Disability Pride Month for Kids

July is Disability Pride Month! The celebration is in its 32nd year and recognizes the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act on July 26, 1990. The ADA prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities, including (but not limited to) ensuring all public spaces are accessible and the right to a public education. Disabilities can be visible or invisible, but all with disabilities deserve inclusion and the assurance of their civil rights.

El deafo

Bell, Cece.


The author recounts in graphic novel format her experiences with hearing loss at a young age, including using a bulky hearing aid, learning how to lip read, and determining her "superpower."

The storm runner

Cervantes, Jennifer, author.

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To prevent the Mayan gods from battling each other and destroying the world, thirteen-year-old Zane must unravel an ancient prophecy, stop an evil god, and discover how the physical disability that makes him reliant on a cane also connects him to his father and his ancestry.

Rolling warrior : the incredible, sometimes awkward, true story of a rebel girl on wheels who helped spark a revolution

Heumann, Judith E., author.

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"One of the most influential disability rights activists in US history tells her story of fighting to belong in school and society--a powerful role model for young adults with a passion for activism"--

Disability visibility : 17 first-person stories for today : adapted for young adults

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"A young adult adaptation of Alice Wong's Disability Visibility: First Person Stories from the Twenty-First Century"--

The disability experience : working toward belonging

Leavitt, Hannalora, author.

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"This nonfiction book for teens provides a history of disability, describes types of disabilities and examines the challenges faced by people living with disabilities."--

Demystifying disability : what to know, what to say, and how to be an ally

Ladau, Emily, 1991- author.

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"A guide for how to be a thoughtful, informed ally to disabled people, with actionable steps for what to say and do (and what not to do) and how you can help make the world a more accessible place"--

All the way to the top : how one girl's fight for Americans with disabilities changed everything

Pimentel, Annette Bay, author.

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"Diagnosed with cerebral palsy at birth, Jennifer Keelan grew up battling--and overcoming--the limitations others set for her. From a lack of cutaway curbs and bus lifts to being denied enrollment at her neighborhood school, Jennifer was continually blocked from living the life she wanted. But after discovering the world of disability rights activism, she knew she had to use her voice to change things. When Jennifer was just eight years old, she participated in the Capitol Crawl. The deeply affecting image of Jennifer crawling up the steps of Capitol Hill went viral and helped pressure Congress into passing the Americans with Disabilities Act. A powerfully illustrated biography of Jennifer's life and a celebration of youth activism, All the Way to the Top will teach all children that they have the power to make a difference"--

We want to go to school! : the fight for disability rights

Cocca-Leffler, Maryann, 1958- author.

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"There was a time in the United States when children with disabilities weren't allowed to go to public school. But in 1971, seven kids and their families wanted to do something about it. They knew that every child had a right to an equal education, so they went to court to fight for that right. The case Mills v. Board of Education of the District of Columbia led to laws ensuring children with disabilities would receive a free public education. Janine Leffler, one of the millions of kids who attended school as a result of these laws, tells the true story of this landmark case"--

I am not a label : 34 disabled artists, thinkers, athletes and activists from past and present

Burnell, Cerrie, author.

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This book brings together 34 disabled artists, thinkers, athletes and activists from past and present. Find out how these iconic figures have overcome obstacles, owned their differences and paved the way for others by making their bodies and minds work for them. These short biographies tell the stories of people who have faced unique challenges which have not stopped them from becoming trailblazers, innovators, advocates and makers. Each person is a leading figure in their field, be it sport, science, maths, art, breakdance or the world of pop. Challenge your preconceptions of disability and mental health with the eye-opening stories of these remarkable people.

Zion unmatched

Clark, Zion, author.

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"This stunning photographic essay showcases Zion Clark's ferocious athleticism and undaunted spirit. It features striking, visually arresting images and an approachable and engaging text cowritten by New York Times best-selling journalist James S. Hirsch, including pieces of advice that have motivated Zion toward excellence and passages from Zion himself. The book explores Zion's journey from a childhood lost in the foster care system to his hard-fought rise as a high school wrestler to his current rigorous training to prepare as an elite athlete on the world stage. Included are a biography and a note from Zion. This first in a trilogy of books to be written by Zion Clark, subject of an award-winning Netflix short documentary, focuses on his quest for Olympic and Paralympic gold and is publishing in time for the 2021 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic games"--

Not so different : what you really want to ask about having a disability

Burcaw, Shane, author.

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A picture book answering the questions young children ask Shane Burcaw about his wheelchair and life with Spinal Muscular Atrophy with equal parts optimism, humor, and empathy.


Elliott, Zetta, author.

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In 1980s Brooklyn, new student JJ Pankowski, an autistic punk rock lover, befriends Pie Velez, an Afro-Latinx math geek and graffiti artist.

Al Capone does my shirts

Choldenko, Gennifer, 1957-

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A twelve-year-old boy named Moose moves to Alcatraz Island in 1935 when guards' families were housed there, and has to contend with his extraordinary new environment in addition to life with his autistic sister.

Can you see me?

Scott, Libby, author.

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Eleven-year-old Tally is starting sixth grade at Kingswood Academy and she really wants to fit in, which means somehow hiding her autism, hypersensitivity to touch, and true self, and trying to act "normal" like her former best friend, Layla, who is distancing herself from Tally and her fourteen-year-old sister, Nell, who is always angry with Tally for being different; but as she records her thoughts and anxieties in her coping diary, Tally begins to wonder--what is "normal" anyway?

Out of my heart

Draper, Sharon M. (Sharon Mills), author.

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Because she loves horses but is scared of them, Melody wants to conquer her fears, so she hopes a summer camp will be the place to welcome someone with cerebral palsy who wants to learn to ride.

Planet earth is blue

Panteleakos, Nicole, author.

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Autistic and nearly nonverbal, twelve-year-old Nova is happy in her new foster home and school, but eagerly anticipates the 1986 Challenger launch, for which her sister, Bridget, promised to return.

Save me a seat

Weeks, Sarah, author.

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Ravi has just moved to the United States from India and has always been at the top of his class; Joe has lived in the same town his whole life and has learning problems--but when their lives intersect in the first week of fifth grade they are brought together by a common enemy (the biggest bully in their class) and the need to take control of their lives.

Bouncing back

Ostler, Scott, author.

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Orphaned thirteen year-old Carlos learns what it truly means to be a teammate when he must help save his new wheelchair basketball team's gym from destruction.

The miscalculations of Lightning Girl

McAnulty, Stacy, author.

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A lightning strike made Lucy, twelve, a math genius but, after years of homeschooling, her grandmother enrolls her in middle school and she learns that life is more than numbers.

A sporting chance : how Ludwig Guttmann created the Paralympic Games

Alexander, Lori, author.

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"Telling the inspiring human story behind the creation of the Paralympics, this chapter book biography artfully combines archival photos, full-color illustrations, and a riveting narrative to honor the life of Ludwig Guttmann, whose work profoundly changed so many lives"--

Fastest woman on Earth : the story of Tatyana McFadden

Cavallo, Francesca. author.

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"This is the story of 17-time Paralympic medalist Tatyana McFadden. Born with spina bifida in Russia, Tatyana was raised in an orphanage where she walked on her hands for the first six years of her life. In 1994, she was adopted and moved to the United States, where she started racing and breaking records; and is now considered the best female wheelchair racer of all time, and the fastest woman on Earth." - Amazon.com.

Roll with it

Sumner, Jamie, author.

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Twelve-year-old Ellie, who has cerebral palsy, finds her life transformed when she moves with her mother to small-town Oklahoma to help care for her grandfather, who has Alzheimer's Disease.

Ellen outside the lines

Sass, A. J., author.

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"Ellen, an autistic thirteen-year-old, navigates a new city, shifting friendships, a growing crush, and her queer and Jewish identities while on a class trip to Barcelona, Spain"--

Fish in a tree

Hunt, Lynda Mullaly.

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"Ally's greatest fear is that everyone will find out she is as dumb as they think she is because she still doesn't know how to read"--

Six dots : a story of young Louis Braille

Bryant, Jennifer.

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Hello, universe

Kelly, Erin Entrada, author.

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Lives of four misfits are intertwined when a bully's prank lands shy Virgil at the bottom of a well and Valencia, Kaori, and Gen band together in an epic quest to find and rescue him.

The girl who thought in pictures : the story of Dr. Temple Grandin

Mosca, Julia Finley, author.

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Describes the life and accomplishments of the animal scientist and designer of cruelty-free livestock facilities, from her early life and autism diagnosis through her journey to become a livestock expert.

This beach is loud!

Cotterill, Samantha, author, illustrator.

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"A sensitive boy gets overwhelmed by all the sights, sounds, and sensations at the beach, but his dad has a trick to help his son face these unexpected obstacles"--

Benny doesn't like to be hugged

Elliott, Zetta.

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"A little girl uses rhyming verse to describe the unique traits of her autistic friend."--Back cover.

I am odd, I am new

Giroux, Benjamin, author.

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Ten-year-old Benjamin Giroux's iconic poem conveys what it's like to live with autism.

We can : portraits of power

Gordon, Tyler, author, artist.

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"Fifteen-year-old Tyler Gordon's journey from a regular kid growing up in San Jose, California, to a nationally recognized artist wasn't without its challenges. For the first six years of his life he was fully deaf, which led to a stutter and bullying. Art gave him a creative outlet for his pain. Then, after painting a portrait of Kamala Harris and posting it on social media, he received a call from the vice president herself! Soon his art was everywhere. He had an interview with the The Today Show. He was the youngest artist featured in the Beverly Center. His portrait of LeBron James graced the cover of TIME Magazine. And that was only the beginning!"--

I talk like a river

Scott, Jordan, 1978- author.

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When a child has a "bad speech day" at school, his father gives him a new perspective on his stuttering.

Aven Green, baking machine

Bowling, Dusti, author.

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"Aven knows she's an expert baker of cakes and cookies since she's been baking with her mom for a really long time. Plus no one bakes quite like her. She cracks eggs with her feet and measures sugar and flour with her feet (plus measuring cups) since she was born without arms. And now Aven has her eye on the prize: a beautiful blue ribbon for baking at the county fair. So she teams up with her friends Kayla, Emily, and Sujata. But It turns out they all have very different tastes and a lot of opinions about baking. Talk about a recipe for disaster!"