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Children's Literature

Books in BU's Juvenile Collection

Picture Books featuring Individuals with Disabilities

All cats have Asperger Syndrome / Kathy Hoopmann. 2006. 18.92858832 H788a.  Pictures of cats in usual and unusual positions help illustrate how the behaviors of people with Asperger’s syndrome are similar to those of cats.

All dogs have ADHD / Kathy Hoopmann. 2009.  616.8589 H788a.  Pictures of dogs in usual and unusual positions help illustrate how the behaviors of people with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder are similar to those of dogs.

The art of Miss Chew / Patricia Polacco.  2012. Fic P7621a.  Describes how a teacher named Miss Chew encouraged individuality, and accepted learning differences, and helped a young student with learning disabilities get extra time to take tests and permission to be in advanced art classes. Inspired by the author’s memories of her art teacher. 

Autistic planet / Jennifer Elder.  2007.  616.85882 E376a.  A young girl with autism describes all the ways in which her very different world is perfect. 

Ballerina dreams: a true story / Lauren Thompson.  2003.  618.92836 T4738b.   True story of five little girls with cerebral palsy or other physical disabilities who were determined to become ballerinas. 

Be good to Eddie Lee / Virginia Fleming.  1993.  Fic F5986b.  Although Christy considered him a pest, when Eddie Lee, a boy with Down's syndrome, follows her into the woods, he shares several special discoveries with her.

The black book of colors [braille] / Menena Cottin & Rosana Faría.  2008. 535.6 C848ℓ. This title invites readers to imagine living without sight through remarkable illustrations done with raised lines and descriptions of colors based on imagery. Braille letters accompany the illustrations and a full Braille alphabet offers sighted readers help reading along with their fingers.

Catherine’s story / Genevieve Moore.  2010.  Fic M8221c.  Catherine, a young girl with multiple learning disabilities whose challenges include being unable to speak, walk without assistance, and understand a lot of what is said to her, has many characteristics and abilities that make her special.

Dad and me in the morning / Patricia Lakin.  1994.  Fic L1917d.  A deaf boy and his father share a special time as they watch the sun rise at the beach. 

Dad, Jackie, and me / Myron Uhlberg.  2005.  Fic U3089d.  In Brooklyn, New York, in 1947, a boy learns about discrimination and tolerance as he and his deaf father share their enthusiasm over baseball and the Dodgers’ first baseman, Jackie Robinson. 

Dancing Wheels / Patricia McMahon.  2000.  792.8087 M167d.   Describes the creation, training, and performances of the dance troupe known as Dancing Wheels who incorporate the movements of dancers who dance standing up and those who are in wheelchairs. 

The deaf musicians / Pete Seeger and Paul DuBois Jacobs.  2006.  Fic S45177d.  Lee, a jazz pianist, has to leave his band when he begins losing his hearing, but he meets a deaf saxophone player in a sign language class and together they form a snazzy new band.

Disabled dogs / Meish Goldish. 2013. 636.70897712 G6193d. An informative and inspirational book about dogs can are living full lives with disabilities such as blindness, missing limbs and loss of hearing.

Disabled fables: Aesop’s fables / retold and illustrated by artists with developmental disabilities.  2005.  398.2452 D6111.  A collection of the time-honored stories of Aesop as seen through the eyes of artists with developmental disabilities. 

Doll on the Top Shelf / Ruth Turk.  1998.  OVERSIZE Fic T9389d.  Placed on a dusty top shelf by the toy store owner, a doll who is not as new or pretty as the others still hopes that on Christmas Eve someone will come to take her home. Includes Braille. 

Don’t call me special: a first look at disability / Pat Thomas.  2002.  362.4 T4611d.   This picture book explores questions and concerns about disability in a simple and reassuring way. Written by a psychotherapist and counselor, this book helps to foster acceptance and tolerance of people who are in some way "different."

Emmanuel’s dream: the true story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah / Laurie Ann Thompson.  2015. 920.71 Y42t.   Born in Ghana, West Africa, with one deformed leg, he was dismissed by most people. As a boy, Emmanuel hopped to school more than two miles each way, learned to play soccer, left home at age thirteen to provide for his family, and, eventually, became a cyclist. He rode an astonishing four hundred miles across Ghana in 2001, spreading his powerful message: disability is not inability.

Extraordinary friends / Fred Rogers.  2000.  362.4083 R725e.  Focuses on people who are different, who might use equipment such as wheelchairs or special computers, who are more like you than you might think, and ways to interact with them.

A friend like Simon / Kate Gaynor.  2009.  616.85882 G287f.  When a new boy joins Matthew’s school, he’s just not sure if he wants a friend like Simon. But a school trip to the funfair soon helps to change his mind.

Goose’s Story / Cari Best.  2002. Fic B5613g.  A young girl finds a Canada goose with a badly injured foot and looks for her each day to see how she is doing. 

Helen’s big world: the life of Helen Keller / Doreen Rappaport. 2012. 920.72 K29r.  An introduction to the life and legacy of Helen Keller and her teacher Annie Sullivan.

Ian’s walk: a story about autism / Laurie Lears. 1998. Fic L4383i.   A young girl realizes how much she cares for her autistic brother Ian when he gets lost at the park.

In Jesse’s shoes: appreciating kids with special needs / Beverly Lewis.  2007.  Fic L6733i.  Allie helps Jesse, her older, mentally disabled brother on his way to school and endures the taunts of other children, but she does not understand why God made Jesse the way he is until she takes the time to "walk in his shoes" for a while. 

Joey and Sam: "a heartwarming storybook about autism, a family, and a brother's love" / Illana Katz.  1993.  Fic K1985j.   Although it is sometimes hard to have a younger brother like Sam who is autistic, Joey is proud when Sam's special class performs at a school assembly. 

Just because / Rebecca Elliott.  2011.   Fic E468j. A younger brother describes all the fun he has with the big sister he loves so much just because. Only as his tale unfolds does the reader begin to realize that his sister has special needs and by then the reader just accepts, as he does, all the wonderful things about her.

Kami and the yaks / Andrea Stenn Stryer. 2007. OVERSIZE Fic S928k.  Schneider Family Book Award, 2008.  In the Himalaya Mountains of Nepal, a deaf Sherpa boy proves himself to his father by rescuing his family’s yaks from a dangerous storm.

Looking out for Sarah / Glenna Lang.  2003.  Fic L2695. Describes a day in the life of a seeing-eye dog, from going with his owner to the grocery store and post office, to visiting a class of school children, and playing ball. Also describes their three-hundred mile walk from Boston to New York.

Making of my special hand: Madison’s Story / Jamee Riggio Hellan.  1998.  617.57503 H458m.  A child who was born with one hand tells the story of how people at the hospital made a helper hand for her, how the new hand operates, how it feels, and how she can use it

Mandy Sue Day / Roberta Karim.  1994.  Fic K178m.  Using her senses of taste, hearing, touch, and smell, a blind girl enjoys a special day on the farm. 

Miss Spitfire: reaching Helen Keller / Sarah Miller.  2007. Fic M6512m.  At age twenty-one, partially-blind, lonely but spirited Annie Sullivan travels from Massachusetts to Alabama to try and teach six-year-old Helen Keller, deaf and blind since age two, self-discipline and communication skills. Includes historical notes and timeline.

My buddy / Audrey Osofsky. 2012.  Fic O836m. A young boy with muscular dystrophy tells how he is teamed up with a dog trained to do things for him that he can’t do for himself.

My brother Charlie / Holly Robinson Peete. 2010. Fic P3757mA girl tells what it is like living with her twin brother who has autism and sometimes finds it hard to communicate with words, but who, in most ways, is just like any other boy. 

My brother Sammy / Becky Edwards and David Armitage.  1999. Fic E2593m.  Sammy doesn't go to school with his older brother; he goes to school on a special bus. They are constantly at cross purposes because Sammy is autistic and does not know how to be a "normal brother." Then one day, Sammy's brother realizes that Sammy's way of doing things may not be so bad.        

My first book of sign language / Joan Holub.  1996.  419 H758m.  Pictures of children demonstrate the forming in sign language of alphabetically arranged words, accompanied by illustrations of the words themselves

My friend Isabelle / Eliza Woloson.  2003.  Fic W866m.  A young boy named Charlie describes the activities he shares with his friend Isabelle, a girl with Down Syndrome. 

My sister, Alicia May / Nancy Tupper Ling.  2009.  Fic T928m.  Older sister Rachel tells the story of her relationship with Alicia, her younger sister who is very different and very special because she has Down syndrome. 

Never sell yourself short / Stephanie Riggs.  2001. 618.9271 R569n. Born with achondroplasia, a common form of dwarfism, fourteen-year-old Josh shares with readers his experiences, challenges, and plans for the future, and emphasizes his ability to partake in everyday activities just like his friends.

Out of darkness: the story of Louis Braille / Russell Freedman. 1997.  920.71 B814f.  A biography of the nineteenth-century Frenchman who, having been blinded himself at the age of three, went on to develop a system of raised dots on paper that enabled blind people to read and write.

Respecting the contributions of disabled Americans / Sloan MacRae. 2013. 305.9080973 M1744r.   What is a disability? -- What is bullying? -- Disability rights -- Gallaudet University -- Helen Keller -- Franklin D. Roosevelt -- The Paralympic Games and the Special Olympics -- Education for disabled Americans -- Americans with Disabilities Act -- Respecting Americans with disabilities.

The right dog for the job: Ira’s path from service dog to guide dog / Dorothy Hinshaw Patent.  362.4183 P2956r.   Tells how a golden retriever is trained as a service dog, to help someone who has trouble moving their arms or legs, and later as a guide dog for a man who cannot see.

See the ocean / Estelle Condra.  1994.  Fic C746s.  Driving through mountain fog to the beach, two young brothers compete to see who will catch the first glimpse of the ocean, but it is their blind sister Nellie who senses it first.  

Seeing things my way / Alden R. Carter.  1998.  362.4183083 C323s.
A second-grader describes how she and other students learn to use a variety of equipment and methods to cope with their visual impairments. 

The sound of colors: a journey of the imagination / Jimmy Liao; adapted by Sarah L. Thomson. 2006.  Fic T485s.  A young woman losing her vision rides the subway with her dog in search of emotional healing.

Susan laughs / Jeanne Willis; illustrated by Tony Ross. 2000.  Fic W734s.  Rhyming couplets describe a wide range of common emotions and activities experienced by a little girl who uses a wheelchair. 

Tom’s special talent / Kate Gaynor.  2009.  618.928553 G287t.  Tom isn’t sure if he really has any talents at all when he sees how good his friends are at writing and reading. But a school competition helps him find his own very special talent.

Very special sister / Dorothy Hoffman Levi.  1992.  Fic L664v.   Laura, who is deaf, is excited about becoming a big sister, but she worries that a new baby who can hear might get more love from their mother than she does. Text and illustrations provide instructions for signing eight words. 

We all communicate / Rebecca Rissman.  2009.  302.2 R596w.  Examines communication, including how people listen and different ways of talking to others.

We all learn / Rebecca Rissman. 2009.  370.1523 R596w.  Photographs and simple text introduce early readers to the many ways that people can learn, with or without disabilities.

We all move / Rebecca Rissman.  2009.  612 R596w. Differences -- How do we move?  Ways we move. Why do we move? We are all different.  Words to know.

We all play / Rebecca Rissman. 2009. 306.481 R596w. Readers explore the different ways, places, and reasons that people play.

We all read / Rebecca Rissman.  2009.  428.4 R596w.  Readers explore the different ways, places, and reasons that people read.

We’ll paint the octopus red / Stephanie Stuve-Bodeen.  1998. Fic B6665w.  Emma and her father discuss what they will do when the new baby arrives, but they adjust their expectations when he is born with Down syndrome.


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