The best books on how disability does not define who I am

The Books I Picked & Why

Ada and the Helpers

By Travis D. Peterson, Melissa Fischer

Book cover of Ada and the Helpers

Why this book?

A wonderful story about a little fox who despite having cochlear implants, helps others see past their differences. This story teaches us to embrace our differences and accept ourselves as we are. The smallest act of kindness goes a long way. It even includes the American Sign Language Chart.


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Our Diversity Makes Us Stronger: Social Emotional Book for Kids about Diversity and Kindness

By Elizabeth Cole, Julia Kamenshikova

Book cover of Our Diversity Makes Us Stronger: Social Emotional Book for Kids about Diversity and Kindness

Why this book?

A story of a little boy who is so nervous about being seen with his new glasses. He runs into other children that are different and realizes that there is absolutely nothing wrong with that, but that our differences are what makes us special.


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I Am Odd, I Am New

By Benjamin Giroux, Roz MacLean

Book cover of I Am Odd, I Am New

Why this book?

A beautifully written story reassuring kids that it is ok to be different and it is written through the eyes of a 10-year-old. Very powerful and an eye-opener to those that may not know what Autism looks like or what we look like to an Autistic child.


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Let's Talk! Going to the Zoo

By Lisa Jacovsky, Blueberry Illustrations

Book cover of Let's Talk! Going to the Zoo

Why this book?

A fantastic story about two best friends where one has autism and although other children mock her for flapping her arms, they learn about autism and about being themselves no matter what others think. A wonderful book showing kids that it's ok to laugh with others but not at them.


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And So, Ahmed Hears

By Dawn Doig

Book cover of And So, Ahmed Hears

Why this book?

An amazing story of a little boy that lives and enjoys life as any other. Once discovered that he has hearing issues, and receives a hearing aid, he can enjoy life even more. A story that inspires us to be considerate of everyone as disabilities are not always visible.


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