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30 Books with Positive Images of Disability

The books in this collection are all brilliant reads and feature, as a main protagonist, a character with a disability. 

According to Scope, 8% of children in the UK have a disability; this may be an obvious physical disability or one that is hidden - and 10% of children in the UK live in a family with at least one disabled child.

It isn't always easy to find books that reflect this reality but we can guarantee the books in this collection are positive stories, with credible characters that tackle issues of inclusivity.

We have a separate collection of Children's Books that Feature Autism.

Rosie Loves Jack

Rosie Loves Jack

13+ readers YA readers

Author: Mel Darbon Format: Paperback Release Date: 30/08/2018

Shortlisted for The Branford Boase Award 2019 | Mel Darbon’s contemporary love story stars Rosie, who is 16 and has Down’s syndrome; and Jack, who attends the same college in a specialist unit. When Jack, who has anger management issues, is sent away to a residential treatment centre, Rosie is determined to see him again, whatever it takes. Her father disapproves of their relationship, so Rosie is very much on her own in this. It’s very rare to find a novel for YA readers narrated in the first person by a disabled character and Rosie’s voice is unique and feels totally authentic. Her journey is as challenging as you’d imagine, and dangerous too, and readers will finish the book full of love and admiration for Rosie and with a better understanding of the difficulties faced by those with disabilities. Highly recommended.

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