Best Books for Kids about Disabilities
The Schneider Family Book Awards honor an author or illustrator for a picture or chapter book that embodies an artistic expression of the disability experience for child and adolescent audiences. I really like how these great picture and chapter books let kids walk in the shoes of another and I find the themes of “trying to fit in versus accepting themselves and their family members” to be universal for all children.
I have the entire list of winners below. What other books should be on this list? Please make suggestions!
Middle School 2011 Winner
After Ever After by Jordan Sonnenblick
Tells the story of Jeffrey who is free of cancer, but not the fallout from the treatment. Tad, his cancer survivor buddy and he swap wisecracks as they cope with their “chemo-brain,” other cancer effects and typical 8th grade angst. I am personally a big fan of this YA chapter book!
2011 Winner Teen Book
Five Flavors of Dumb by Antony John
Dumb is not the name Piper, a high school senior who is Deaf, would have chosen for a heavy metal band, yet she volunteers to manage this disparate group of would-be musicians. In her attempt to make Dumb profitable, Piper learns a few things about music and business, striking a chord within herself.
2011 Winner Young Children’s Book
The Pirate of Kindergarten by George Ella Lyon, illustrated by Lynne Avril
Ginny’s eyes play tricks and, in her world, there are two of everything. Reading, math, and kindergarten activities are a challenge. Wearing an eye patch turns her into the pirate of kindergarten, and glasses help bring her world into focus. Whimsical mixed media illustrations cleverly convey Ginny’s experiences first hand.
Anything but Typical by Nora Raleigh Baskin 2010 – Winner
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