National Disability Day Books
We can't believe it's almost the end of the year! December kicks off with National Disability Day on the 3rd, a day where people of all abilities are celebrated and empowered! On this day, it's important to take time to educate ourselves and become more aware of and understanding of those with mental and/or physical disabilities. The meaning behind this day aligns well with our mission to promote acceptance and celebrate diversity of all types! We are posting our top 5 favorite children's books that discuss disability. Comment below with your favorite books that educate children about disabilities!
❤️With love, Kelsey & Jessie
Rescue & Jessica is a wonderful book by Jessica Kensky and Patrick Downes! It follows the adventures of Rescue, who fails to become a seeing-eye-dog, so he gets trained to become a service dog instead. Jessica, Rescue's owner, has to have one of her legs amputated and is unhappy with how difficult everyday tasks have become. When she meets her service dog, Rescue, they form an incredible bond as he helps her navigate through daily activities. This is not only a fun but educational book that introduces physical disability and encourages perseverance through challenges!
We're All Wonders is a picture book adaptation of the children's novel, Wonder by R.J. Palacio. This book simplifies the meaning behind the book Wonder for younger audiences. It introduces craniofacial anomalies and the challenges that come along with this type of disability. Throughout the book, the author promotes kindness and acceptance of all people and he encourages all people to find the special parts of themselves. What a beautiful message! Choose kind!
Don't Feed the Worry Bug is a book by Andi Green that introduces the concept of anxiety in children. In this book, Wince hears a buzzing noise that is the "worry bug." When he hears it, his worries begin to grow and the worry bug gets bigger and bigger until it is getting in the way of Wince's life. The book mentions that the worry bug may not be gone forever but that there are things Wince can do to help keep the worry bug from coming back. He also has ideas to help keep him from feeding the worry bug.
My Brother Charlie is a book by Holly Robinson Peete & Ryan Elizabeth Peete. This book is about Charlie, a boy with Autism. Throughout the book, Charlie's sister talks about the things her brother cannot do because of his Autism, but more importantly, all the things she loves about Charlie! My Brother Charlie is a great way to introduce young children to Autism. It promotes love and acceptance, and it will definitely pull at your heart-strings!
Just Because is a book by Rebecca Elliott. This book is written from the perspective of Clemmie's younger brother. Clemmie is non-verbal and non-ambulatory. He does not know why she is not able to do the same things he can, but he loves her no matter what. As he talks about all the things that make Clemmie so wonderful, he realizes that his sister has special needs. He loves everything about his sister "just because." This is a heartwarming story about love and acceptance for children with disabilities.
Disclosure: We are not sponsored by any of these book authors or publishers. We are simply sharing our favorite books and providing links to Amazon in case you are interested 😊