Physical and Developmental Challenge Books for Kids

From Pragmatic Mom: Physical and Developmental Challenge Books for Kids

I’m creating the book list for Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2020 Classroom Kit: Understand and celebrate our differences. We’ve replaced our previous title, “Understanding and Celebrating People with Disabilities,” after learning that this isn’t correct language.

I have children’s books and resource links for:

  • ADHD

  • Allergies

  • Anxiety/Separation Anxiety

  • Asthma

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

  • Cancer

  • Charcot Marie Tooth

  • Cerebral Palsy

  • Cystic Fibrosis

  • Deaf/Partial Hearing Loss

  • Degenerative Diseases

  • Diabetes

  • Disfiguration

  • Down Syndrome

  • Dyslexia

  • Epilepsy

  • Glasses

  • Limb Differences

  • Mental Illness

  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

  • Person with Albinism

  • Person with Brain Injury

  • Physical Disabilities involving Walking

  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

  • Prosthetic Implants

  • Sensory Processing

  • Someone Who: Uses a Wheelchair, Has an Alcohol Problem, and With Dwarfism

  • Spinal Disorders

  • Speech and Language Difficulties

  • Tourette Syndrome

  • Visual Impairment

Physical and Developmental Challenge Books for Kids

Physical and Developmental Challenge Books for Kids



Joey meets his father for the first time in years and decides to stay with him for a summer visit. His father is like Joey before he went on meds and convinces Joey that he doesn’t need his medication. What could go wrong? [middle grade, ages 8 and up]

From ADDitude: Books for Kids with ADHD: Our 10 Favorites


THE PRINCESS AND THE PEANUT: A ROYALLY ALLERGIC FAIRYTALE by Sue Gantz-Schmitt, illustrated by Micah Chambers-Goldberg

This a fractured fairy tale replacing the pea for the princess with a peanut that she’s allergic to. [picture book, ages 8 and up]

From Motherly: 6 Kids books for Families with Food Allergies

Anxiety/Separation Anxiety


Starting school makes most kids nervous and Kevin Henkes captures this anxiety in a way that kids can relate to. [picture book, ages 4 and up]

From Huffington Post: 17 Children’s Books for Anxious Kids


The Lion Who Had Asthma by Jonathan London, illustrated by Nadine Bernard Westcott

Sean pretends he’s a roaring lion, but he starts to cough and he has trouble breathing. This lion has asthma. [picture book, ages 4 and up]

Read on for the full book list on Physical and Developmental Challenge Books for Kids on Pragmatic Mom.

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