Honor Roll (UK)

Disability in Kidlit reviews a lot of books featuring disabled characters; so many, in fact, that it’s become difficult for readers, librarians, and teachers to have an easy overview of books worth reading and adding to their collections. In the interest of making that search easier…

Introducing: the official Disability in Kidlit Honor Roll, a vetted list of books we enthusiastically recommend.

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  • History Is All You Left Me

    Author: Adam Silvera
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster (2017)
    ISBN: 9781471146183

    Griffin struggles with the death of his ex-boyfriend Theo and his relationship with Theo's new boyfriend Jackson. Told in dual timelines, History Is All You Left Me features a nuanced portrayal of OCD.
  • The Upside of Unrequited

    The Upside of Unrequited

    Author: Becky Albertalli
    Publisher: Penguin (2017)
    ISBN: 9780141356112

    Molly – who is Jewish, fat, and has an anxiety disorder – has had twenty-six crushes and zero kisses. When her twin sister finds a girlfriend, she tries to set Molly up with a new guy.
  • El Deafo

    El Deafo

    Author: Cece Bell
    Publisher: Amulet / ABRAMS (2014)
    ISBN: 9781419710209

    Author/illustrator Cece Bell recounts her experiences growing up deaf and seeking true friendship.
  • Otherbound


    Author: Corinne Duyvis
    Publisher: Amulet Books / ABRAMS (2014)
    ISBN: 9781419709289

    With Nolan’s every blink, he witnesses the life of a servant girl from another world. He's already lost his leg as a result of his constant distraction – and their inexplicable connection may soon lose the both of them far more.
    Read our review
  • The Iron Trial

    The Iron Trial

    Author: Holly Black & Cassandra Clare
    Publisher: Corgi / Random House (2014)
    ISBN: 9780552567732

    The main character in this adventurous middle-grade fantasy has a limp that's realistically present yet never overtakes the story – a delicate balance.
    Read our review
  • Will Grayson, Will Grayson 1

    Will Grayson, Will Grayson

    Author: John Green & David Levithan
    Publisher: Penguin (2012)
    ISBN: 9780141346113

    Told through alternating points of view, two wildly different boys – both named Will Grayson – cross paths and find their lives becoming increasingly entwined.
  • Six of Crows

    Author: Leigh Bardugo
    Publisher: Indigo / Orion (2015)
    ISBN: 9781780622279

    A thief leads an unlikely group of criminals on an impossible heist in this fantasy adventure.
    Read our review
  • The State of Grace

    The State of Grace

    Author: Rachael Lucas
    Publisher: Pan Macmillan (2017)
    ISBN: 9781509839568

    Grace, who's autistic, navigates her first relationship while trying to cope with her father's absence and her mother's strange behavior.
  • Far From You

    Author: Tess Sharpe
    Publisher: Indigo / Orion (2014)
    ISBN: 9781780621654

    A small-town girl with chronic pain and mobility issues searches for the killer of the girl she loved; this dual-timeline YA is part mystery, part doomed romance.
    Read our review