Outstanding books for young people with disabilities

Outstanding books for young people with disabilities

IBBY compiles a biennial international catalogue of recently published outstanding books for young people with disabilities. This identifies well-written and illustrated books for and about young people with different abilities, presented with dignity, emphasizing the person rather than the disability itself.

The full collection of nominated books is held at the Toronto Public Library and can be accessed online here. It is searchable by title, author, subject, format, keyword and language.

Further information about the Disability Collections and back catalogues can be found here.

IBBY UK Nominations for the Outstanding Books for Young People with Disabilities 2019

IBBY UK has selected 11 books to put forward for consideration.

IBBY UK’s nominations this year were selected by a working party whose members were Dr Rebecca Butler, Carol Thompson, Clive Barnes, Suzanne Curley, and Ros Bird, with advice from inclusion consultant Alex Strick.

  • Jo Cotterill. A storm of strawberries. Piccadilly Press
  • E Durrant (ill Rob Biddulph). Running on empty. Nosy Crow
  • Tom Fletcher (ill Shane Devries). The Christmasaurus. Puffin
  • Debi Gliori. Night shift. Hot Key
  • Andy Glynne & Salvador Maldonado. Summer’s story: living with Epilepsy. Franklin Watts
  • Ava, Lilli, & Nick Beese (ill Romina Marti). Proud to be deaf. Wayland
  • Rachel Lucas. State of Grace. Macmillan
  • Anna McQuinn & Ruth Hearson. Zeki can swim. Alanna Books
  • Susin Nielsen. Optimists die first. Andersen Press
  • Alice Rex (ill Angela Perrini). Ava’s spectacular spectacles. New Frontier
  • Isabel Sanchez Vegara & Eng Gee Fan. Frida Kahlo. Frances Lincoln

The worldwide list of nominations are yet to be announced.

An exhibition of the books on the 2015 international Disability List toured several venues in the UK earlier this year, visiting The Story Museum, Oxford; The Hive, Worcester; Seven Stories, Newcastle; and Brighton University School of Education. The 2017 collection will be touring in the UK in 2018. If your institution would like a visit from the exhibition, please contact IBBY Committee Treasurer, Sue Mansfield e-mail: mansfield37@btinternet.com

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

IBBY UK selected 23 books to put forward for consideration.The selection was made by a panel of Clive Barnes, Becky Butler, Suzanne Curley and Carol Thompson, advised by inclusion consultant Alex Strick.

This is the largest number of titles ever put forward by IBBY UK for this list and reflects the growing number of published books featuring disabled children and young people as protagonists or major characters. They included 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. Three of the UK nominations were included in the final list, which was announced in Bologna in 2017: Sarah Crossan’s One, published by Bloomsbury Children’s Books, and two Dorling Kindersley braille titles, Counting and It Can’t Be True.

The panel would like to thank all those publishers who helped with this process. Read Dr Rebecca Butler’s blog on her experience on the selection panel.

Please see here for the full 2017 list. You can download a copy of the UK nominations here.

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