Contemporary Picture Books about Children and Families of Color & Disabilities

Children and families of color who are impacted by disabilities deserve to find themselves and their stories represented in picture books on the shelves of their libraries. In addition, their teachers, school leaders, school counselors, caregivers, and friends also deserve the perspective that these picture books can provide; thus, it is our responsibility to identify, purchase, and promote picture books about disabilities that both physically and culturally represent the identities and experiences of people of color.



Hearing Impairment

Orthopedic Impairment

Visual Impairment

Other Health Impairments

Emotional Disturbance

Specific Learning Difference


Our work draws upon the Council for Exceptional Children's categories for disabilities (2017).

We offer this collection list to our learners and researchers in IU’s School of Education and beyond. While this list offers diverse representation, strength of content and illustrations vary.

The U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics (NCES, 2016) estimates that there are approximately 6.5 million children and youth with disabilities attending public schools across the United States.

In collaboration with Arnell Hammond, this collection list was supported by a Carnegie Whitney Grant from the American Library Association.

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