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