The wonderful parts. That’s when she discovers Blue 55, a whale who makes sounds at a frequency much higher than other whales. AHHH, Julian in A List of Cages is my SON. As a child, Haben Girma was inspired by her parents’ story as refugees during the 30-year war between Eritrea and Ethiopia. Keah Brown, born with cerebral palsy, grew up with friends calling her able-boded twin sister “the pretty one.” Although it took time for her to find self-love, Keah found ways to embrace it regardless of how others believed she should be. These two. 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. I’m so grateful for these recs! Finding cheap used copies when I have money has been a challenge. 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! Those books made be realize how lacking most media was in terms of disability rep that didn’t end tragically, and led to me reading as many books with disabled characters in them that I could find. by Padma Venkatraman. Read More…, Copyright © 2021  Paper Fury  ·|·  C.G. 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. Andy and His Yellow Frisbee by Mary Thompson This memoir details Saks’s experiences as well as ongoing challenges she still faces related to the disorder. 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. Jan 8, 2019 - Need a good novel to help you grow, empathize and understand the life of someone with a disability better? 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. 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. Looking for some books with disabled characters. it opened my eyes to so many things i wasn’t aware of as an able-bodied person, and sasha and isabel’s love story is the CUTEST. But then the Chancellor is poisoned to death and a mysterious army attacks the city gates. I haven’t read any of these (except for TBWSH of course) but several of them have been on my TBR for a long time. 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. And WMHJTT is SO GOOD as well! I loved the one book ive read of Sara Barnard, so i’m eager to see what a quiet kind of thunder has for me! Here are some books on disability – by disabled writers – that I have bought and you might like. Thanks for all the recs! This is narrated by Steffi who has selective mutism and ends up partnered with the Deaf boy at school since they both know BSL (British Sign Language). Colours of Us: 5 Multicultural Picture Books About Mental … I’m really lookong forward to Love From A to Z and A Taxonomy of Love. The whole thing hurts, but it also is full of love. This is for older kids, as it is a chapter book about kids with disabilities. 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! But this book!! Books with thoughtful portrayals of characters who encounter mental health issues can offer middle grade readers comfort, connection, and inspiration. Drews @ paperfury […], I’m a 25-year-old author, blogger, and reader extraordinaire. There are probably more but I can’t think of any right now! Posted by 10 months ago. In what Finger calls “historical fictions of disability,” she places characters with disabilities center stage in events in which they are usually peripheral. Children’s Books with Characters on the Autism Spectrum. 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. But that’s now how he views it. But look it’s here now and I do like to claim that quote on how a wizard is never late, but arrives precisely when they mean to (credits to Gandalf, who makes some good points). Elyn R. Saks began hearing voices when she was a teenager, at a time when schizophrenia was largely misunderstood. Honestly, disability representation are the kind of diverse books I seek out the most. It’s also a great suggestion for a fiction book for an autistic teenager to read. This is such a favourite of mine! Mockingbird: This one is for teens or older. 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. From blockbuster sci-fi films to hard-hitting dramas, disabled characters rarely get a look in. But I want to see #ownvoices authors write these. She even started the hashtag #DisabledAndCute to help others with disabilities recognize their inherent beauty. Archived. It’s about two boys who were once foster brothers and find each other again…and how their lives basically unravel. You can read about places you’ve never been to and learn about different types of people, cultures and life experiences. The Speed Of Falling Objects by Nancy Richardson Fischer has a VI protag try to survive a plane crash in the jungle with her estranged father and a teen movie star. From middle grade fiction to memoirs, these books can provide insights about disabilities from the perspectives of those who have them. But this is a wonderful portrayal of how hard times and mental illness compound the issues and a whole family can suffer. (Bonus point for the cover!!) No, I’m not done. For years films and television programs have failed to represent people with disabilities. There’s a lot of pain in this book, and it’s not romanticised. Throughout her young adulthood, she struggled with crippling paranoia and the frequent inability to tell reality apart from delusions. my bookshelf is shamefully lacking in disability rep, especially OV ones, so thanks for these!!! When I first started writing this blog, I thought it was a rare occurrence in romance novels. You’re Welcome, Universe by Whitney Gardner Thank you for signing up! If you want some non-fiction, Shane Burcaw is hilarious and his two memior are awesome! Not the taboo subject it once was, mental illness offers rich territory to explore in books for kids and teens. But I am trying to learn more!!! People who use wheelchairs are over-represented among disabled characters in picture books. I have read so few this year so I really need more recs! Unfortunately, it's tough to find books that feature disabled and/or neurodiverse characters in the first place. I will be adding all of these to my TBR (except TBWSH because I’ve already read and loved it)! I LOVE THIS POST SO MUCH!! . Why yes. 1. This post contains affiliate links. I was falling out of my socks with excitement to read this. also, please promote your book all you want!! I NEED MORE!! But as the only deaf person in her school, her classmates misunderstand her. This was one of my favourite reads of last year just for being SO funny, soft, relatable, aching and lonely and loving — and absolutely crammed full of incredible disability rep. Tell TBR about your reading preferences and what you’re looking for, and sit back while your Bibliologist handpicks recommendations just for you. This is #ownvoices for autism rep and the love interest has a severe disability where his bones are so fragile they’ll break all the time. Marcelo was born with a condition involving autism-like traits that doctors were never able to diagnose. Notify me via e-mail if anyone answers my comment. Love them. The story follows Cason as she goes from upcoming amazing ballerina to an amputee. It seems a bit dark, but it deals with both Aspergers and school shootings, so I thought it was worth checking out. @ Paper Fury 21 Comments. I’m really excited to talk about some of my favourite books with disabled characters!! It’s so … I have been known to eat whole books for breakfast and talk extensively about the dark side and how many cookies it contains. 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. 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! Sam and Eliot had that connection. All while making it clear that folks affected by disabilities are just people like everyone else. 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. Shane Burcaw is used to people viewing his life—and medical condition, spinal muscular atrophy—through a sympathetic lens. What is this selfish self-promo!! And I think almost all of them have been bought and read because of your recommendation ❤ as well as others’. ➸ How To Tell If A Book Has Good Autism Rep Some of these are on my TBR list, so I’m glad you enjoyed them! So here it is! 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. Isabel has rheumatoid arthritis and Sasha has Gaucher Disease. The pain and loss of it, and how to find yourself again. Visit mytbr.co to sign up today. 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