The Best Books for Raising Inclusive Kids :: Stories That Feature Disability and Neurodiversity

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Have you considered the impact that the books you choose for your at-home library can have on the little people you are raising? Including books that feature characters and families that look like yours, as well as ones that don’t, is integral to raising inclusive children.

Boston Moms encourages you to diversify your own little library! We are excited to share lists of our favorite books, curated by our team of local moms, to help you narrow down your options.

This month, we are happy to publish a compilation of our team’s favorite books that celebrate and feature neurodiversity and disability. 

We are always learning, and we want you to join us on our journey!

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From the Publisher: What if the things that make you different are the things that make you wonderful? In a world that celebrates sameness, being different can leave a special needs child with many questions.

“Why am I the way I am?”

“Where do I belong?”

“Is it OK if I don’t look, think, or act like those around me?”

Based on real special needs children, the book’s vivid illustrations and rhyming text help each child see their own thoughts and feelings reflected on the page. When special needs children know they are wonderful, not in spite of their differences, but because of them, they are equipped to not just survive, but thrive. —

“Friends come in all colors and sizes; they can be funny or serious, musical or athletic, outgoing or quiet. This book reminds children to celebrate their differences because that is what makes each of us so special.” —

From the Publisher: “Based on a real-life partnership, the heartening story of the love and teamwork between a girl and her service dog will illuminate and inspire.” —

From the Publisher: “Introduce your child to the magic of reading, friendship, and inclusion with ‘Meeting Mimi: A Story About Different Abilities.’ The 24-page book features pictures and simple language to practice early reading comprehension skills.” —

From the Publisher: “Feeling different, especially as a kid, can be tough. But in the same way that different types of plants and flowers make a garden more beautiful and enjoyable, different types of people make our world more vibrant and wonderful.” —

From the Publisher: “If you’ve ever felt different, if you’ve ever been low, if you don’t quite fit in, there’s a name you should know… Meet Dr. Temple Grandin―one of the world’s quirkiest science heroes!” —

Did we miss any awesome books? Let us know!

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