Disability of any sort can be difficult to cope with, whether it is your own, a friend or someone in your family. Sharing stories about other people’s experiences of disability can make things seem less overwhelming and easier to handle.

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Me, the Queen and Christopher
by Giles Andreae and Tony Ross

A funny book with the sort of ‘naughty’ humour that children love.  A young girl visits the Queen.  The Queen takes an interest in the girl’s  brother, Christopher, not because he is in a wheel chair, but because he has the sort of face that suggests he must like cupcakes.
Age: 6+

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by Steve Antony

A little boy and his pet dragon are the very best of friends. They laugh, they sing, they dance, they snooze. They are both amazing – just like everyone else! A celebration of friendship and being yourself with a positive message about celebrating diversity.
Age: 3+

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by John Blake

Oshie has Cerebral Palsy but doesn’t let this get in the way of helping his school win the Schools Football Cup.
Age: 7+

The Five of Us
by Quentin Blake

Five children with unusual abilities take a trip to the countryside.  When disaster strikes they all use their individual powers to help save the day.
Age: 4+

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Sam and Ruby’s Olympic Adventure
by Tony Bradman

Sam and Ruby use Sam’s spare wheelchair to make a time machine so they can explore the olympic games throughout history.  Produced in a ‘dyslexia friendly’ format.
Age: 8+

Runaway robot
by Frank Cottrell-Boyce

Set in the near future, Alfie is coming to terms with losing his hand in an accident. A fantastic story which covers loss, disability and much more.
Age: 9+

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Pea’s Book of Holidays
by Susie Day

It’s the summer holidays, but things don’t go to plan for Pea and her sisters, but it’s not all bad news.  They make new friends (one of whom has hemiplegia), go on adventures, solve mysteries and Mum gets her new book written.
Age: 8+

Just Because
by Rebecca Elliott

A lovely book about a little boy who is just starting to understand that his big sister has additional needs.
Age: 3+

by Rebecca Elliott

Toby loves his big sister Clemmie, even when her disability means she has to go into hospital again.  A warm and encouraging story.
Age: 3+

Big Red Balloon
by Anne Fine

Pip’s class are having a balloon race – how far will their red heium balloons travel?  Pip’s goes all the way to Buckingham Palace and he is invited to have tea with the queen.  Pip is a wheel chair user.
Age: 5+

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Seal Surfer
by Michael Foreman

The story of a boy intertwined with the story of a seal. The boy is in a wheelchair, but swims and surfs with the seal as they both grow up.
Age: 6+

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Check Mates
by Stewart Foster
Age range: 9+

Felix is struggling at school. His ADHD makes it hard for him to concentrate and his grades are slipping. Everyone keeps telling him to try harder, but no one seems to understand just how hard he finds it. When Mum suggests Felix spends time with his grandfather, Felix can’t think of anything worse. Granddad hasn’t been the same since Grandma died. Plus, he’s always trying to teach Felix boring chess. But sometimes the best lessons come in the most unexpected of places, and Granddad soon shows Felix that there’s everything to play for.

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Baby Bird
Andrew Gibbs

A baby bird can not fly due to his misshapen wing. He discovers that his dreams of flying can come true as he learns the power of friendship, never giving up and being creative.
Age 4+

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I like my dad
by Sue Graves

Part of the Reading Champion series, this shows a dad in a wheelchair.
Age: 4+

We all have different abilities 
by Melissa Higgins

Celebrating a range of abilities and talents.
Age: 4+

Mia’s magic uncle
by Lindsay MacLeod

Mia’s Uncle Robbie is amazing – he knows lots of magic tricks, like how to produce an egg from Mia’s ear, or how to turn a red hanky into a green one. One kind of magic he hasn’t yet learnt, however, is how to make his legs work. But this doesn’t stop him from being the best uncle Mia could wish for!
Age: 5+

Catherine’s Story
by Genevieve Moore and Karin Littlewood

A picture book to share that shows how all the things that make Catherine different, also make her special.
Age: 4+

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The Ghost of Grania O’Malley
by Michael Morpurgo

Jessie O’Malley, a young Irish girl with Cerebral Palsy, fights to save a local landmark and befriends her cousin. An exciting story with ghosts and pirates.
Age: 7+

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Having a disability
by Louise Spilsbury

How do you help a young child deal with disability or explain what that means? This hands on picture book is designed to help children with their questions and feelings about tricky topics that can be hard to talk about. The exquisite and approachable illustrations to give a comforting story book feel. A perfect aid to help children open up and explore how they feel and steps they can take to help them cope.
Age: 7+

Max the Champion
by Sean Stockdale, Alexandra Strick and Ros Asquith

Max is mad about sport and thinks about it all the time.  This inclusive picture book shows people with disability as part of the everyday environment.  The clues are often subtle, but that’s probably why it works so well.
Age: 5+

Don’t Call Me Special
by Pat Thomas and Lesley Harker

This information book explains what disability is in a simple and reassuring way.
Age: 4+

Susan Laughs
by Jeanne Willis and Tony Ross

A delightful picture book in which Susan is up to all sorts of things at home and in the park. It isn’t till the last page that we see that she uses a wheelchair.
Age: 4+

by Jacqueline Wilson

Daisy desperately wants to fit in with a group of girls at school and go to their sleepovers, but she is dreading it being her turn.  Her sister has learning difficulties and Daisy doesn’t know how her new friends will react.
Age: 7+

Useful Organisations

Hampshire County Council:
Information about Special Education Needs and support available.

Help if you have a disabled child.

Family Action:
Support for families.

Support for parents and carers of children and young people.

Support for both adults and children with disabilities.

A charity for the brothers and sisters of disabled children and adults.

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