Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Children’s books featuring disability

For anyone interested in children’s books and/or disability issues, ‘Ten of the best children’s novels with disabled characters’ in the latest edition of Books for Keeps is extremely valuable. Some of the books on the list are renowned, such as the wonderful Before I Die by Jenny Downham, but Rebecca Butler also includes less well-known titles. The majority of the books portray physical disability. Most are aimed at readers of eleven or more.

Scope’s In the Picture campaign raises awareness of the need to include disabled children in picture books. Everything on the site is useful, especially Positive storybooks featuring disabled characters.

Letterbox Library supplies a wide range of books with disability themes for children in the early years and key stages 1 and 2 (five to eleven year-olds).

Bookmark: Books and Disability is another helpful resource.

Healthy Books, which I have blogged about before, has listings of children’s books on a number of disability topics.

Good children’s books featuring learning disabilities and other special educational needs are celebrated annually in the nasen Inclusive Children’s Book Award, won this year by The Pasta Detectives by Andreas Steinhöfel. The other nasen awards are also well worth checking out.