Take a break from the screen!

Between online meetings, classes, and Zoom calls, looking at a screen can be exhausting.

Instead, check out this list of family-friendly books about disability for all ages. These books provide a unique insight into the lives of people with disabilities and are perfect to read as a family!

Check out these books available on Amazon! And don't forget to shop through Amazon Smile to have a portion of your proceeds donated to Free Wheelchair Mission! Visit this page for instructions on shopping through Amazon Smile.

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1. Miracle Wheels by Don Schoendorfer (with RC George)

Dr. Don Schoendorfer shares his story of how one trip to Africa and the heartbreaking sights he witnessed there, changed his life forever. He recounts his journey in founding Free Wheelchair Mission, a nonprofit that has served millions around the world.

2. Wonder by R.J. Palacio

Reading Level: Grades 5-7

August Pullman (Auggie) is a fifth-grader who was born with a physical disability. This novel tells his story from Auggie’s perspective as well as from various family members.

*”Wonder” is available as a movie to watch after reading the novel!

3. Thank You, Mr. Falker by Patricia Polacco

Reading Level: Grades 3-5

Trisha is a young girl with dyslexia. Her teacher Mr. Falker encourages Trisha to overcome her disability. This book is based on author Patricia Polacco’s own experience in school.

4. Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper

Reading Level: Grades 4-6

This two-time, #1 New York Times best seller follows the story of 11-year-old Melody, who has cerebral palsy. Although she cannot walk, talk, or write, Melody has a photographic memory and wants to communicate with those around her.

5. The Story of My Life by Helen Keller

Reading Level: Grades 5-6

Helen Keller shares her journey as an individual who was both blind and deaf. It is a real-life story of how she works with her teacher, Anne Sullivan, to later make friends and learn to speak.

6. Can I Play Too? by Mo Willems

Reading Level: Grades 1-2

Gerald and Piggie meet a new snake friend who wants to play catch with them but doesn’t have any arms. This picture book is a good lesson on inclusion and disability awareness for young children.

7. Rules by Cynthia Lord

Reading Level: Grades 4-7

In order to have a more “normal” life, Catherine sets multiple rules for her brother David, who has autism. As Catherine meets other people, she begins to discover what is really “normal.”

8. So B. It by Sarah Weeks

Reading Level: Grades 5-6

Being raised by a mother with a mental disability, Heidi has many questions about the past, including who her father is and when her birthday is. She sets out on a cross-country journey to discover the truth for herself.

9. Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine

Reading Level: Grades 6-7

Caitlin is a girl with Asperger’s who navigates confusing events in her life such as her brother’s death and father’s stress.

*Caution for younger readers: this book discusses a school shooting.

10. El Deafo by Cece Bell

Reading Level: Grades 5-7

Cece wears a hearing aid as she transitions from a school for persons who are deaf to one where the other kids can hear. This award-winning graphic novel is a memoir of the author’s own personal journey.

11. Rescue & Jessica: A Life Changing Friendship by Jessica Kensky

Reading Level: Grades 1-3

Jessica gets a new service dog, Rescue, who helps her through everyday tasks. This picture book is based on a real-life partnership of a girl and her service dog.

12. Soul Surfer: A True Story of Faith, Family, and Fighting to Get Back on the Board by Bethany Hamilton

Reading Level: Grades 5-6

Internationally ranked surfer Bethany Hamilton shares a personal account of how she survived a shark attack that cost the loss of her arm. This book shares her journey of faith and fortitude.

*"Soul Surfer" is available as a movie to watch after reading the novel!

13. Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt 

Reading Level: Grades 6-8

Ally hides her dyslexia from others with her clever and disruptive distractions. But, Mr. Daniels, her newest teacher comes beside Ally and helps her learn to be confident and unashamed of her dyslexia.

14. Because of the Rabbit by Cynthia Lord

Reading Level: Grades 3-5

Emma starts public school for the first time and is paired with a boy named Jack who doesn't stay on topic, talks out of turn, and is obsessed with animals. Emma and Jack bond over her rescued pet rabbit.

15. Emmanuel's Dream: The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah by Lynda Mullaly Hunt 

Reading Level: Grades 1-3

This book is based upon the true story of Emmanuel who was born in Ghana with a leg deformity. He was dismissed by everyone around him except for his mother who helped him to reach for his dreams. Emmanuel walked to school, learned to play soccer, provided for his family, and eventually became a cyclist.

16. The Alphabet War: A Story about Dyslexia by Diane Burton Robb 

Reading Level: Grades 1-2

Adam is a boy with dyslexia. Starting in kindergarten, he struggles to learn his letters as his classmates learn to read. Adam receives help in third grade and begins to excel and is able to eventually read a book on his own!

17. Playground Lessons-Friendship and Forgiveness: Harley and His Wheelchair by Brent Poppen

Reading Level: Grades 3-5

Harley is a young boy who uses a wheelchair. This book explores the author's own experiences and emotions as a quadriplegic. This story serves as a great conversation starter for classrooms and families.

18. A Wheelchair for Francis by Adrienne Mugwanya

Reading Level: Grades 1-2

This is the true story of Francis, a boy in Uganda who was left unable to walk after being sick. The touching story shares his journey in finding his identity and joy amidst the opinions of the people in his local village. *Fun Fact: Francis grew up and founded Father's Heart Mobility Ministry, one of Free Wheelchair Mission's distribution partners in Uganda!

19. When Charley Met Emma by Amy Webb

Reading Level: Grades 1-2

Charley meets a girl named Emma on the playground who is in a wheelchair and learns about their differences. This book teaches kids about disabilities and how to engage with others who are different than them.