Kathryn A. Martin Library

Children's Books About Disabilities

 

Achondroplasia
Asperger's Syndrome
Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
Autism
Blindness
Blind-Deaf
Brain Injury
Cerebral Palsy
Children of Parents with Disabilities
  Children with Disabilities
Children with Mental Disabilities
Children with Social Disabilities
Children with Visual Disabilities
Deaf
Down's Syndrome
Learning Disabilities
Mental Retardation
  Mute
People with Disabilities
People with Mental Disabilities
Physically Handicapped
Slow Learning Children 
Speech Disorders 
Special Education
Teenagers with Mental Disabilities

 

Achondroplasia

Kuklin, Susan. (1986). Thinking big : the story of a young dwarf. New York : Lothrop, Lee & Shepard. 362.1 K967t

Text and photographs depict the life of an eight-year-old dwarf who lives in an average-sized family and attends a regular school.

Riggs, Stephanie (2001). Never sell yourself short. Morton Grove, Il : Albert Whitman. 618.9 R569n 

People with dwarfism are just like the rest of us, only shorter and they have some problems taller people will never have to deal with.

Asperger's Syndrome

Al-Ghani, K. I. (2008). The red beast : controlling anger in children with Asperger’s syndrome. London ; Philadelphia : Jessica Kingsley. 618.92 A396r 

This is the story of how one boy, Rufus, conquered his anger and sent the red beast back to sleep.

Brenna, Beverly. (2012). White Bicycle. Markham, Ont. : Red Deer Press. INTR-FIC B838wh

The White Bicycle is the third stand-alone title in the Wild Orchid series about a young woman with Asperger's Syndrome. This installment chronicles Taylor Jane's travels to the south of France where she spends a summer babysitting for the Phoenix family.

Hoopmann, Kathy. (2006). All cats have Asperger Syndrome. London ; Philadelphia : Jessica Kingsley Publishers. 618.92 H788a

Pictures of cats in usual and unusual positions help illustrate how the behaviors of people with Asperger’s syndrome are similar to those of cats.

Patneaude, David. (2003). Colder than ice. [Chicago, III.] : Albert Whitman & Company. INTR-FIC P311CO

Josh Showalter, an insecure and overweight sixth-grader, hopes for a new start when he transfers to a school in northern Idaho, but he and his new friends are soon the target of a cold-hearted bully.

Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Cheaney, J.B. (2007). The middle of somewhere. New York : Alfred A. Knopf. INTR-FIC C514mi

Twelve-year-old Ronnie loves organization, especially because her brother has attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, but traveling with their grandfather who is investigating wind power in Kansas brings some pleasant, if chaotic, surprises.

Gantos, Jack. (2007). I am not Joey Pigza. New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux. INTR-FIC G2115i

Joey’s father returns, calling himself Charles Heinz and apologizing for his past bad behavior, and he swears that once Joey and his mother change their names and help him fix up the old diner he has bought, their lives will change for the better.

Gantos, Jack. (1998). Joey Pigza swallowed the key. New York : Farrar, Straus, and Giroux. INTR-FIC G2115sw 

Joey, who lives with his eccentric grandmother, is mystified by his uncontrollable manic behavior until it is found he has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

Lears, Laurie . (1999). Waiting for Mr. Goose. Morton Grove, Il : A. Whitman. PRIM-FIC L4387WA 

Stephen, who has trouble sitting still and paying attention, surprises himself when he summons up the patience to catch and help an injured goose. Includes a note to adults about children who have difficulty staying focused, including those with ADHD.

Moss, Deborah M. (2006). Shelley, the hyperactive turtle. Bethesda, MD : Woodbine House. PRIM-FIC M9131sh

After getting into trouble by not paying attention, Shelley the turtle is diagnosed with AD/HD and his behavior improves

Smith, Mark. (1997). Pay attention, Slosh! Morton Grove, Il : A. Whitman. INTR-FIC S655P

Eight-year-old Josh hates being unable to concentrate or control himself, but with the help of his parents, his teacher, and a doctor, he learns to deal with his condition, known as ADHD or attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder.

Autism

Altman, Alexandra. (2008). Waiting for Benjamin : a story about autism. (Illustrated by Susan Keeter). Morton Grove, Ill. : Albert Whitman & Co. PRIM-FIC A468wa 

Alexander experiences feelings of disappointment, anger, embarrassment, and jealousy when his younger brother is diagnosed with autism.

Baskin, Nora Raleigh. (2009). Anything but typical. New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. INTR-FIC B3155an

Jason, a twelve-year-old autistic boy who wants to become a writer, realtes what his life is like as he tries to make sense of his world.

Choldenko, Gennifer. (2004). Al Capone does my shirts. New York : G.P. Putnam’s Sons. INTR-FIC C5474al 

A twelve-year-old boy named Moose moves to Alcatraz Island in 1935 when guards’ families were housed there, and has to contend with his extraordinary new environment in addition to life with his autistic sister.

Choldenko, Gennifer. (2009). Al Capone shines my shoes. New York, NY : Dial Books for Young Readers. INTR-FIC C547al

Moose Flanagan, who lives on Alcatraz along with his family and the families of the other prison guards, is frightened when he discovers that noted gangster Al Capone, a prisoner there, wants a favor in return for the help that he secretly gave Moose.

Ellis, Marvie. (2005). Tacos anyone? : an autism story = Alguien quiere tacos? : una historia de autimso. (Illustrated by Jenny Loehr). Round Rock, Tex. : Speech Kids Texas Press. PRIM-FIC E47ta

Michael is a four year old boy with autism. His older brother, Thomas, doesn’t understand why Michael behaves the way he does. The therapist teaches Thomas how to play with Michael, making sibling time fun again.

Ely, Lesley. (2004). Looking after Louis. (Illustrated by Polly Dunbar). Morton Grove, IL : Albert Whitman. PRIM-FIC E526LO 

When a new boy with autism joins their classroom, the children try to understand his world and to include him in theirs.

Gold, Phyllis-Terri. (1975). Please don’t say hello. (Photos by Carl Baker). New York : Human Sciences Press. INTR-FIC G6182pl 

With the support and love of his family, and through them the neighborhood children, a nine-year-old autistic boy is able to emerge from his shell.

Lears, Laurie. (1998). Ian’s walk : a story about autism. (Illustrated by Karen Ritz). Morton Grove, IL : Albert Whitman. PRIM-FIC L4387I 

Ian, who is autistic, takes a walk with his sisters and demonstrates how he sees, hears, smells, and tastes things differently.

Lord, Cynthia. (2006). Rules. New York : Scholastic Press. INTR-FIC L8663ru 

Frustrated at life with an autistic brother, twelve-year-old Catherine longs for a normal existence but her world is further complicated by a friendship with a young paraplegic.

Lowell, Jamie. & Tuchel, Tara. (2005). My best friend Will. Shawnee Mission, Kan. : Autism Asperger Pub. 616.89 L915m 

Will has autism. Even though that makes him different in some respects, like all kids he likes to have friends. Jamie is his best friend.

Martin, Ann M. (1984). Inside out. New York : Holiday House. INTR-FIC M379IN 

Teased at school about his younger brother, Jonno hopes his life will change when James goes to a school for autistic children. It does, but not in the way he expects.

Montgomery, Sy. (2012). Temple Grandin : how the girl who loved cows embraced autism and changed the world. Boston : Houghton Mifflin Books for Children/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 636 M788t

An authorized portrait about Grandin’s life with autism and her groundbreaking work as a scientist and designer of cruelty-free livestock facilities describes how she overcame key disabilities through education and the support of her mother.

Spence, Eleanor. (1977, c1976). The devil hole. New York : Lothrop, Lee & Shepard. INTR-FIC S7444de 

The birth of an autistic child drastically changes the lives of the once-happy members of an Australian family.

Thompson, Mary. (1996). Andy and his yellow frisbee. Bethesda, MD : Woodbine House. PRIM-FIC T474an 

The new girl at school tries to befriend Andy, an autistic boy who spends every recess by himself, spinning a yellow frisbee under the watchful eye of his older sister.

Description: http://umnlib.oit.umn.edu/exlibris/aleph/u20_1/alephe/www_f_eng/icon/f-separator.gifYashima, Tarō. (1955). Crow boy. New York : Viking Press. PRIM-FIC Y295CR

The story of a strange shy little boy in a Japanese village school who was ignored by his classmates until suddenly and almost too late, a new teacher showed them that Crow Boy had much to offer.

Blindness

Bloor, Edward. (2007). Tangerine. Orlando : Harcourt Brace. INTR-FIC B655ta

Twelve-year-old Paul, who lives in the shadow of his football hero brother Erik, fights for the right to play soccer despite his near blindness and slowly begins to remember the incident that damaged his eyesight.

Ching, Emily, Austin, Theresa, & Sonnarith, Chan. (1992). The blind man & the cripple; Orchard Village. Cerritos ,CA : Wonder Kids. 398.2 B648

Chinese folk tales in Khmer and English. Titles also in Chinese.

Christian, Mary Blount. (1986). Mystery at Camp Triumph. Nile, Il : A Whitman. INTR-FIC C5555MXC

Recently blinded in an auto accident, Angie begins to come to terms with her handicap when she tries to find out who is sabotaging the summer camp for disabled children she is attending.

Cleaver, Vera. (1970). The mimosa tree. Philadelphia : Linnincott. INTR-FIC C6237mi

Shortly after the Proffitts arrive in the Chicago slums from North Carolina, the stepmother leaves the family and fourteen-year-old Marvella becomes the sole support for her blind father and the four younger children.

Cottin, Menena. (2008). The black book of colors [braille]. (Illustrated by Rosana Faría ; translated by Elisa Amado). Toronto ; Berkeley : Groundwood Books. 535.6 C848L

This title invites readers to imagine living without sight through remakable illustrations done with raised lines and descriptions of colors based on imagery. Braill letters accompany the illustrations and a full Brailee alphabet offers sighted readers help reading along with their fingers.

Davis, Patricia Anne. (2000). Brian's bird. Mortin Grove, Il : A. Whitman. PRIM-FIC D2635BR

Eight-year-old Brian, who is blind, learns how to take care of his new parakeet and comes to realize that his older brother, while sometimes careless, is not so bad after all.

DeArmond, Dale. (1988). The seal oil lamp : adapted from an Eskimo folktale and illustrated with wood engravings. San Francisco : Sierra Club Books 398.2 D2854s

A retelling of a traditional Eskimo tale of how a seven-year-old blind boy is saved from death by the kindly little mouse people.

Freedman, Russell. (1997). Out of darkness : the story of Louis Braille. New York : Clarion Books. 686.2 F8534o

A biography of the nineteenth-century Frenchman who, having been blinded himself at the age of three, went on to develop a system of raised dots on paper that enabled blind people to read and write.

Garfield, James B. (1957). Follow my leader. New York : Viking. INTR-FIC G2313FO

After a firecracker explodes in his face and destroys his vision, Jimmy has a hard time adjusting to his blindness until he gets a guide dog named Leader.

Hall, Becky. (2007). Morris and Buddy : the story of the first seeing eye dog. Morton Grove, Il : A. Whitman. 362.4 H174m

The story of how Frank Morris used Buddy, the first seeing eye dog, to live with a degree of independence from other people.

Hartwell, Dickson. (1942). Dogs against darkness; the story of the Seeing eye. New York : Dodd Mead. 362.4 H337d

True stories about Seeing Eye dogs, how they are trained and how they work.

Haskins, James. (1976). The story of Stevie Wonder. New York : Lothrop, Lee & Shepard. 921 W8725h

A biography of the blind composer, pianist, and singer who was a child prodigy and went on to win nine Grammy awards.

Heide, Florence Parry. (1970). Sound of sunshine, sound of rain. New York : Parents' Magazine Press. PRIM-FIC H4653SO

Records the experiences and sensations of a blind black boy as he maneuvers in his small world.

Hunter, Edith F. (1963). Child of the silent night. Boston : Houghton Mifflin. 921 B8523h

Laura Bridgman had been blind and deaf since babyhood. Because she could neither see nor hear what was going on about her, she could not speak either.

Ivimey, Jown W. (1868). Complete version Ye three blind mice. London : F. Warne. PRIM-FIC I953th

The original verses of "Three Blind Mice" including the well-known one. The music of the round is included.

Keats, Ezra Jack. (1971). Apt. 3. New York : Macmillan. PRIM-FIC K25AP

On a rainy day two brothers try to discover who is playing the harmonica they hear in their apartment building.

Kurtz, Jane. (1998). The storyteller's beads. San Diego, Calif : Harcourt Brace. INTR-FIC K967st

During the political strife and famine of the 1980’s, two Ethiopian girls, one Christian and the other Jewish and blind, struggle to overcome many difficulties, including their prejudices about each other, as they make the dangerous journey out of Ethiopia.

Little, Jean. (1987). Little by Little : a writer's education. Markham, Ont : Viking. 921 L7789L

Autobiography of a blind author.

Lowry, Lois. (2004). Messenger. Boston : Houghton Mifflin. INTR-FIC L921me

In this novel that unites characters from "The Giver" and "Gathering Blue," Matty, a young member of a utopian community that values honesty, conceals an emerging healing power that he cannot explain or understand.

Martin, Bill. (1987). Knots on a counting rope. New York : H. Holt. PRIM-FIC M379KN

A grandfather and his blind grandson, Boy-Strength-of-Blue-Horses, reminisce about the young boy’s birth, his first horse, and an exciting horse race.

Mathis, Sharon Bell. (1973). Ray Charles. New York : Crowell. 921 C4768ma

A biography of the Black musician who became famous despite his blindness.

Mathis, Sharon Bell. (2001). Ray Charles. New York : Lee & Low. 921 C4768m

Tells the rags-to-riches story of Ray Charles whose mix of jazz, blues and gospel music won him international recognition.

Parker, Robert Andrew. (2008). Piano starts here : the young Art Tatum. New York : Schwartz & Wade Books. 786.2 P24

The story of the young Art Tatum, who became one of the all-time greats of jazz piano.

Pearson, Susan. (1087). Happy birthday, Grampie. New York : Dial Books. PRIM-FIC P3625ha

Martha gives her beloved grandfather, now living in a home for the aged, a birthday gift to remember.

Rodanas, Kristina. (2003). The blind hunter. New York : Cavendish. PRIM-FIC R6855b

A blind African hunter teaches a young man how to see by using his other senses.

Rounds, Glen. (1941). The blind colt. New York : Holiday House. INTR-FIC R8594bl

The adventures of a blind colt as he roams with a band of mustangs and is eventually adopted and trained as a saddle horse by 10-year-old Whitey.

Rydberg, Ernire. (1965). The dark of the cave. New York : D. McKay. INTR-FIC R9923da

Since 9-year-old Ronnie cannot see his new friend, Garth, his choice of a playmate shows the natural, unprejudiced values of a youngster.

Taylor, Theodore. (1969). The cay. Garden City, NY : Doubleday. INTR-FIC T2463ca

When the freighter on which they are traveling is torpedoed by a German submarine during World War II, an adolescent white boy, blinded by a blow on the head, and an old black man are stranded on a tiny Caribbean island where the boy acquires a new kind of vision, courage, and love from his old companion.

Thomas, Jane Resh. (2006). Blind mountain. New York : Clarion Books. INTR-FIC T458bl

Unsure of himself and annoyed at having to spend a day climbing a Montana mountain with his bossy father, twelve-year-old Sam must become the guide on their perilous journey down when his carelessness temporarily blinds his father.

Tingle, Tim. 2010. Saltypie : a Choctaw journey from darkness into light. El Paso, TX : Cinco Puntos Press. 973.04 T588s

Stories of the author’s Choctaw Indian family, centering particularly on his blind grandmother.

Troupe, Quincy. (2005). Little Stevie Wonder. Boston : Houghton Mifflin. 811.54 T8617L

A poem tribute to blind musician and composer Stevie Wonder.

Vance, Marguerite. (1956). Windows for Rosemary. Dutton. INTR-FIC V2224wi

Rosemary, who is blind, is excited about celebrating her ninth birthday at the beach. She wants two things : one is a birthday cake with pink icing, and one is so important she is almost afraid to hope for it.

Whelan, Gloria. (1991). Hannah. New York : Knopf. INTR-FIC W5665ha

Hannah, a blind girl living in Michigan in the late nineteenth century, doesn’t go to school, until a new teacher comes to board at their house.

Witheridge, Elizabeth. (1966). Dead End Bluff. New York : Atheneum. INTR-FIC W8235de

Quig’s summer activities include a swimming meet, caring for pedigreed puppies, and a busy social life. When the pups are stolen Quig, who is blind, uses his special talents to solve the mystery.

Yolen, Jane. (1977). The seeing stick. New York : Crowell. PRIM-FIC Y547S

Relates how an old man teaches the emperor’s blind daughter to see

Young, Ed. (1992). Seven blind mice. New York : Philomel Books. 398.2 Y71se

Retells in verse the Indian fable of the blind men discovering different parts of an elephant and arguing about its appearance. The illustrations depict the blind arguers as mice.

Blind-Deaf

Garrett, Leslie. (2004). Helen Keller : [a photographic story of a life]. New York : DK. 921 K295g

Profiles the life of Helen Keller who lost her sight and hearing at the age of two and still learned to read and write despite her handicap.

Haviland, Virginia. (1973). Favorite fairy tales told in India. Boston : Little, Brown. 398.2 H388in

The valiant Chattee-maker.--The little jackals and the lion.--The cat and the parrot.--The blind man, the deaf man, and the donkey.--The alligator and the jackal.--Sir Buzz.--The tiger, the Brahman, and the jackal.--The Banyan.

Sullivan, George. (2007). Helen Keller : her life in pictures. New York : Scholastic. 921 K295t

The images trace Keller’s life from birth, to childhood with Annie Sullivan in the cottage, to college, and on to her many years as a dedicated social activist and spokesperson.

Brain Injury

Crutcher, Chris. (1987). The Crazy Horse Electric game. New York : Greenwillow Books. INTR-FIC C9575CR

A high school athlete, frustrated at being handicapped after an accident, runs away from home and is helped back to mental and physical health by a black benefactor and the people in a special school where he enrolls.

Cerebral Palsy

Carter, Alden R. (2000). Stretching ourselves : kids with cerebral palsy. Morton Grove, Il : A Whitman. 362.1 C323s

Describes cerebral palsy and focuses on the daily lives of three children with varying degrees of this condition.

Draper, Sharon M. (2010). Out of my mind. New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers. INTR-FIC D766ou

Considered by many to be mentally retarded, a brilliant, impatient fifth-grader with cerebral palsy discovers a technological device that will allow her to speak for the first time.

Emmert, Michelle. (1989). I'm the big sister now. Niles, Il : A Whitman. 618.92 E54i

Nine-year-old Michelle describes the joys, loving times, difficulties, and other special situations involved in living with her older sister Amy Emmert, who was born severely disabled with cerebral palsy.

Fassler, Joan. (1975). Howie helps himself. Chicago : A Whitman. PRIM-FIC F2495ho

Though he enjoys life with his family and attends school, Howie, a child with cerebral palsy, wants more than anything else to be able to move his wheelchair by himself.

Helfman, Elizabeth S. (1993). On being Sarah. Morton Grove, Il : A Whitman. INTR-FIC H4745ON

Even though life with cerebral palsy isn’t easy for twelve-year-old Sarah, she manages with the help of her loving family and several new friends.

Killilea, Marie. (1952). Karen. New York : Prentice-Hall. 616.83 K48k

Sequel : With love from Karen.

Killilea, Marie. (1963). With love from Karen. Englewood Clifss, N.J. : Prentice-Hall. 616.83 K48w

Karen Killilea has had cerebral palsy from birth but has added love, tenderness, faith and courage to her family circle.

Lears, Laurie. (2005). Nathan’s wish : a story about cerebral palsy. Morton Grove, Il : A Whitman. PRIM-FIC L4387na

A boy with cerebral palsy helps out at a raptor rehabilitation center and is inspired himself when an owl that cannot fly finds another purpose in life.

Little, Jean. (1962). Mine for keeps. Boston : Little, Brown. INTR-FIC L7786mi

Sally is worried about leaving the special school she has been attending for children with cerebral palsy and fitting in with her active family and beginning regular school.

Moran, George. (1995). Imagine me on a sit-ski! Morton Grove, Il : A Whitman. PRIM-FIC M829I

A child who has cerebral palsy and uses a wheelchair describes learning to ski with adaptive equipment.

Southall, Ivan. (1968). Let the balloon go. New York : St. Martin's Press. INTR-FIC S7266Le

Handicapped by cerebral palsy and overprotected by his parents, a twelve-year-old, left alone for the first time, in a desperate need to exert his independence, does precisely what he has been forbidden to do.

Trueman, Terry. (2000). Stuck in neutral. New York : HarperCollins. INTR-FIC T8665ST

Fourteen-year-old Shawn McDaniel, who suffers from severe cerebral palsy and cannot function, relates his perceptions of his life, his family, and his condition, especially as he believes his father is planning to kill him.

Zimmer, Tracie Vaughn. (2007). Reaching for sun. New York : Bloomsbury Children's Books : Distributed to the trade by Holtzbrinck Publishers. INTR-FIC Z723re

Josie, who lives with her mother and grandmother and has cerebral palsy, befriends a boy who moves into one of the rich houses behind her old farmhouse.

Children of Parents with Disabilities

Bernstein, Joanne E. (1991). Special parents, special children. Niles, Il : A Whitman. 306.874 B531s

Young and old members of four families discuss what it is like when a parent has a physical disability.

Holt, Kimberly Willis. (1998). My Louisiana sky. New York : Holt. INTR-FIC H7582my

Growing up in Saitter, Louisiana, in the 1950s, twelve-year-old Tiger Ann struggles with her feelings about her stern, but loving grandmother, her mentally slow parents, and her good friend and neighbor, Jesse.

Children with Disabilities

Bertrand, Diane Gonzales. (2004). My pal, Victor. (Illustrated by Robert L. Sweetland). Green Bay, Wis. : Raven Tree Press. PRIM-FIC B548my

Two Latino boys experience carefree camaraderie despite one boy’s disability. Fun and friendship overpower physical limitations. A story in English and Spanish.

Christensen, Bonnie. (2009). Django. New York : Flash Point/Roaring Brook Press. 787.87 C554d

Born into a traveling gypsy family, young Django Reinhardt taught himself guitar at an early age. He was soon acclaimed as the "Gypsy Genius" and "Prodigy Boy," but one day his world changed completely when a fire claimed the use of his fretting hand. Folks said Django would never play again, but with passion and perseverance he was soon setting the world’s concert stages ablaze.

Craik, Dinah Maria Mulock. (1948). The little lame prince and The adventures of a brownie. New York : Grosset & Dunlap. INTR-FIC C8873Lia

A young crippled prince must reclaim his kingdom from his evil uncle, with the help of a magic cape from his godmother. Includes also the author’s The invisible prince, Prince Cherry, and The prince with the nose.

Garst, Shannon. (1959). Red Eagle. New York : Hastings House. INTR-FIC G2435R

Tells the story of a crippled Dakota boy who earns a place of honor among his people.

Hobby, Janice Hale. (1982). Staying back. Gainesville, FL : Triad Pub. 372.12 H882s

Presents the true stories of seven elementary school children who shared the difficult experience of repeating a grade and were helped to become successful students with a constructive approach to their problems.

Polacco, Patricia. (2010). Junkyard wonders. New York : Philomel Books. PRM-FIC P762ju

Inspired by a teacher who believes each of them is a genius, a class of special-needs students invents something that could convince the whole school they are justifiably proud to be "Junkyard Wonders."

Rosenberg, Maxine B. (1983). My friend Leslie : the story of a handicapped child. New York : Lothrop, Lee & Shepard. 362.4 R8134m

Presents a multi-handicapped kindergarten child, who is well-accepted by her classmates, in various situations within the school setting.

Tashijian, Janet. (1997). Tru confressions. New York : H. Holt. INTR-FIC T197tr

Computer-literate, twelve-year-old Tru keeps an electronic diary where she documents her desire to cure her handicapped twin brother and her plan to create a television show.

Wolf, Bernard. (1974). Don't feel sorry for Paul. Philadelphia : Lippincott. 362.7 W853d

Photographs and simple text capture two weeks in the life of a handicapped boy learning to live successfully in a world made for people without handicaps.

Children with Mental Disabilities

Baastad, Babbis Friis. (1967). Don't take Teddy. New York : Scribner. INTR-FIC B1114do

Mikkel’s older brother, Teddy, is not like other boys : he can only say a few words, can’t do simple tasks. Neighbors say he should be sent away. When Teddy accidently hurts someone, Mikkel decides to run with him to the mountains to keep him free. There Mikkel begins to understand more of what is wrong with Teddy and how to really keep him safe.

Bradbury, Bianca. (1970). Nancy and her Johnny-O. New York : Washburn. INTR-FIC B7984na

A high school girl understands her retarded brother’s problem yet is disturbed by the reactions of her parents and friends.

Brown, Roy. (1972). Escape the river. New York : Seabury. INTR-FIC B8795es

A boy and his retarded brother, products of an unhappy home, become involved with crooks on the Thames River.

Byars, Betsy Cromer. (1970). The summer ofthe swans. New York : Viking Press. INTR-FIC B993su

A teen-age girl gains new insight into herself and her family when her mentally retarded brother gets lost.

Byars, Betsy Cromer. (1981). The summer of the swans. New York : Puffin. INTR-FIC B9935UM

A teen-age girl gains new insight into herself and her family when her mentally handicapped brother gets lost.

Cleaver, Vera. (1973). Me too. Philadelphia : Lippincott. INT-FIC C6237me

Hoping to expunge neighborhood prejudice and to do something everyone else has failed to do, a twelve year-old desperately tries to teach her retarded twin.

Clifton, Lucille. (1980). My friend Jacob. New York : Dutton. PRIM-FIC C6395MYF

A young boy tells about Jacob, who, though older and mentally slower, helps him a lot and is his very best friend.

Conly, Jane Leslie. (1993). Crazy lady! New York : Harper/Collins. INTR-FIC C7523CR

As he tries to come to terms with his mother’s death, Vernon finds solace in his growing relationship with the neighborhood outcasts, an alcoholic and her retarded son.

Elliott, David W. (1969). Listen to the silence. New York : Holt, Rinehart and Winston. INTR-FIC E646Li

The story of a 14-year-old orphan, Timmy, and what he discovers about himself and the world during several months in a mental institution.

Fassler, Joan. (1969). One Little Girl. New York, Behavioral Publications. PRIM-FIC F2495on

While Laurie was slow at doing some things, she was fast at others, and when the grown-ups around her finally realized that fact Laurie was at last happy to be herself.

Gifaldi, David. (2001). Ben, king of the river. Morton Grove, Il : A Whitman. PRIM-FIC G456BE

Chad experiences a range of emotions when he goes camping with his parents and his five-year-old mentally disabled brother Ben who has many developmental problems.

Girnis, Margaret. (2000). ABC for you and me. Morton Grove, IL : Albert Whitman. 618.92 Gi

Photographs show children with Down syndrome in activities with objects corresponding to the letters of the alphabet.

Klein, Gerda Weissmann. (1974). The blue rose. New York : L. Hill. PRIM-FIC K643bl

Brief text and black and white photographs explain how Jenny is different from other girls and why she needs more love and understanding.

Lasker, Joe. (1974). He's my brother. Chicago : A Whitman. PRIM-FIC L3452he

A young boy describes the experiences of his slow learning younger brother at school and at home.

Mazer, Harry. The wild kid. (1998). New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. Tray 688s

Twelve-year-old Sammy, who is mildly retarded, runs away from home and becomes a prisoner of Kevin, a wild kid living in the woods.

Platt, Kin. (1971). Hey, Dummy. Philadelphia : Chilton. INTR-FIC P7195HE

Despite the opposition of his family and friends, Neil befriends the brain-damaged boy newly-arrived in the neighborhood.

Pulver, Robin. (1999). Way to go, Alex! Morton Grove, Il : A Whitman. PRIM-FIC P9836WA

Carly learns a lot about Alex, her mentally disabled older brother, as he trains for and competes in the Special Olympics.

Shriver, Maria. (2001). What's wrong with Timmy? Boston : Warner Books. PRIM-FIC S561WH

Making friends with a mentally retarded boy helps Kate learn that the two of them have a lot in common.

Tashijian, Janet. (1997). Tru confressions. New York : H. Holt. INTR-FIC T197tr

Computer-literate, twelve-year-old Tru keeps an electronic diary where she documents her desire to cure her handicapped twin brother and her plan to create a television show.

Wrightson, Patricia. (1968). A racecourse for Andy. New York : Harcourt, Brace & World. INTR-FIC W9547ra

A mentally retarded boy thinks he has bought a race track for three dollars, and until a solution to the problem can be found, only the patience and understanding of his friends keep him from being hurt by the realization of the truth.

Children with Social Disabilities

Angeo, Valenti. (1942). Hill of little miracles. New York : Viking Press. INTR-FIC A584HI

Ricco was born with one leg too short, but in his twelfth year through faith, his own invention, and the kind cobbler’s special shoes, he begins the road to recovery in this story set in San Francisco.

Bonham, Frank. (1968). The nitty gritty. New York : Dutton. INTR-FIC B7144ni

Torn between a desire to stay in school and his father’s insistence that it is a waste of time, a black boy decides to quit school and go into business with the uncle he worships. When the venture fails and his uncle deserts him, the boy faces reality with a new maturity.

Coles, Robert. (1968). Dead end school. Boston, Little, Brown. INTR-FIC C6937de

When a black boy is to be shifted from one over-crowded school to another, his mother organizes a protest which results in many students being bussed to the good, uncrowded schools on the other side of the city.

Children with Visual Disabilities

Carter, Alden R. (1998). Seeing things my way. Morton Grove, Il : A Whitman. 362.4 C323s

A second-grader describes how she and other students learn to use a variety of equipment and methods to cope with their visual impairments.

Little, Jean. (1987). Little by Little : a writer's education. Markham, Ont : Viking. 921 L7789L

Autobiography of a blind author.

Lyon, George Ella. (2010). The pirate of kindergarten. (Illustrated by Lynne Avril). New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers. PRIM-FIC L9914pi

Ginny’s eyes play tricks on her, making her see everything double. Then she goes to vision screening at school. She discovers that not everyone sees this way, and she learns that her double vision can be cured.

Parker, Robert Andrew. (2008). Piano starts here : the young Art Tatum. New York : Schwartz & Wade Books. 786.2 P24

The story of the young Art Tatum, who became one of the all-time greats of jazz piano.

Deaf

Abbott, Deborah. (1994). One TV blasting and a pig outdoors. Morton Grove, Il : A Whitman. INTR-FIC A131O

Conan describes life with his father who lost his hearing at the age of three.

Degering, Etta. (1979). Gallaudet, friend of the deaf. Washington : Review and Herald. 921 G1657d

A biography of Thomas H. Gallaudet, who believed the deaf deserved the availability of a high school and college education and set about making it a reality.

Garrett, Leslie. (2004). Helen Keller : [a photographic story of a life]. New York : DK Pub. 921 K295g

Profiles the life of Helen Keller who lost her sight and hearing at the age of two and still learned to read and write despite her handicap.

Greenberg, Joanne. (1970). In this sign. New York, Holt, Rinehart and Winston. INTR-FIC G7985in

Abel and Janice Ryder begin their married life together with all the hopes and dreams of a young couple deeply in love. But before long they realize that their deafness stands as an immense barrier between them and a society that seems to work only for those who can hear. Inexperienced, ignorant, and bewildered, they leave the harsh environment of a school for the handicapped and enter the insensitive world of the hearing. Through years of debt and misunderstanding, hard and degrading work, the raising of a hearing daughter, common tragedies and joys, they learn that the remarkable tool of sign language enables them to survive, and indeed, to forge a love too powerful to be broken by the painful, extraordinary world into which they were born.

Hunter, Edith F. (1963). Child of the silent night. Boston : Houghton Mifflin. 921 B8523h

Laura Bridgman had been blind and deaf since babyhood. Because she could neither see nor hear what was going on about her, she could not speak either.

Lakin, Pat. (1994). Dad and me in the morning. Morton Grove, Il : A Whitman. PRIM-FIC L192D

A deaf boy and his father share a special time as they watch the sun rise at the beach.

Levine, Edna Simon. (1974). Lisa and her soundless world. New York : Human Sciences Press. 617.8 L665L

A little girl with impaired hearing learns through various methods to use and understand speech.

Litchfield, Ada Bassett. (1976). A button in her ear. (Illustrated by Eleanor Mill). Chicago : A. Whitman. 617.89 L776b

A little girl relates how her hearing deficiency is detected and corrected with the use of a hearing aid.

Litchfield, Ada Bassett. (1980). Words in our hands. Chicago : A Whitman. PRIM-FIC L7764WO

Nine-year-old Michael explains the facts and feelings of family life with deaf parents.

Neimark, Anne. (1983). A deaf child listened : Thomas Gallaudet, pioneer in American education. New York : Morrow. 371.91 N414d

A biography of a man whose pioneering efforts in educating deaf children in the early part of the nineteenth century are still being felt today.

Peterson, Jeanne Whitehouse. (1977). I have a sister-my sister is deaf. New York : Harper & Row. 362.42 P485i

A young girl describes how her deaf sister experiences everyday things.

Rankin, Laura. (1991). The handmade alphabet. New York : Dial Books. 419 R211h

Presents the handshape for each letter of the American manual alphabet accompanied by an object whose name begins with that letter.

Robinson, Veronica. (1966). David in silence. Philadelphia : Lippincott. INTR-FIC R6657da

David was deaf and when he and his family moved into a new town, the children in the neighborhood reacted to him with suspicion and hostility. Only one boy made the effort to understand.

Scott, Virginia. (1986). Belonging. Washington, D.C. : Kendall Green. INTR-FIC S4298BE

After contracting meningitis, a fifteen-year-old girl becomes deaf and must struggle with accepting her hearing loss and being accepted by her friends and family.

Seeger, Pete, & Jacobs, Paul DuBois. (2006). The deaf musicians. (Illustrations by R. Gregory Christie). New York : Putnam. PRIM-FIC S451de

Lee, a jazz pianist, has to leave his band when he begins losing his hearing, but he meets a deaf saxophone player in a sign language class and together they form a snazzy new band.

Selznick, Brian. (2011). Wonderstruck: a novel in words and pictures. New York Scholastic. INTR-FIC S471wo

Ben never knew his father, but his mother had some momentoes of their time together. Then, having lost his mother and his hearing in a short time, twelve-year-old Ben left his aunt and uncle’s Minnesota home in 1977 to seek his missing father in New York City. In a parallel story, Rose ran away from her father’s house to New York to find her mother, a famous actress. But her mother rejected her and Rose fled to the American Museum of Natural History, where she knew her older brother was working. Her journey was made much more difficult because Rose was deaf. Using an old postcard from his father as a clue, Ben finds Rose, who is also longing for something missing from her life. Ben’s story is told in words; Rose’s in pictures.

Stryer, Andrea Stenn. (2007). Kami and the yaks. (Illustrated by Bert Dodson). Palo Alto, Calif. : Bay Otter Press. PRIM-FIC S928ka

In the Himalaya Mountains of Nepal, a deaf Sherpa boy proves himself to his father by rescuing the family’s yaks.

Uhlberg, Myron. (2005). Dad, Jackie, and me. Atlanta, Ga : Peachtree. PRIM-FIC U31da

In Brooklyn, New York, in 1947, a boy learns about discrimination and tolerance as he and his deaf father share their enthusiasm over baseball and the Dodgers’ first baseman, Jackie Robinson.

Wise, Bill. (2012). Silent star : the story of deaf major leaguer William Hoy. (Pictures by Adam Gustavson). New York : Lee & Low Books. 921 H867w

"A biography of William "Dummy" Hoy, who pursued his love of baseball and became the first deaf player to have a long career in the Major Leagues, where he accumulated records and top-ranking statistics. Includes an afterword, author’s sources, and historical photograph"--Provided by publisher.

Wolf, Bernard. (1977). Anna's silent world. Philadelphia : Linnincott. 371.9 W853a

Describes special training and equipment used to help a deaf youngster talk, read, and write.

Woodson, Jacqueline. (2007). Feathers. New York : G.P. Putnam. INTR-FIC W8985fe

When a new, white student nicknamed "The Jesus Boy" joins her sixth grade class in the winter of 1971, Frannie’s growing friendship with him makes her start to see some things in a new light.

Down's Syndrome

Bodeen, S. A. (1998). We'll paint the octopus red. Bethesda, MD : Woodbine House. PRIM-FIC S9375we

Emma and her father discuss what they will do when the new baby arrives, but they adjust their expectations when he is born with Down syndrome.

Carter, Alden R. (1997).Big brother Dustin. Morton Grove, Il : A Whitman. PRIM-FIC C3232B

A boy with Down’s Syndrome helps his parents and grandparents get ready for the birth of his baby sister and chooses the perfect name for her.

Carter, Alden R. (1999). Dustin's big school day. Morton Grove, Il : A Whitman. PRIM-FIC C323D

Second-grader Dustin, who has Down syndrome, anticipates the arrival of two very special guests at his school one day.

Fleming, Virginia M. (1993). Be good to Eddie Lee. New York : Philomel. PRIM-FIC F598B

Although Christy considered him a pest, when Eddie Lee, a boy with Down’s Syndrome, follows her into the woods, he shares several special discoveries with her.

Girnis, Margaret. (2001). 1,2,3 for you and me. Morton Grove, Il : A Whitman. 628.9 G525o

Photographs show children with Down syndrome in activities with objects corresponding to numbers one through twenty.

Girnis, Margaret. (2000). ABC for you and me. Morton Grove, Il : A Whitman. 618.92 G525a

Making friends with a mentally retarded boy helps Kate learn that the two of them have a lot in common.

Perske, Robert. ( 1984). Show me no mercy : a compelling story of remarkable courage. Nashville : Abingdon. INTR-FIC P4665SH

Paralyzed in an accident that kills his wife and daughter, Andy Banks, a bus driver, struggles to overcome his handicap and to keep his teenage son with Down’s Syndrome from being institutionalized.

Rabe, Berniece. (1988). Where's Chimpy? Niles, Il : A Whitman. PRIM-FIC R1143wh

Text and photographs show Misty, a little girl with Down’s syndrome, and her father reviewing her day’s activities in their search for her stuffed monkey.

Rheingrover, Jean Sasso. (1996). Veronica's first year. Morton Grove, Il : A Whitman. PRIM-FIC R469V

Nine-year-old Nathan helps welcome his baby sister, who has Down’s syndrome, into the family and eagerly anticipates the day when she will be able to ride his tricycle.

Testa, Maria. (1994). Thumbs up, Rico! Morton Grove, Il : A Whitman. PRIM-FIC T342T

In three separate stories, a boy with Down’s syndrome makes a new friend, helps his sister with a difficult decision, and finally draws a picture he likes.

Woloson, Eliza. (2003). My friend Isabelle. Bethesda, MD : Woodbine House. PRIM-FIC W866my

A young boy named Charlie describes the activities he shares with his friend Isabelle, a girl with Down Syndrome.

Learning Disabilities

Butler, Dori Hillesad. (2005). Alexandra Hopewell, labor coach. Morton Grove, Ill. : Albert Whitman & Co. INTR-FIC B9853al 

Eleven-year-old Alex Hopewell wants to be her expectant mother’s labor coach, but first she must convince her family, friends, and teacher that she can handle the responsibility. By the time Alex Hopewell breaks her third egg in her fifth grade class’s Family Life Unit she’s earned the nickname "Alex Hopeless." Since Mrs. Ryder won’t trust her with an egg, she has to write a report about child development. That’s when Alex announces that she is going to be her mom’s labor coach. There’s only one problem she hasn’t told her mom yet! Things don’t always go easily for Alex. Her parents talked to Mrs. Ryder at the beginning of the year about her learning disorder, but Alex still thinks Mrs. Ryder hates her. Somehow Alex knows everything will be fine if only she can be there when the baby is born. Finally, her parents agree. Then Alex’s mother goes into labor early, and Alex gets a chance to prove what a great kid she really is.

Connor, Leslie. (2008). Waiting for normal. New York, NY : Katherine Tegen Books. INTR-FIC C7526w

Twelve-year-old Addie tries to cope with her mother’s erratic behavior and being separated from her beloved stepfather and half-sisters when she and her mother go to live in a small trailer by the railroad tracks on the outskirts of Schenectady, New York.

Polacco, Patricia. (1998). Thank you, Mr. Falker. New York : Philomel Books. PRIM-FIC P762TH

At first, Trisha loves school, but her difficulty learning to read makes her feel dumb, until, in the fifth grade, a new teacher helps her understand and overcome her problem.

Robb, Diane Burton. (2004). The Alphabet War : a story about dyslexia. (Illustrated by Gail Piazza). Morton Grove, Ill. : Albert Whitman & Co. PRIM-FIC R6313AL

Learning to read is a great struggle for Adam, but with expert help, hard work, and belief in himself, he wins "The Alphabet War." Includes information about dyslexia.

Winkler, Henry, & Oliver, Lin. (2003). Day of the iguana. New York : Grosset & Dunlap. INTR-FIC W775da

Hank has never been fond of his sister’s pet iguana, and their relationship worsens when she lays her eggs inside his science project.

Winkler, Henry, & Oliver, Lin. (2003). I got a "D" in salami. New York : Grosset & Dunlap. INTR-FIC W775i

Antics ensue after Hank throws his report card into a meat grinder.

Winkler, Henry, & Oliver, Lin. (2003). Niagara Falls, or does it? New York : Grosset & Dunlap. INTR-FIC W775ni

Fourth-graders Hank, Ashley, and Frankie are excitedly preparing for a magic show at the Rock ’N Bowl when Hank’s creative alternative to an English essay lands him in detention and grounded the week of the show.

Winkler, Henry, & Oliver, Lin. (2003). The Zippity Zinger. New York : Grosset & Dunlap. INTR-FIC W775zi

The pressure is on when Hank Zipzer is chosen as pitcher for the softball team at Public School 87’s annual Olympiad, the most anticipated day of the school year.

Roby, Cynthia. (1994). When learning is tough : kids talk about their learning disabilities. Morton Grove, Il : A Whitman. 371.9 R668w

Children describe their learning disabilities, talents, learning techniques, and misconceptions associated with learning disabilities.

Smith, Mark. (1997). Pay attention, Slosh! (Illustrated by Gail Piazza). Morton Grove, Ill. : A. Whitman. INTR-FIC S655P 

Eight-year-old Josh hates being unable to concentrate or control himself, but with the help of his parents, his teacher, and a doctor, he learns to deal with his condition, known as ADHD or attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder.

Mental Retardation

Fassler, Joan. (1969). One little girl. New York : Behavioral. PRIM-FIC F2495

While Laurie was slow at doing some things, she was fast at others, and when the grown-ups around her finally realized that fact Laurie was at last happy to be herself.

Hunt, Irene. (1985). The everlasting hills. New York : Scribner. INTR-FIC H9414EV

When a bitter mountain man cannot accept his twelve-year-old son’s mental retardation, the boy wanders into the wilderness and finds in a stranger the father he has never had.

Klein, Gerda Weissman. (1974). The blue rose. (Photos. by Norma Holt). New York : L. Hill. PRIM-FIC K643bl

Brief text and black and white photographs explain how Jenny is different from other girls and why she needs more love and understanding.

Mute

Bodeen, S.A. (2003). Babu's song. New York : Lee & Low. PRIM-FIC S9375ba

In Tanzania, Bernardi’s mute grandfather makes him a wonderful music box and then helps him realize his dream of owning a soccer ball and going to school.

Cunningham, Julia. (1970). Brunish me bright. New York : Pantheon. INTR-FIC C973bu

A mute boy, taught to pantomime by a retired actor, is persecuted by villagers because he seems to have a secret.

Hausman, Gerald. (1998). The story of Blue Elk. New York : Clarion. 398.2 H376s

In this traditional tale, a great magic elk helps a mute Native American boy find his voice.

Henry, Marguerite. (1948). King of the Wind. Chicado, Rand McNally. INTR-FIC H523KI

Follows the adventures of the Arabian stallion brought to England to become one of the founding sires of the Thoroughbred breed and the mute Arab stable boy who tended him with loyalty and devotion all his life.

Momaday, N. Scott. (1999). Circle of wonder : a Native AMerican Christmas story. Albuquerque : University of NM. PRIM-FIC M732ci

A mute Indian child has an extraordinary experience one Christmas when, following a figure who seems to be his beloved dead grandfather, he becomes part of a circle in which he, animals, nature, and all the world join in a moment of peace and good will.

Mourlevat, Jean-Claude. (2006). The pull of the ocean. New York : Delacorte Press. INTR-FIC M9315pu

Loosely based on Charles Perrault’s "Tom Thumb," seven brothers in modern-day France flee their poor parents’ farm, led by the youngest who, although mute and unusually small, is exceptionally wise.

Reeve, Philip. (2010, c2009). No such things as dragons. New York : Scholastic Press. INTR-FIC R331no

A young, mute boy who is apprenticed to a dragon-slayer suspects that the winged beasts do not exist, until he--and his master--learn the truth.

Mourlevat, Jean-Claude. (2006). The pull of the ocean. New York : Delacorte. INTR-FIC M9315pu

Loosely based on Charles Perrault’s "Tom Thumb," seven brothers in modern-day France flee their poor parents’ farm, led by the youngest who, although mute and unusually small, is exceptionally wise.

People with Disabilities

Baastad, Babbis Friis. (1965). Kristy's courage. New York : Harcourt, Brace & World. INTR-FIC F9126kj

A little girl has problems adjusting to school life after an automobile accident disfigures her and causes her to have a speech impediment.

Beckman, Delores. (1980). My own private sky. New York : Dutton. INTR-FIC B3975MY

Eleven-year-old Arthur and his summer sitter help each other surmount difficulty.

Burnett, Frances Hodgson. (199-?). The secret garden. New York : Scholastic. INTR-FIC B964S

Ten-year-old Mary comes to live in a lonely house on the Yorkshire moors and discovers an invalid cousin and the mysteries of a locked garden.

Burnett, Frances Hodgson. (1938). The secret garden...With five reproductions in color from the drawings of M.L. Kirk. Philadelphia : Lippincott. INTR-FIC B964SC

Ten-year-old Mary comes to live in a lonely house on the Yorkshire moors and discovers an invalid cousin and the mysteries of a locked garden.

Calvert, Patricia. (1993). Picking up the pieces. New York : Scribner's. INTR-FIC C1674PI

A girl who has suffered a paralyzing spinal cord injury begins the process of emotional healing.

Christopher, Matt. (1963). Sink it, Rusty. Boston : Little & Brown. INTR-FIC C5565si

Forced to referee rather than play basketball due to the after effects of polio, Rusty believes he will never play again until a new man in town organizes a team and coaches him.

Christian, Mary Blount. (1985). Growin' pains. New York : Macmillan. INTR-FIC C5555GR

Twelve-year old Ginny Ruth feels stifled in her small, dying Texas town, despite her special relationship with physically imparied Mr. Billy.

Cook, Marjorie. (1978). To walk on two feet. Philadelphia : Westminster. INTR-FIC C7715to

Following an automobile accident in which she lost both legs below her knees, Carrie identifies a burglar and subsequently receives threats for her silence and finally her life.

Grohskopf, Bernice. (1975). Shadow in the sun. New York : Atheneum. INTR-FIC G8746sh

While visiting her aunt at Cape Cod, Fran accepts a job as a companion to a crippled girl whose unhappiness and frustration make their relationship increasingly difficult.

Hartling, Peter. (1988). Crutches. New York : Lothrop, Lee & Shepard. INTR-FIC H3323kr

A young boy, searching vainly for his mother in post-war Vienna, is befriended by a man on crutches and together they find hope for the future.

Hamm, Diane Johnston. (1987). Grandma drives a motor bed. Niles, Il : A Whitman. PRIM-FIC H2243GR

Josh and his grandmother share happy times together although illness confines her to a motor-driven bed.

King-Smith, Dick. (1982). Pigs might fly : a novel. New York : Viking Press. INTR-FIC K5495PI

A runt piglet born with deformed front feet is coached in swimming by a duck and an otter and, when the pig farm is flooded, becomes a hero.

Konigsburg, E. L. (1996). The view from Saturday. New York, N. Y. : Atheneum Books. INTR-FIC K82V

Four students, with their own individual stories, develop a special bond and attract the attention of their teacher, a paraplegic, who chooses them to represent their sixth-grade class in the Academic Bowl competition.

Lasker, Joe. (1980). Nick joins in. Chicago : A. Whitman. PRIM-FIC L3447NI

When Nick, who uses a wheelchair, enters a regular classroom for the first time as a result of U.S. Public Law 94-142, he and his new classmates must resolve their initial apprehensions about mainstreaming.

Little, Jean. (1991). Listen for the singing. New York : HarperCollins. INTR-FIC L7786LI

As the world around her braces itself for World War II, a young Canadian girl with impaired vision prepares to begin public high school.

Lord, Cynthia. (2006). Rules. New York : Scholastic. INTR-FIC L8663ru

Frustrated at life with an autistic brother, twelve-year-old Catherine longs for a normal existence but her world is further complicated by a friendship with a young paraplegic.

Lowry, Lois. (2002). Gathering blue. New York : Laurel-leaf. INTR-FIC L921ga

Lame and suddenly orphaned, Kira is mysteriously removed from her squalid village to live in the palatial Council Edifice, where she is expected to use her gifts as a weaver to do the bidding of the all-powerful Guardians.

Lowry, Lois. (1993). The giver. Boston : Houghton Mifflin. INTR-FIC L921gi

Given his lifetime assignment at the Ceremony of Twelve, Jonas becomes the receiver of memories shared by only one other in his community and discovers the terrible truth about the society in which he lives.

Meyers, Cindy. (1999). Rolling along with Goldilocks and the three bears. Bethesda, MD : Woodbine House. PRIM-FIC M6139ro

In this updated version of a familiar folktale, baby bear gets around in a wheelchair and has a motorized bed which fascinate Goldilocks when she becomes friends with him after her surprise visit to the three bears’ house.

Moran, George. (1995). Imagine me on a sit-ski! Morton Grove, Il : A Whitman. PRIM-FIC M829I

A child who has cerebral palsy and uses a wheelchair describes learning to ski with adaptive equipment.

Morpurgo, Michael. (1996). The ghost fo Grania O'Malley. New York : Viking. INTR-FIC M871G

Ten-year-old Jessie, helped by her American cousin and the ghost of a notorious female pirate, finds the strength to prevail over both a crippling disease and the greedy developers intent on destroying her Irish island home.

Muldoon, Kathleen M. (1989). Princess Pooh. Niles, Il : A Whitman. PRIM-FIC M9544pr

Jealous of her invalid sister’s royal treatment as she sits in her wheelchair, Patty Jean tries out the conveyance and discovers life in a wheelchair is no fun at all.

Rabe, Berniece. (1981). The balancing girl. New York : Dutton. PRIM-FIC R1143ba

A first grader who is very good at balancing objects while in her wheelchair and on her crutches thinks up her greatest balancing act ever to benefit the school carnival.

Reynolds, Marjorie. (1964). A horse called Mystery. New York : Harper & Row. INTR-FIC R464ho

A nearsighted boy with a limp finds his outlook very different at the end of a summer in which he has acquired and cared for a lame horse and become good friends with a doctor whose face has been disfigured by burns.

Rotkowski, Margaret I. (1986). After the dancing days. New York, N. Y. : Harper & Row. INTR-FIC R8395AF 

A forbidden friendship with a badly disfigured soldier in the aftermath of World War I forces thirteen-year-old Annie to redefine the word "hero" and to question conventional ideas of patriotism.

Sallis, Susan. (1980). Only love. New York : Harper & Row. INTR-FIC S1686ON

When she finds herself the object of a young man’s love, a spirited, physically handicapped 16-year-old is both touched and frightened for she knows she may now have to share her painful secret.

Sawyer, Ruth. (1946). Old Con and Patrick. New York : Junior Literary Guild. INTR-FIC S2718O

Patrick was always running everywhere quickly. When he contracts polio, he has to hobble around like his grandfather. Grandfather contrives two pets for the boy who encourage him to make the best of matters. And Patrick does.

Senisi, Ellen B. (2002). All kinds of friends, even green! Bethesda, MD : Woodbine House. PRIM-FIC S477al

In a school assignment, seven-year-old Moses, who has spina bifida and uses a wheelchair, reflects that his neighbor’s disabled iguana resembles him because they both have figured out how to get where they want to be in different ways than those around them.

Shirley, Debra. (2008). Best friend on wheels. Morton Grove, Il : A Whitman. PRIM-FIC S559be

A young girl relates all the ways she and her best friend, Sarah, are alike, in spite of the fact that Sarah uses a wheelchair.

Slepian, Jan. (2001). The Alfred summer. New York : Philomel Books. INTR-FIC S6325al

Four preteen outcasts, two of them handicapped, learn lessons in courage and perseverance when they join forces to build a boat.

Stover, Majorie. (1990). Midnight in the dollhouse. Niles, Il : A Whitman. INTR-FIC S8895MI

A family of dolls helps their young owner, who has been left lame by an accident, find a clue to hidden treasure.

Taylor, Theodore. (1991). The weirdo. San Diego, CA : Harcourt Brace Jovanovich. INTR-FIC T2463WE

When sixteen-year-old Sam falls in love with disfigured Chip Clewt and helps him in his campaign to save the black bears in the North Carolina swamp near her home, she gets in deep trouble with her father, an avid hunter.

Thomas, Dawn C. (1973). Pablito's new feet. Philadelphia : Lippincott. PRIM-FIC T4554pa

With the help of doctors and his large family, a young Puerto Rican boy afflicted with polio learns to walk.

Tashijian, Janet. (1997). Tru confressions. New York : H. Holt. INTR-FIC T197tr

Computer-literate, twelve-year-old Tru keeps an electronic diary where she documents her desire to cure her handicapped twin brother and her plan to create a television show.

Vogel, Malvina G. (1994). The hunchback of Notre Dame. New York : Baronet Books. INTR-FIC V879hu

In medieval Paris, Quasimodo, the hunchbacked bellringer of Notre Dame Cathedral, struggles to save the gypsy dancer Esmeralda from being unjustly executed.

Willis, Jeanne. (2000). Susan laughs. (Illustrated by Tony Ross). New York : Henry Holt. PRIM-FIC W734su

Rhyming couplets describe a wide range of common emotions and activities experienced by a little girl who uses a wheelchair.

Wolf, Bernard. (1974). Don't feel sorry for Paul. Philadelphia : Lippincott. 362.7 W853d

Photographs and simple text capture two weeks in the life of a handicapped boy learning to live successfully in a world made for people without handicaps.

People with Mental Disabilities

Cleaver, Vera. (1967). Ellen Grae. Philadelphia : Linnincott. INTR-FIC C6237el

Eleven-year old Ellen is sent to live with Mrs. McGruder. Her active imagination and friendship with Ira, a solitary but harmless old man, leads to his blurting out to Ellen the story of his brutal parents and what he did to them.

Gifaldi, David. Ben, king of the river. (2001). Morton Grove, IL : Albert Whiteman & Company. PRIM-FIC G456BE

Chad experiences a range of emotions when he goes camping with his parents and his five-year-old mentally disabled brother Ben who has many developmental problems.

Keyes, Daniel . (1966). Flowers for Algernon. New York : Harcourt, Brace & World. INTR-FIC K445FL

The story of a mentally disabled man whose experimental quest for intelligence mirrors that of Algernon, an extraordinary lab mouse.

Lasker, Joe. (1974). He's my brother. Chicago : Albert Whitman. PRIM-FIC L3452he 

A young boy describes the experiences of his slow learning younger brother at school and at home.

Martin, Ann M. (2002). A corner of the universe. New York : Scholastic Press. INTR-FIC M379co

The summer that Hattie turns twelve, she meets the childlike uncle she never knew and becomes friends with a girl who works at the carnival that comes to Hattie’s small town.

Rinaldo, C. L. (1974). Dark dreams. New York : Harper & Row. INTR-FIC R5784da

An insecure boy with a weak heart finds new courage and strength through his friendship with a mentally retarded man.

Tashijian, Janet. (1997). Tru confressions. New York : H. Holt. INTR-FIC T197tr

Computer-literate, twelve-year-old Tru keeps an electronic diary where she documents her desire to cure her handicapped twin brother and her plan to create a television show.

Physically Handicapped

Park, Linda Sue. (2001). A single shard. New York : Clarion Books. INTR-FIC P2355SI

Tree-ear, a thirteen-year-old orphan in medieval Korea, lives under a bridge in a potters’ village, and longs to learn how to throw the delicate celadon ceramics himself.

Rosenberg, Maxine B. (1983). My friend Leslie : the story of a handicapped child. (Photographs by George Ancona). New York : Lothrop, Lee & Shepard Books. 362.4 R8134m 

Presents a multi-handicapped kindergarten child, who is well-accepted by her classmates, in various situations within the school setting.

Raskin, Ellen. (1978). The Westing game. New York : Dutton. INTR-FIC R225WE

The mysterious death of an eccentric millionaire brings together an unlikely assortment of heirs who must uncover the circumstances of his death before they can claim their inheritance.

Sallis, Susan. (1980). Only love. New York : Harper & Row. INTR-FIC S1686ON

When she finds herself the object of a young man’s love, a spirited, physically handicapped 16-year-old is both touched and frightened for she knows she may now have to share her painful secret.

Wolf, Bernard. (1974). Don't feel sorry for Paul. Philadelphia : Lippincott. 362.7 W853d

Photographs and simple text capture two weeks in the life of a handicapped boy learning to live successfully in a world made for people without handicaps.

Slow Learning Children

Lasker, Joe. (1974). He's my brother. Chicago : Albert Whitman. PRIM-FIC L3452he 

A young boy describes the experiences of his slow learning younger brother at school and at home.

Speech Disorders

Dedieu, Thierry. (1997). The boy who ate words. New York : Harry N. Abrams. PRIM-FIC D2994BO

A boy searches for a language that will allow him to communicate.

Lee, Mildred. (1969). The skating rink. New York : Seabury Press. INTR-FIC L479s 9ZAR05D40S16TPU

Seeing his Mother drown when he was three gave Tuck a stammer and some emotional problems which the Dagleys, with their encouragement and skating instructions, are helping him overcome.

Lester, Helen. (1999). Hooway for Wodney Wat. (Illustrated by Lynn Munsinger). Boston, Mass. : Houghton Mifflin. PRIM-FIC L64ho

All his classmates make fun of Rodney because he can’t pronounce his name, but it is Rodney’s speech impediment that drives away the class bully.

Platt, Kin. (1968). The boy who could make himself disappear. Philadelphia, Chilton.  INTR-FIC P7195BO

A twelve-year-old boy with a psychological speech defect gradually develops a schizophrenic withdrawal after moving from Los Angeles to live with his mother in New York following the divorce of his harsh and detached parents. Then the people in his apartment building have a marvelous effect on him.

Special Education

Elliott, David W. (1969). Listen to the silence. New York, Holt, Rinehart and Winston. INTR-FIC E464Li

The story of a 14-year-old orphan, Timmy, and what he discovers about himself and the world during several months in a mental institution.

McGraw, William Corbin. (1955). Golden mare. New York : Coward-McCann. INTR-FIC C7919go

Robin loves the old palomino Magic and sees more in her than other people do, people who don’t tease him anymore because of his heart condition. She helps him do many things he otherwise wouldn’t be able to do in emergencies. He must come to terms with her dying and does, in a remarkable way.

Teenagers with Mental Disabilities

Crutcher, Chris. (1987). The Crazy Horse Electric game. New York : Greenwillow. INTR-FIC C9575CR

A high school athlete, frustrated at being handicapped after an accident, runs away from home and is helped back to mental and physical health by a black benefactor and the people in a special school where he enrolls.

Mazer, Harry. (1998). The wild kid. New York : Simon & Schuster. INTR-FIC M476W

Twelve-year-old Sammy, who is mildly retarded, runs away from home and becomes a prisoner of Kevin, a wild kid living in the woods.

 

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