Updated: Jun 22
By Margaret Kingsbury
March (2020) has a lot of books with disability representation published! Check out these ten, and if you’re looking for more, check out my roundups from earlier in the year.
March 3, Coach House Books
One of my favorite books with disability representation of 2020 so far, this is a truly amazing memoir of living with cerebral palsy combined with an analysis of fairytales and critical disability theory.
March 3, Scholastic
This is a fantastic #ownvoices middle grade novel about autistic sixth-grader Tally feeling the pressure to be ‘normal.’ Author Libby Scott is autistic and was eleven-years-old when she co-wrote this novel with middle grade writer Rebecca Westcott.
March 3, Scholastic
Another excellent #ownvoices middle grade novel from Scholastic, this one, by deaf author and librarian Ann Clare LeZotte, is a historical fiction set in a deaf community on Martha’s Vineyard in the early 19th century, based on true events. The protagonist, Mary, is deaf like many in this community and communicates with sign language. After her brother dies, a scientist visits the island, trying to discover why so many are deaf. Mary becomes his living specimen. There’s also growing tensions between her community and the indigenous Wampanoag people.
All the Way to the Top: How One Girl’s Fight for Americans with Disabilities Changed Everything by Annette Bay Pimentel, Illustrated by Nabi Ali, Forward by Jennifer Keelan-Chaffins
March 10, Sourcebooks Explore
This is one of my most anticipated children’s books of the year. It tells the story of Jennifer Keelan’s childhood, and her participation in the historic Capitol Crawl protest, where wheelchair users crawled up the stairs of the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. to demonstrate the necessity of the Americans with Disabilities Act, in 1990. This book is essential for elementary-aged readers.
March 10, DC Comics
“The Oracle Code is an unapologetically disabled story,” said author Marieke Nijkamp in an interview with We Need Diverse Books. “[E]very reader deserves to see themselves as the hero.” Nijkamp goes on to describe how her own experience with a physical disability and in rehabilitation led her to write Barbara Gordon’s origin story as Oracle, the wheelchair user hacker superhero. The YA graphic novel also deals with the trauma of a sudden disability. This is such a fun read.
Our House Is on Fire: Scenes of a Family and a Planet in Crisis by Greta Thunberg, Svante Thunberg, Malena Ernman, and Beata Ernman
March 17, Penguin Books
At age eleven,