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Celebrating International Day of People with Disabilities for Kids

The International Day of People with Disabilities is a United Nations sanctioned day celebrated internationally on Dec. 3. Celebrate and learn about People with Disabilities with this book list for kids! To see the entire list of titles, click here.

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The Disability Experience
Hannalora Leavitt
Audience: Kids
Language: English
Topic: Juvenile literature | People with Disabilities
This nonfiction book for teens provides a history of disability, describes types of disabilities and examines the challenges faced by people living with disabilities.
This nonfiction book for teens provides a history of disability, describes types of disabilities and examines the challenges faced by people living with disabilities.
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Rolling Warrior
Judith Heumann
Audience: Kids
Language: English
Topic: Human rights | Juvenile literature | People with Disabilities
In this young readers' edition of her memoir, Judith Heumann tells her personal story of fighting to belong in a world that wasn't built for all of us.
In this young readers' edition of her memoir, Judith Heumann tells her personal story of fighting to belong in a world that wasn't built for all of us. Heumann recounts her lifelong battle to achieve respect, acceptance, and inclusion in society.
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Get a Grip, Vivy Cohen!
Sarah Kapit
Audience: Kids
Language: English
Topic: autism | Juvenile fiction
Eleven-year-old knuckleball pitcher Vivy Cohen, who has autism, becomes pen pals with her favorite Major League baseball player after writing a letter to him as an assignment for her social skills class.
Eleven-year-old knuckleball pitcher Vivy Cohen, who has autism, becomes pen pals with her favorite Major League baseball player after writing a letter to him as an assignment for her social skills class.
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Honestly Elliott
Gillian McDunn
Audience: Kids
Language: English
Topic: Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder | Juvenile fiction
Highly-acclaimed author of Caterpillar Summer, Gillian McDunn explores boyhood in a funny, big-hearted story about a kid trying to find the best way to be his best self.
Highly-acclaimed author of Caterpillar Summer, Gillian McDunn explores boyhood in a funny, big-hearted story about a kid trying to find the best way to be his best self.
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El Deafo
Cece Bell
Audience: Kids
Language: English
Topic: graphic novel | Juvenile literature | People with Disabilities
In this funny, poignant graphic novel memoir, author/illustrator Cece Bell chronicles her hearing loss at a young age and her subsequent experiences with the Phonic Ear, a very powerful – and very awkward – hearing aid.
In this funny, poignant graphic novel memoir, author/illustrator Cece Bell chronicles her hearing loss at a young age and her subsequent experiences with the Phonic Ear, a very powerful – and very awkward – hearing aid. The Phonic Ear gives Cece the ability to hear – sometimes things she shouldn't – but also isolates her from her classmates. She really just wants to fit in and find a true friend, someone who appreciates her as she is. After some trouble, she is finally able to harness the power of the Phonic Ear and become "El Deafo, Listener for All." And more importantly, declare a place for herself in the world and find the friend she's longed for.
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Amazing Athletes
Marie-Claude Ouellet
Audience: Kids
Language: English
Topic: Juvenile literature | Paralympic Games | People with Disabilities
Created in collaboration with the Canadian Paralympic Committee, Amazing Athletes promotes the Paralympic movement that continues to change perceptions of excellence, diversity and disability around the world.
Created in collaboration with the Canadian Paralympic Committee, Amazing Athletes promotes the Paralympic movement that continues to change perceptions of excellence, diversity and disability around the world. A book for kids and adults alike, it is an invitation for readers (with or without disabilities) to discover new role models and be inspired to reach new heights of their own.