Children’s Books for World Day for Persons with Disabilities
December 3rd marks the World Day for Persons with Disabilities. Understanding what a disability is and means isn’t always easy for the young child. In honor of this very special day, read a book that focuses on the subject. These picture books can help the young child to develop awareness of disabilities today and on any other day!
Don’t Call Me Special: A First Look At Disability, by Pat Thomas and Lesley Harker: Written by a counselor, this children’s read looks at what disabilities are and how people who have them can lead full lives. This pick also includes a “How to use” section to help parents (and other adults) better understand how to talk to children about the subject.
Special People Special Ways, by Arlene Maguire and Sheila Bailey. Your child can learn about disabilities through rhymes. This age-appropriate introduction also includes vivid watercolor illustrations that can help your child to learn about disabilities and acceptance.
Not So Different: What You Really Want to Ask About Having a Disability, by Shane Burcaw and Matt Carr. Author Shane Burcaw discusses his disability, answering questions and sharing his experiences in a relatable way. This is perfect for the young grade school-aged child who isn’t sure what a disability is or what it means for the person who has one.