Did I mean to write this post much, much earlier in the month? Samantha went through a horrific car accident and now uses crutches to walk and is in excruciating pain all the time. But this is a wonderful portrayal of how hard times and mental illness compound the issues and a whole family can suffer. Why yes. Picture books with characters who use wheelchairs. A List of Cages absolutely DESTROYED me and my emotions and I’m still not over it years later and ahh I’ve been meaning to read Sick Kids in Love, I’ve heard such amazing things about this book!! Yeah your books aren’t about anything else. I’m really excited to talk about some of my favourite books with disabled characters!! 3. And I added a couple more books to my list thanks to your post! Okay this one will leave you BROKEN on the floor and as you cry softly into your hands, you will absolutely thank me for recommending this book to you. You’re Welcome, Universe by Whitney Gardner The list features characters “whose physical, emotional or mental limitations figure in the plot or character development of the stories or series” and we highly recommend that you check it out! And I think almost all of them have been bought and read because of your recommendation ❤ as well as others’. I’d love to be able to support more #ownvoices authors with disabilities! People who use wheelchairs are over-represented among disabled characters in picture books. The whole thing hurts, but it also is full of love. Colours of Us: 5 Multicultural Picture Books About Mental … . Except, they get cool wheels. They’re also both Jewish! This is for older kids, as it is a chapter book about kids with disabilities. Moby Dick - (Ahab) villain, killed. Elyn R. Saks began hearing voices when she was a teenager, at a time when schizophrenia was largely misunderstood. It’s also set in college, so sitting in that nice upper-YA pocket that doesn’t get enough attention either. , Filed Under: books Tagged With: books, disability, Your email address will not be published. ). The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner - This story often gets a bad rap as it opens with a section by Benjy Compson - who has many obvious disabilities and cannot express his thoughts like one would expect, as a result many readers put this book down and walk away. When I first started writing this blog, I thought it was a rare occurrence in romance novels. ➸ 10 Things I Want To See More of In YA Books About Mental Health I Harper,SO MUCH! Our writer Raya, a self-confessed animation film fan, wanted to find out. Beauty and The Beast retelling where the Beauty has CP! The wonderful parts. Their quiet love story just filled my whole heart. When they discover a photo of a young girl, they become involved in a case that opens their eyes to suffering and injustice. It also deeply unpacks what it is to go from living a full able-bodied life to not having that anymore. He finds great fulfillment in his life and reflects on his experiences with a sincere and often humorous mindset. But that’s now how he views it. I definitely hope to see more books coming out in the future that feature a diverse range of characters with disabilities. Six of Crows is honestly the only one that I can think of where the author shares the same disability as the character, which is quite sad really. Unfortunately, it's tough to find books that feature disabled and/or neurodiverse characters in the first place. I have not read them all, but I plan to read a few this weekend when I’m in a hotel on enforced rest – bliss! The goal of this list? Many young people with disabilities cannot read or enjoy a regular book, or they cannot find a suitable book among the many publications available. It’s like you really can’t think of anything worse than being disabled and let’s stop with that. ➸ How To Tell If A Book Has Good Autism Rep See more ideas about books, best novels, disability. Also, ive got CP (Cerebral palsy)and a VI (Visual Impairment), so i’m going to through some on here: A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer ( while not OV, she did alot of research that, for me, rang true.) The hard parts. AHHH, Julian in A List of Cages is my SON. Because “invisible disabilities” often get ignored or the person is expected to just deal anyway. I’m excited about alllll of these, but especially Sick Kids In Love and also Love From A to Z *insert heart eyes*, Lastly WAFFLES! Books with thoughtful portrayals of characters who encounter mental health issues can offer middle grade readers comfort, connection, and inspiration. Truly a quality piece of book. The story follows Cason as she goes from upcoming amazing ballerina to an amputee. @ Paper Fury 21 Comments. Isabel has rheumatoid arthritis and Sasha has Gaucher Disease. It starts off when Spencer is pretty young and then grows up with him as he has an on-and-off-again pining romance with the girl next door. I was falling out of my socks with excitement to read this. My advocacy posts aren’t perfect and I definitely aim to learn more — being disabled is such a vastly different thing to different people and it’s hard to succinctly talk about it and encompass all angles. But this book!! I’m always looking out for YA books with disabled characters but it’s often a little difficult to find them because we’re often left out of diversity lists and whenever I see abled people give recs for books with disabled characters they’re often a little on the problematic/inspiration p*rn side, which is so disappointing. I kind of just love this book and softly want to support these two kids as they do their best. He’s figuring out treatments, but also how to tell his family, since his mother died from this and he doesn’t want to put his dad and sister through that again. Therefore they need specially produced books or selected regular books of literary and artistic quality that meet their special needs regarding design, language, plot structure and pictures. Mockingbird: This one is for teens or older. Elyn R. Saks began hearing voices when she was a teenager, at a time when schizophrenia was largely misunderstood. For example, in “The Artist and the Dwarf,” she makes Mari Barbola, the dwarf depicted in Velazquez’s painting “Las Meninas” the protagonist of the story, giving us a truer history of Spain at that time. As a young soldier, Joe lost his arms, legs, and face in a horrific explosion, but retained all his mental faculties. TBR offers plans to receive hardcover books in the mail or recommendations by email, so there’s an option for every budget. also, please promote your book all you want!! Adam has ADHD and Julian has dyslexia and PTSD. Tell TBR about your reading preferences and what you’re looking for, and sit back while your Bibliologist handpicks recommendations just for you. In this collection of personal essays, Shane recounts everything from how he fell in love with his girlfriend (now fiancée) Hannah to the time he attempted to explore New York City in a dying wheelchair. Through years of treatment, however, she was able to overcome significant barriers related to her disorder and become a lawyer, professor, and psychiatrist. PTSD is one of the only disabilities that isn’t underrepresented, especially in fantasy, but the subtlety of this depiction makes it stand out. We should respect both! And it's even more rare to find good books on those topics. It is even more, deeply, about waffles. And Eliot doesn’t have that. I try very hard to prioritize books featuring disability, and while on the one hand I’m happy to see that I’ve read most of the books on this list, on the other hand I think it goes to show how few books with disabled characters there are out there. She also did a fabulously helpful post about how to edit book covers into […], […] Disability pride month: 10 YA books with disabled characters you need to read by C.G. This personal essay collection explores Keah’s love of pop culture, transition from self-hate to self-love, and experiences as a black and disabled woman. I think that’s because authors and publishers think that mobility impairments are easier to represent, and easier to understand, than other disabilities. This is a compilation of all of the books on disability that I review, compile lists about, have guests write about and so forth. I really enjoyed it, and the found family in it is *chef’s kiss*. So many good recs! This list of books about characters with a disability for the 2020 Read Harder Challenge is sponsored by TBR: Tailored Book Recommendations. Thanks for the recs I absolutely agree that the book community (including me, I’ll be honest) doesn’t do enough to support books with disability rep! Iris immediately empathizes with Blue and decides to make a song in his frequency so he can hear it. For this Read Harder challenge, pick a book featuring a protagonist who has a disability—loosely defined here as a condition that interferes with a person’s ability to complete certain tasks. Plus I am more knowledgable in neurodiversity and autism. It features two autistic brothers (in different places on the spectrum) and it’s so deeply about unconditional love and found-family and how abuse can shape you. A mentally handicapped boy trying to unravel a mystery and … This is an #ownvoices story about auditory processing disorder and I’ve honestly never read this in any other book! Honestly, disability representation are the kind of diverse books I seek out the most. Notify me via e-mail if anyone answers my comment. All while making it clear that folks affected by disabilities are just people like everyone else. The 32-year-old lives with his grandmother, who teaches him important life lessons, such as how to study the dictionary to learn new words, how know who’s trying to take advantage of you and how to play the lottery. But then… look if I spent 10 years trying to get published, I should be able to talk about my book on my blog when it is #ownvoices for autism and severe anxiety rep and I’m proud it got published when so many times I thought it wouldn’t. In what Finger calls “historical fictions of disability,” she places characters with disabilities center stage in events in which they are usually peripheral. But I want to see #ownvoices authors write these. It’s also a great suggestion for a fiction book for an autistic teenager to read. Timekeeper is a fun and incredibly cute book, and protagonist Danny’s PTSD is understated but depicted with respect and care. She meets Eliot who is literally her opposite — he can’t feel pain AT ALL. I added these books to my tbr! Please don’t recommend me books where the disabled character dies while I’m talking about disabled pride. I think it’s fair to point out that the book community doesn’t support disabled YA like they do other diverse books and would love if we all worked on this!! After accomplishing the first task and finding herself stuck, she realizes she needs someone to help her live on the wild side. Marcelo was born with a condition involving autism-like traits that doctors were never able to diagnose. Twelve-year-old Iris has a talent for all things tech. Enter to win our favorite YA novels of 2020. But what about animation films and characters for kids? For years films and television programs have failed to represent people with disabilities. Also, while It’s My Life by Stacey Ramey doesnt reflect my experience with CP, it’s still a really good story about a girl finding out that her CP may have been her doctors fault, and having to deal with regular life at the same time. (It’s also #Ownvoices and you can just TELL because it really unpacks a lot of everyday ableism too.) I’m going to have to add A Quiet Kind of Thunder to my tbr as well. […], […] why she doesn’t really care about star ratings. 12 Young Adult Novels Featuring Characters With Chronic Conditions, Mental Illnesses and Disabilities Books can provide an entertaining escape from reality, even if just for a few chapters. It’s about two boys who were once foster brothers and find each other again…and how their lives basically unravel. Visit mytbr.co to sign up today. First of all, I MUST go and get these upper YA books because YES!! Few would expect him to be an expert in poisons, but from a young age he received secret training to protect the Chancellor’s family from those who want them dead. I shall now go and suffer under my tbr. And WMHJTT is SO GOOD as well! We absolutely need books about disability suffering!! Shane Burcaw is used to people viewing his life—and medical condition, spinal muscular atrophy—through a sympathetic lens. I know you’ve mentioned When My Heart Joins the Thousand before, but this time I actually remembered to add it to my wishlist so that I buy myself a copy in the next month or two! No, I’m not done. Here are some books on disability – by disabled writers – that I have bought and you might like. Many are memoir but some are poetry and others are fiction. Perry Crandall has an intellectual disability. Animal’s People by Indra Sinha (Physical Disability) Animal’s People tells the story of a 19-year old orphan of Khaufpur who was horribly injured in the 1984 Bhopal chemical disaster. You can read about places you’ve never been to and learn about different types of people, cultures and life experiences. It seems a bit dark, but it deals with both Aspergers and school shootings, so I thought it was worth checking out. From middle grade fiction to memoirs, these books can provide insights about disabilities from the perspectives of those who have them. So cute!) (Especially if that book is by an abled author. The pain and loss of it, and how to find yourself again. Veda, a classical dance prodigy in India, lives and breathes dance—so when an accident leaves her a below-knee amputee, her dreams are shattered. 2. That’s when she discovers Blue 55, a whale who makes sounds at a frequency much higher than other whales. But how will she deliver this song all the way to the ocean? ✦ Cait @ PaperFury provides us a list of YA books with disabled characters. What a fantastic list, thank you SO MUCH for all the recommendations! When I talk about “disability pride” it absolutely does not erase disability suffering and struggles. They taught her about strength and resilience in ways that resonated with her as she traveled the world, developed a text-to-braille communication system, and became the first Deafblind graduate of Harvard Law School. I’m going to say this one wasn’t totally for me stylistically, buuuut I still want to recommend it because it’s #ownvoices for amputee rep and that’s SO rare in YA and this needs to be celebrated! Throughout her young adulthood, she struggled with crippling paranoia and the frequent inability to tell reality apart from delusions. I have read and enjoyed a couple of these, I loved A Quiet Kind of Thunder so, so much, such a lovely read. So here it is! I’m really lookong forward to Love From A to Z and A Taxonomy of Love. Imagination Soup: Mental Illness in Children’s Books. Looking for some books with disabled characters. Yet Jovan has no choice but to use his training and, alongside his sister Kalina, protect the heir at all costs. This much needed, vital anthology featuring disabled characters by disabled authors includes stories from authors like Keplinger, Stork, and Duyvis named above, but also Heidi Heilig, Dhonielle Clayton, Kayla Whaley, and more. But as the only deaf person in her school, her classmates misunderstand her. ), July Wrap-Up // An Amazing Reading Month (But No Writing At All…) – Starlight Strands, July Recap || Is This All A Fever Dream?! Also, the … Ahh, Cait I love this post so much and ALL your recs!! . Anyway! Of course abled authors can write good rep but the fact that. People with disabilities are often made to feel like they don’t have a voice in communities where able-bodied people are the majority. You know that moment when banter and quips just light up your whole world? Children’s Books with Characters on the Autism Spectrum. Far From You by Tess Sharpe is great as well (Bi protag!). Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Finding cheap used copies when I have money has been a challenge. Such a great list!! “Disability” can mean a whole lot of things: blindness, paralysis, amputated limbs, deafness, a chronic illness, brain damage. Added all of these to my TBR so thank you. And she’s found just the person: Redford “Red” Morgan, her motorcycling next-door-neighbor who, beneath his “bad boy” exterior, has the soul of an artist. Oh, Kati continue her series with Finding Balance! Close. The only other ones I can think of are the Diviners series with Ling, Peeta in The Hunger Games (seriously annoyed that they erased that in the movies), Percy in Gentleman’s Guide, Chaol in the later Throne of Glass books. But I am trying to learn more!!! The books go across the disability spectrum. They are books that are disability memoirs, about disability culture, about issues that the disability community face and more. To help her “get a life” through activities like moving out of her family’s mansion, traveling the world with nothing but hand luggage, and having a drunken night out. I’m putting Brave Enough on my wishlist, the only book on this list that I don’t own . Pain is a defence against us hurting ourselves to death?! But but anyway!! I NEED MORE!! [Featured Image Description: Book cov er for ‘ King For A Day.’ T he rest of the images in this post are book covers from the preceding text].. Adam is the most loyal and soft and kind boy you will ever see Zayneb also narrates half the book and I LOVED HER; her refusal to be quiet and take discrimination, and her love of her family and culture and life. Cammie McGovern has a couple of book featuring characters with disabilities as well. The following list is a sample of some of the adult fiction books available at the Toronto Public Library that feature a diverse range of characters. Fullmetal Alchemist characters: Fullmetal Alchemist: Manga Many characters are disabled, notably Edward Elric, a double amputee; Izumi Curtis has a chronic illness due to missing organs; Roy Mustang goes blind; and Jean Havocis paralyzed below the waist by being stabbed. Although written for a young adult audience, Strangers Assume My Girlfriend is My Nurse is a hilarious and heartfelt read for teens and adults alike. Things like “she overcame her disability” and “he was amazing despite being disabled” and “this disabled character really inspired me for still doing cool stuff” ARE all really abled. It’s also FUNNY. It’s been ages since I’ve read it and my brain is a SIEVE but I sit here and remember the part where Spencer tried a new medication and the side effects gave him such bad depression with suicide tendencies and he was just crying as his step-mother held him and held him. Teachers and students alike often treat her as if she’s a lot less capable than she is, and sometimes she feels as if no matter how hard she tries, she cannot communicate with them. 81. It’s so good and SO underrated. We’ve rounded up eight novels in a variety of genres featuring a narrator who has a disability. THANK YOU for adding 10-1 (for TBWSH) so NINE books to my tbr. I was ranting to my family the other day about lack of disability rep and I was talking about Rosemary Sutcliff’s books (The Eagle of the Ninth and The Silver Branch) which both feature disabled main characters. Books about kids and teens with physical difficulties can help build understanding, compassion, and tolerance among readers who don't face those challenges -- as well as give those who do a chance to see relatable kids powering through compelling stories. I wrote a post on my recommendations (inspired by your initial post earlier in the month), and some of the books are the same that you recommended. Archived. Drews @ paperfury […], I’m a 25-year-old author, blogger, and reader extraordinaire. Which you don’t think of as a disability (wouldn’t it be lucky to not feel pain?!) I just re-read TBWSH a few weeks ago and I FREAKING LOVE IT SO MUCH. There’s a lot of pain in this book, and it’s not romanticised. 5 Things I Want To See More Of In Disabled YA Books, 10 Things I Want To See More of In YA Books About Mental Health, How To Tell If A Book Has Good Autism Rep, How To Keep Supporting Diverse Books (All The Time! Thank you for signing up! I will be adding all of these to my TBR (except TBWSH because I’ve already read and loved it)! reading about sam and avery getting their happy ending warmed my heart so much, and i honestly think that it deserves more hype . Required fields are marked *. Steffi and Rhys are flawed, but their disabilities aren’t their flaw. When you buy through these links, Book Riot may earn a commission. Earlier this month I wrote a post on 5 Things I Want To See More Of In Disabled YA Books, and I poured a lot into that post, so thank you so much to everyone who read and commented! During Mental Health Month, try one of these kid-recommended books that tackle mental health in a way that is relatable to young people. The love interest is a cancer survivor but is now dealing with a drug addiction. When his father makes him work in his law firm’s mailroom over the summer, he befriends his coworker Jasmine. He often hears music that nobody else can and spots details that others might miss. Each feature characters living with physical or mental disabilities and teaches kindness and perseverance. As a child, Haben Girma was inspired by her parents’ story as refugees during the 30-year war between Eritrea and Ethiopia. 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