Build a Better World

Picture books to increase awareness and acceptance.
  1. Junkyard Wonders by Patricia Polacco
    Inspired by a teacher who believes each of them is a genius, a class of special-needs students invents something that could convince the whole school they are justifiably proud to be "Junkyard Wonders.
  2. Howie Helps Himself by Joan Fassler
    Though he enjoys life with his family and attends school, Howie, a child with cerebral palsy, wants more than anything else to be able to move his wheelchair by himself.
  3. Janine and the Field day Finish by Maryann Cocca-Leffler
    Janine is good at a lot of things like singing, cheering, and spelling big words. But she is not very good at sports--her body just doesn't work like the other kids'. On field day at school, Janine tries her best to finish each challenge"--
  4. The Prince Who was Just Not Himself by Silke Schnee
    Lacking the athletic and reading skills of his older brothers, Prince Noah uses love and compassion to save the kingdom from the Black Knight.
  5. My three Best Friends and me, Zulay by Cari Best
    Zulay is a blind girl who longs to be able to run in the race on field and track day at her school"
  6. Jacob's Eye Patch by Beth Kobliner
    Answering questions about his eye-patch slows Jacob and his family down as he anxiously tries to get to the store to buy a special globe, but soon he is reminded that even he is curious when he see someone who is different. Includes facts about eye conditions and handling strangers' curiosity.
  7. My Name is Blessing by Eric Walters
    A young Kenyan boy with disabilities named Muthini lives with his grandmother and eight cousins, but when his grandmother is no longer able to take care of him the two set out on a journey that will change the young boy's life, and his name, forever
  8. King for a Day by Rukhsana Khan
    Even though he is confined to a wheelchair, a Pakistani boy tries to capture the most kites during Basant, the annual spring kite festival, and become "king" for the day. Includes an afterword about the Basant festiva
  9. Ms. McCaw Learns to Draw by Kaethe Zemach
    Dudley Ellington struggles to learn anything at school, but when his very patient teacher, Mrs. McCaw, is unable to draw a face on the board, he helps her figure out how to do it.
  10. My friend Isabelle by Eliza Woloson
    A young boy named Charlie describes the activities he shares with his friend Isabelle, a girl with Down Syndrome
  11. ABC for You and Me by Margaret Girnis
    Photographs show children with Down syndrome in activities with objects corresponding to the letters of the alphabet.
  12. Moses Goes to a Concert by Isaac Millman
    Moses and his schoolmates, all deaf, attend a concert where the orchestra's percussionist is also deaf. Includes illustrations in sign language and a page showing the manual alphabet.
  13. My Buddy by Audrey Osofsky
    A young boy with muscular dystrophy tells how he is teamed up with a dog trained to do things for him that he can't do for himself.
  14. Through Grandpa's Eyes by Patricia MacLachan
    A young boy learns a different way of seeing the world from his blind grandfather.
  15. Wilma Unlimited by Kathleen Krull
    A biography of the African-American woman who overcame crippling polio as a child to become the first woman to win three gold medals in track in a single Olympics.