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Disability Pride Month Booklist

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July 1, 2024

July is Disability Pride Month! This annual observance is used to promote visibility and mainstream awareness of the positive pride felt by people with disabilities by celebrating disability culture and the unique experiences of people with differing abilities and the contributions that they offer society. We've compiled a booklist featuring stories with disabled characters.

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Children's Picture Books

Benji, the Bad Day, and Me by Sally J. Pla

Best Buddies by Lynn Plourde

Best Day Ever! by Marilyn Singer

Can Bears Ski by Raymond Antrobus

A Friend for Henry by Jenn Bailey

I Talk Like a River by Jordan Scott

I Will Dance by Bo Flood

It Was Supposed to be Sunny by Samantha Cotterill

Jayden’s Impossible Garden by Melina Mangal

Just Ask! Be Different, Be Brave, Be You by Sonia Sotomayor

Lucas at the Paralympics by Igor Plohl

My Brother Charlie by Holly Robinson Peete

My City Speaks by Darren Lebeuf

My Three Best Friends and Me, Zulay by Cari Best

My Travelin’ Eye by Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw

Obioma Plays Football by Chika Unigwe

Poojo’s Got Wheels by Charrow

Rescue & Jessica: A Life-Changing Friendship by Jessica Kensky

Thank you, Mr. Falker by Patricia Polacco

Thukpa for All by Ram Praba

This Beach is Loud by Samantha Cotterill

What Happened to You? by James Catchpole

Woodpecker Girl by Chingyen Liu

You’re So Amazing! by James Catchpole

Children's and Preteen Chapter Books

Air by Monica Roe

Aniana del Mar Jumps In by Jasminne Mendez

As Brave As You by Jason Reynolds

Aven Green, Soccer Machine by Dusti Bowling

The Chance to Fly by Ali Stroker

Cut Loose! by Ali Stroker

The Distance Between Me and the Cherry Tree by Paola Peretti

El Deafo by Cece Bell

Farther Than the Moon by Lindsay Lackey

The Fire Keeper by JC Cervantes

The Good Hawk by Joseph Elliott

Hummingbird by Natalie Lloyd

Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus by Dusti Bowling

Lumbering Giants of Windy Pines by Mo Nertz

Meranda and the Legend of the Lake by Megan Mahoney

Out of My Heart by Sharon Draper

Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper

Rules by Cynthia Lord

Sail Me Away Home by Ann Clare LeZotte

Set Me Free by Ann Clare LeZotte

The Shadow Crosser by JC Cervantes

Show Me a Sign by Ann Clare LeZotte

Song for a Whale by Lynne Kelly

Time to Roll by Jamie Sumner

The Windeby Puzzle: History and Story by Lois Lowry

Wonder by RJ Palacio

Teen and Young Adult Fiction

 Anger is a Gift by Mark Oshiro

At the Speed of Lies by Cindy L Otis

Bones of a Saint by Grant Farley

Breathe and Count Back From Ten by Natalia Sylvester

Cursed by Karol Ruth Silverstein

The Degenerates by J. Albert Mann

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

The First Thing About You by Chaz Hayden

History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera

Hurt You by Marie Myung-Ok Lee

It's My Life by Stacie Ramey

Just Breathe by Cammie McGovern

Love From A to Z by SK Ali

Love Letters for Joy by Melissa See

Maybe We’re Electric by Cal Emmich

No True Believers by Rabiah York Lumbard

One for All by Lillie Lainoff

The Oracle Code_ by Marieke Nijkamp

The Reckless Kind by Carly Heath

A Secret Princess by Margaret Stohl

Sick Kids in Love by Hannah Moskowitz

The Silence Between Us by Alison Gervais

The Theft of Sunlight by Intisar Khanani

This Is Not a Love Scene by SC Megale

Three Things I Know Are True by Betty Culley

A Time to Dance by Padma Venkatraman

Turning by Joy L Smith

Unbroken: 13 Stories Starring Disabled Teens edited by Marieke Nijkamp

We Are Inevitable by Gayle Forman

Where You See Yourself by Claire Forrest

Wild and Crooked by Leah Thomas

Adult Fiction

The Color of Family by Jerry McGill

Deer Season by Erin Flanagan

 Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert

Girl Gone Viral by Alisha Rai

Godkiller by Hannah Kaner

Greek Lessons by Han Kang

How to Dance by Jason B Dutton

How Lucky by Will Leitch

How the One-Armed Sister Sweeps Her House by Cherie Jones

Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant

The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang

The Lightkeeper’s Daughter by Jen Pendziwol

The Lost Girls of Willowbrook by Ellen Marie Wiseman

Murder Under Her Skin by Stephen Spotswood

A Room Called Earth by Madeleine Ryan

Starling Days by Rowan Hisayo Buchanan

True Biz by Sara Novic

Turn of Mind by Alice LaPlante

Waiting for Eden by Elliot Ackerman

Adult Nonfiction

 The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma by Bessel van der Kolk

Demystifying Disability: What to Know, What to Say, and How to be an Ally by Emily Ladau

Diary of a Young Naturalist by Dara McAnulty

Disability Visibility: First-Person Stories from the Twenty-First Century edited by Alice Wong 

The Electricity of Every Living Thing: A Woman's Walk in the Wild to Find Her Way Home by Katherine May

Furiously Happy: A Funny Book about Horrible Things by Jenny Lawson

Haben: The Deafblind Woman who Conquered Harvard Law by Haben Grima

The Pretty One: On Life, Pop Culture, Disability, and Other Reason to Fall in Love with Me by Keah Brown

A Quick and Easy Guide to Sex and Disability by A. Andrews

Sitting Pretty: The View From My Ordinary Resilient Disabled Body by Rebekah Taussig

We Are Never Meeting in Real Life by Samantha Irby