KidLitCripCrit - our favourite picture books featuring disabled characters

By The Catchpoles

By The Catchpoles

As disabled people working in children's publishing, we're often asked to recommend books that do disability well. We've ploughed through really rather a lot, and these are our favourites.

It's a short list - actually even shorter than we intended - two of our favourites aren't available here for now.

I Am Not a Label: 34 disabled artists, thinkers, athletes and activists from past and present

Cerrie Burnell and Lauren Mark Baldo

£14.99 £13.94

An own voices non-fiction picture book for older readers, this is beautifully illustrated and presents quite a range of famous disabled people.

Frida Kahlo

Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara and Gee Fan Eng

£9.99 £9.29

This particular Little People Big Dreams book shows Kahlo using a range of mobility aids, and doesn't try to simplify her disability.

El Deafo

Cece Bell

£8.99 £8.36

This autobiographical graphic novel about a deaf rabbit is pitched older than the rest of our list, and is very, very funny.

This Beach is Loud!: For kids on the autistic spectrum

Samantha Cotterill

£6.99 £6.50

An own voices book that without actually mentioning autism, deftly constructs a story from the perspective of a child who we presume to be autistic.

Can Bears Ski?

Raymond Antrobus and Polly Dunbar

£12.99 £12.08

Both author and illustrator use hearing aids, so this is that rare thing - a double own voices book.

What Happened to You?

James Catchpole and Karen George

£6.99 £6.50

Own voices - written by, erm, me. James.

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