Books for Kids available at the Center for Disability Resources Library

To check out any of the materials listed, please contact:
Steven Wilson
Phone: 803-216-3206
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About handicaps: An open family book for parents and children together. Sara Bonnett Stein. New York: Walker, 1974.

-Uses photographs and separate text for adult and child to explore the relationship between two children, one of whom has a disability.

Alan and the Baron. Ron Hamilton. Silver Spring, MD. : National Association of the Deaf, 1983. Ages 8-12.
- Story of Alan, a boy that uses sign language, and a horse named Baron.

All about asthma. William Ostrow and Vivian Ostrow. A. Whitman, 1989. Ages 9-12.
-The young narrator describes life as an asthmatic, explaining causes and symptoms of asthma, and discussing ways to control the disorder to lead a normal life.

All by self: A father's story about a differently-abled child. Ron Taylor. Boulder, CO: Light On Publications, 1991.
-A fatherís story about his son with Cerebral Palsy told in a simple poetic style.

Amy, the story of a deaf child. Lou Ann Walker. New York: Dutton, 1985. Ages 9-12.
-Text and photographs depict the life of deaf fifth-grader Amy Rowley, who goes to a regular school and enjoys normal activities with the help of hearing aids and sign language.

Andy finds a turtle. Nan Holcomb. Jason and Nordic Publishers, 1988. Ages 5-7.
-Andy's physical therapist calls him a turtle one day when he is feeling uncooperative, and thus begins a search to find a turtle, during which he becomes a small hero and learns something important about himself.

Andy and his yellow Frisbee. Mary Thompson. Publisher Bethesda, MD: Woodbine House, 1996.
- 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.

The balancing girl. Berniece Rabe. New York: Dutton, 1988. Ages 4-8.
-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.

Becky's story: A book to share. Donna Baznik. Association for the Care of Children's Health, 1981.
-Becky is confused and frightened when her parents seem to desert her to attend brother Dan in the hospital following an accident. Her parents help her through the difficult times.

Born early: A premature baby's story for children. Lida Lafferty and Bo Flood. Grand Junction, CO.: Songbird Pub., 1995. Ages 9-12.
-Follows a baby from her premature birth to her homecoming, explaining the many medical procedures that take place in a neonatal intensive care unit in a hospital.

Business is looking up: Featuring Renaldo Rodriguez. Barbara Aiello and Jeffrey Shulman. The Kids on the Block Book Series. Twenty-First Century Books, 1988. Ages 12 and up.
-When a visually-impaired eleven-year-old sets up a greeting card service for stepfamilies, he discovers there is a lot more to running a business than just making money. Includes a question and answer section about what it's like to be blind.

Buster and the Amazing Daisy: Adventures with Asperger's syndrome. Nancy Ogaz. Jessica Kingsley, 2003. Ages 9-12.
-When Daisy, who has Aspergerís syndrome, joins a mainstreamed class and trains Buster the rabbit for a pet show, she faces new challenges and makes new friends.

Children and the AIDS Virus: A book for children, parents, & teachers. Rosmarie Hausherr. New York: Clarion Books, 1989. Ages 4-8.
-Explains in simple terms the body's immune system, how it is attacked by the AIDS virus, and what can be done to prevent the disease. The text is divided into a main text for the young reader and an informational subtext for adults.

Come sit by me. Margaret Merrifield. Women's Press, 1990. Ages 4-8.
-Karen is upset because people will not play with her friend who has AIDS. Her parents explain what AIDS is and that it is okay to play with him.

Copycat Sam: Developing ties with a special child. Alfred T.Stefanik. Human Sciences Press, 1982. Ages 5-10.
-Freddie learns how to be a friend to Sam, the new boy next door, even though Sam is different from his other friends.

Danny and the merry-go-round. Nan Holcomb. Jason and Nordic, 1987. Ages 5-7.
-Danny, who has cerebral palsy, is faced with another frustrating day at the playground watching the other children play, until a friendly gesture from another kid gives him an unexpected adventure and helps him feel better about himself.

Don't call me Marda. Sheila Kelly Welch. Our Child Press, 1990. Grades 4 & up.
-Marsha feels apprehensive about her parents' plans to adopt a child with a disability.

Dotty the Dalmatian has Epilepsy. T. Peters and Co., 1996. Ages 4-8.
-Introduces children to Epilesy through the story of Dottie the Dalmatian. When Dottie finds out she has epilepsy, she is afraid she will not become the firehouse mascot. That all changes when she helps a fireman save a baby from a burning building.

Eddie enough! Debbie Zimmett. Woodbine House, 2001. Grades K-4.
-Third-grader Eddie Minetti is always getting in trouble at school until his AD/HD is diagnosed and treated.

Extraordinary Friends. Fred Rogers. Putnam, 2000. Ages 4-8.
-Focuses on people who are different, who might use equipment, such as wheelchairs or special computers, who are more like you than you might think, and suggests ways to interact with them.

Hip-Hop, the hyperactive hippo. Tim Peters and Co., 1996. Ages 4-8.
-Hip-Hop the hippopotamus is inattentive and hyperactive until the doctor diagnoses him with ADHD.

Hooray for Harold: Dealing with hearing loss. Tim Peters and Co., 1997. Ages 4-8.
-Introduces children to hearing loss through the story of Harold, a mouse who needs hearing aids. At first Harold's friends tease him about his hearing aids. But all that changes after Harold saves his friend, Chip, from drowning because he could hear Chip struggling in the water.

How about a hug. Nan Holcomb. Jason and Nordic Publishers, 1987. For infants and preschoolers.
-Though it takes much concentration and will for her to accomplish each task, a little girl with Down's syndrome is happy to have many loving helpers along the way.

Howie helps himself. Joan Fassler. Albert Whitman & Co., 1975. Ages 4 to 8.
-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.

Ian's walk: A story about autism. Laurie Lears. Albert Whitman, 1998. Ages 4-8.
-A young girl realizes how much she cares for her autistic brother Ian when he gets lost at the park.

I have feelings. Terry Berger. Human Sciences Press, 1978. Ages 4-8.
-A young boy explains his feeling throughout the day and why they are okay.

I'm deaf, and it's okay. Lorraine Aseltine, Evelyn Mueller, Nancy Tait. A. Whitman & Co., 1986. Ages 4-8.
-A young boy describes the frustrations caused by his deafness and the encouragement he receives from a deaf teenager that he can lead an active life.

I'm Joshua and "Yes I can". Joan Lenett Whinston. Vantage Press, 1989.
-A day in the life of Joshua, a boy with cerebral palsy.

It's your turn at bat: Featuring Mark Riley. Barbara Aiello and Jeffrey Shulman. Twenty-first Century Books, 1988. The Kids on the Block Book Series. Ages 4-8.
-While reluctantly doing research on sewing machines for a school report, Mark, a fifth-grader with cerebral palsy, discovers that the money for his team's baseball jerseys that he was responsible for is missing, and he finds himself feeling more friendly towards sewing machines. Includes a question and answer section about what it's like to have cerebral palsy.

Jimmy and his family. Mary Tasker. The National Council of La Raza, AIDS Center. Association for the Care of Children's Health, 1992.
-Jimmy explains what it is like to live with AIDS.

Kelly Bear: Feelings. Leah Davies. Kelly Bear Books, 1988. Ages 3-9.
-A fun book to help children understand their feelings.

Kelly Bear: Health. Leah Davies. Kelly Bear Books, 1989. Ages 3-9.
-Kelly Bear explains how she keeps her body healthy by eating properly, exercising, and bathing.

Kelly's Creek. Doris Buchanan Smith. Crowell, 1975. Ages 9-12.
-An eight-year-old boy's struggle to cope with a special physical problem is relieved by daily visits to a marsh and learning about its marine life.

Kevin thinks-- About outer space, confusing expressions and the perfectly logical world of Asperger syndrome. Gail Watts. Jessica Kingsley, 2012. Ages 5-7.
-The story of a boy with Asperger Syndrome (AS) who sees the world a little-- differently! His quirky observations will strike a chord with all those who are familiar with AS, from his special interest in outer space and his aversion to itchy clothes, to his (mis)understanding of non-literal expressions and his tendency to say exactly what he thinks, regardless of the consequences, whilst the accompanying illustrations reveal what is really happening from a neurotypical point of view, to often hilarious effect.

Lee, the rabbit with Epilepsy. Deborah M. Moss. Woodbine House, 1989. Ages 4-8.
-Lee is diagnosed as having epilepsy, but medicine to control her seizures reduces her worries, and she learns she can still lead a normal life.

My brother, Matthew. Mary Thompson.Woodbine House, 1992. Ages 4-8.
-Though David knows frustration and resentment at times, he feels he understands his disabled little brother even better than his parents; and together the two boys experience a great deal of joy.

My friend Leslie: The story of a handicapped child. Maxine B. Rosenberg. Lothrop, Lee & Shepard Books, 1983. Ages 4-8.
-Presents a multi-handicapped kindergarten child, who is well-accepted by her classmates, in various situations within the school setting.

My Grandpa died today. Joan Fassler. Human Sciences Press, 1983. Ages 5-8.
-A little boy tries to understand and accept the death of his grandfather.

Never sell yourself short. Stephanie Riggs. Albert Whitman and Company, 2001. Ages 4-8
-Fourteen-year-old Josh was born with achondroplasia, the most common form of dwarfism. In this photo-essay, Josh talks about his life, describing the challenges he faces along with his plans for the future.

No time for me. John Barrett. Human Sciences Press, 1979. Ages 5-8.
-With both parents working, life changes for Jimmy and he feels neglected and hostile.

Oh, brother! Growing up with a special needs sibling. Natalie Hale; illustrated by Kate Sternberg. Washington, DC: Magination Press, 2004. Call number: Disabilities-FAM HQ 773.6 H163o 2004.
- An eleven-year-old girl finds ways to handle the unique challenges presented by her thirteen-year-old mentally disabled brother by looking for his good qualities and taking the rest in stride. The story is told with humor and honesty and based upon experiences from a real life family. Reading level: Ages 9-12

One little girl. Joan Fassler. Human Sciences Press, 1979. Ages 5-8.
-While Laurie was slow at doing some things, she was fast at others. When the grown-ups around her finally realized that fact, Laurie was at last happy to be herself.

Our brother has Down's Syndrome: An introduction for children. Shelley Cairo, Jasmine Cairo and Tara Cairo. Firefly Books, 1985. Ages 4-8.
-Two girls explain what it is like to have a brother with Down Syndrome. The book has lots of pictures and is appropriate for elementary school children.

Our teacher's in a wheelchair. Mary Ellen Powers. A. Whitman, 1986. Ages 4-8.
-Text and photographs depict the activities of Brian Hanson, who is able to lead an active existence as a nursery school teacher, despite a partial paralysis requiring the use of a wheelchair.

Princess Pooh. Kathleen M. Muldoon. A. Whitman, 1989. Ages 4-8.
-Jealous of her 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.

Secrets aren't (always) for keeps: Featuring Jennifer Hauser. Barbara Aiello and Jeffrey Shulman. Twenty-First Century Books, 1988. The Kids on the Block Book Series. Ages 4-8.
-After successfully hiding her learning disability problems from her Australian pen pal, Jennifer becomes very apprehensive when her friend announces she is coming for a visit and wants to spend a day at her school.

Sensory smarts: A book for kids with ADHD or autism apectrum disorders struggling with sensory integration problems.Kathleen A. Chara and Paul J. Chara, Jr. with Christian P. Chara. Philadelphia, PA: Jessica Kingsley, 2004. Ages 9 and up.
-Contents: Sensitivity scale -- Success reward chart -- Interactive page --Sensory "diets" -- Calming and alerting activities -- Other fun sensory ideas -- Certificate of achievement.

The sneely-mouthed snerds and the wonderoctopus. Charles A. Grealish and Mary Jane Von Braunsberg Grealish. Human Policy Press, 1975.
-Teaches children to be accepting of those who are different.

Someone special, just like you. Tricia Brown. Henry Holt, 1995. Ages 4-8.
-A book geared toward pre-schoolers to help them understand a classmate with a disability likes the same things they do.

Special kids make special friends. Debra Buchbinder Shalom. Association for Children with Down's Syndrome, 1995. - This book is written to assist children, parents, and professionals in developing a better understanding of Down's Syndrome. Photographs depict children in a pre-school setting emphasizing similarities and strengths of youngsters with Down's Syndrome rather than their differences.

Taking Autism to School. Andreanna Edwards. JayJo Books, 2001. Ages 5-10.
-Angel discusses going to school with her friend Sam, a boy with autism.

Taking cerebral palsy to school. Mary Elizabeth Anderson. JayJo Books, 2000.Ages 5-10.
-Even though Chad has cerebral palsy, he can still attend school and do many of the same things as his classmates. Written from Chad's perspective, this book answers many of the questions his classmates have, but may be too scared or uncomfortable to ask.

Very shy. Barbara Shook Hazen. Human Sciences Press, 1982. Ages 5-8.
-A very shy little girl, by getting up the courage to speak to a new boy at school, takes the first step toward overcoming her shyness.

A very special critter. Gina and Mercer Mayer. Western Pub. Co., 1992. Ages 4-8.
-Alex joins Little Critter's class at school, but because he's in a wheelchair, nobody knows how to treat him.

Waiting for Baby Joe. Pat Lowery Collins. A. Whitman, 1990. Ages 4-8.
-Text and photographs describe what happens when Missy's brother Joe is born prematurely and needs special care in the hospital, disrupting family routines and causing Missy to feel confused and left out.

We'll paint the octopus red. Stephanie Stuve-Bodeen. Woodbine House, 1998. Ages 3-6.
-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.

When you visit the ICU. Jeannie Bowen. Association for the Care of Children's Health, 1982.
-Describes the procedures and machines in the Intensive Care Unit with pictures for a child to color. Please photocopy coloring pages.

Where's Chimpy? Berniece Rabe. A. Whitman, 1988. Baby-Preschool reading level.
-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.

The windy, rainy, stormy, terrible night. Norma Kimrey Colwell and Margaret Jennings. Smith Printing Co., 1989
-A young child discusses what it was like to experience Hurricane Hugo.

The words hurt. Chris Loftis. New Horizon Press, 1995. Ages 5-9.
-This is a perfect story for children who are trying to cope with the trauma of verbal abuse to read to themselves.

You and HIV: A day at a time. Lynn S. Baker.W.B. Saunders, 1991.
-Patient education manual for juvenile patients with HIV infection.

You and Leukemia: A day at a time. Lynn S. Baker. Saunders, 2002.
-Explains the causes, types, treatments, and complications of leukemia and offers advice on learning to live with this disease.

You and your cancer: A child's guide. Lynda Cranston. B.C. Decker, 2001. Ages 4-8.
-Written in a question & answer format to address many of the questions children with cancer may have. Cartoon children also add supportive comments.

Your heart test. Joan Phillips and Jeannie Bowen. Association for the Care of Children's Health, 1983.
-Story of a child that goes to the hospital for a heart test. Includes illustrations.

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