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 frightening and easier to handle.
Me, the Queen and Christopher – 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.
The Five of Us – 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.
Sam and Ruby’s Olympic Adventure – 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.
Just Because – Rebecca Elliott
A lovely book about a little boy who is just starting to understand that his big sister has additional needs.
Sometimes – 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.
Big Red Balloon – 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.
Seal Surfer – 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.
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.
Happy Butterfly – Pippa Goodhart and Lauren Tobia
Happy can hear a band, but she can’t see it from her wheelchair. Then Grandma Gloria has a clever idea. Happy also uses a walking frame.
Catherine’s Story – Genevieve Moore and Karin Littlewood
A picture book to share that shows how all the things that make Catherine different, also make her special.
Max the Champion – 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.
Don’t Call Me Special – Pat Thomas and Lesley Harker
This information book explains what disability is in a simple and reassuring way.
Susan Laughs – 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.
Sleepovers – 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.