It was nice to see, amid this week's announcement of the American Library Association's Caldecott and Newbery awards for the best children's books for 2013, a separate award just for books with disability themes:
Schneider Family Book Award for books that embody an artistic expression of the disability experience:
“A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin,” written by Jen Bryant, illustrated by Melissa Sweet and published by Alfred A. Knopf, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books, a division of Random House, Inc., wins the award for children ages 0 to 10.
“Handbook for Dragon Slayers,” written by Merrie Haskell and published by HarperCollins Children’s Books, a division of HarperCollins Publishers, is the winner of the middle-school (ages 11-13) award.
The teen (ages 13-18) award winner is “Rose under Fire,” written by Elizabeth Wein and published by Hyperion, an imprint of Disney Book Group.
What are your go-to books for children facing illness or disability? Here are a few examples:
The Jester Has Lost His Jingle: This picture book tells the uplifting tale of a jester who goes to look for his kingdom's missing laughter and encounters a young girl with cancer.
Little Tree: A Story for Children with Serious Medical Problems: This story offers tools for children recovering from serious illness through the experience of a tree recovering from being badly damaged in a storm.
Ian's Walk: A Story about Autism: A sister must put herself in her autistic brother's shoes to find him when he gets lost on a walk.
How Katie Got a Voice: (And a Cool New Nickname): How a 4th grade girl with significant physical disabilities adjusts to her new school.
Nathan's Wish: A Story about Cerebral Palsy: A boy with cerebral palsy learns about himself and his disease as he helps care for an injured owl.
What books would you add to this list, and why? Share your recommendations in the comments below or email firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll include them in a future blog post.