Books Featuring a Character with a Disability

  • What Stars Are Made Of – Twelve-year-old Libby, who has Turner Syndrome, enters a contest to raise money in prep for her sister’s new baby
  • Master of His Fate – a nonfiction title about FDR’s experience with polio
  • Not So Different – Shane Burcaw, who has spinal muscular atrophy, tackles many of the mundane and quirky questions that he’s often asked about living with a disability
  • My Three Best Friends and Me, Zulay – Zulay, the main character, is blind and works with friends to reach her Field Day goal of running a race
  • How to Make Friends With the Sea – the main character has anxiety and selective mutism and discovers how friendship can help him overcome his fears
  • All He Knew by Helen Frost – a novel in verse about an institutionalized deaf boy during World War II who finds hope and friendship in the midst of oppression
  • The Brave by James Bird – a boy with OCD is welcomed by his new family and befriends the quirky neighbor
  • Marshmallow and Jordan by Alina Chau – Jordan, a girl in Indonesia who uses a wheelchair, finds a way to be an athlete again after her accident

Watch author Zetta Elliott read Caldecott Honor Book A Place Inside of Me and check out our Poetry Roundup!

We’ve put together a roundup of titles to get you excited about National Poetry Month, including titles like What the Road Said, Woke: A Young Poet’s Guide to Justice, and Caldecott Honor Book A Place Inside of Me.

Celebrate Earth Day with these Environmental books!

Celebrate Earth Day (April 22) with these books! Keep reading to discover an entire collection of books that will inspire your young readers to become environmentally conscious.

Board Books

Picture Books

Middle Grade


View our full collection of environmental books here →

Activity Kit: This Earth Day, Take the Pledge to become a Water Protector!

Inspired by the many Indigenous-led movements across North America, We Are Water Protectors is a bold and lyrical picture book by Carole Lindstrom and illustrated by Michaela Goade. It issues an urgent rallying cry to safeguard the Earth’s water from harm and corruption.

In the spirit of this stunning book, we want YOU to take the Protector’s Pledge this Earth Day!

Download the Kit Here →

2021 MacKids School & Library Virtual Events

Join us and our authors at these upcoming virtual events, including book buzzes, webinars, conferences, and more! Check back for updates, as more upcoming events will be added soon. Plus, ICYMI: watch archived videos from our past events here!

Upcoming Events

MacKids School & Library Spring 2021 Preview
April 12, 3:30-4:30pm ET
Register for this free event here!
Join us to hear about our must-read Spring books! Plus, we’ll be joined by special guest Adrianna Cuevas, author of the 2021 Pura Belpré Honor Book, The Total Eclipse of Nestor Lopez. Adrianna will also talk about her new book Cuba in My Pocket, coming September 21, 2021!

School Library Journal Day of Dialog
May 20, 9:00am-6:00pm ET

Register for this free event here!
Don’t miss this day-long virtual event featuring author panels with LeUyen Pham (Outside, Inside), Steve Sheinkin (Fallout), and Angeline Boulley (Firekeeper’s Daughter)! Plus, visit Macmillan Children’s in the virtual exhibit hall to request digital ARCs and more.

Watch archived videos from past events →