SLAV Online Book Club List March 23rd 2022 – Disability/Neurodivergent

Our thanks to those of you able to join us for yesterdays book club meeting. School libraries are safe, inclusive spaces that support their communities needs. All readers deserve to see themselves in the books they read. We discussed which books contain interesting characters who are also are disabled and or neurodivergent. We also shared some great non fiction resources and here is the link we discussed for the YA Disability Database 

As always, so many of you had so many wonderful contributions to share with us, and it is very appreciated.

This was our second book club meeting for 2022, and we look forward to chatting with you again at our next Online Book Club discussion on Wenesday May 18th to discuss the topic: Humour. We all love a good laugh, but we don’t all share the same views about what is funny in fiction. What books work best with your readers?

Disclaimer: The lists generated as a result of Book Club discussions are not, by any means, an exhaustive list of all titles or authors for each genre/category discussed. Nor will all titles be suitable for all libraries. We advise staff discretion when referencing these lists, to properly confirm individual title suitability for individual libraries, school and students needs. These are suggested titles only, shared by our members and inclusion on, or exclusion from, a list does not suggest SLAV endorsement or rejection of a title.

Titles Discussed

The Conversation Train by Joel Shaul

Just Like Me: 40 neurologically and physically diverse people who broke stereotypes by Various.

I Am Not a Label: 34 disabled artists, thinkers, athletes and activists from past and present by Cerrie Burnell and Lauren Mark Baldo.

All Dogs Have ADHD by Kathy Hoopman

All Cats Have Asperger’s by Kathy Hoopman

Please Don’t Hug Me by Kay Kerr

Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper

Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt

Unbroken: 13 stories starring disabled teens by Marieke Nijkamp

Petra Lyre’s Rating Normal by Anna Whateley

Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus by Dusti Bowling

The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B by Teresa Toten

The Things I Didn’t Say by Kylie Fornasier

Anything But Typical by Nora Raleigh Baskin

The Surprising Power of a Good Dumpling by Wai Chim

100 Remarkable Feats of Xander Maze by Clayton Zane Comber

The Spectrum Girl’s Survival Guide by Siena Castellon

The Right Way to Rock by Nat Amoore

Dylan Alcott Biography- Able

Stars In Their Eyes by Jessica Walton

Future Girl by Asphyxia

Whisper by Chrissy Perry

El Deafo by Cece Bell

A Boy Called Bat by Elan Arnold, Charles Santoso

Wonder by R.J Palacio

Wink by Rob Harrell

Ugly by Robert Hoge

Stargazing by Jen Wang

Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan

Lenny’s Book of Everything by Karen Foxlee

The Space We’re In by Katya Balen

Be the Difference: 40+ Ideas for kids to create positive change using empathy, kindness, equality and environmental awareness by Jayneed Sanders, Cherie Zamazing

A Different Sort of Normal by Abigail Balfe

NOTE: International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD) is held on 3 December each year so is a great chance to advertise at the end of the year. Neurodiversity Pride Day is June 18

What We Are Reading – Adult

A Force of Nature by Jane Harper

Still Life by Sarah Winman

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Tara Reid Jenkins

Devotion by Hannah Kent

After Darkness by Christine Piper

The Midnight Library by Matt Haig

A Solitary Walk on the Moon by Hilde Hilton

Cooking with Fernet Branca by James Hamilton-Paterson

Neon Pilgrim by Lisa Dempster

The Expanse Series by James SA Corey

Books That Made Us by Carl Reincke

Twelve Secrets by Robert Gold

The Girl with the Louding Voice by Abi Dare

The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea by Axie Oh

Hell’s only half full by Kerry Clarke

True Blood series by Charlane Harris