Books with Characters Who Have Physical Disabilities

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. From the disfigured boy in Wonder to the deaf protagonist in El Deafo to the teen girl with cerebral palsy in Say What You Will, these books feature characters who face all sorts of challenges. 

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Hello Goodbye Dog Book Poster Image
Warm story of girl and her exuberant therapy dog.
By Maria Gianferrari
(2017)
(2017)
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Not So Different: What You Really Want to Ask About Having a Disability Book Poster Image
Young man shares info about disability with honesty, humor.
By Shane Burcaw
(2017)
(2017)
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Charlie & Frog Book Poster Image
Fun, educational mystery introduces kids to sign language.
By Karen Kane
(2018)
(2018)
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Handbook for Dragon Slayers Book Poster Image
Exciting medieval adventure with brave teens and dragons.
By Merrie Haskell
(2013)
(2013)
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A Snicker of Magic Book Poster Image
Kids try to find town's lost magic in beguiling tale.
By Natalie Lloyd
(2014)
(2014)
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The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup, and a Spool of Thread Book Poster Image
Brave mouse adventure a modern classic; great read-aloud.
By Kate DiCamillo
(2003)
(2004)
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The Cay Book Poster Image
Powerful shipwreck story has anti-racism message.
By Theodore Taylor
(2005)
(1987)
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El Deafo Book Poster Image
Charming, funny comics memoir of growing up deaf.
By Cece Bell
(2014)
(2014)
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Firegirl Book Poster Image
A disfigured classmate teaches stirring lessons.
By Tony Abbott
(2007)
(2006)
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Freak the Mighty Book Poster Image
Outcasts join forces to conquer readers' hearts.
By Rodman Philbrick
(2004)
(1993)
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Mascot Book Poster Image
Tween's humor lifts story about grief, physical injury.
By Antony John
(2018)
(2018)
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The Meaning of Maggie Book Poster Image
Girl comes to terms with dad's illness in relatable tale.
By Megan Jean Severn
(2014)
(2014)
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The War That Saved My Life Book Poster Image
Abused girl finds courage, family in compelling WWII story.
By Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
(2015)
(2015)
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Wonderstruck Book Poster Image
Inventive story of runaways in New York, 50 years apart.
By Brian Selznick
(2011)
(2011)
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As Brave As You Book Poster Image
Poignant summer adventure brims with family love and hope.
By Jason Reynolds
(2016)
(2016)
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The Chosen Prince Book Poster Image
Appealing tale of flawed, noble prince offers strong values.
By Diane Stanley
(2015)
(2015)
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Cyclone Book Poster Image
Emotional tale of girl's stroke recovery after coaster ride.
By Doreen Cronin
(2017)
(2017)
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I Funny: A Middle School Story Book Poster Image
Middle school humor mixes with moving disability subplot.
By James Patterson, Chris Grabenstein
(2013)
(2012)
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The Nest Book Poster Image
Poignant sick-sibling tale blurs lines of real and imagined.
By Kenneth Oppel
(2015)
(2015)
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Out of My Mind Book Poster Image
Girl with cerebral palsy conquers challenges in moving tale.
By Sharon M. Draper
(2013)
(2010)
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Soul Surfer Book Poster Image
Inspirational story of life after a shark attack.
By Bethany Hamilton
(2011)
(2011)
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Hurt Go Happy Book Poster Image
Award-winner faces tough topic of animal testing.
By Ginny Rorby
(2008)
(2006)
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Wonder Book Poster Image
Moving tale of facially different boy with inner beauty.
By R.J. Palacio
(2012)
(2012)
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Blind Book Poster Image
Blind teen probes a friend's death in compelling tale.
By Rachel DeWoskin
(2014)
(2014)
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Dragonswood Book Poster Image
Teen girl's bold adventure among dragons, fairies, princes.
By Janet Lee Carey
(2012)
(2012)
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Five Feet Apart Book Poster Image
Sweet love story of sick teens who aren't allowed to touch.
By Rachael Lippincott, Mikki Daughtry, Tobias Iaconis
(2018)
(2018)
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Love and First Sight Book Poster Image
Blind teen finds love and more in engaging coming-of-ager.
By Josh Sundquist
(2017)
(2017)
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She Is Not Invisible Book Poster Image
Smart mystery about blind girl searching for missing dad.
By Marcus Sedgwick
(2014)
(2014)
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Soundless Book Poster Image
Solid standalone fantasy is inspired by Chinese folklore.
By Richelle Mead
(2015)
(2015)
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A Step Toward Falling Book Poster Image
Thoughtful coming-of-ager about looking beneath the surface.
By Cammie McGovern
(2015)
(2015)
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The Dark Days of Hamburger Halpin Book Poster Image
Funny, overweight, deaf -- the new kid is an unlikely hero.
By Josh Berk
(2010)
(2010)
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There Will Be Lies Book Poster Image
Deaf teen learns scary truths in suspenseful thriller.
By Nick Lake
(2015)
(2015)
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Everything, Everything Book Poster Image
Engaging journey of sick teen risking it all to truly live.
By Nicola Yoon
(2015)
(2015)
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Because You'll Never Meet Me Book Poster Image
Sweet friendship tale of isolated teen boy pen pals.
By Leah Thomas
(2015)
(2015)
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Say What You Will Book Poster Image
Compelling misfits, touching romance, mature themes.
By Cammie McGovern
(2014)
(2014)
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