Sometimes nothing helps you feel better than reading or learning about someone else with the same problems as you. In these five books, some or all of the characters featured have some type of disability or special need.

The Five of Us by Quentin Blake

Blake's short, sweet, and simple story features five unique friends going on a day trip to the countryside. Each friend is special in their own way and has their own talent to bring to the table. The point of the story is to celebrate the special skills each child can do very well, instead of focusing on their disabilities. The pictures of the children in the book clearly distinguish that each child has some type of impairment, though no talk of any disability or impairment is ever mentioned.

Leah's Voice written by Lori DeMonia

DeMonia's story tells one of two sisters facing the challenges of one's impairment—autism. The book explores the difficulties siblings of special needs or disabled children may face in explaining their sibling's impairment to friends, as well as the disappointment they feel when friends just don't understan. Leah's Voice is an excellent tale that highlights and explores the importance of inclusion and acceptance.

Finding a Voice: Friendship is a Two-Way Street by Kim Hood

This tale, by Kim Hood, features two teenagers, one who is “normal” and one who has Cerebral Palsy and cannot speak. Both teens need a friend and eventually find a way to help and be-friend one another despite their communication difficulties and differences. Though this novel is aimed at teens, it's got a great message for adults as well.

Freddie and the Fairy by Julia Donaldson and Karen George

Donaldson and George deliver an adorable tale about Freddie, a little boy who meets a hearing-impaired fairy named Bessie-Belle that offers to grant his every wish. When Bessie-Belle's hearing impairments result in some unexpected results with Freddie's wishes, Freddie must learn how to speak more clearly to make his wishes come true.

The Best Worst Brother by Stephanie Suave Bodeen

Remember when we shared another article about great books to read to your children about kids with disabilities that featured the book, We'll Paint the Octopus Red? Well, that book has a follow-up. The sequel features a now older Emma and her brother, Isaac, who was born with Down syndrome. Isaac can be quite frustrating to his big sister at times, but as the book goes on, young Emma learns to be patient with her little brother and realise just how awesome he really is.

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