Diverse Children's Books

Featuring a Character with a Disability

Our theme for today’s Diverse Children’s Books linkup is Diverse Book(s) Featuring a Character with a Disability. (Need ideas? Check out past winners of the Schneider Family Book Awards.) (The theme is only a suggestion. Diverse posts on alternate topics are always welcome.)

What Is #DiverseKidLit?

Diverse Children’s Books is a book-sharing meme designed to promote the reading and writing of children’s books that feature diverse characters. This community embraces all kinds of diversity including (and certainly not limited to) diverse, inclusive, multicultural, and global books for children of all backgrounds.

We encourage everyone who shares to support this blogging community by visiting and leaving comments for at least three others. Please also consider following the hosts on at least one of their social media outlets. Spread the word using #diversekidlit and/or adding our button to your site and your diverse posts.


We hope this community will grow into a great resource for parents, teachers, librarians, publishers, and authors! Our next linkup will be Saturday, September 17th and on the first and third Saturdays of every month.

Upcoming Themes

Our theme for the current linkup is Diverse Book(s) Featuring a Character with a Disability.. Themes are a suggestion only; all diverse book posts are welcome. If you’re interested, you can start planning now for our upcoming themes …

  • September 17th linkup: Favorite Bilingual Book(s). Think about your favorite book or books that are published in bilingual (or multiple language) editions.

Most Clicked Post from Last Time

Our most clicked post from the previous #diversekidlit is ADA’S VIOLIN: THE STORY OF THE RECYCLED ORCHESTRA OF PARAGUAY from Linda at The Reader and the Book. This story is based on the true origins of the Cateura orchestra in Paraguay, and Linda’s post contains a great summary of the book as well as additional information about the author, illustrator, and real-life orchestra!

#DiverseKidLit is Hosted by:

Katie @ The Logonauts
Blog / Twitter / Facebook / PinterestBeth @ Pages and Margins
Blog / Twitter / Facebook / PinterestCarolina @ La Clase de Sra. DuFault
Blog / Twitter / Facebook / Google+

Gayle Swift, Author of ABC, Adoption & Me
Blog / Twitter / Facebook / Google+

Jane @ Rain City Librarian
Blog / Twitter / Instagram

Marjorie @ Mirrors Windows Doors
Blog / Twitter / Facebook / Pinterest

Mia @ Pragmatic Mom
Blog / Twitter / Facebook / Pinterest / Instagram

Myra @ Gathering Books
Blog / Twitter / Facebook

Guest Host for September

Shoumi Sen, Author of Toddler Diaries
Blog / Twitter / Facebook

Want to be notified when the next #diversekidlit linkup goes live? Click here to join the mailing list. Interested in joining as a host or an occasional co-host? Contact katie at thelogonauts.com.

(Never participated in a linkup before? Please click here for a more detailed step-by-step.)

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By Mia Wenjen, PragmaticMom


  1. JG’s by M.D. Marrone has a character who is deaf…Perfect for kids 9-12…Your kid will REALLY like it if involved with Junior Lifeguards…find it on Amazon for under $6…enjoy!

  2. Just read & loved Ada’s Violin, Mia :)!

    I have a picture book coming out in July 2017 which features an MC named Zara who just happens to be in a wheelchair. I did a cover reveal on FB, and I absolutely LOVE Patrice Barton’s art for it!

    I absolutely love Emmanuel’s Dream as well as Lynda Mullaly Hunt’s Fish in a Tree, both of which won a Schneider award this year. Susan Vaught’s Footer Davis Probably is Crazy also features a character with cerebral palsy. It’s funny & touching.

    And then there is of course Rules, by Cynthia Lord and I love Francisco X. Stork’s Marcelo in the Real World. It’s one of my favorites!!

  3. Thank you so much for “resharing” Ada’ Violin due to it being the “most clicked upon.” That is great as the story is wonderful! I loved the book and the fact that the story is a true one!! Thanks to all of you who have reposted it through your blogs. : )

  4. Maxi’s Secrets, which I reviewed on my blog last month, features a girl who is blind and other students with disabilities. It is a spectacular middle grade fiction book.
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  5. This linkup is a fabulous idea. It is sad how some great books get lost for lack of promotion. Sharing one such book by a small Indian NGO.
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  6. Thanks for linking these books. Now I know what to read to my kids next.
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  7. Oh Mia! I had no idea about this! Just signed up for the alert. I see the linky is open for a few days. I’d love to participate. 🙂 Hugs!
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