As with previous resources in this series, we have concentrated primarily on picture books for a variety of ages. However, it is important that children can also find chapter books and non-fiction that feature Disabled characters. Here are four books suitable for KS2 readers of varying confidence
Some popular children’s titles can be problematic (see the Introduction for more on this). We have avoided books focusing on bullying or about Disabled people overcoming seemingly insurmountable obstacles. Of course, bullying narratives are important, but they are unlikely to aid inclusion when they focus on already marginalised groups. And books about extraordinary achievements generally have little to do with the everyday lives of most children and young people.
- The Twitches Meet a Puppy by Hayley Scott and Pippa Curnick.
- A Storm of Strawberries by Jo Cotterill.
- Running on Empty by S. E. Durrant.
- I Am Not a Label by Cerrie Burnell and Lauren Baldo.
We have focused here on positive stories in which the protagonists have real agency. There are challenges and, as in life, not all of them are overcome but all the characters in these stories are defined by their interests rather than their disabilities or other people’s attitudes towards them.