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Introduction

This list of Resources You Can Use is intended to help parents and professionals identify books that are written about or include characters who have a disability. The list is grouped according to disability or issue (see list, above). We have indicated the age/grade level in parentheses to help you determine which of these books is appropriate for your children. At times, for clarity, we have indicated additional information about the story. A list of publishers is provided (in alphabetical order) at the end of this document, so that readers can easily obtain books of interest to them.

This Resources You Can Use is not intended to serve as an endorsement of any of the books listed. We urge you to carefully evaluate all materials in order to determine which is most appropriate for your particular needs.

This booklist is by no means exhaustive. You may identify additional children's literature relating to disability by:

Contacting a national, state, or local level disability organization that specializes in the disability of interest to you and asking what children's books involving disability they might recommend;

Checking to see what books involving disability are available in your local library and local bookstores;

Visiting the Web sites of the publishers listed at the end of this document to see if they have other materials that meet your needs.
These books can offer an excellent vehicle for communicating with children about disabilities, for providing children and young adults with stories about persons like themselves, and for featuring the personalities, friendships, challenges, accomplishments, and daily lives of people with disabilities.

AD/HD

Caffrey, J.A. (1997). First star I see. Fairport, NY: Verbal Images Press. (Grades 6-8)

Carpenter, P., Ford, M., & Horjus, P. (Illust.). (2000). Sparky's excellent misadventures: My A.D.D. journal, by me (Sparky). Washington, DC: Magination Press. (Ages 5-11)

Corman,C.L., & Trevino, E. (1995). Eukee the jumpy jumpy elephant. Plantation, FL: Special Press. (Preschool-3)

Galvin, M., & Ferraro, S. (Illust.). (1995). Otto learns about his medicine: A story about medicine for children with ADHD. Washington, DC: Magination Press. (Ages 4-8)

Gordon, M., & Junco, J.H. (Illust.). (1992). My brother's a world class pain: A sibling's guide to ADHD-hyperactivity. DeWitt, NY: GSI. (Grades 4 and up)

Janover, C. (1997). Zipper, the kid with ADHD. Bethesda, MD: Woodbine House. (Grades 3-6)

Nemiroff, M.A., Annunziata, J., & Scott, M. (Illust.). (1998). Help is on the way: A child's book about ADD. Washington, DC: Magination Press. (Ages 5-9)

Shapiro, L.E. (1993). Sometimes I drive my mom crazy, but I know she's crazy about me: A self-esteem book for ADHD children. Secaucus, NJ: Childswork/ Childsplay. (Preschool-5)

Smith, M. (1997). Pay attention, Slosh! Morton Grove, IL: Albert Whitman. (Grades 3-5)

Zimmert, D. (2001). Eddie enough! Bethesda, MD: Woodbine. (Ages 5-10).

Autism

Amenta III, C.A. (1992). Russell is extra special: A book about autism for children. Washington, DC: Magination Press. (Ages 4-8)

Branon, B. (1998). Timesong. Las Vegas, NV: Huntington Press.

Katz, I., Ritvo, E., & Borowitz, F. (Illust.). (1993). Joey and Sam. West Hills, CA: Real Life Storybooks. (Grades K-6)

Landalf, H., & Rimland, M. (Illust.). (1998). Secret night world of cats. Lyme, NH: Smith & Kraus. (The illustrator of this book has autism.) (Grades K-3)

Messner, A.W. (1999). Captain Tommy. Arlington, TX: Future Horizons. (Grades 1-4)

Prizant, B.M. (Ed.). (1997). In our own words: Stories by brothers and sisters of children with autism and PDD. Fall River, MA: Adsum. (Ages 12 and up)

Simmons, K.L. (1996). Little rainman. Arlington, TX: Future Horizons. (Ages 4-8)

Sprecher, J., & Forrest, J. (Illust.). (1997). Jeffrey and the despondent dragon. Muskego, WI: Special Kids. (Grades K-4)

Thompson, M. (1996). Andy and his yellow frisbee. Bethesda, MD: Woodbine House. (Grades K-5)

Wilson, R. (1999). The legendary blobshocker. Arlington, TX: Future Horizons. (Written and illustrated by a nine-year-old boy with autism.)

Down Syndrome

Carter, A.R., Young, D. (Illust.), & Carter, C. (Illust.). (1997). Big brother Dustin. Morton Grove, IL: Albert Whitman. (Ages 4-8)

Carter, A.R., Young, D. (Photographer), & Carter, C. (Illust.). (1999). Dustin's big school day. Morton Grove, IL: Albert Whitman. (Ages 4-8)

Dodds, B., & Hunt, J. (Illust.). (1997). My sister Annie. Honesdale, PA: Boyds Mill Press. (Ages 9-12)

Fleming, V. (1993). Be good to Eddie Lee. New York, NY: Putnam. (Preschool-3)

Fox, P. (1997). Radiance descending. New York, NY: DK Publishing. (Grades 5-7)

Rickert, J.E., & McGahan, P. (Photographer). (1999). Apple tree surprise. Bethesda, MD: Woodbine House. (Ages 3-7)

Rickert, J.E., & McGahan, P. (Photographer). (1999). Russ and the firehouse. Bethesda, MD: Woodbine House. (Ages 3-7)

Rickert, J.E., & McGahan, P. (Photographer). (2001). Russ and the almost perfect day. Bethesda, MD: Woodbine House. (Ages 3-7)

Stuve-Bodeen, S. (1998). We'll paint the octopus red. Bethesda, MD: Woodbine House. (Ages 3-7)

Testa, M., & Paterson, D. (1994). Thumbs up, Rico! Morton Grove, IL: Albert Whitman. (Grades 3-7)

Hearing Impairment, including Deafness
Addabbo, C. (1998). Dina the deaf dinosaur. Stamford, CT: Hannacroix Creek. (The author of this book is deaf.) (Preschool-5)

Blatchford, C.H. (1995). Nick's mission. Minneapolis, MN: Lerner. (Ages 10-14)

Booth, B., & Lamarche, J. (1991). Mandy. New York, NY: Lothrop. (Hearing impairment) (Ages 5-9)

Hodges, C., & Yoder, D. (Illust.). (1995). When I grow up. Hollidaysburg, PA: Jason & Nordic. (Deafness) (Grades K-4)

Lowell, G.R., & Brooks, K.S. (Illust.). (2000). Elana's ears, or how I became the best big sister in the world. Washington, DC: Magination Press. (Deafness) (Ages 3-8)

Piper, D. (1996). Jake's the name, sixth grade's the game. Unionville, NY: Royal Fireworks Press. (Grades 5-8)

Shreve, S.R. (1993). Gift of the girl who couldn't hear. New York, NY: William Morrow. (Grades 5 and up)

Slier, D. (1995). Word signs. Washington, DC: Gallaudet University Press. (Deafness)

Learning Disabilities

Banks, J.T. (1995). Egg-drop blues. Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin. (Dyslexia) (Grades 3-6)

Griffith, J. (1997). How dyslexic Benny became a star. Dallax, TX: Yorktown Press. (Ages 9-15)

Janover, C. (2000). How many days until tomorrow? Bethesda, MD: Woodbine House. (Dyslexia) (Grades 3-6)

Schlieper, A. (1994). Best fight. Morton Grove, IL: Albert Whitman. (Grades 3-7)

Smith, S.L., & Booz, B. (Illust.). (1994). Different is not bad, different is the world: A book about disabilities. Longmont, CO: Sopris West. (Grades 2-6)

Stern, J., Ben-Ami, U., & Chesworth, M. (Illust.). (1996). Many ways to learn: Young people's guide to learning disabilities. Washington, DC: Magination Press. (Ages 8-13)

Mental Retardation

Carrick, C., & Carrick, D. (Illust.). (1989). Stay away from Simon! Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin. (Grades 3-6)

Mazer, H. (1998). Wild kid. New York, NY: Simon & Schuster Children's. (Ages 10-14)

Pulver, R., & Wolf, E. (1999). Way to go, Alex! Morton Grove, IL: Albert Whitman. (Grades 2-5)

Physical Disabilities

Benton, H. (1996). Whoa, Nellie! Columbus, OH: Open Minds. (Part of the Best Friends series, which features Kathryn, a girl with a physical disability who uses a wheelchair.) (Ages 8-14)

Carter, A.R., & Carter, C.S. (Photographer.). (2000). Stretching ourselves: Kids with cerebral palsy. Morton Grove, IL: Albert Whitman. (Ages 5-9)

Heelan, J.R. (1998). Making of my special hand: Madison's story. Atlanta, GA: Peachtree. (This book is about the making of a prosthesis.) (Ages 4-8)

Heelan, J.R. (2000). Rolling along: The story of Taylor and his wheelchair. Atlanta, GA: Peachtree. (This book is about a boy with cerebral palsy learning to use a wheelchair.) (Ages 6-10)

Holcomb, N. (1992). Andy finds a turtle. Hollisdayburg, PA: Jason & Nordic. (Preschool-2)

Holcomb, N. (1992). Andy opens wide. Hollisdayburg, PA: Jason & Nordic. (Preschool-2)

Holcomb, N. (1992). Fair and square. Hollisdayburg, PA: Jason & Nordic. (Preschool-2)

Loski, D., & Sniffen, L.M. (Illust.). (1995). Dinosaur hill. Boise, ID: Writers Press. (The main character has cerebral palsy and uses a wheelchair.) (Grades 3-8)

Moran, G., & Westcott, N.B. (1994). Imagine me on a sit-ski. Morton Grove, IL: Albert Whitman. (Using a wheelchair) (Grades 2-5)

Myers, C., & Morgan, C. (Illust.). (1999). Rolling along with Goldilocks and the three bears. Bethesda, MD: Woodbine House. (Using a wheelchair) (Ages 3-7)

Tuitel, J., Lamson, S.E., & Sharp, D. (Illust.). (2000). Searching the noonday trail. Muskegon, MI: Cedar Tree. (Part of the Gun Lake Gang Adventure series, this book features a boy with cerebral palsy who uses a wheelchair. The co-author, J. Tuitel, also has CP and uses a wheelchair.) (Ages 9-12)

Useman, S., Useman, E., & Pillo, C. (Illust.). (1999). Tibby tried it. Washington, DC: Magination Press. (About a bird who can't fly.) (Ages 3-8)

Serious Medical or Life-Threatening Conditions
Girard, L.W., & Sims, B. (1990). Alex, the kid with AIDS. Morton Grove, IL: Albert Whitman. (Grades 2-5)

Hamilton, V. (1999). Bluish. New York, NY: Blue Sky Press. (Leukemia and using a wheelchair) (Grades 2-6)

Harshman, M.(1995). The storm. New York, NY: Cobblehill/Dutton. (Using a wheelchair) (Grades 2-6)

Katz, I. (1994). Uncle Jimmy. West Hills, CA: Real Life Storybooks. (AIDS) (Grades K-6)

Kübler-Ross, E. (1995). Remember the secret (Rev. ed.). Berkeley, CA: Celestial Arts. (About dying.) (Grades 1-4)

Mills, J.C. (1993). Gentle willow: A story for children about dying. Washington, DC: Magination Press. (Preschool-3)

Mills, J., & Chesworth, M. (Illust.). (1992). Little Tree: A story for children with serious medical problems. Washington, DC: Magination Press. (Amputation) (Ages 4-8)

Slote, A. (1992). Hang tough, Paul Mather. New York, NY: HarperCollins Children's. (About a 12-year-old pitcher with leukemia.)

Verniero, J.C., & Flory, V. (Illust.). (1995). You can call me Willy: A story for children about AIDS. Washington, DC: Magination Press. (Ages 4-8)

Sibling Issues

Fox, P. (1997). Radiance descending. New York, NY: DK Publishing. (Down syndrome) (Grades 5-7)

Gordon, M., & Junco, J.H. (Illust.). (1992). My brother's a world class pain: A sibling's guide to ADHD-hyperactivity. DeWitt, NY: GSI. (Grades 4 and up)

Lowell, G.R., & Brooks, K.S. (Illust.). (2000). Elana's ears, or how I became the best big sister in the world. Washington, DC: Magination Press. (Deafness) (Ages 3-8)

Meyer, D.J. (Ed.). (1997). Views from our shoes: Growing up with a brother or sister with special needs. Bethesda, MD: Woodbine House. (Grades 3 and up)

Prizant, B.M. (Ed.). (1997). In our own words: Stories by brothers and sisters of children with autism and PDD. Fall River, MA: Adsum. (Ages 12 and up)

Thompson, M. (1992). My brother Matthew. Bethesda, MD: Woodbine House. (About disability in general.) (Grades K-5)

Visual Impairment, including Blindness
Chamberlin, K. (1997). Night search. Hollisdayburg, PA: Jason & Nordic. (Also available in Braille.)

Day, S., & Morris, D. (Illust.). Luna and the big blur. Washington, DC: Magination Press. (Ages 4-8)

Gardner, S., & Spurlock, J. (Illust.). (1997). Eagle Feather. Boise, ID: Writers Press. (About a blind Native American boy in the mid-19th century.) (Ages 9-12)

Martin, Jr., B., Archambault, J., & Rand, T. (Illust.). (1995). Knots on a counting rope. New York, NY: Henry Holt. (Preschool-2)

Schulman, A. (1997). T.J.'s story: A book about a boy who is blind. Minneapolis, MN: Lerner. (Ages 8-12)

Turk, R. (1998). Doll on the top shelf. Los Altos, CA: Owl's House Press. (Book is presented in text and Braille.) (Grades K-3)

Other

Aldape, V.T., & Kossacoff, L.S. (Photographer). (1995). Nicole's story: A book about a girl with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. Minneapolis, MN: Lerner. (Grades 3-8)

Buehrens, A., & Buehrens, C. (1991). Adam and the magic marble: A magical adventure. Duarte, CA: Hope Press. (Tourette syndrome and cerebral palsy) (Grades K-10)

Carlisle, K. (1994). Special raccoon: Helping a child learn about handicaps and love. Far Hills, NJ: New Horizon. (About disability in general.)

Gosselin, K. (1996). ZooAllergy: A fun story about allergy and asthma triggers. Valley Park, MO: JayJo Books. (Asthma & allergy testing) (Grades K-6)

Gosselin, K. (1997). SPORTSercise! Valley Park, MO: JayJo Books. (Exercise-induced asthma) (Grades 3-7)

Gosselin, K. (1998). ABCs of asthma: An asthma alphabet book for kids of all ages. Valley Park, MO: JayJo Books. (Asthma) (Grades K-5)

Gosselin, K. (1998). Taking diabetes to school (2nd ed.). Valley Park, MO: JayJo Books. (Diabetes) (Grades K-5)

Klayman, G. (1996). Our new baby needs special help: A coloring book for families whose new baby has problems. Omaha, NE: Centering Corporation.

Koplow, L., & Velasquez, E. (Illust.). (1991). Tanya and the Tobo man: A story for children entering therapy. Washington, DC: Magination Press. (Written in both English and Spanish.) (Ages 4-8)

Maguire, A. (1995). We're all special. Santa Monica, CA: Portunus. (About disability in general.) (Preschool and up)

Mulder, L., & Friar, J.H. (Illust.). (1992). Sarah and Puffle: A story for children about diabetes. Washington, DC: Magination Press. (Diabetes) (Ages 4-8)

Peacock, C.A., Gregory, A., & Gregory, K.C. (1998). Sugar was my best food: Diabetes and me. Morton Grove, IL: Albert Whitman. (Diabetes) (Grades 3-8)

Roy, J.R. (1999). Bed potatoes: An activity guide for kids who feel yukky, miserable, and just plain sick. Saratoga Springs, NY: Activate Press.

Snyder, H., & Beebe, S. (Illust.). (1998). Elvin: The elephant who forgets. Wake Forest, NC: L&A Publishing. (Traumatic brain injury) (Grades K-5)

Williams, M. (1996). Cool cats, calm kids: Relaxation and stress management for young people. San Luis Obispo, CA: Impact. (Grades 2-7)

Publishers

Activate Press
36 White Street, Suite 2
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

Adsum
P.O. Box 1511 Fall River, MA 02722
(800) 588-9239; (508) 677-9239

Albert Whitman and Company
6340 Oakton Street Morton Grove, IL 60053
(800) 255-7675 www.awhitmanco.com

Blue Sky Press Book Scholastic Inc.
P.O. Box 7502 Jefferson City, MO 65102
(800) 325-6149 (customer service) www.scholastic.com

Boyds Mills Press
815 Church Street Honesdale, PA 18431
(877) 512-8366 www.boydsmillspress.com

Cedar Tree Publishing c/o Tap Shoe Productions
1916 Breton Road SE Grand Rapids, MI 49506
(888) 302-7463; (616) 831-0030

Celestial Arts c/o Ten Speed Press
P.O. Box 7123 Berkeley, CA 94707 (800) 841-2665
www.tenspeed.com

Centering Corporation
7230 Maple Street Omaha, NE 68134 (800) 775-1500 (customer service); (402) 553-1200 www.centering.org

Childswork/Childsplay
135 Dupont Street Plainview, NY 11803 (516) 349-5520 www.childswork.com

Cobblehill/Dutton
see Penguin Putnam

DK Publishing
501 Mason Road Lavergne, TN 37086 (877) 342-5357 (orders); (212) 213-4800 www.dk.com

Future Horizons
721 West Abram Street Arlington, TX 76013
(800) 489-0727; (817) 277-0727 www.futurehorizons-autism.com

Gallaudet University Press Distribution Center
11030 South Langley Avenue Chicago, IL 60628
(800) 621-2736 http://gupress.gallaudet.edu

GSI Publications
P.O. Box 746 DeWitt, NY 13214 (800) 550-2343; (315) 446-4849 www.gsi-add.com

Hannacroix Creek Books
1127 High Ridge Road PMB 110B Stamford, CT 06905-1203 (203) 321-8674 www.hannacroix.com

HarperCollins Children's Books
1000 Keystone Industrial Park Scranton, PA 18512
(800) 331-3761; (212) 207-7000 www.harperchildrens.com

Henry Holt & Company c/o VHPS
16365 James Madison Highway Gordonsville, VA 22942
(888) 330-8477

Hope Press
P.O. Box 188 Duarte, CA 91009 (800) 321-4039; (626) 303-0644

Houghton Mifflin
181 Ballard Vale Street Wilmington, MA 01887
(800) 225-3362 www.hmco.com

Huntington Press
3687 South Procyon Avenue Las Vegas, NV 89103
(800) 244-2224 www.huntingtonpress.com

Impact Publishers
P.O. Box 6016 Atascadero, CA 93423-6016
(800) 246-7228; (805) 466-5917 info@impactpublishers.com www.impactpublishers.com

Jason & Nordic Publishers
P.O. Box 441 Hollidaysburg, PA 16648 (814) 696-2920 turtlbks@nb.net www.jasonandnordic.com

JayJo Books
P.O. Box 213 Valley Park, MO 63088 (636) 861-1331
jayjobooks@aol.com www.jayjo.com

L&A Publishing
708 Young Forest Drive Wake Forest, NC 27587-9040
(919) 562-0015 lapublishing@earthlink.net
www.lapublishing.com

Lerner Publishing
Customer Service Department
1251 Washington Avenue North Minneapolis, MN 55401
(800) 328-4929 custserv@lernerbooks.com www.lernerbooks.com

Lothrop
c/o HarperCollins Publishing
1000 Keystone IND Park Scranton, PA 18512
(800) 237-0657 (customer service) www.harpercollins.com

Magination Press
750 First Street NE Washington, DC 20002
(800) 374-2721; (202) 336-5510 www.maginationpress.com

New Horizon
P.O. Box 669 Far Hills, NJ 07931 (800) 533-7978
www.newhorizonpressbooks.com

Open Minds
P.O. Box 21325 Columbus, OH 43221-0325
(800) 550-0242 Benton@openmindsinc.com www.openmindsinc.com

Owl's House Press
40951 Fremont Boulevard Fremont, CA 94538
(888) 848-6957; (510) 668-1892 www.owlshouse.com

Peachtree Publications
1700 Chattahoochee Avenue Atlanta, GA 30318
(800) 241-0113 www.peachtree-online.com

Penguin Putnam
405 Murray Hill Parkway East Rutherford, NJ 07073
(800) 788-6262 www.penguinputnam.com

Portunus Publishing
27875 Berwick Drive, Suite A Carmel, CA 93923
(831) 622-8866 sandra@idioms.com www.portunus.net

Putnam Books
see Penguin Putnam above.

Real Life Storybooks
8370 Kentland Avenue
West Hills, CA 91304
(818) 887-6431
www.reallifestories.com

Royal Fireworks Press
P.O. Box 399 Unionville, NY 10988 (845) 726-4444

Simon & Schuster Children's Division
100 Front Street Riverside, NJ 08075
(800) 223-2336 www.simonsays.com

Smith & Kraus Publishers c/o IDS
195 McGregor Street Manchester, NH 03102
(800) 895-4331; (603) 643-6431 www.smithkraus.com

Sopris West
4093 Specialty Place Longmont, CO 80504
(800) 547-6747 www.sopriswest.com

Special Kids
P.O. Box 462 Muskego, WI 53150 (800) 543-7153; (262) 679-3410 info@specialkids1.com www.specialkids1.com

Special Press (now ADD Warehouse)
300 NW 70th Avenue, Suite 102 Plantation, FL 33317
(800) 233-9273 www.addwarehouse.com

Verbal Images Press
c/o Independent Publishers Group
814 North Franklin Chicago, IL 60610 (800) 888-4741 www.ipgbook.com

William Morrow and Company
see HarperCollins

Woodbine House
6510 Bells Mill Road Bethesda, MD 20817 (800) 843-7323; (301) 897-3570 www.woodbinehouse.com

Writers Press
2309 Mountainview Drive, Suite 185 Boise, ID 83706
(208) 327-0566 www.writerspress.com

Yorktown Press
SofDesign International
301 South Sherman, Suite 202 Richardson, TX 75081
(800) 755-7344; (972) 644-0098 www.yorktownpress.com

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Project Director: Suzanne Ripley
Editor/Compiler: Lisa Küpper

NICHCY thanks our Project Officer, Dr. Peggy Cvach, at the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), U.S. Department of Education.
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