9 Kids' Books To Read During Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month

February is Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month (JDAIM). Here are several books we love that feature strong characters with disabilities, as well as storylines about acceptance, inclusion, and learning from everyone.

Cake and Miracles Barbara Diamond Goldin

Hershel’s blindness doesn’t keep him from living life. He helps his mother by doing chores, but wishes he could do even more for her. When an angel appears in Hershel’s dream and encourages him to make what he sees when he closes his eyes, the boy sneaks into the kitchen, transforming his mother's cookie dough into beautiful hamantaschen for Purim.

Jordan and the Dreadful Golem Karen Goldman

This story follows a group of children who are all defined by their own special and unique abilities. Jordan and his friends must use their talents to defend their home against a monster--while Jordan must also learn to accept himself.

On a Beam of Light Jennifer Berne

Long before Einstein was a household name, he was just a boy -- a boy with a powerful imagination. This story of a Jewish hero underscores the potential each person’s creative mind holds. You can also check out the PJ Our Way story, Who Was Albert Einstein by Jess Brallier.

Nathan Blows Out the Hanukkah Candles Tami Lehman-Wilzig with Nicole Katzman

Jacob loves his brother Nathan, who has autism. When Hanukkah comes, Jacob worries that Nathan might embarrass him in front of his new friend. The story helps introduce young children and families to autism and other developmental disorders.


Thank You Mr. Falker Patricia Polacco

PJ Library families will be familiar with Polacco's books like Tikvah Means Hope, The Blessing Cup, and Someone For Mr. Sussman. This book follows a young girl, Trisha, as she struggles in school. Through the coaching of a wonderful teacher, Trisha is able to start reading on her own.

The Only One Club Jane Naliboff

As the only Jewish child in her class, a young girl not only learns that each person is unique but is able to share this understanding with her classmates.

The Mitten String Jennifer Rosner

Ruthie loves to knit — and to help people. When her family gives shelter to a deaf woman and her baby, Ruthie realizes there’s a way for her to do both at once!

The Seeing Stick Jane Yolen

Hwei Min, the emperor's daughter has been blind since birth and neither the wise men who advise him, nor the best magician's in his service, can restore her sight. A stranger arrives with a special stick and helps Hwei Min learn to see in a new way.

Sign Language Shabbat Alisa Greenbacher & Jennifer Rosner

The children in this book sign words for things people do on Shabbat, such as eat challah, drink wine or grape juice, sing Shabbat songs, and (of course!) read books. Shabbat Shalom!

Looking for more book ideas and suggestions? You can find all of the PJ Library books that deal with storylines about inclusion here.

If you have or know of a child with any special learning needs who is older than the oldest age group of their PJ Library community, but who may nevertheless benefit from the PJ Library materials offered, please contact us at pjlibrary@hgf.org. We welcome the child's enrollment in any age group deemed appropriate.