What Books to Read with Disability Representation for February 2020

Updated: Jun 23

By Margaret Kingsbury

Check out these seven books published in February 2020 with disability representation, and if you’re looking for more from this year, here’s my roundup from January.

Cover of Teaching Students with Moderate and Severe Disabilities

Teaching Students with Moderate and Severe Disabilities, Second Edition by Diane M. Browder, Fred Spooner, Ginevra R. Courtade, and Contributors

February 17, The Guilford Press

This textbook is an excellent introduction for college students studying education. New to this edition are reflections on recent research, more diverse collaborators, additional chapters on reading and math, and more coverage of students with an autism spectrum disorder, and more discussion of how technology can be effectively used for disabled students. It’s also a good reference book.

Cover of Get a Grip, Vivy Cohen!

Get a Grip, Vivy Cohen by Sarah Kapit

February 25, Dial Books

It’s very hard to find own voices representation of autism, and autistic characters are all too frequently stereotyped in fiction by non-autistic writers, which the author of this book, Sarah Kapit, writes about in an interview on Nerdy Bookclub. That’s one reason why I highly recommend Kapit’s debut novel, Get a Grip, Vivy Cohen, about an autistic girl who just wants to play baseball, except her mother doesn’t think she can handle it. It’s inspired by Kapit’s childhood as an autistic kid who loved baseball. It’s written in letters and emails and is a fun and accessible read.

Cover of Being Heumann: An unrepentant memoir of a disability rights activist