboah was born with a deformed leg in Ghana, where people with disabilities are considered burdens to society. In 2001, Emmanuel devoted himself to changing this view and biked one-legged 370 miles around Ghana. Through continued efforts, he has forever changed his nation's treatment and view of people with disabilities.
[Grade Level: 3 - 6]
11.   Eukee the Jumpy Jumpy Elephant
Richard Dimatteo, (Illustrator), Clifford Corman (Author), Esther Trevino (Author)
A young elephant always seems to feel jumpy and fidgety and sometimes has trouble paying attention during class. The elephant visits Dr. Tusk and from him he learns about ADD.
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 3]
12.   Facing Down the Tough Stuff
Written by
Jacqueline L. Harris
Young authors with learning disabilities, serious illness, blended families and friendship struggles share their stories. The end of the book includes teaching ideas and discussion questions.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
13.   Friends in the Park
Written by
Rochelle Bunnett
This book depicts young children with various disabilities playing and enjoying in common activities.
[Grade Level: K - 2]
14.   Hearing Loss
Written by
Carol Baldwin
Examines the causes, symptoms, and treatment of hearing loss.
[Grade Level: 3 - 6]
15.   How Dyslexic Benny Became a Star: A Story of Hope for Dyslexic Children and Their Parents
Joe Griffith (Author), Jenny Schulz (Illustrator)
A fifth-grader who feels frustrated and humiliated because of his learning disability becomes a star on the football field, and when he is diagnosed with dyslexia, he finds that he has a whole team of people ready to help.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
16.   Jeremy's Dreidel
Judith Friedman (Illustrator), Ellie Gellman (Author)
In his Hannukah workshop, Jeremy makes an unusual dreidel out of clay for his father. Since his father is blind, he wrote the letters in braille.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
17.   Jordan Has a Hearing Loss
Written by
Jillian Powell
A boy describes what it is like to live with hearing loss.
[Grade Level: 2 - 4]
18.   Josh: A Boy with Dyslexia
Written by
Caroline Janover
Josh struggles to live down the stigma of his learning disability (dyslexia), and receive both respect and friendship from his peers.
[Grade Level: 3 - 6]
19.   Learning Disorders
Written by
Jacqueline L. Harris
Discusses how the brain processes information and examines the emotional, biological, and physiological manifestations of various learning disorders. Personalized examples are given and activities and strategies are suggested to help students overcome their problems and improve their skills.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
20.   Lee, the Rabbit with Epilepsy
Deborah Moss (Author), Carol Schwartz (Illustrator)
Lee discovers that she has epilepsy. At first she is worried, but after she is given medicine to control her seizures, she learns that she can live with epilepsy.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
21.   Let's Talk about Being in a Wheelchair
Written by
Melanie Ann Apel
Description of activities when using a wheelchair.
[Grade Level: K - 2]
22.   Let's Talk about Deafness
Written by
Melanie A. Gordon
Discusses deafness, its causes, and how people who are deaf live full lives with a hearing impairment.
[Grade Level: 2 - 6]
23.   Lily and the Mixed-up Letters
Deborah Hodge (Author), France Brassard (Illustrator)
When Lily was in kindergarten she enjoyed school, but now she’s in 2nd grade and doesn’t feel like she’s good at anything. The trouble is reading. Whenever she tries, the letters jump around and get all mixed up — and so does she. When Lily’s teacher announces that the children will read in front of their parents, Lily finally finds the courage to tell her mother about her problem. By working together, Lily’s mom, teacher, and friend help Lily understand that she has many strengths. With hard work and new confidence, Lily surprises everyone — even herself — when the parents come to hear the kids read.
[Grade Level: 1 - 3]
24.   Looking Out for Sarah
Written and Illustrated by
Glenna Lang
This is a story about the relationship between a blind woman and her lead dog, their daily routine, and a walk that they once took from Boston to New York.
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 3]
25.   Mama Zooms
Written and Illustrated by
Jane Cowen-Fletcher
Mama's wheelchair is a "zooming machine" that takes her and her son to and from places they need to go, but also to places in their imaginations.
[Grade Level: K - 2]
26.   Mom's Best Friend
Sally Hobart Alexander (Author), George Ancona (Illustrator)
The true story of a woman, her family, and her guide dog.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
27.   Moses Goes to a Concert
Written by
Isaac Millman
Moses goes on a school trip to an orchestral performance. To the surprise of the children, the percussionst in the orchestra is deaf, just as they are. Moses and the other students not only experience sound and music through vibration and sign language, but discover that they too can achieve anything they put their mind to.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
28.   My Buddy
Audrey Osofsky (Author), Ted Rand (Illustrator)
Buddy, a golden retriever, is a special kind of dog. Buddy is teamed up with a young boy who has muscular dystrophy. Together they play ball, shop and take good care of each other.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
29.   My eXtra Special Brother
Stephanie Conley (Illustrator), Carly Heyman (Author)
The teen author describes the joys and challenges of life with her brother Scott who has fragile X syndrome.
30.   My Friend Jacob
Thomas Di Grazia (Author), Lucille Clifton (Author)
A young boy tells about Jacob, who, though older and mentally slower, helps him a lot and is his very best friend.
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 2]
31.   My Friend Leslie: The Story of a Handicapped Child
George Ancona (Photographer), Maxine Rosenberg (Author)
Leslie is a handicapped child who is in kindergarten. This book talks about her life, her friends and school.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
32.   My Name is Brian
Written by
Jeanne Betancourt
The portrayal of a boy who is frustrated by school work and struggles to hide his dyslexia from his friends until one of his teachers helps him to develop a new outlook.
[Grade Level: 3 - 6]
33.   My Pal, Victor / Mi amigo Víctor
Diane Gonzales Bertrand (Author), Eida de La Vega (Adapter), Robert Sweetland (Illustrator)
Two Latino boys, one of which uses a wheelchair, are the best of friends and do everything together. The story stresses the importance of friendship and acceptance.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
34.   No Fair To Tigers/ No Es Justo Para Los Tigres
Eric Hoffman (Author), Janice Lee Porter (Illustrator)
A girl fixes up her ragged stuffed tiger but, when she goes to get tiger food for it, she cannot get into the store because she is in a wheelchair and there are only steps.
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 3]
35.   Please Don't Cry, Mom: A Book About Depression
Helen DenBoer (Author), Janice Galanter Goldstein (Illustrator)
A young boy and his father learn how to cope with a family member's depression.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
36.   Rainbow Joe and Me
Written and Illustrated by
Maria Diaz Strom
A young girl shares her love of colors with her friend who is blind and who makes his own colors when he plays beautiful notes on his saxophone.
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 3]
37.   Rolling Along: The Story of Taylor and His Wheelchair
Jamee Riggio Heelan (Author), Nicola Simmonds (Illustrator)
This book describes the life of a boy, Taylor who has cerebral palsy. Taylor uses a wheelchair which allows him to be independent and do things for himself.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
38.   Russ and the Apple Tree Surprise
Janet Elizabeth Rickert (Author), Peter McGahan (Photographer)
Russ, a young boy with Down Syndrome, picks apples with his father, bakes a pie and then finds a surprise in his backyard near the apple tree.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
39.   Safe Place
Tehila Peterseil (Author), Zely Smechov (Illustrator)
The story of a young girl with ADD and dyslexia, who finds daily life an emotional and psychological struggle until a very special teacher enters her life.
[Grade Level: 5 & Up]
40.   Sam Uses a Wheelchair
Written by
Jillian Powell
Description of what a young girl with a physical disability can do using her wheelchair.
[Grade Level: 2 - 4]
41.   See The Ocean
Estelle Condra (Author), Linda Crocket-Bassingame (Illustrator)
On their drive to the beach, two brothers compete to see who can spot the beach first. Neither of them win, rather, it is their blind sister who sees the beach first.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
42.   Sees Behind Trees
Written by
Michael Dorris
Set in the colonial past, this coming-of-age story is about a young Powhatan Indian boy with a visual disability who dreads the warrior's test, a rite of passage for boys his age to enter manhood, but ends up passing the test with flying colors by using his acute senses of hearing and smell.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
43.   Sesame Street Sign Language ABC With Linda Bove
Linda Bove (Author), Sesame Street Staff (Author), Tom Cooke (Illustrator), Anita Shevett (Photographer)
Actress Linda Bove teachers letters and words in sign language while the Sesame Street Characters act them out.
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 3]
44.   Shelley, the Hyperactive Turtle
Carol Schwartz (Illustrator), Deborah Moss (Author)
Shelley always feels so jumpy and jittery. After going to the doctor, Shelley learns more about why he behaves that way.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
45.   Silent Observer
Written and Illustrated by
Christy Mackinnon
The story of a child who was deaf and her relationship with her family.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
46.   Sixth Grade Can Really Kill You
Written by
Barthe DeClements
Helen fears that lack of improvement in her reading may leave her stuck in the sixth grade forever, until a good teacher recognizes her reading problem.
[Grade Level: 5 & Up]
47.   Spaceman
Written by
Jane Cutler
Ten-year-old Gary, who is failing the fifth grade and has trouble getting along with the other students, tries to adjust to his learning disability and his assignment to a special education class.
[Grade Level: 3 - 6]
48.   Sparks
Written by
Graham McNamee
Last year Todd was the smartest kid in Special Needs; this year, he was promoted to the regular fifth-grade class, where they call him "Retardo" and "Braindead." He’s really trying to keep up, but he's in danger of being sent back to "Needs." Then a history project helps Todd to build his confidence and inspires him to use his secret strength–-imagination.
[Grade Level: 3 - 5]
49.   Sparky's Excellent Misadventures: My ADD Journal
Phyllis Carpenter (Author), Marti Ford (Author), Peter Horjus (Illustrator)
Sparky, a young boy with ADD, describes what it is like to have ADD. Sparky takes the reader on a journey as he describes how he sometimes gets into trouble at school and how after visiting the doctor he learns more about ADD.
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 3]
50.   Susan Laughs
Tony Ross (Illustrator), Jeanne Willis (Author)
Through simple ryhming phrases, a story is told about Susan, a young girl who uses a wheelchair. Susan never lets her disability hold her back as she swims, rides horses and plays with her friends.
[Grade Level: K - 2]
51.   Thank You, Mr. Falker
Written and Illustrated by
Patricia Polacco
Trisha is overjoyed at the thought of starting school and learning how to read, but right from the start all the letters and numbers get jumbled up. Her classmates make matters worse by calling her “dummy” and “toad.” Then, in fifth grade, a new teacher sees right through the sad little girl to the artist she really is. When he discovers Trisha’s secret—that she can’t read—he sets out to help her prove to herself that she can. This autobiographical story is a personal song of thanks and praise to teachers who change the lives of the children they teach.
[Grade Level: 1 - 5]
52.   The ADDed Touch
Written by
Robyn Watson
This book shows how a young child with Attention Deficit Disorder is struggling in school and explains ADD children.
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 3]
53.   The Alphabet War: A Story About Dyslexia
Diane Burton Robb (Author), Gail Piazza (Illustrator)
Learning to read is a great struggle for Adam, whose frustration grows over the course of his elementary school years as the demands become greater. "I can't do that" becomes his regular refrain, until Adam begins to discover that there are many things he can do well. With hard work and support, Adam's confidence gradually grows and he ultimately wins "The Alphabet War." The book includes information about dyslexia for adults.
[Grade Level: 2 - 5]
54.   The Don't Give-Up Kid and Learning Disabilities
Sandra DePauw (Illustrator), Jeanne Gehret (Author)
Alex, a young boy who has dyslexia learns about different learning disabilities.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
55.   The Making of My Special Hand: Madison's Story
Jamee Riggio Heelan (Author), Nicola Simmonds (Illustrator)
A child who was born with no hand describes the prosthetic hand that was made for her, how it works and how it feels.
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 3]
56.   The River That Gave Gifts
Written by
Margo Humphrey
Before a beloved elder of the town goes blind, a young girl and her playmates gather together and decide they will each give her a special gift.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
57.   The Survival Guide for Kids with LD (Learning Differences)
Rhonda Woods Cummings (Author), Gary Fisher (Author), Pamela Espeland (Editor)
A book intended for use by young people with this disability. The book begins with the "Six Great Gripes of Kids with LD," the first of which is, "No one explains what LD is, so we spend a lot of time worrying about what is wrong with us."
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
58.   The Treasure on Gold Street/El Tesoro en la Calle Oro
Lee Merrill Byrd (Author), Antonio Castro (Illustrator)
Denise describes her neighbors on Gold Street, especially Isabel, who is an adult but still plays with the young children and holds her mother's hand to cross the street.
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 2]
59.   The Wizard of Sound
Barbara Mitchell (Author), Hetty Mitchell (Illustrator)
A story about Thomas Edison, who overcame a disability to become a great inventor.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
60.   The Worst Speller in Jr. High
Caroline Janover (Author), Rosemary Wallner (Illustrator)
Starting out in the seventh grade, Katie Kelso finds herself trying to cope with her dyslexia and forms a friendship with a very bright boy at school, while she and her family deal with her mother's cancer diagnosis.
[Grade Level: 3 - 6]
61.   Trout and Me
Written by
Susan Richards Shreve
Ben's troubles at school get progressively worse when he starts hanging around Trout, a new boy in his fifth grade class, who also has ADD and is labeled as learning disabled.
[Grade Level: 6 & Up]
62.   Unjust Cause
Written by
Tehila Peterseil
David has dysgraphia, and his family cannot come to terms with his learning disability. His only hope of improvement is blocked by his father who refuses to face reality, until two teachers join forces to try to open the father's mind.
[Grade Level: 6 & Up]
63.   Warren Is Wonderful
Annette L. Becklund (Author), Ray Gulzeth (Illustrator)
"Warren is Wonderful" celebrates unique and sensitive children and adults diagnosed with Autism, Asperger's, and other ways of being. The story--which is also a coloring book--conveys the need for understanding, validation, support, and unconditional love.
[Grade Level: K - 2]
64.   We Can Do It!
Written by
Laura Dwight
This book depicts the lives of young children with various disabilities.
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 3]
65.   What Do You Mean I Have a Learning Disability?
Kathleen M. Dwyer (Author), Barbara Beirne (Photographer)
This story is about a boy who feels that he is "dumb" because he has a learning disability, until he begins receiving tutoring and improves his grades. His story expresses all the feelings that most children with learning disabilities experience (fear, anger, discouragement, and lack of self-worth), and presents options for overcoming learning difficulties.
[Grade Level: 3 - 6]
66.   What Would You Do?
Katherine Altieri (Illustrator), Amarpal Khanna (Illustrator), Los Angeles Dream Dialogue, 1998-2000 (Author), Joanna Marcuse (Illustrator)
Three stories, each presenting a dilemma, written by California teens to assist younger children in resolving difficult life situations.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
67.   Why Can't I Learn Like Everyone Else?: Youth With Learning Disabilities
Shirley Brinkerhoff (Author), Laurie Glader (Author), Carolyn Bridgemahon (Author)
Charlie Begay, an eighth-grade Navajo student in New Mexico who has dyslexia, describes his personal journey of embarrassment, frustration, and low self-esteem due to his learning disability. Included at the end of the story is factual material about learning disabilities, terminology, possible signs, diagnosis, the law, coping strategies, and success stories.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
68.   Zipper, the Kid with ADHD
Caroline Janover (Author), Richard J. Powell (Illustrator)
Zach, a fifth-grader who has attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, has trouble concentrating and controlling himself until a retired jazz musician who believes in him gives him the motivation to start trying to do better.
[Grade Level: 2 - 6]
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