It’s easy to feel left out when you’re reading a book and have a disability. It seems like almost everything you lay your hands on is for people who are perfectly abled. They might have problems, but they don’t have your problems, and that makes all the difference.
When it comes to getting or keeping kids interested in reading, it’s important to find books that they can identify with. Sometimes that can be very hard to do, especially when your child has a disability.
Below are 3 graphic novels good for kids (though perhaps not beginning readers) where a prominent character has some sort of disability.
(If you click on the covers, you will be taken to the Goodreads pages.)
El Deafo by Cece Bell: Starting at a new school is scary, even more so with a giant hearing aid strapped to your chest! At her old school, everyone in Cece’s class was deaf. Here she is different. She is sure the kids are staring at the Phonic Ear, the powerful aid that will help her hear her teacher. Too bad it also seems certain to repel potential friends.
Then Cece makes a startling discovery. With the Phonic Ear she can hear her teacher not just in the classroom, but anywhere her teacher is in school–in the hallway…in the teacher’s lounge…in the bathroom! This is power. Maybe even superpower! Cece is on her way to becoming El Deafo, Listener for All. But the funny thing about being a superhero is that it’s just another way of feeling different… and lonely. Can Cece channel her powers into finding the thing she wants most, a true friend? – Goodreads
Skateboard Sonar by Eric Stevens: Matty Lyons is a top-notch skateboarder who can do all the coolest tricks. His moves are even more impressive since he’s blind. But not everyone is a fan of the talented grinder. During the state’s biggest skating competition, former champion Bing Hawtin mocks Matty, saying that a blind kid has no chance to win. But Matty knows something Bing doesn’t . . . seeing isn’t everything. – Goodreads
Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier: Catrina and her family are moving to the coast of Northern California because her little sister, Maya, is sick. Cat isn’t happy about leaving her friends for Bahía de la Luna, but Maya has cystic fibrosis and will benefit from the cool, salty air that blows in from the sea. As the girls explore their new home, a neighbor lets them in on a secret: There are ghosts in Bahía de la Luna. Maya is determined to meet one, but Cat wants nothing to do with them. As the time of year when ghosts reunite with their loved ones approaches, Cat must figure out how to put aside her fears for her sister’s sake – and her own.-Goodreads
Are there any others you know of that are appropriate for young readers? Please list them below!