Suggested Books

JANINE is an optimistic, endearing and inspiring character who happens to have disabilities including, ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder), CP (Cerebral Palsy)
Below are suggestions for other great books where the  MAIN CHARACTER has a disability.
If you have a suggestion of a book to add to this list, please email me the Title & Author:
MCLeffler@aol.com
Picture books:


Janine. (NLD, CP, Vision) by Maryann Cocca-Leffler
Emmanuel's Dream (physically disabled) Laurie Ann Thompson & Sean Qualls
Let’s hear it for Almigal  (hearing impaired) by Wendy Kupfer, illustrated by Tammie Lyon
Every Turtle Counts  (Autism) by Sara Hoagland Hunter, illustrated by Susan Spellman
My Friend Isabelle (Downs Syndrome)  by  Eliza Woloson,  Illustrated by Bryan Gough 
Understanding Sam (Asperger's Syndrome)  by Claribelle van Niekerk  and Liezl  Venter
Best Friends: A Pop Up Book  (Wheelchair Bound)  by Shari Shafron and Mark Chambers
Off To The Park  (Blindness)  by Stephen Cheetham
Dan and Diesel   (Blindness) by Charlotte Hudson
Nathan's Wish   (CP)   By Laurie Lears  Illustrated by  Stacey Schuett
Looking After Louis (Autism)  By Lesley Ely,  Illustrated by Polly Dunbar
Susan Laughs  (wheelchair bound)  by Jeanne Willis, Illustrated by Tony Ross
ONE  (bullying)  by Kathryn Otoshi
A Boy and a Jaguar (Stuttering) by Alan Rabinowitz, Illus by Catia Chien
The William Hoy Story (hearing impaired) By Nancy Chumin, Illus by Jez Tuya

Middle Grade:
 El Deafo  (hearing impaired) by Cece Bell
Silent Star (Hearing impaired) by Bill Wise, illustrated by Adam Gustavson
I Funny: A Middle School Story (wheelchair bound) by James Patterson, illustrated by Chris Grabenstein
Out Of My Mind (CP) by Sharon Draper
One-Handed Catch  (Amputee)  by MJ Auch
Wonder  (Disfigurement) by RJ Palacio 
The Thing About Georgie  (Dwarfism) by Lisa Graff
Rain Reign  (OCD, Aspergers)  by Ann M. Martin

Young Adult:
Marcello In The Real World   (Autism-like) by Francisco X. Stork
Say What You Will (CP)  by Cammie McGovern
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time  (Autism) by Mark Haddon
Stoner & Spaz  (CP) by Ron Koertge
Pinned  (learning disability/ amputee) by Sharon G. Flake
Gadget Girl: The Art Of Being Invisible (CP)  by Suzanne Kamata
Asperger's Rules!: How to Make Sense of School and Friends  by Blythe Grossberg                   The Asperkid's (Secret) Book of Social Rules  by Jennifer Cook O'Toole
Girls Like Us (Special Needs) by Gail Giles 

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