Picture Books

We’re All Wonders

Written by R.J. Palachio

Illustrated by R.J. Palachio

Publishers Summary

We’re All Wonders may be Auggie’s story, but it taps into every child’s longing to belong, and to be seen for who they truly are. It’s the perfect way for families and educators to talk about empathy and kindness with young children.


The King of Kindergarten

Written by Derrick Barnes

Illustrated by Vanessa Brantley-Newton

Publisher Summary

The morning sun blares through your window like a million brass trumpets. It sits and shines behind your head–like a crown. Mommy says that today, you are going to be the King of Kindergarten!


Isaac and His Amazing Asperger Superpowers!

Written by Melanie Walsh

Illustrated by Melanie Walsh

Publisher Summary

Isaac may look like everyone else, but he actually has superpowers that make him different from his brother and his classmates. Some kids don’t understand that and call him names. But Isaac’s superhero brain remembers loads of things, he has energy enough to bounce on his trampoline for hours, and his ears are so sharp he can even hear the buzzing some lights make in school (ouch!).


Emmanuel’s Dream: The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah

Written by Laurie Ann Thompson

Illustrated by Sean Qualls

Publisher Summary

Born in Ghana, West Africa, with one deformed leg, he was dismissed by most people—but not by his mother, who taught him to reach for his dreams. As a boy, Emmanuel hopped to school more than two miles each way, learned to play soccer, left home at age thirteen to provide for his family, and, eventually, became a cyclist. He rode an astonishing four hundred miles across Ghana in 2001, spreading his powerful message: disability is not inability.


Just Because

Written by Rebecca Elliott

Illustrated by Rebecca Elliott

Author Summary

This is a beautiful story about a little brother and his big sister, Clemmie. Clemmie is disabled, but her little brother sees beyond that. Clemmie and her brother have imaginative adventures every day and night. Just because Clemmie is in a wheelchair and she is unable to walk, talk, or do things for herself, her little brother helps her enjoy life to its fullest!


Red: A Crayon’s Story

Written by Michael Hall

Illustrated by Michael Hall

Authors Summary

Red has a bright red label, but he is, in fact, blue. His teacher tries to help him be red (let’s draw strawberries!), his mother tries to help him be red by sending him out on a playdate with a yellow classmate (go draw a nice orange!), and the scissors try to help him be red by snipping his label so that he has room to breathe. But Red is miserable. He just can’t be red, no matter how hard he tries! Finally, a brand-new friend offers a brand-new perspective, and Red discovers what readers have known all along. He’s blue!


My Brother Charlie

Written by Holly Robinson Peete & Ryan Elizabeth Peete

Illustrated by Shane W. Evans

Publishers Summary

A girl tells what it is like living with her twin brother who has autism and sometimes finds it hard to communicate with words, but who, in most ways, is just like any other boy.


What do you do with a problem?

Written by Kobi Yamada

Illustrated by Mae Besom

Publisher Summary

This is the story of a persistent problem and the child who isn’t so sure what to make of it. The longer the problem is avoided, the bigger it seems to get. But when the child finally musters up the courage to face it, the problem turns out to be something quite different than it appeared.



What do you do with a chance?

Written by Kobi Yamada

Illustrated by Mae Besom

Publisher Summary

In this story, a child is visited by his first chance and unsure what to do with it, he lets it go. Later on, when a new chance arrives he reaches for it, but this time he misses and falls. Embarrassed and afraid, he begins ignoring each new chance that comes by, even though he still wants to take them. Then one day he realizes that he doesn’t need to be brave all the time, just at the right time, to find out what amazing things can happen when he takes a chance…


What do you do with an idea?

Written by Kobi Yamada

Illustrated by Mae Besom

Publisher Summary

This is the story of one brilliant idea and the child who helps to bring it into the world. As the child’s confidence grows, so does the idea itself. And then, one day, something amazing happens. This is a story for anyone, at any age, who’s ever had an idea that seemed a little too big, too odd, too difficult. It’s a story to inspire you to welcome that idea, to give it some space to grow, and to see what happens next. Because your idea isn’t going anywhere. In fact, it’s just getting started.


My Friend Suhana: A Story of Friendship and Cerebral Palsy

Written and Illustrated by Shaila Abdullah and Aanyah Abdullah

Author Summary

My friend Suhana is like no other girl I know….She does not answer when I call her. She does not play tag or hopscotch with me, and she does not ride a bike. We have never had a play date.


Crow Boy

Written by Taro Yashima

Illustrated by Taro Yashima

Publisher Summary

A shy Japanese boy having difficulty adjusting to school is misjudged by his classmates. A shy Japanese boy having difficulty adjusting to school is misjudged by his classmates. Chibi has been an outcast since that frightening first day of school when he hid under the schoolhouse.


Stand Tall Molly Lou Mellon

Written by Patty Lovell

Illustrated by David Catrow

Publisher Summary

Molly Lou Melon is short and clumsy, has buck teeth, and has a voice that sounds like a bullfrog being squeezed by a boa constrictor. She doesn’t mind. Her grandmother has always told her to walk proud, smile big, and sing loud, and she takes that advice to heart.


Jacob’s Eye Patch

Written by Beth Kobliner Shaw & Jacob Shaw

Illustrated by Jules Feiffer

Author Summary

Jacob is in a hurry—a really big hurry—to get to the store to buy a special toy. There’s only one left, and if he doesn’t get to it soon, he’ll never forgive his mom and dad for making him late. Strangers often stop Jacob’s parents on the street to ask about him. See, Jacob is unusual: He has an eye patch. Jacob knows people like to ask questions, but do they have to ask right now?


Through the Eyes of Me

Written by Jon Roberts

Illustrated by Hannah Rounding

Publisher Summary

A colorful picture book for children which gives insight into the world of a child with autism. Readers will meet 4-year-old Kya who loves to run, read, look at – and rip up – stickers.


Ellie Bean the Drama Queen!

Written by Jennie Harding

Illustrated by David Padgett

Publisher Summary

This cute children’s book helps explain some bizarre or “dramatic” behavior, and gives easy sensory answers to parents and teachers. Written by a mom and special education teacher, this story brings home what it is like to grow up with sensory issues, and helps kids understand that they are not alone. Children will enjoy the fun artwork and empathize with Ellie Bean. By the end of the story, Ellie learns how to cope with her issues and stop being such a drama queen . . . but she does keep her crown.


The Deaf Musicians

Written by Pete Seeger and Paul Dubois Jacobs

Illustrated by Gregory Christie

Publishers Summary

The Deaf Musicians is about a man named Lee who was in a jazz band and everyone noticed he was losing his hearing. The bandleader said that no one wants to listen to a deaf musician so they had to let him go. Lee was so depressed, but on the subway home he saw an advertisement for a school for the deaf.


The Girl Who Heard Colors

Written by Marie Harris

Illustrated by Vanessa Brantley-Newton

Authors Summary

Little Jillian is thoroughly in touch with her senses, relishing the taste of maple syrup on waffles and the smell of wet grass. But what she loves most are the colors that all the sounds she hears make. The bark of a dog is red, and the tinkle of her bicycle bell is silver. She loves school as wholeheartedly as everything else—her teacher’s voice is green—but when a lunchbox crashes to the floor and Jillian calls it yellow, all the children begin to laugh at her—a sad, black sound.


Leo the Late Bloomer

Written by Robert Kraus

Illustrated by Jose Aruego

Publisher Summary

Leo isn’t reading, or writing, or drawing, or even speaking, and his father is concerned. But Leo’s mother isn’t. She knows her son will do all those things, and more, when he’s ready.


The Invisible Boy

Written by Trudy Ludwig

Illustrated by Patrice Barton

Publisher Summary

Meet Brian, the invisible boy. Nobody ever seems to notice him or think to include him in their group, game, or birthday party . . . until, that is, a new kid comes to class. When Justin, the new boy, arrives, Brian is the first to make him feel welcome.

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