Resources about disability for kids

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Resources about disability for kids

Recommended by Holland Bloorview families
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Some of these books are available in audio format
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Some of these books are available in braille


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Robert Munsch, Michael Martchenko (illustrator) (ages 6-10)
A girl called Lauretta uses a super-speedy wheelchair.
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Since We’re Friends: An Autism Picture Book
Celeste Shally, David Harrington (Illustrator) (ages 4-8)
A story about two boys who are friends.
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It’s Okay to Be Different
Todd Parr (ages 5-8)
Colourful drawings celebrate our differences.
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Arnie and the New Kid
Nancy Carlson (ages 3-5)
A story about friendship and being nice to each other.
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Don’t Laugh at Me
Steve Seskin, Allen Shamblin, Glin Dibley (illustrator) (ages 3-7)
How to stop bullying.
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Fox and Squirrel
Ruth Ohi (ages 4-6)
A story about friends who are different and the same.
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Eli, Included
Michelle Sullivan (ages 4-6)
A story about Eli, who has Down’s Syndrome, and his first day of school.
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Angus: Superhero Extraordinaire
Danielle de Pass (ages 4-6)
Angus is a five-year-old with a big secret: he’s a superhero! Now if only he could find someone in need of his help.
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Just Ask!
Sonia Sotomayor (ages 4-8)
Be difference, be brave, be you! A story about how our differences make us unique.
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We’re All Wonders
R.J. Palacio (ages 5+)
The book behind the movie: a story about a boy with a facial difference called August, who is trying to fit in.
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When Charley Met Emma
Amy Webb (ages 4-8)
The story about friendship between Charley and Emma who has limb differences and uses a wheelchair.
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When My Worries Get Too Big!
Kari Dunn Buron (ages 4-8)
This activity and story book offers a strengths-based approach to coping with anxiety.
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El Deafo
Cece Bell (ages 8+)
A graphic novel about Cece, a young girl with hearing loss who uses her new hearing aid as a superpower.
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Hiya Moriah
Victoria Nelson (ages 4-6)
A story about the life of Moriah, a girl with medical complexities.
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We Are All Alike… We Are All Different
The Cheltenham Elementary School Kindergartners and Laura Dwight (photographer) (ages 4-11)
Written for kids by kids, this book is about how we are the same and different.
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I’m Wendy Blair Not a Chair!
Carolyn MacDiarmid, Sarah Ennals (ages 7-10)
All about Wendy Blair and not her wheelchair.
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Susan Laughs
Jeanne Willis (ages 3-4)
Follow along as Susan swims, works hard in school, plays, and even rides a horse.
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We Move Together
Kelly Fritsch, Anne Mcguire (ages 6-9)
Using bold, diverse images, We Move Together follows children with and without disabilities through their day as they navigate a city and work together to overcome obstacles.
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Book Series
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The Special Kids in School
series (ages 4-9)
Kids help their classmates understand their disabilities.
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The Able Fables
series (ages 4-6)
Telling stories, through fables, of love and the ability to create a more inclusive world.
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Understanding Differences
series (ages 4-8)
Colourful photos help kids better understand what it’s like to have a disability, including blindness and deafness, and use mobility devices.


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Dolphin Tale
(ages 7+)
A true story about a dolphin named Winter who loses his tail.
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(ages 10+)
A story about a boy with a facial difference called August, who is trying to fit in.
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Soul Surfer
(ages 10+)
Biographical drama about surfer Bethany Hamilton, who loses her arm in a shark attack.

Short videos

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Sesame Street and Autism: See amazing in all children
Check out videos, stories and other fun stuff.
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CBC Kids’ This Is Me series
Get to know a lot of different kids, including Amira at the Aquarium.
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tvokids’ This is my Family series
Videos about all kinds of families.