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 and is portrayed in a positive light.
If you have a suggestion of a book to add to this list, please email me the Title & Author:
Picture books:

Janine.  by Maryann Cocca-Leffler
Same Way Ben, by Maryann Cocca-Leffler
Hello Goodbye Dog by Maria Gianferrari, Illus by Patrice Barton
Six Dots: A Story of Young Louis Braille  by Jen Bryant, illus Boris Kulikov
Emmanuel's Dream  Laurie Ann Thompson & Sean Qualls
We're All Wonders by R.J. Palacio
Let’s hear it for Almigal  by Wendy Kupfer, illus by Tammie Lyon
Just Because by Rebecca Elliot
My Friend Isabelle by  Eliza Woloson,  illus by Bryan Gough 
Understanding Sam  by Claribelle van Niekerk  and Liezl  Venter
Best Friends: A Pop Up Book  by Shari Shafron and Mark Chambers
Off To The Park  by Stephen Cheetham
Dan and Diesel  by Charlotte Hudson
 Nathan's Wish  By Laurie Lears,  illus by  Stacey Schuett
Looking After Louis By Lesley Ely,  illus by Polly Dunbar
Susan Laughs  by Jeanne Willis, illus by Tony Ross
ONE   by Kathryn Otoshi
A Boy and a Jaguar by Alan Rabinowitz, illus by Catia Chien
The William Hoy Story by Nancy Chumin, illus by Jez Tuya
Helen Keller's Best Friend Belle (vision) by Holly Barry, illus by Jennifer Thermes
Morris and Buddy (chap book) by Becky Hall, illus Doris Ettlinger
Middle Grade:
Fish in a Tree  by Lynda Mullaly Hunt
 El Deafo  by Cece Bell
Silent Star by Bill Wise, illustrated by Adam Gustavson
I Funny: A Middle School Story  by James Patterson, illus by Chris Grabenstein
Out Of My Mind by Sharon Draper
One-Handed Catch  by MJ Auch
Wonder  by RJ Palacio 
The Thing About Georgie  by Lisa Graff
Rain Reign  by Ann M. Martin
Small Steps by Peg Kehret 
Young Adult:
When We Collided   by Emery Lord
Marcello In The Real World    by Francisco X. Stork
Say What You Will by Cammie McGovern
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time  by Mark Haddon
Stoner & Spaz  by Ron Koertge
Pinned  by Sharon G. Flake
Gadget Girl: The Art Of Being Invisible 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 by Gail Giles 


  1. More Janine books please.

    Janine goes to the library
    Janine has a party
    Janine grows a garden

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