Suggested Reading for Children
Carlson, Nancy. Arnie and the New Kid. Puffin Books, 1992. Arnie teases Philip who is in a wheelchair. When Arnie breaks a leg he begins to see life from a different perspective. Ages 4-10.
Carter, Alden R. Seeing Things My Way. Albert Whitman & Co., IL, c 1998. A second grader describes the equipment and methods she uses to cope with her visual impairment. Ages 6 - 10.
Christopher, Matt. Wheel Wizards. Little, Brown, 2000. Seth gets a spinal injury and is confined to a wheelchair. He discovers wheelchair basketball and the skills one needs to excel at it. Ages 9 – 12.
Dobbs, Jean. Kids on Wheels: A Young Person’s Guide to Wheechair Lifestyle. No Limits Communications, 2004. Includes true stories about kids using adaptive equipment and other resources to get the most out of life. Ages 8 up.
Dwight, Laura. Brothers and Sisters. Star Bright Books, 2005. Various siblings tell about a member of their family that has a disability. Ages 5 – 10.
Dwight, Laura. We Can Do It! Star Bright Books, c 1998. Five children with spina bifida, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, and blindness tell, through actual photographs, what they can do. Ages 3-10.
Heelan, Jamee Riggio. Rolling Along: The Story of Taylor and His Wheelchair. Peachtree, 2000. Explains how having cerebral palsy affects Taylor, and how getting a wheelchair really helps him to be able to do things. Ages 4 - 9
Hubbard, Coleen. One Golden Year: A story of a golden retriever. Apple, 1999. Caitlin and her mother raise and train a puppy to become a companion dog for the disabled. The dog is given to a girl in a wheelchair who is about Caitlin's age. Ages 9-12.
Kaminsky, Marty. Uncommon Champions: Fifteen Athletes who Battle Back. Boyds Mills Press, 2003. Ages 9 – 15.
Lasker, Joe. Nick Joins In. Albert Whitman & Co., IL, c 1980. Nick, confined to a wheelchair, enters a new classroom and he and his classmates must resolve resulting apprehensions. Ages 5 - 9.
Maguire, Arlene. Special People Special Ways. Future Horizons, 2000. Shows that all kids are unique and special in their own way. Ages 4 - 8.
Mayer, Mercer. A Very Special Critter. Golden Books, 1993. Little Critter discovers that the new boy in class is not so different from anyone else, even though he is in a wheelchair. Ages 4 – 8.
Meyer, Donald J. Living with a Brother or Sister with Special Needs. A Book for Sibs. University of Washington Press, 1996. Ages 10 and up.
Meyer, Donald J. The Sibling Slam Book: What It’s Really Like to Have A Brother and Sister With Special Needs. Woodbine House, 2005. A collection of thoughts and comments from siblings. Ages 10 up.
Meyers, Cindy. Rolling Along With Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Woodbine House, 1999. Baby Bear gets around in a wheelchair and has a motorized bed, which fascinates Goldilocks. Ages 4 – 7.
Rogers, Fred. Extraordinary Friends. Puffin, 2000. Addresses how to befriend those who walk, talk, learn, or behave in ways considered different from the norm. Ages 4 - 8.
Senisi, Ellen B. All Kinds of Friends, Even Green. Woodbine House, 2002. 7 year old Moses is in a wheelchair and his best friend, Zaki the iguana, is missing his toes. Both figure out new ways to get where they want to go. A positive story about living with a disability. Ages 6 – 9.
Shriver, Maria. What’s Wrong with Timmy? Little, Brown, c 2001. Eight year old Kate, with help from her mother, learns to understand Timmy, who is mentally disabled. A friendship begins to grow. Ages 5 – 9.
Stewart, Gail. Teens with Disabilities. Lucent Books, 2000. Brief historical background on the treatment of children born with disabilities, followed by the stories of four positive young people of today. Disabilities include congestive heart failure, AMC, cerebral palsy, and muscular dystrophy. Ages 13 up.
Thomas, Pat. Don’t Call Me Special: A First Look at Disability. Barrons Educational Series, 2002. Explores questions and concerns about disability in a simple and reassuring way. Children find out what a disability is and learn how people deal with their disabilities to live happy and full lives. Ages 4 – 8.
Views From Our Shoes. Growing up With a Brother or Sister with Special Needs. Edited by Donald J. Meyer. Woodbine House, c 1997. Ages 9 up.
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