Children's books

Positive storybooks featuring disabled characters

Our In the Picture campaign raises awareness of the need to include disabled children in the books they read. If you are looking for picture books that feature disabled characters, why not check out our list?

The links (which open a new window) go to the Amazon website. Recommendations are based on our In the Picture campaign's guiding principles.

One, two, three...Crawl! (Little Movers)
Illustrator - Carol Thompson
Publisher - Child's Play International Ltd [2013]
ISBN - 978 1 84643 614 7

A board book about children's early movement. Includes an image of a child with an eye patch.

One, two three...Jump! (Little Movers)
Illustrator - Carol Thompson
Publisher - Child's Play International Ltd [2013]
ISBN - 978 1 84643 615 4

A board book about children's early movement. Includes an image of a child with a hearing aid and a child with a head brace.

One, two, three...Run! (Little Movers)
Illustrator - Carol Thompson
Publisher - Child's Play International Ltd [2013]
ISBN - 978 1 84643 616 1

A board book about children's early movement. Includes a child with Down Syndrome.

What Can I See? (Small Senses)
Illustrator - Annie Kubler
Publisher - Child's Play International Ltd [2011]
ISBN - 978 1 84643 378 8

A board book all about our sense of sight. Includes an image of a child with a hearing aid.

What Can I Hear? (Small Senses)
Illustrator - Annie Kubler 
Publisher - Child's Play International Ltd [2011]
ISBN - 978 1 84643 377 1

A board board all about our sense of hearing. Includes images of a child with an eye patch and a child with a hearing aid.

What Can I Feel? (Small Senses)
Illustrator - Annie Kubler
Publisher - Child's Play International Ltd [2011]
ISBN - 978 1 84643 374 0

A board book all about our sense of touch. Includes an image of a child with a hearing aid.

What Can I Taste? (Small Senses)
Illustrator - Annie Kubler
Publisher - Child's Play International Ltd [2011]
ISBN - 978 1 84643 375 7

A board book all about our sense of taste. Includes an image of a child with a leg splint.

Max the Champion
Authors - Sean Stockdale and Alexandra Strick
Illustrator - Ros Asquith
Publisher - Frances Lincoln Children's Books [2013]
ISBN - 978 1 84780 388 7

Max is a little boy who is mad about sport. As he goes about his daily activities, his imagination augments each element of his everyday life into a major sporting scenario. Includes many images of a child using a wheelchair, a child with a hearing aid and a child with an eye patch.

First Time Series (2012)

Illustrator - Jan Lewis
Publisher - Child's Play International Limited

Young children's lives are full of new experiences and these books aim to help make them enjoyable and rewarding. Three more of the series of sturdy card books which include illustrations of disabled characters such as a child with a hearing aid munching on a sandwich [School], a child with a broken leg and crutches helping out with the school play [Performance] and a child in a wheelchair going on a school trip [School Trip].

My Brother John 
Author - Joanne Zellweger
Illustrator - Andy Elliott
Publisher - Squeeze Marketing Ltd [2011]
ISBN - 978 1 906671 03 07

In this playfully illustrated story, Caroline describes all the fun adventures she has with her younger brother John, who is deaf and has a hearing aid and a cochlear implant. Also includes three educational pages at the end of the book about hearing aids and cochlear implants.

John Gets Ready for School (My Brother John Series) 
Author - Joanne Zellweger
Illustrator - Andy Elliott
Publisher - Squeeze Marketing Ltd [2010]
ISBN - 978 1 906671 01 3

In this colourful book, Caroline's brother John tries on a range of amusing get-ups as he gets ready for school. He is deaf and has a hearing aid and a cochlear implant. Also includes three educational pages at the end of the book about hearing aids and cochlear implants.

Mary had a Little Lamb (Classic Books with Holes)
Illustrator - Marina Aizen
Publisher - Child's Play International Ltd [2012]
ISBN - 978 1 84643 501 0

A modern take on the traditional nursery rhyme, this interactive book with die-cut windows includes images of a child with a hearing aid and a child in a wheelchair.

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear!: BSL (Sign & Singalong) 
Illustrator - Annie Kubler
Publisher - Child's Play International [2004]
ISBN - 978 1 904550 00 6

A simple signing book based on the popular nursery rhyme. Contains an image of a child with a hearing aid.

Welly Walks 
Author and Illustrator - Hannah Ensor
Publisher - 2QT Publishing Ltd [2011]
ISBN - 978 1 908098 31 3

A book of puddles, splashing and getting soaking wet where one of the main characters happens to be a young wheelchair user.

Biscuit Baking
Author and Illustrator - Hannah Ensor
Publisher- 2QT Publishing Ltd [2011]
ISBN - 978 1 908098 32 0

A book of baking, chocolate and eating yummy things where one of the main characters happens to be a young wheelchair user.

My Friend Isabelle
Author - Eliza Woloson
Illustrator - Bryan Gough
Publisher - Woodbine House [2003]
ISBN - 978 1 890627 50 8

A simple story about Charlie and his friend Isabelle, who has Down Syndrome. It encourages the reader to think about why friendships are special and how our differences make the world a more interesting place.

We'll Paint the Octopus Red 
Author - Stephanie Stuve-Bodeen
Illustrator - Pam DeVito
Publisher - Woodbine House [1998]
ISBN - 978 1 890627 06 5

A thoughtfully illustrated book that's ideal for siblings of disabled children. Although Emma's new brother Isaac has Down Syndrome, she soon realises that, with a bit of support, they'll be able to do all the things she's dreamed about doing together. 

Best Worst Brother
Author - Stephanie Stuve-Bodeen
Illustrator - Charlotte Fremaux
Publisher - Woodbine House [2005]
ISBN - 978 1 890627 68 3

A follow-up to We'll Paint the Octopus Red. Once Emma learns to be patient with her often frustrating brother Isaac, she realises what a great brother he is.

Rolling Along with Goldilocks and the Three Bears
Author - Cindy Meyers
Illustrator - Carol Morgan
Publisher - Woodbine House [1999]
ISBN - 978 1 890627 12 6

A twist on a familiar fairy tale - in this version Baby Bear is a young wheelchair user.

The Animal Boogie 
Illustrator - Debbie Harter
Sung by - Fred Penner
Publisher - Barefoot Books [2000]
ISBN - 978 1 84686 620 3

Deep in the Indian jungle, children from around the world, (including a young girl who is a wheelchair user) are learning to shake, swing and stomp with all kinds of different creatures. This fun singalong features an enhanced CD with audio and video animation of the story.

Susan Laughs 
Author - Jeanne Willis
Illustrator - Tony Ross
Publisher - Andersen Press Ltd [2011]
ISBN - 978 1 84270 990 0

Susan laughs, she sings, she flies, she swings. She's good, she's bad, she's happy and she's sad... A lovely book about wheelchair user Susan who is no different from any other child.

In a Minute
Author - Eileen Browne
Illustrator - Tony Bradman
Publisher - Frances Lincoln Children's Books  [2011]
ISBN - 978 1 84780 180 7

Jo is eager to get to the playground in the park with her friend Sita and Patch the dog. A fun, colourful story about playing that includes an incidental background image of a child in a wheelchair in the playground playing with a ball.

The Lost Stars (Child's Play Library)
Author and Illustrator - Hannah Cumming 
Publisher - Child's Play International Ltd [2011]
ISBN - 978 1 84643 416 7

A haunting story about our relationship with the natural world and the endangered magic of the night sky which contains two incidental images of wheelchair users.

Freddie and the Fairy
Author - Julia Donaldson
Illustrator - Karen George
Publisher - Macmillan Children's Books [2011]
ISBN - 978 0 330 51118 6

Freddie is delighted when he meets a fairy who offers to grant his every wish. But Bessie-Belle can't hear very well and at first Freddie's wishes have some unexpected results. Freddie learns how to speak more clearly to make his wishes come true.

Sometimes
Author and Illustrator - Rebecca Elliott
Publisher - Lion Children's Books [2011] 
ISBN - 978 0 7459 6269 6

The continued exciting adventures of Toby and his disabled sister Clemmie.

Snug! 
Author and Illustrator - Carol Thompson
Publisher - Child's Play International Ltd [2011]
ISBN - 978 1 84643 373 3

A beautifully illustrated sing-along rhyme book that includes an image of a girl in a wheelchair cuddling a dog.

Come to me, My Chickadee! 
Author and Illustrator - Carol Thompson
Publisher - Child's Play International Ltd [2010]
ISBN - 978 1 84643 188 3

This charming book celebrates the pet names we have for our little ones and contains an image of one child wearing an eye patch and another wearing a head scarf.

The Cloud (Child's Play Library) 
Author/Illustrator - Hannah Cumming
Publisher - Child's Play International Ltd [2010]
ISBN - 978 1 84643 343 6

An imaginatively illustrated book that includes images of a child with a walking frame.

First Time Series (2011)

Illustrator - Jess Stockham
Publisher - Child's Play International Ltd [2011]

Young children's lives are full of new experiences and these books aim to help make them enjoyable and rewarding. Three of a series of sturdy card books which include illustrations of disabled characters including a child in a wheelchair having his temperature taken [Doctor], a child whose guide dog isn't feeling well [Vet] and a child with a broken leg in a wheelchair [Hospital].

Rock and Roll (Whirligigs)
Designers / Illustrators - Kees Moerbeek and Carla Dijs
Publisher - Child's Play International Ltd [2007]
ISBN - 978 1 84643 082 4

A fun novelty book for little fingers. A rotating character on each page can be spun around to rock and roll, including a child's wheelchair wheel.

Hop a Little (Baby Board Books)
Illustrator - Annie Kubler
Publisher - Child's Play International Ltd [2010]
ISBN - 978 1 84643 341 2

This simple book for babies includes an illustration of a child wearing a safety cap.

Humpty Dumpty (Baby Board Books)
Illustrator - Annie Kubler
Publisher - Child's Play International Ltd [2010]
ISBN - 978 1 84643 339 9

This simple book for babies includes an image of a child wearing an eye patch.

See-Saw! Nursery Songs (Nursery Time)
Illustrator - Annie Kubler
Publisher - Child's Play International Ltd [2005]
ISBN - 978 1 904550 81 5

A book of songs for children and parents to sing along to. There are colourful illustrations of a child with a hearing aid signing and also of a child with a cochlear implant playing with building blocks.

Pat-a-cake! Nursery Rhymes (Nursery Time)
Illustrator - Annie Kubler
Publisher - Child's Play International Ltd [2005]
ISBN - 978 1 904550 82 2

A book of nursery rhymes for children and parents to enjoy together. Includes an illustration of a wheelchair user snuggled up in bed with their pet dog.

Sign About series

Illustrator - Anthony Lewis
Publisher - Child's Play International Ltd [2005]

A series of sturdy cardboard signing guides that contain forty everyday signs taken from British Sign Language.

I am the Music Man (Classic Books with Holes)
Illustrator - Debra Potter
Publisher - Child's Play International Ltd [2005]
ISBN - 978 1 904550 34 1

This interactive book with die-cut windows includes images of a child in a wheelchair carrying an instrument case and playing the triangle.

Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush (Classic Books with Holes)
Illustrator - Annie Kubler
Publisher - Child's Play International Ltd [2001]
ISBN - 978 0 85953 885 5

This interactive book with die-cut windows includes images of a child in a wheelchair making her way to school, playing and reading.

A Little Bit of Mischief
Author - Jenny Sullivan
Illustrator - Graham Howells
Publisher - Pont Books [2010]
ISBN - 978 1 84851 047 0

Cari, a wheelchair user, is determined to get up to some mischief on her school excursion.

Just Because 
Author and illustrator - Rebecca Elliott
Publisher - Lion Children's Books [August 2010]
ISBN - 978 0 74596 325 1

Toby thinks his disabled sister Clemmie is the best. Join their adventures to find out why.

Alan and the Animals (Tiddlers) 
Author - Evelyn Foster
Illustrator - Richard Morgan
Publisher - Franklin Watts [2010]
ISBN - 978 0 74969 384 8

Alan loves all kinds of animals, but where does he keep them all? This picture book shows an image of a young girl who is a wheelchair user.

What's in Store? 
Author - Pippa Goodhart
Illustrator - Joelle Dreidemy
Publisher - Egmont Books Ltd [June 2009]
ISBN - 978 1 40522 761 2

This picture book tells the story of an amazing day at the department store. Throughout the book a whole range of characters can be traced through each page including a boy who is a wheelchair user.

You and Me! (New Baby) 
Illustrator - Rachel Fuller
Publisher - Child's Play International Ltd. [2009]
ISBN 978 1 84643 277 4

One of a series of board books for young children looking at some of the feelings around the arrival of a new sibling in the family. One of the children in the book has a hearing aid.

Noo-Noos! (My New Baby) 
Illustrator - Carol Thompson
Publisher - Child's Play International Ltd. [2009]
ISBN - 978 1 84643 187 6

A rhyming book aimed at very young children. Every baby's noo-noo is different but they are all just as special - find out why they are unique and what makes babies love them! The book has an illustration of a baby wearing an eye patch and one with a hearing aid.

First Time series

Illustrator - Jess Stockham
Publisher - Child's Play International Ltd. [2009]

Young children's lives are full of new experiences and these books aim to help make them enjoyable and rewarding. A series of four sturdy card books which include illustrations of disabled characters including a child in a wheelchair who also uses a hand-pedaled trike and a wedge [Nursery], a child with a walking frame [Sleepover] and people signing and environmental signage [Big Day Out].

Helping Hands series

Illustrator - Jess Stockham
Publisher - Child's Play International Ltd [2011]

Helping with real tasks is a natural progression from pretend play and is crucial in a child's development. This series of card books with simple conversational text and lively illustrations encourage further dialogue between the reader and the child. These books have casual illustrations of disabled characters including a child at a party using tripod canes [Party!] and a commuter with a white cane [Shopping!].

Illustrator - Georgie Birkett
Publisher - Child's Play International Ltd [2009]

The illustrations in the books below include a parent using an asthma inhaler and a child with a leg splint [Clean it!], a person in the street with a guide dog and a tactile pavement [Cook it!] and a wheelchair user [Grow it!]

Tartan Meets the Queen 
Authors - Charline Crous, Lauren Everton
Illustrator - Heather Castles
Publisher - Trafford Publishing [2008]
ISBN - 978-142516158-8

Six-year-old Tartan and her Grandad visit Buckingham Palace and get invited to tea with the Queen. Girl in wheelchair casually and positively included in crowd scene.

A Day at the Park (Hattie and Friends) 
Author - Lesley Berrington
Illustrator - Karen Middleton
Publisher - Paw Print Publishing [2008]
ISBN - 978 0 9552141 3 4

The latest in a series of stories about a little girl called Hattie and her friends. In this story Hattie and her friend Toby, who has a cochlear implant, have a day at the park.

Yum 
Author - Hilary Keating
Illustrator - Katy Taggart
Publisher - Wild About Words Children's Books [2006]
ISBN - 978 0 95584 510 9

A rhyming picture book about having fun with healthy food. The book includes a scene with a boy in a wheelchair fishing with his friend and a child with a hearing aid in a boat with an elephant! The book comes with a song CD and is available from www.wildaboutwords.co.uk

Class Three All at Sea 
Author - Julia Jarman
illustrator - Lynne Chapman
Publisher - Hodder Children's Books [June 2008]
ISBN - 978 0 34094 465 3

A funny rhyming story about Class Three's school boat trip that gets attacked by pirates! One child wears leg braces.

Just Like Us

lllustrator - Jess Stockham
Publisher - Child's Play International Ltd. [June 2008]

A series of board books for toddlers in which pairs of children are featured behind the flap. The books have casual illustrations of disabled children including a child with protective head gear [Together], an eye patch [Having Fun], a child with a strawberry mark [Taking it Easy] and one child who has features associated with Down's Syndrome [Making Friends].

Best Friends: A Pop-up Book 
Illustrator - Mark Chambers
Publisher - Tango Books [Spring 2008]
ISBN - 978 1 85707 7117

A story about two best friends who pretend to be pirates, mountain climbers, olympic sprinters and more! Even when they are not playing make believe they have a great time together. One of the children is a wheelchair user.

Baby Gym series

Illustrator - Sanja Rešcek
Publisher - Child's Play International Ltd. [March 2008]

A series of four board books with activities for parents to devote time to special activities with their babies and assist in the bonding process. Each book contains a series of rhymes and activities for parents to undertake along with the song. All the books include casual illustrations of disabled children and "Touch and Tickle" has a mum in a wheelchair.

Hands-On Songs series

Illustrator - Anthony Lewis
Publisher - Child's Play International Ltd. [February 2008]

A series of eight board books developed with the support of SureStart. Each book shows babies and toddlers signing along to nursery rhymes. All the books include casual illustrations of disabled children.

Your Body: Inside and Out

Authors - Angela Royston and Andrew Solway
Publisher - Franklin Watts [December 2007]

A series of six how the body works science books for children, aged 7 - 9 years old that includes photographs of disabled children alongside their non-disabled peers. Titles are written by Angela Royston or Andrew Solway:

I Like series

Author - Laila Laván
Photos - Abigail Rodríguez
Publisher - Topka [November 2007]

A series of three board books aimed at very young children to help them learn early vocabulary and learn about diversity. The books feature colour photographs of children. Some of the children are disabled.

These bi-lingual books [English and Spanish] are available from www.topkabooks.com

The Apple-pip Princess 
Author and Illustrator - Jane Ray
Publisher - Orchard Books [October 2007]
ISBN - 978 1846161001

A traditional fairy story about a king who sets each of his three daughters the task of making him proud. Illustrations within the book contain casual images of disabled people.

A Day at the Seaside (Hattie and Friends) 
Author - Lesley Berrington
Illustrator - Karen Middleton
Publisher - Paw Print Publishing [October 2007]
ISBN - 978 0 955 214 127

The third in a series of books in which Hattie and her friend Lucy go to the seaside with their dads. Lucy is blind and uses a cane.

It's Raining! It's Pouring! We're Exploring! (Child's Play Library) 
Author - Polly Peters
Illustrator - Jess Stockham
Publisher - Child's Play [International] Ltd. [October 2007]
ISBN - 978 1 84643 117 3

When bad weather prevents three children from playing outside, how can they entertain themselves? The children hatch an imaginative plan using a series of homemade props. One of the children in the story who casually wears her asthma inhaler in a waist pouch is seen using the inhaler in some of the illustrations. The illustrations also give environmental clues to suggest another person in the house has an impairment and later you can see that it is Mum!

I'm a Little Teapot (Baby Board Books) 
Illustrator - Annie Kubler
Publisher - Child's Play [International] Ltd. [September 2007]
ISBN - 978 1 84643 122 7

A board book, based on the well-known rhyme "I'm a Little Teapot", contains pictures of babies and offers the opportunity for interaction and singing! One of the characters wears a hearing aid.

This Little Piggy (Baby Board Books) 
Illustrator - Annie Kubler
Publisher - Child's Play [International] Ltd. [September 2007]
ISBN - 978 1 84643 120 3

A board book of the well-known rhyme "This Little Piggy Went To Market". It contains an image of a baby using a support chair.

Team Trouble (Bobby/Charlton) 
Author - Sophie Smiley
Illustrator - Michael Foreman
Publisher - Andersen Press [2007]
ISBN - 1842706845

The third adventure for Charlton and her football-mad family. In this story her brother Semi has an illness, he stops talking, has something yucky on his back and wears flowery shirts! Worst of all - he stops liking football! Can Charlton and her brother Bobby bring their brother back into the team again? Charlton's brother Bobby has Down's syndrome.

Franklin Watts - All About Me series

Author - Leon Read
Publisher - Franklin Watts [2007]

Franklin Watts new Tiger Talk early years science books All About Me series includes disabled children as photographic models alongside their non-disabled peers:

Roald Dahl's Cinderella (A&C Black Musicals) 
Author - Helen MacGregor and Simon Chadwick
Publisher - A & C Black [January 2008]
ISBN - 978 0713681956

Another of A & C Black's Roald Dahl series of musicals for schools. One of the illustrations by Moira Munro shows a child in a wheelchair which is transformed into a coach, taking part in the production.

Roald Dahl's The Three Little Pigs: A Tail-twistingly Treacherous Musical (A&C Black Musicals) 
Author - Ana Sanderson and Matthew White
Publisher - A & C Black [2007]
ISBN - 978 0713682021

One of A & C Black's Roald Dahl series of musicals for schools. One of the illustrations in the book is by Moira Munro and shows a child in the production using a walking frame.

Ron's Race (Leapfrog Rhyme Time) 
Author - Jillian Powell
Illustrator - Leonie Shearing
Publisher - Franklin Watts [April 2007]
ISBN - 978 0749668174

An illustrated rhyming story about Ron who loves running races. One of the illustrations in this book - and the front cover - show a boy, who is a wheelchair user, with his school friends watching the races.

Little Space Explorers (Little Explorers) 
Illustrator - Anthony Lewis
Publisher - Child's Play International Ltd [Spring 2007]
Little Space Explorers ISBN - 978 1846430381

From the series "Little Explorers" published by Child's Play International, this book has a double-sided figure who slips into acetate pockets throughout the book to enjoy all manner of exciting activities travelling into space. One of the characters in the book wears a hearing aid.

Harry's Hat: Grade 1 (Reading Corner) 
Author - Sue Graves
Illustrator - Belinda Worsley
Publisher - Franklin Watts [June 2007]
ISBN - 978 0749676922

Harry was very excited to get a pirate's hat for his birthday - but will he ever be able to wear it? One of the illustrations in this book was inspired by the In The Picture image bank - not of a disabled child but to demonstrate accessible environments.

Lucia alto y claro/ Lucy Loud and Clear 
Author - Laila Lavan
Illustrator - Beatriz Iglesias
Publisher - Topka [2007]
ISBN - 978 8493523947

It's three days, four hours and 16 minutes since Lucy's big brother Omar borrowed her coloured pencils. And now she's going to have to ask him to give them back. But, how can a little girl who is deaf get the attention of a hearing teenager who isn't interested in what she has to say? This book, which has simple graphics, shows a deaf girl responding spiritedly to teasing - something a lot of deaf children have to deal with. It conveys a very clear message and offers opportunities to explore this further and pose questions including who is really deaf in this story and how sign language can be fun. This book is bi-lingual, English and Spanish is available fromwww.topkabooks.com and can be shipped anywhere in the world.

The Sleepover 
Author - Irene Mooney
Illustrator - Stacey Roscoe for Kid Premiership
Publisher - Kid Premiership [June 2007]
ISBN - 1906036284

First in a new series of inclusive early years story books. The Sleepover tells the story of three best friends at school who are having their first sleepover. Join the girls as they imagine all the different ways they can climb the stairs and get into bed! One of the girls is a wheelchair user.

The Patch 
Author - Justina Chen Hedley
Illustrator - Mitch Vane
Publisher - Charlesbridge Publishing [February 2007]
ISBN - 978 1580891707

This humorous book tells the story of five-year-old Becca who needs to wear glasses and an eye patch. At first she doesn't want her friends to know why and leads them on all kinds of adventures before she tells them!

A Day at the Farm (Hattie and Friends) 
Author - Lesley Berrington
Illustrator - Karen Middleton
Publisher - Paw Print Publishing [Dec. 2006]
ISBN - 978 0955214110

The second in a series of books about a little girl called Hattie and her friends. In this story Hattie and Nisha have a day out at the farm. Nisha uses elbow crutches and wears leg splints.

Dan and Diesel 
Author - Charlotte Hudson
Illustrator - Lindsey Gardiner
Publisher - Red Fox [August 2006]
ISBN - 978 0099475859

A story about Dan and his "wonder dog" Diesel. When Dan is with Diesel he can do anything and go anywhere but one day Diesel is whisked away and everything changes. This is the story of the special relationships between guide dogs and their owners.

Moonbird 
Author - Joyce Dunbar
Illustrator - Jane Ray
Publisher - Doubleday [August 2006]
ISBN - 0385605897

A fairy tale about a young prince who is deaf and hears sounds in a different way. A Moonbird teaches him how to use his hands and eyes to communicate.

Through the Cat-flap (Books For Boys) 
Author - Ian Whybrow
Illustrator - Tony Ross
Publisher - Hodder Children's Books [July 2006]
ISBN - 0340911123

One of the Books for Boys Series. Thomas can't work out what goes on in the minds of his toddler twin sisters. They sing all the time but never get the words right. They think cats enjoy being dressed up as fairies. But who else can he turn to when they all get locked out of the house. Besides it's a brilliant idea to pop them through the cat-flap and tell them to look for the keys! Thomas uses tripod sticks.

The Ding Dong Bag 
Author - Polly Peters
Illustrator - Jess Stockham
Publisher - Child's Play (International) Ltd. [May 2006]
ISBN - 1-84643-0151-1

A picture book that celebrates the exuberance of small children. Two children spend their day collecting and making lots of noise! One of the children wears a brightly coloured arm splint.

Jungle School (Banana Storybooks: Green) 
Author - Elizabeth Laird, Roz Davison
Illustrator - David Sim
Publisher - Egmont Books [May 2006]
ISBN - 140521919X

It's Jani's first day at school and she's nervous. Will the other monkeys be friendly? Will they stare at her? Jani uses a wheelchair and this makes her different. But, thanks to her cheekiness, she makes friends and has a very nice first day at school indeed!

A Day at the Zoo (Hattie and Friends) 
Author - Lesley Berrington
Illustrator - Karen Middleton
Publisher - Paw Print Publishing [Dec. 2005]
ISBN - 9780955214103

The first in a series of books about a little girl called Hattie and her friends. In this story Hattie and George spend a day at the zoo. George is a wheelchair user.

Peek-a-Boo! Nursery Games (Nursery Time) 
Illustrator - Annie Kubler
Publisher - Child's Play [International] Ltd [November 2005]
ISBN - 1904550835

A compilation of songs, rhymes and games for parents and children to enjoy together. Nominated for the 2006 Booktrust Early Years Awards. The book contains several casual illustrations of disabled children and a mother.

Private and Confidential 
Author - Marion Ripley
Illustrator - Colin Backhouse
Publisher - Frances Lincoln [September 2005]
ISBN - 978 1845070518

When Laura gets her first letter from her Australian pen friend, she's delighted. She writes Malcolm a long letter telling him all about herself but she doesn't receive a reply. Finally she gets a letter from Malcolm's sister telling her that Malcolm has gone into hospital for an eye operation - he is nearly completely blind. Laura decides to learn Braille so that she can write to him and soon they are corresponding in Braille making their letters private and confidential. This book includes an information spread about Braille and a Braille sample.

Looking after Louis 
Author - Lesley Ely
Illustrator - Polly Dunbar
Publisher - Frances Lincoln [September 2005]

Louis is a new boy in school who really likes to play football but because he has autism he tends to run through the boys playing with his arms in the air - rather like a ballet dancer which can irritate the other boys. The class learn that each individual has different needs and different ways to learn.

Man Of The Match (Bobby/Charlton) 
Author - Sophie Smiley
Illustrator - Michael Foreman
Publisher - Andersen Press [August 2005]
ISBN - 1842704206

The second in a series of books about Charlie and her football-mad family. This time Charlie and her brother Bobby are off to summer camp. Charlie's brother Bobby has Down's syndrome.

My First Animal Signs: BSL (Baby Signing) 
Illustrator - Anthony Lewis
Publisher - Child's Play International Ltd. [September 2005]
ISBN - 1-904550-76-2

A board book, part of the Baby Signing series. Babies and toddlers are illustrated using the signs for a range of domestic, wild and exotic animals!

 

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