10 Books Celebrating Disability Pride Month

Posted on July 8, 2024

by Jill C

We celebrate Disability Pride Month in July because on July 26, 1990, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law, making it the world’s first comprehensive civil rights law for people with disabilities. The 10 books listed here tell stories that are relatable to all, thought-provoking, inspirational, and eye-opening.

Book Jacket: Haben

haben by Haben Girma

Haben defines disability as an opportunity for innovation. She learned non-visual techniques for everything from dancing salsa to handling an electric saw. She developed a text-to-braille communication system that created an exciting new way to connect with people. Haben pioneered her way through obstacles, graduated from Harvard Law, and now uses her talents to advocate for people with disabilities.

Book Jacket: The Pretty One

the pretty one by Keah Brown

A thoughtful, inspiring, and charming collection of essays exploring what it means to be black and disabled in a mostly able-bodied white America.

Book Jacket: Being Seen

being seen by Elsa Sjunneson

A deafblind writer and professor explores how the misrepresentation of disability in books, movies, and TV harms both the disabled community and everyone else

Book Jacket: You're So Amazing!

you're so amazing! by James Catchpole

A young boy with a limb difference wishes people could see him for who he is, rather than treating him as "so amazing" due to his disability.

Book Jacket: Disability Visibility

disability visibility

A groundbreaking collection of first-person writing on the joys and challenges of the modern disability experience

Book Jacket: Disability Pride

disability pride by Ben Mattlin

An eye-opening portrait of the diverse disability community as it is today, and how disability attitudes, activism, and representation have evolved since the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Book Jacket: I Am Extraordinary

i am extraordinary by Stephen Curry

It's the first day of school for Zoe, a young girl with hearing loss who dreams of playing on her school's soccer team. But, self-conscious of her hearing aids, Zoe is too nervous to try out. With the help of and perspectives from new friends, what begins as a bumpy, anxiety-filled start for Zoe, soon transitions into an eye-opening experience about what it means to be different.

Book Jacket: Work With What You Got

work with what you got by Zion Clark

Zion Clark has always had big dreams for himself despite the many hardships he faced growing up as a Black disabled child in the foster care system of Ohio. His childhood years were marked by instability as he moved from home to home, experiencing abuse and neglect. And yet his determination and grit pushed him to become an elite wrestler and wheelchair racer. His constant reinvention led him to activism, speaking out about the failings of the foster care system.

Book Jacket: The Disability Experience

the disability experience by Hannalora Leavitt

In The Disability Experience you'll meet people with different kinds of disabilities, and you'll begin to understand the ways PWDs have been ignored, reviled, and marginalized throughout history.

Book Jacket: Come Over to My House

come over to my house by Eliza Hull

Come visit our houses, come over and play! If we're kind to each other, we'll have a great day. Let's all do our best to include everyone. We are all different but that's what's so fun! This delightful rhyming story explores the home lives of various children and parents who are deaf or disabled.

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