Outstanding books for young people with disabilities

Outstanding books for young people with disabilities

Every two years IBBY compiles an international catalogue of recently published outstanding books for young people with disabilities. We seek to identify well-written and illustrated books for and about young people with different abilities, presented with dignity, emphasizing the person rather than the disability itself.

IBBY UK Nominations for the Outstanding Books for Young People with Disabilities 2017 list

IBBY UK has selected 23 recently published books to put forward for IBBY’s international list of Outstanding Books for Young People with Disabilities 2017.

The selection was made by a panel of Clive Barnes, Becky Butler, Suzanne Curley and Carol Thompson, advised by inclusion consultant Alex Strick. The nominations include books specifically published or thought suitable for children with disabilities and books which feature disabled characters.

This is the largest number of titles ever put forward by IBBY UK for this list and reflects the growing number of published books which feature disabled children and young people as protagonists or major characters. They were selected from a preliminary list over twice as long and include Jacqueline Wilson’s updating of the Susan Coolidge classic, What Katy Did, Sarah Crossan’s Carnegie winning title One, Julia Donaldson’s What the Jackdaw Saw, and Cece Bell’s autobiographical novel El Deafo.

The panel would like to thank all those publishers who put books forward for nomination or who agreed to their books being considered by the panel.IBBY UK’s nominations will be considered alongside those from other IBBY national sections for inclusion in the final international list which will be announced at the Bologna Book Fair in 2017.

An exhibition of the books on the 2015 international list toured several venues in the UK during 2016, visiting The Story Museum, Oxford; The Hive, Worcester; Seven Stories, Newcastle; and Brighton University School of Education. It is planned to tour the 2017 international collection in the UK in 2018.

A tour of the 23 IBBY UK nominated books is also planned. If you are interested in borrowing these collections, please contact IBBY UK info@ibby.org.uk.


  • Read the complete list of IBBY UK’s nominated titles for the 2017 list.
  • Read Dr Rebecca Butler’s blog on her experience on the selection panel.
  • Download the 2015 list of Outstanding Books for Young People with Disabilities.

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The International Board on Books for Young People is a unique international alliance of everyone interested in children’s literature: academics, librarians, writers, illustrators, publishers, teachers, literacy workers, booksellers, parents and others.

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