Disability Literature Suggestions

Note: This list is by no means exhaustive; with only 3-4 books in each category, it is meant simply to get you started in exploring disability literature. Historically, much of the literature on disability has been written about disabled people without centering disabled voices, and/or as been led by people who identify as straight, white, and cisgender. This list endeavors to break those molds and center the voices of disabled humans from diverse backgrounds and perspectives. Furthermore, many of the books on disability that can be found on bookstore and library shelves actually perpetuate harmful stereotypes about disability, including inspirational objectification, helplessness, and the narrative of overcoming disability. One important goal of this curated list is to shift away from those harmful narratives and focus on honesty, humanity, and the inherent dignity and worth of disabled lives. I hope you find a book that speaks to you. Enjoy! 

- Courtney Tabor

Children and family

Just Ask!: Be Different, Be Brave, Be You 
by Sonia Sotomayor

ABC Let’s Celebrate You And Me

by Sugar Snap Studio

We Move Together

by Kelly Fritsch, Anne McGuire, Eduardo Trejos

All The Way To The Top: How One Girl’s Fight For Americans With Disabilities Changed Everything

by Annette Bay Pimentel

Young Adult

The Silence Between Us

by Alison Gervais

Disability Visibility (adapted for young adults): 17 First-Person Stories For Today

edited by Alice Wong

Love From A To Z

by SK Ali

The Pretty One: On Life, Pop Culture, Disability, and Other Reasons to Fall in Love With Me

by Keah Brown


Disability Visibility: First Person Stories From The Twenty-First Century

Edited by Alice Wong

Sincerely, Your Autistic Child: What People on the Autism Spectrum Wish Their Parents Knew About Growing Up, Acceptance, and Identity

Edited by Sharon DaVanport, Morenike Giwa Onaiwu, Emily Paige AAllou

Beauty Is A Verb The New Poetry Of Disability

Edited by Jennifer Bartlett, Michael Northen, Sheila Black

History and Disability Education

A Disability History Of The United States

By Kim E. Nielsen

Skin, Tooth, and Bone: The Basis of Movement is Our People: A Disability Justice Primer

By Sins Invalid

Demystifying Disability: What to Know, What to Say, and How to Be an Ally

By Emily Ladau

Essays and memoirs

Care Work: Dreaming Disability Justice

By Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha

Being Heumann: An Unrepentant Memoir of a Disability Rights Activist

By Judith Heumann

Haben: The Deafblind Woman Who Conquered Harvard Law

by Haben Girma

Just Human: The Quest For Disability Wisdom, Respect, and Inclusion

by Ariel Silverman


Good Kings Bad Kings

By Susan Nussbaum

Get a Life, Chloe Brown

by Talia Hibbert


By Rivers Solomon


The Disabled God

By Nancy Eiesland

This Here Flesh

by Cole Arthur Riley

For more ideas check out these curated lists:

10 BOOKS ON DISABILITY JUSTICE - bookriot.com/disability-justice/

15 Books to Celebrate Disability Pride - nypl.org/blog/2021/07/02/books-celebrate-disability-pride

Kids’ and Teen Recommendations for Disability Pride Month- powells.com/post/lists/kids-and-teen-recommendations-for-disability-pride-month