I am always on the look out for books which represent children, like Freddie, who have special needs. It’s a great learning tool for me, for his siblings and it is also really important that Freddie see’s himself in books. We all need to see ourselves represented in books, on TV and in society.
Here are five great ones I’ve looked at recently.
1. Freddie and the Fairy by Julia Donaldson
Freddie is desperate for a pet, so when he rescues Bessie-Belle and she offers to grant his wishes he knows just what to ask for. The only problem is that Bessie-Belle can’t hear very well, and Freddie tends to mumble.
2. Just Because by Rebecca Elliot
‘My big sister Clemmie is my best friend. She can’t walk, talk, move around much, cook macaroni, pilot a plane, juggle or do algebra. I don’t know why she doesn’t do these things. Just because.’
3. Sometimes by Rebecca Elliot
Toby knows his sister Clemmie is very brave. When she has to go to hospital, they both have to help each other face their fears. Together they make hospital a much better place.
4. What The Jackdaw Saw by Julia Donaldson
This book about friendship and sign language was created by Julia Donaldson, author of The Gruffalo,with a group of deaf children in a workshop organised by the not-for-profit organisation Life & Deaf which helps deaf children to explore their identities through poetry, film, performance and art.
5. Plus one to be read with your child if they have Autism Spectrum Disorder:
The Survival Guide for Kids with Autism Spectrum Disorder (and their parents) by Elizabeth Verdick and Elizabeth Reeve.
This positive, straightforward book offers kids with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) their own comprehensive resource for both understanding their condition and finding tools to cope with the challenges they face every day.