One of Disability in Kidlit’s main goals has always been to make it easier for readers, librarians, and teachers to find the best disability representation kidlit has to offer. Since our founding exactly three years ago, we’ve built up an impressive bank of reviewed titles, and we’re endlessly proud of the nuance, thoughtfulness, and variety those reviews offer. But we wanted to make the search for good representation even easier.
Introducing … The Disability in Kidlit Honor Roll, a vetted list of books we enthusiastically recommend for their authentic, accurate, and respectful depictions of disability!
For the past year, we’ve been actively compiling this list, carefully considering dozens of MG and YA books with disabled protagonists. (For the purposes of the Honor Roll we decided to exclude books with disabled secondary characters, but there are obviously many wonderful books that fall into that category as well.) While this list is a good start, it is by no means exhaustive. We’ll be regularly adding more selections to it over time as we vet them. If you have any questions about how we determine which books make it onto the Honor Roll, please see our Honor Roll FAQ.
The Honor Roll is designed to help you bring valuable disability representation into your personal, library, and/or school collections. Obviously, we are not the Final Authority on what constitutes good representation—as no such authority exists—but you can be confident that each of the books on this list has been thoroughly vetted and that the Disability in Kidlit editors feel strongly that these books are worth reading and sharing.
So go and explore! You can either browse the entire list at once, or you can use the highly customizable search options. We’ve indicated when there are accompanying reviews, which we encourage you to read for a fuller view of those books.
We sincerely hope this will be a useful resource, and please check back periodically for updates and even more Honor Roll selections! You may also sign up for our brand-new newsletter, as we’ll always let our subscribers know about new Honor Roll additions.