Children’s/Picture Books

All The Way to the Top : How One Girl’s Fight for Americans with Disabilities Changed Everything by Annette Bay Pimentel and Jennifer Keelan-Chaffins – Cerebral Palsy, account of Jennifer’s tine as a child activist

Middle Grade

Tea Dragon Festival by Katie O’Neill – Deaf representation

Stargazing by Jen Wang – Brain tumor (based on author’s experience)

Sunny Side Up by Matt and Jennifer L. Holm – family member with addiction (based on authors’ experience)

Navigating Early by Clare Vanderpool – Autism

Con Quest! by Sam Maggs – Autism

Song for a Whale by Lynne Kelly – Deaf main character, uses ASL and reading lips

Real by Carol Cujec and Peyton Goddard – Non-verbal Autism, Down’s Syndrome, wheelchair use #OwnVoices

The Bridge Home by Padma Venkatraman – Unidentified intellectual disability (author research and work with street children)

Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier – Cystic Fibrosis (inspired by author’s cousin’s illness)

Planet Earth is Blue by Nicole Panteleakos – Non-verbal Autism (author worked with Autistic children and researched methods and treatments of the time)

A Chance to Fly by Ali Stroker and Stacy Davidowitz – Paraplegic #OwnVoices inspired by Ali’s experiences

How to Become a Planet by Nicole Melleby – Depression and Anxiety

Muffled by Jennifer Gennari – Sound Sensitivity

El Deafo by Cece Bell – Deaf Represenation

Charlie and Frog: A Castle-on-Hudson Mystery by Karen Kane- Deaf Representation, using ASL. This book teaches signs in the chapter headings.

Young Adult

Renegades trilogy by Marissa Meyer – Secondary character with Brittle Bone Disease

Six of Crows and King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo – Kaz from SoC broke his leg as a child and it did not heal properly so he uses a cane; PTSD, disfigurement, character with eye patch; dyslexia (author has a rare degenerative bone disease and uses a cane for assistance)

Unstoppable Wasp: Built on Hope by Sam Maggs – Bipolar Disorder, Cerebral Palsy

Sick Kids in Love by Hannah Moskowitz – Rheumatoid Arthritis and Guacher Syndrome

Mooncakes by Suzzane Walker – Deaf Representation

Curious Case of the Dog in the Night by Mark Haddon – Autism

Echoes Between Us by Katie McGarry – Brain tumor induced migraines, addiction/alcoholism


Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors series by Sonali Dev – brain tumor, epilepsy, miscarriage, anxiety

Moloka’i by Alan Brennert – Leprosy

The Kiss Quotient and The Bride Test by Helen Hoang – Asperger’s and high functioning Autism #OwnVoices

How Lucky by Will Leitch – Spinal Muscular Atrophy

Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert – Fibromyalgia, PTSD

Honorable Mentions

Marcus Vega Does Not Speak Spanish by Pablo Cartaya – Younger brother with Down’s Syndrome