Inclusivity in books

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When talking about disability, particularly when it comes to children, the issue of inclusivity is one of the main topics of conversation.

For those living with a disability, feeling not only included but seen and heard in mainstream media and the community is crucial for the individuals and ensuring the negative stereotypes around disability are changed for good.

To help push the message of inclusivity, an online platform for those living with a disability, EveryHuman, put together a list of books aimed predominantly at children that discuss disability in an open and creative way.

Check out some of the books mentioned below:

The Disappointment Dragon: Learning to Cope With Disappointment – EveryHuman

The Disappointment Dragon helps children understand and deal with their emotions when going through difficult periods in their lives. It also provides management techniques for parents and carers to help support children during these periods.

All Are Welcome – EveryHuman

All Are Welcome is all about the importance of celebrating each other’s differences in the classroom and encouraging a strong sense of belonging.

My Feelings Matter – EveryHuman

My Feelings Matter came from a personal place for the author when wanting to help her son understand his feelings and the feelings of others and be able to verbalise a feeling, something author Sara Stace said she struggled with for years with her boy.

This book is all about helping both children and adults recognise what differences may look like and how they feel for each person.

The Awesome Autistic Go-To Guide: A Practical Handbook for Autism – EveryHuman

The Awesome Autistic Go-To Guide is written for those aged between 10-14 years. It is aimed as a support guide for young teenagers, helping them identify their strengths and individual qualities whilst encouraging a celebration of neurodiversity.

We also wanted to share two other books we found that share positive and insightful messages around disability:

The Red Beast – Sue Larkey

The Red Beast, written for children aged 5+, is a fun and open way of helping children who live with Asperger’s Syndrome to find ways of controlling and monitoring their emotions, particularly the feeling of anger. The book also provides guidance and tips on the ways parents can help their children in working on their anger management.

Winston Wallaby Can’t Stop Bouncing – Sue Larkey

Winston Wallaby Can’t Stop Bouncing is a really creative way of describing the feelings of hyperactivity, with Winston Wallaby unable to stop bouncing at school. The story of Winston Wallaby helps children and their parents or carers of children who live with ADHD, SPD and ASD to recognise and support them in their additional needs.

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