On my quest to find books with disabled characters to read with my kids (or for them to read on their own), these are six excellent ones. These are all books Ben and Max have enjoyed (who are 12 and 10 years old). Some are written by disabled people. All have engaging storylines and vivid characters for kids (and adults, to be honest) who are ready for longer books.
There is a video with me talking about each book here
They are all available to buy on my bookshop.org page here
- El Deafo by Cece Bell (Own Voice)
A graphic novel telling Cece’s own story of starting school with a hearing aid.
2. The Secret of Haven Point by Lisette Auton (Own Voice)
A debut novel about a home for disabled people who don’t feel they belong, with a sprinkling of magic and a lot of adventure.
3. The Right Way to Rock by Nat Amoore
An engaging story about families, musicals and the friendship between Mac and his friend Flynn, who has Tourette’s syndrome.
4. Cyborg Cat series by Ade Adepitan (Own Voice)
Based on Ade’s life, short novels about Ade making friends as a disabled child who has just moved to the UK. Funny and football heavy.
5. Wonder by RJ Palacio
Best-selling novel about a boy with facial differences navigating challenges at home and school. Bit schmaltzy in parts, and pulls at your heartstrings.
6. The Ghost of Grania O’Malley by Michael Morpurgo
Jessie (who has cerebral palsy) is trying to help save the landscape around her home, with the help of a ghostly pirate queen.