20+ Inclusive Books For Kids That Shine a Light On Different Abilities

Written by Erin Feher
6:00 am
04/01/19

Kids are curious about everything, so it’s only natural that they may stare of ask questions when they see something or someone that is unfamiliar. But teaching them that the many, many ways we are all unique are to be celebrated is an important lesson that can be strengthened by a bookshelf filled with a wide variety of chacacters.

As we head into Autism Awareness Month, it’s an ideal time to sit down with our kids and talk about the many things that make each of us unique, and some of the differences they may encounter (or be experiencing themselves!). The following books feature characters with autism, Down Syndrome, limb differences, blindness, deafness, stuttered speech, and more. Beyond teaching about each condition, all of the books teach the importance of empathy and inclusion—the most important lessons of all.

For more stellar kids’ book roundups, check out 10 books that celebrate Muslim faith & culture, 30 black history books for kids35+ books with strong female charactersgreat options to give as giftstitles that boost self-esteem and empathy, and 20 awesome picture books without words.

You can also get a behind-the-scenes look at some our favorite children’s authors and illustrators within our “The Bookshelf” profiles of Yuyi MoralesIsabel Sanchez Vegara, and Jon Klassen.

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