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My Entire Inclusive Library!

Ok friends! I went through my entire house looking for every book that is inclusive.. and I know I am still missing some. I will continue to add books when I discover more, but in the meantime. Here is the ultimate list of inclusive books! 

Each book has a 1-2 line description of what makes it inclusive and I rated each one. I will be very honest on why I gave it the rating it got. 

Have any you want me to check out? Let me know below! 

01

Disability Specific

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  1. Tyler the Snake by Kayla Coburn* ​​                                                       Tyler is Deafblind and introduces you to his friends and his morning routine at school.

  2. The Bear Who Stared by Duncan Beedie*                                  Learning about social norms of why we don't stare and accommodations for when we need to.

  3. The Five Senses Hearing by Ruth Spiro (Baby Loves Series)            This entire series has a lot of information about all the senses (and more). Very simple and very informative.

  4. The Curiosities by Zana Fraillon*                                                           A beautiful book describing being neurodivergent in such a beautiful way.

  5. Strictly No Elephants by Lisa Mantchev*                                                  A classic book about including everyone.

  6. Let’s Go Play by Shelby McCarthy*                                                     This book has many examples of varying disabilities and how proper modifications can include them with their peers.

  7. Autistic Legends Alphabet by Beck Feiner

  8. Dyslexia Legends Alphabet by Beck Feiner                                          Both of these books give examples A-Z of well-known people who are Autistic or have Dyslexia.

  9. Different is a Great Thing to be by Heather Avis                                    A beautiful book about celebrating differences, down syndrome representation!

10. Baking Up A Storm Jessica Parham*

What I love most about this book (other than that it rhymes) is that the main character is a child with a limb difference but the story has NOTHING to do with his disability. 

11. My Rainbow by Trinity and Deshanna Neal*

The child is this story is on the spectrum AND identifies as transgender. The family works together to find ways to help support her and it is a truly beautiful story. But long! 

12. Riley the Unicorn by Andrew O’ Brien (just came out with a second book)

Honestly, the artwork looks like it was done on an app and the language is outdated as they say "hearing loss" but it is still informative about hearing aides and Riley is gender neutural. 

13. A Walk in the Words by Hudson Talbott*

A story of a child who struggles reading. New book and I am obsessed!

14. Coaster by Paula Kluth

A dog that uses wheels for his hind legs and looking for a home.

15. Best Day Ever by Marilyn Singer

A story about a dog's perspective of the day. Their owner uses a wheelchair but the story has NOTHING to do with that. Love it!

16. Just Ask by Sonia Sotomayor

A book celebrating differences, with beautiful illustrations!

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17. Emmanuel’s Dream by Laurie Ann Thompson*

Based off of a true story, a child who was dismissed because of his disability, found his own way to modify the world around him and become a cyclist, play soccer, and provider for his family. 

18. All the Way to the Top by Annette Bay Pimentel*

This book's main character is a GIRL!! Which feels rare in the disability realm of books. But this girl is a badass and and fighting for disablity rights In America!

19. Blaine Loves Boxes by Maria K. Victoria

Cute book of a child who has a fascination with boxes and his imagination throughout the school day. 

20. Meet ClaraBelle Blue by Adiba Nelson

ClaraBelle is a story featuring a girl as the main character. They do say "special needs" in the book but describe everything that ClaraBelle is capable of doing.

21. Wild Imagination the Adventures of Maddie and Albert Written and Illustrated by Alexandra Adlawan

Disabled author alert!! And during COVID she wrote and illustrated 2 more books and made cards, stickers, etc.!

Check out here store here!

22. Roxy and Maliboo by Hillary Sussman

A story about two dogs with disabilities and how they became friends and learned to play with the dogs at the park.

23.Nia Skye’s Friend on Wheels by Keylonda Wheeler

A story of a non-disabled child befriending a child who uses a wheelchair and learning that we all have differences but we also have a lot in common. 

24. Diversity Ninja

A cute story about ninjas all accepting their diverse community and choose to be inclusive. 

02

Gender/LGBTQ+ Specific

25. I am Jazz by Jessica Herthel & Jazz Jennings*

A beautiful story of a child who identifies as a little girl.

26. Pronoun Book by Chris Ayala-Kronos and Melita Tirado*

A favorite in our house. Not a lot of words, but simple. How do you kow what someone wants to be called? You ask. 

27. What Makes a Baby by Cory Silverberg*

A very gender neutral explanation of how babies are made. A perfect book about babies for little learners.

28. Boys Dance by John Robert Allman*

A book about boy ballet dancers. Beautiful!

29. Baby Feminists by Libby Babbott-Klein

A board book! Simple explanation of famisits!

30. Mama and Mommy and Me in the Middle by Nina LaCour*

A story about a little girl who misses her Mommy who went on a week long work trip. The story has nothing to do with the family having two moms. Representation!

31. Love Makes a Family by Sophie Beer*

Board book and great example of different kinds of families!

32. Natalie Portman Fables by Natalie Portman

Classic fables with more female representation!

33. If You’re a Drag Queen and You Know it by Lil Miss Hot Mess*

34. The Hips of the Drag Queen Go Swish, Swish, Swish by Lil Miss Hot Mess*

Both of these books are favorites in our household. The illustrations are beautiful and the songs are fun. Plus disability representation!

35. Twas the Night Before Pride by Joanna McClinktick

A book explaining the history of PRIDE

36. A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo by Marlon Bundo with Jill Twiss

A book about a boy bunny that falls in love with another boy bunny. I do love this book but there is a stab at Mike Pence and no matter where I fall politically, I don't care for unnecessary jabs at people.

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03

Race/Cultural Specific

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37. Antiracist Baby by Ibram X. Kendi*

Everyone needs this book in their library. A board book and it rhymes.

38. Mixed A Colorful Story by Aree Chung*

A beautiful story of what our differences can create when we come together.

​39. The Story of Rap By Lindsey Sagar

Another board book explaining the history of Rap.

40. ABC’s of Hawaii by Sharon L. Asta & Jeanne Uyehara Donovan

A book about Hawaiian culture (Fun Tip: When you travel, get a book!)

41. The Star People by S.D. Nelson

42. We Are Water Protectors by Carole Lindstrom

43. We Are Grateful by Traci Sorell

The three stories above are all stories about Native American culture and are all written by Native Americans.We love all of these books!

44. Eyes That kiss in the Corners by Joanna Ho*

Beautiful story of a little girl who is appreciating what makes her different. Asian American representation!

45. When I Grow Up I Want to be an Accountant by Adrian L. Mayse

Representation for different cultures and genders as accountants.

46. Good Morning, Buenos Dias by Meritxell Marti & Xavier Salomo

Another board book, but this is a reminder to you to buy books that teach you and your children different languages. 

47. Thank you, Mama by Linda Meeker*

A mom and son viral tik tok account and the mom wrote a book. Asian American representation!

04

Body Awareness/Sex Education

48. Making A Baby by Rachel Greener

Very simple explanation of sex and shows representations of different types of families, cultures, and disabilities. I would recommend this book to help with sex education for older children.

49. Bodies Are Cool by Tyler Feder*

Great body positive book with so much representation! Different cultures, disabilities, body types, I love it!! 

50. The Bare Naked Book By Kathy Stinson*

Another favorite book that goes over each body part. There are naked illustrations of adults and children in this book. MUST HAVE!

51. Yes! No! by Megan Madison, Jessica Ralli, and Isabel Roxas*

Great book about consent and different ways to say yes and no.

52. Your Whole Body by Lizzie DeYoung Charbonneau

Kind of like the Bare Naked Book but different type of illustrations and more scientific/advanced terms for body parts. Recommend for over 5 years old just because of language being scientific.

53. The Autism Friendly Guide to Periods

Did you know disabled people also get their periods?? They do!! And we need to educate everyone on taking care of our bodies!

54. Hats of Faith

A board book that goes over the different hats people wear for different religious and cultural backgrounds

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05

Holidays

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55Diwali by Hannah Eliot*

56. The Legend of Spookley the Square Pumpkin by Joe Troiano

       Halloween

57. Dia de los Muertos by Hannah Eliot

58. The Story of Hanukkah by David A. Adler

59. When We Are Kind by Monique Gray Smith*

      I like reading this around Thanksgiving but not about Thanksgiving

60. Moons Ramadan by Natasha Khan Kazi*

61. Gustavo the Shy Ghost by Flavia Z. Drago*

      Halloween

62. Bear Says Thanks by Karma Wilson & Jane Chapman*

     Thanksgiving

63. A World of Cookies for Santa by M.E. Furman

      Christmas around the world

64. Hanukkah Bear by Erik A. Kimmel

65. Latke the Lucky Dog by Ellen Fischer*

       Hanukkah

66. Ninth Night of Hanukkah by Erica S. Perl*

67. Cali’s Books Jewish Songs (sing-a-long)

68. Santa’s Husband by Daniel Kibblesmith

    Christmas

69. Let’s Celebrate Kwanzaa by Arielle Phoenix

06

Overall

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70. Everyone Belongs by Heather Avis* 

Such a great book that shows how easy it is to include everyone. 

71. Not Quite Narwhal by Jessie Sima*

A cute story of a unicorn/narwhal figuring out their identity.

72. Here and Now by Julia Denos*

A board book and just a beautiful lesson of life.

73. I Am Perfectly Designed by Karamo Brown

If you are a queer eye fan, this is a fun book! 

74. What Can a Citizen Do? By Dave Eggers

Informational on what a citizen can do and who can be one. 

75. Inclusion Alphabet by Kathryn Jenkins

From the @inclusionproject a fun inclusion book groing through the alphabet 

76. Diversity Ninja by Mary Nhin*

Just bought this book but I am so excited!!

77. Good to be Me by Jessica Parham

Love yourself! Multiracial family representation.

78. Just the Way You Are by Igloo Books

Cute book about a tiger.

79. I Am Peace by Susan Verde*

A great book for children who may need some help finding peace, gives great language to help practice peace.

80. Beenz & Peace Find Their Happy Place by Courtney North

An alien figuring out where they belong.

81. Be Kind by Pat Zietlow Miller*

A great book about kindness.

82. All Are Welcome by Alexandra Penfold

In the title. 

83. I Believe in Me by Lorie Ann Grover

A board book with hearing aide representation, other than that, just a book about believing in yourself.  

84. Feminist Book Club** (click to be redirected to their site)

I am obsessed with all of their books. Board books and now some not board books. So much representations and diversity!

85. Little People, Big Dreams

A lot of informational books of a diverse group of people that are well known, we have Rose Parks and Jane Goodall

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Books for Adults

This is also a blog post that you can check out here with more information.

Fiction

  • The House in the Cerulean Sea by T.J. Klune*

  • The Sign for Home by Blair Fell*

  • The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang

  • Be Frank With Me by Julia Claiborne Johnson

 

Non- Fiction

  • Disability Visability edited by Alice Wong*

  • The Reason I Jump by Naoki Higashida*

  • The Lucky Few by Heather Avis

  • Scoot Over and Make Some Room by Heather Avis

  • Haben by Haben Girma

 

TBR (To Be Read)

  • Lost at School by Ross W. Greene

  • Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend by Mathew Dicks

  • All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

  • Demystifying Disability by Emily Ladou

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Educational books on inclusion (with links)

Leading for all  By: Jennifer Spencer-IiamsJosh Flosi Foreword by Paula Kluth

One Without the Other By: Shelley Moore

Anything written by Katie Novak, the queen of UDL (click on the book tabs)

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