Children’s Books for Celebrating Differences

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It’s never too early to teach the lesson, “We are all special, just the way we are!” As kids begin exploring the world with their senses and making their first friendships, children who don’t use their senses or communicate in the same way as others can quickly become stigmatized. Since March is National Disability Awareness Month, we thought it was the perfect time to put together a list of Children’s Books for Celebrating Differences. They’re perfect for this month but be sure to save this list to share with your students all year long!

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These Children's Books for Celebrating Differences offer sweet, simple stories about celebrating differences and how they make us special!

Children’s Books for Celebrating Differences

Whether you teach students with special needs or not, these books offer sweet, simple stories about celebrating differences to get your kids thinking about the idea that it truly is our differences that make us special.

Today we are sharing with you some of our favorite children’s books for celebrating differences that we use to help our students develop important social-emotional skills like compassion and empathy.

Too Sticky!: Sensory Issues with Autism by Jen Malia

We’re Different, We’re the Same by Bobbi Kates

The Girl Who Thought in Pictures: The Story of Dr. Temple Grandin by Julia Finley Mosca

We All Belong: A Children’s Book About Diversity, Race, and Empathy by Nathalie Goss

You Are Enough: A Book About Inclusion by Margaret O’Hair

We’re All Wonders by R.J. Palacio

The Invisible Boy by Trudy Ludwig

There’s Only One You by Kathryn Heling

Special People, Special Ways by Arlene Maguire

Noo-Noos by Carol Thompson

Can I Play Too? by Mo Willems

My Friend Isabelle by Eliza Woloson

Don’t Call Me Special: A First Look at Disability by Pat Thomas

Susan Laughs by Jeanne Willis

One, Two, Three… Jump! by Carol Thompson

Our Stripy Baby by Gillian Shields

Just Because by Rebecca Elliott

In My Mind: The World through the Eyes of Autism by Adonya Wong

These children’s book are great for teaching your students about disabilities, differences, and acceptance.

Do you have a favorite children’s book for teaching your students about disabilities, differences, and acceptance? We’d love to know!

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