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Books for Kids about disabilities

There are some wonderful books and comics written for your children to explain disabilities and SEN. Using these to read to your children is a great way to allow them to ask questions. They might be worried about something their sister or brother is going through. After all, there is nothing lovelier than to be able to take your child's worries away.  You can get a cuddle while reading a book at the same time!

 

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This book takes a playful look at Asperger Syndrome (AS). Delightful colour photographs of cats bring to life familiar characteristics in AS such as sensitive hearing, scampering at the first sign of being stroked and particular eating habits. Touching, humorous and insightful, this book evokes the difficulties and joys of raising a child who is different and leaves the reader with a sense of the dignity, individuality and potential of people with AS.

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This delightful picture book explores questions and concerns about physical disabilities in a simple and reassuring way.

Younger children can find out about individual disabilities, special equipment that is available to help the disabled, and how people of all ages can deal with disabilities and live happy and full lives.

The Book Trust

Recommended books for children about disability.

Scope's Recommendations

Scope lists fab books about all sorts of disabilities for wide age ranges. Scope's 'In the Picture campaign' raises awareness of the need to include disabled children in the books they read. Check out their list of great books with disabled characters here too!

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Isabelle and Charlie are friends. They both like to draw, dance, read, and play at the park. And, like most friends, they are also different from each other. Isabelle has Down syndrome. Charlie doesn’t.

Written by Isabelle’s mother, this charming tale encourages readers to think about what makes a friendship special.

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It's Okay to Be Different cleverly delivers the important messages of acceptance, understanding and confidence in an accessible, child-friendly format featuring Todd Parr's trademark bold, bright colours and silly scenes. This book will inspire kids to celebrate their individuality through acceptance of others and self-confidence.

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Twelve-year-old Catherine just wants a normal life. Which is near impossible when you have a brother with autism and a family that revolves around his disability. Then one summer she finds her new friends make her question what is normal?

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Views From Our Shoes

45 siblings share their experiences as the brother or sister of someone with a disability.

The children whose essays are featured here range from four to eighteen and are the siblings of youngsters with a variety of special needs, including autism, cerebral palsy, developmental delays, ADD, hydrocephalus, visual and hearing impairments, Down and Tourette syndromes.

Their personal tales introduce young siblings to others like them, perhaps for the first time, and allow them to compare experiences.

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Susan Laughs

Susan laughs, she sings, she flies, she swings. She's good, she's bad, she's happy and she's sad.

In fact, Susan is just like everybody else, even though she is in a wheelchair.

This is a beautiful story and wonderfully illustrated. It shows joy and happiness, exploring similarities not differences.

Sometimes

Toby knows his sister Clemmie is very brave. When she has to go to hospital, they both have to help each other face their fears. Together they make hospital a much better place.

Just Because

Toby thinks his sister Clemmie is the best. Join their adventures to find out why. A heart-warming story of the very special bond between a brother and a sister, no matter what.

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