All the Best Books on Disability

This is a compilation of all of the books on disability that I review, compile lists about, have guests write about and so forth.

They are books that are disability  memoirs, about disability culture, about issues that the disability community face and more. The books go across the disability spectrum.

Please join the disability book and movie club for more discussion books (and movies!). 

All the Best Books on Disability:

Lit League Disability Book & Movie Club: Being Heumann, by Judy Heumann

“The Pretty One” by Keah Brown for February Read

This is a news post, announcing that the Lit League Disability Book & Movie Club has selected The Pretty One, by Keah Brown, as our February read. Keah Brown went and wrote a book that screams, "READ MEEEEEEEE," and so we shall! Details About "The Pretty One" "From the disability rights advocate and creator of ... Read more “The Pretty One” by Keah Brown for February Read

Rae Reviews: Stumble to Rise: a Memoir on Living with Multiple Sclerosis

Rae reviews the book, Stumble to Rise, in this post. Stumble to Rise is an autobiographical description of living a full life with multiple sclerosis (MS). Gina, the author, has a meaningful career, an active family and a stylish home. She describes both the medical and physical experience of MS (procedures, mobility issues) as well as ... Read more Rae Reviews: Stumble to Rise: a Memoir on Living with Multiple Sclerosis

Haben: Read the Book in December & Talk with Author in January

This is a post about the Lit League Disability Book & Movie Club's book pick for December. Decembe Pick: Haben The Lit League Disability Book and Movie Club has picked Haben: The Deafblind Woman Who Conquered Harvard Law for our December book! I reached out to the author, Haben Girma, and she has agreed to ... Read more Haben: Read the Book in December & Talk with Author in January

Our Inaugural Zoom Chat with Author Jennifer Johannesen!

This is a video post with the first Book Club Chat, ever. The Lit League Disability Book & Movie Club picked No Ordinary Boy by Jennifer Johannesen for our October read. We tried out a Zoom meeting for the first time to chat with Jennifer about the book. This was my first Zoom book chat, ... Read more Our Inaugural Zoom Chat with Author Jennifer Johannesen!

Book Club Pick for October: No Ordinary Boy

The book club is back, and we're set to read  No Ordinary Boy, by Jennifer Johannesen and discuss it in two ways: Through Zoom (video conferencing, free) on October 20th at 2pm Eastern WITH THE AUTHOR - meeting information and invitation at the end of this post) Through Facebook Group chat on October 23 at ... Read more Book Club Pick for October: No Ordinary Boy

Book Review of Say Something, by Peter H. Reynolds

This is a book review of Say Something, by Peter H. Reynolds. This is a children's book. There are affiliate links in this post (read more about my disclosure policy here) I am always looking for quality books for my children to engage with. In these troubled times, I also look for quality books that ... Read more Book Review of Say Something, by Peter H. Reynolds

Book Review: “No Ordinary Boy” by Jennifer Johannesen

I am re-publishing this review of No Ordinary boy because it is Owen's birthday. He would be 21 if he were alive today. In commemorating her son, Jennifer is offering No Ordinary Boy free as a PDF. It is linked at the end of this post. No Ordinary Boy No Ordinary Boy is a relatively ... Read more Book Review: “No Ordinary Boy” by Jennifer Johannesen

Rae Reviews: You’ll Miss Me When I’m Gone, by Rachel Lynn Solomon

Rae Hower reviews the book, You'll Miss Me When I'm Gone, in this post. You’ll Miss Me When I’m Gone, by Rachel Lynn Solomon You’ll Miss Me When I’m Gone is about twin sisters whose mother has Huntington’s disease. It takes place during their senior year of high school. The sisters must decide whether to ... Read more Rae Reviews: You’ll Miss Me When I’m Gone, by Rachel Lynn Solomon

9 Great Children’s Books About Down Syndrome

This is a post about great children's books about Down syndrome. Children's Books About Down Syndrome Stories are a wonderful way to explain Down syndrome to a child, Good children's books find ways to convey the complexity - and simplicity - of Down syndrome, and they bring home the humanity of us all. I've personally ... Read more 9 Great Children’s Books About Down Syndrome

Rae Reviews: Rare is Everywhere, by Deborah Katz

Rae Hower reviews the book, Rare is Everywhere, in this post. Rare is Everywhere Rare is Everywhere is a children’s book about unusual animals like blue lobsters, spotless cheetahs and white tigers. The point, according to the book jacket, is to teach children “about diversity and how our differences make us spectacular.” I love this! ... Read more Rae Reviews: Rare is Everywhere, by Deborah Katz

Rae Reviews: Great Books About Rare Diseases and Disorders

This fantastic list of books about rare diseases and disorders that you might be interested in reading was pulled together by Rae Hower. Rae is joining me to coordinate the Disability Book & Movie Club. Get to know her through her bio at the end of this post, and please enjoy this awesome list. Don't forget: ... Read more Rae Reviews: Great Books About Rare Diseases and Disorders

The Best Books on Understanding Traumatic Brain Injury

Here are some of the best books on understanding traumatic brain injury, traumatic brain injury symptoms, traumatic brain injury recovery, and just overall traumatic brain injury awareness. They are written from my perspective as being a person who lives with traumatic brain injury (TBI). Most of these books are linked to Amazon, which means if ... Read more The Best Books on Understanding Traumatic Brain Injury

El Deafo Summary, Review and Discussion Questions by a Deaf Lady

El Deafo Summary El Deafo summary is as follows from Amazon: El Deafo Review Like it says in the El Deafo summary above, this is a graphic novel about a young deaf girl. It centers around her deafness and feelings about deafness (and her ginormous hearing aid), with the stories of her friendships, family and ... Read more El Deafo Summary, Review and Discussion Questions by a Deaf Lady

Book Review of Good Kings Bad Kings, by Susan Nussbaum

Summary of the Story Good Kings Bad Kings  story is about teenagers with disabilities who live in an institution in Chicago, and the people who work there. It's told in person-first accounts. It follows the lives of the residents and workers for the period of about a year, with backstory. What Was Great Good Kings ... Read more Book Review of Good Kings Bad Kings, by Susan Nussbaum

My Heart Can’t Even Believe It: A Story of Science, Love, and Down Syndrome; Reviewed by Cathleen Small

Recently, I had the chance to read My Heart Can’t Even Believe It: A Story of Science, Love, and Down Syndrome by Amy Silverman. If you have a child with Down syndrome, you soon realize that there are a lot of mommy blogs about Down syndrome—some of them good and some of them maybe not to ... Read more My Heart Can’t Even Believe It: A Story of Science, Love, and Down Syndrome; Reviewed by Cathleen Small

Supporting Positive Behavior in Children and Teens with Down Syndrome

This post is a review of the book, Supporting Positive Behavior in Children and Teens with Down Syndrome. Supporting Positive Behavior in Children and Teens with Down Syndrome I'm going to cut the chase: I love this book. In fact, I think this is a "must-own" for the parent of a child with Down syndrome. ... Read more Supporting Positive Behavior in Children and Teens with Down Syndrome

Down Syndrome Book Resources: 20 Indispensable Books for Parents & Community

This is a post about Down syndrome books - that is, books related to Down syndrome that serve as Down Syndrome book resources: for parents and the community. This is a list of books that are fantastic, either ones that I have read or have been recommended by other parents in the Down syndrome community. If you ... Read more Down Syndrome Book Resources: 20 Indispensable Books for Parents & Community

Book Review: Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body, by Roxane Gay

I recently read "Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body" by Roxane Gay for the Lit League Book club. I was the one who chose that book, because I had seen enough friends with disabilities posting on Facebook about how powerful they thought the book was, what a short read it was, and how much they ... Read more Book Review: Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body, by Roxane Gay

“Not Always Happy” Book Review & Giveaway

One of the more rampant stereotypes about people with Down syndrome is that they are always happy. Don't ask why that sticks in the face of a screaming child with Down syndrome - even when someone actually sees my child in a rage, they have been known to comment (with a chuckle) about how "those" ... Read more “Not Always Happy” Book Review & Giveaway

“The Right to Live in the World”: More Books for Disability Advocates and Those Who Want to Learn about Disability Advocacy by Steven E. Brown

Dr. Brown’s current picks, including books for younger readers – don’t miss it!

Cultivating Community – “What Matters: Reflections on Disability, Community and Love” a New Book by Janice Fialka, Reviewed by Naomi Ortiz

“What Matters: Reflections on Disability, Community and Love” What Matters: Reflections on Disability, Community and Love is a new book by Janice Fialka, reviewed by Naomi Ortiz Community connections can happen in any place, at any time. Recently I was on a strategy conference call and I mentioned the work I do around Disability justice. A ... Read more Cultivating Community – “What Matters: Reflections on Disability, Community and Love” a New Book by Janice Fialka, Reviewed by Naomi Ortiz

#ShePersisted: The Disability Edition – a Persistent Book List by Sandy Ho

#ShePersisted: The Disability Edition – a Persistent Book List by Sandy Ho – a complete list of kick-ass books related to persisting.

Behavioral Issues and Down syndrome

Behavioral Issues and Down syndrome Moxie, my daughter who has Down syndrome, has recently had behavioral issues at school. A bit of background: Moxie goes to The Best School Ever. She has a wonderful, caring teacher and Moxie's aide is a lovely woman whom Moxie has known and trusted for years now - ever since ... Read more Behavioral Issues and Down syndrome

Gifts: Mothers Reflect on How Children with Down Syndrome Enrich Their Lives 10th Edition

The 10th edition of this stellar book has just been released and I am honored to be a part of it.

The Kids Corner: Micah Reviews Harry Potter & The Chamber of Secrets

Micah reviews Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, with a little mojo from Moxie. Ha!

Top 15 Fiction Books for 2016: Guest Post by Sandy Ho

Guest post by Sandy Ho on her top 15 book picks for 2016, neatly categorized for ‘who should read’ it and which ones have a disability connection

The Parent’s Guide to Down Syndrome

“The Parent’s Guide to Down Syndrome” is exactly that: a book that is BY parents and FOR parents of individuals with Down syndrome. It is a comprehensive grassroots effort that shares a wealth of experience and diversity about pretty much everything a parent will benefit from knowing.

Book Review: Big Magic, by Elizabeth Gilbert

I’ve been meaning to do a few more book reviews on this here blog. I kind of have a hard time getting around to it most of the time, but since I’m laid up with a maimed ankle…! I’ve got the time! Big Magic is by Elizabeth Gilbert, and you’ve got to know that she’s not … Read more Book Review: Big Magic, by Elizabeth Gilbert

Book Review & Giveaway: Life With a Superhero

You know how it is when you become friends with the characters in a book? When they have made their way into your heart and mind and you look forward to your time with them every day and you sadly see the remaining pages of their story growing slimmer and wish it weren’t so? That … Read more Book Review & Giveaway: Life With a Superhero

Up Syndrome by Megan Abner, a Woman with Down syndrome

I’ve written a bit about how I’d love to have more adults with Down syndrome speaking and writing of their life experience, views on therapy and disability – much like the Autistics do within the Autism Community. I mean, we can sit around and talk about Down syndrome all day long but we’ll never know … Read more Up Syndrome by Megan Abner, a Woman with Down syndrome

Sun Shine Down by Gillian Marchenko

When Gillian Marchenko asked me to review her memoir, Sun Shine Down, I hesitated. Gillian, you see, is my friend. I like her. I think she’s an awesome person and I have come to an age in which I realize that just because someone is your friend and you like them does not mean that you … Read more Sun Shine Down by Gillian Marchenko

Top 13 Books for Understanding Disability

13 books for understanding disability pride, culture, rights and history

5 Books That are Better than "Bloom" for New Parents of a Child with Down syndrome

You know it and I know it: Kelle Hampton is hugely popular. She writes marvelous fluff on her blog, Enjoying the Small Things. I think she is an adroit blogger, able to weave remarkable bits of fippery in and around drop-dead awesome photos. The result? A top-notch blog.   A top-notch and popular blogger does … Read more 5 Books That are Better than "Bloom" for New Parents of a Child with Down syndrome

Interview with Jennifer Johnnesen, Author of "No Ordinary Boy" and "Fake Work" + Book Giveaway

Jennifer Johannesen is the the author of the article, "Fake Work" which was re-posted on this blog last week, stimulating much conversation within the Down syndrome community. She is also the author of No Ordinary Boy, the candid and deeply beautiful story of her son's life. I posted my review of No Ordinary Boy here … Read more Interview with Jennifer Johnnesen, Author of "No Ordinary Boy" and "Fake Work" + Book Giveaway

Author Interview: Amy Julia Becker

This is the second of a two-part series – a conversation with George Estreich, author of The Shape of the Eye: Down Syndrome, Family, and the Stories We Inherit , and Amy Julia Becker, author of Good and Perfect Gift, A: Faith, Expectations, and a Little Girl Named Penny. Amy Julia Becker will be giving … Read more Author Interview: Amy Julia Becker

Bloom, by Kelle Hampton

The content of “Bloom” reviewed as well as the writing

A Good and Perfect Gift by Amy Julia Becker

A review of Amy Julia Becker’s memoir, “A Good and Perfect Gift”

George Estreich Author Interview

This is the first of a two-part series – a conversation with George Estreich, author of The Shape of the Eye: Down Syndrome, Family, and the Stories We Inherit , and Amy Julia Becker, author of Good and Perfect Gift, A: Faith, Expectations, and a Little Girl Named Penny. George Estreich will be giving away … Read more George Estreich Author Interview

The Shape of The Eye by George Estreich + Guest Reviews by Lisa Morguess and Alison Piepmeier

The Shape of The Eye by George Estreich + Guest Reviews by Lisa Morguess and Alison Piepmeier – With a Little Moxie