Books for young children
- One. Two, Three… Jump! By Carol Thompson
- One. Two, Three… Run! By Carol Thompson
- Mary Had a Little Lamb By Marina Aizen
- Zeki Can Swim By Anna McQuinn And Ruth Hearson
Children of any age may be disabled or have family members with impairments and it is important that all children see disability as part of everyday life. Literature is a powerful way of enabling children to reflect on their identities and become familiar with those which may differ from their own. Whatever their age, they deserve to see both themselves and the full diversity of humanity in the stories they read.
Here are four titles that are suitable for the very young and feature Disabled characters with different degrees of prominence. They are about playing and having fun with family and friends but all of them also place disability in the context of a broad spectrum of difference. We’ll talk more about books that focus on celebrating diversity itself in the next section.