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Age 0-3

Mi primer Pequeña & Grande, María Isabel Sánchez Vergara

Discover the lives of outstanding people, from designers and artists to scientists and activists with the My First Little People, BIG DREAMS series. All of them achieved incredible things, yet each began life as a child with a dream. This simpler board book version is perfect for reading aloud with younger children. 

Category: Strong Female Characters, Race, Religion, Black History

Las princesas también se tiran pedos, Ilan Brenman

Princesses also fart is the perfect children’s book to dismantle the myth that princesses are perfect beings. Upon returning from school, Laura has a very important question: do princesse fart too? ​

Category: Strong Female Characters

Bambú el koala, Almudena Taboada

Bambú is a special koala. Bambú has a hard time relating to others and struggles to identify or share feelings. A story about autism.

Category: Neurodiversity/Autism

Sofía la golondrina, Almudena Taboada

Sofía is a blind swallow but she knows how to guide herself by using her sense of smell and hearing.

Category: Disabilities/Blindess

La Tortuga Marian, Almudena Taboada

Marian is a rough-skinned turtle with clean, tender eyes. She gets scared if the wind blows strong and hides his head until the air calms down. Marian gets up early, washes her face, and dresses slowly. She drinks lemon juice, brushes her teeth, picks up her purse and, one step at a time, walks to school. A story about Down syndrome.

Category: Neurodiversity/Down's Syndrome

Lola la loba, Almudena Taboada

Lola lives on a mountain of brown earth and trees that smell like liquorice. Lola likes mint candies and telling stories that make her laugh. That is why all the animals in the forest want to be with her. Lola cannot walk because of a branch that fell on her back one stormy day. A story about physical disability.

Category: Disabilities

Elmer, David McKee

Elmer is a colorful elephant, who wants to look like others. Until he discovers that his difference is part of him, and that the pack accepts and loves him for who he is.

Category:Empathy and Kindness

 

Age 5-7

Pequeña & Grande, María Isabel Sánchez Vergara

Discover the lives of outstanding people, from designers and artists to scientists and activists with the Little People, BIG DREAMS series. All of them achieved incredible things, yet each began life as a child with a dream. Told as a story, with a facts and photos section at the back, this series for kids celebrates triumph over adversity through some of history’s favorite characters.

Category: Strong Female Characters, Race, Religion

Orejas de mariposa, Luisa Aguilar

The story is simple and with a very clear message: we are all different, but that's okay.  

Category: Empathy & Kindness

 

Lucas tiene superpoderes, Ana Luengo Palomino

A sweet story that seeks to explain some of the behaviors of those with autism. Sometimes behaviors, despite being different, always have an origin or an explanation and what for some may be a strange behaviour can also be understood as a superpower, because Lucas has superpowers! 

Category: Neurodiversity/Autism

 

De qué color lo ves, Laia Membrive

Manuel is colour blind. He doesn't understand why people like autumn so much, it doesn't seem so pretty to him as all the leaves are the same color. This book helps to understand that everything is special for each person, even if it is different.

Category: Disabilities

Mimi y la jirafa azul, Cècile de Visscher

This is a story aimed at younger children who have a family member with a disability. With simple illustrations, the story aims to encourage them to express the emotions they may feel when living with a sibling with a disability. 

Category: Disability, Neurodiversity, Empathy & Kindness

Pepita es especial, Fabiola Arroyo

This illustrated book arises from the need to tell a family’s story which shows that children with special abilities are not a problem, but can become a source of happiness and harmony in the home. This book, narrated by Pepita’s sister, makes evident the important work that we have, as parents and educators, to teach and sensitize our children to those who are different from us.

Category: Disability/Downs Syndrome

 

La niña algodón, Raúl Aguirre y David Sánchez

“Raquel was always a special girl. Instead of the little red and beating heart that she must have in her chest, she had a cotton heart ... ". The story of a different girl whose weakness is also her strength. An emotional and hopeful tale. ​

Category: Disability

Monstruo Rosa, Olga de Dios

Monstruo Rosa (Pink Monster) is a tale about the value of difference. A lovely story which teachers children about the value of diversity. 

Category: Empathy and Kindness

Max, el artista, Marion Deuchars

Max the bird is just like all his friends, apart from his skinny legs. When Max is teased, he decides to try and change himself to fit in. But little does he know where all his efforts will lead him. An affirming picture book about the power of art and of being confident enough to be yourself.

Category: Empathy and Kindness

Por cuatro esquinitas de nada, Jerome Ruillier

A classic about friendship, difference and exclusion. 

Category: Empathy and Kindness

 

Age 5-7

Manual para superhéroes, Elias Våhlund

Lisa is being bullied at school and takes refuge in the library every day to escape. One day she finds a training manual to become a superhero. Is it really possible? Fast-paced and exciting adventure of a girl who is in charge of fixing things by herself.

Category: Strong Female Characters

El cazo de Lorenzo, Isabelle Carrier

With simple words and funny illustrations, the author recreates the daily life of a different child: his difficulties, his qualities, the obstacles he has to face.  

Category: Neurodiversity/Autism

Marlon: El camaleón daltónico, Carlos Matera y Isabel Arjona

Marlon is colour blind which is a problem when are a chameleon! A story full of humour and tenderness about overcoming problems and respecting diversity.

Category: Disabilities

María, la alegría en la diferencia, Teresa Coutinho

María, the joy in the difference is the story of the author's daughter María, a girl with cerebral palsy and the author's search for words to try to explain to her eldest son, who was four years old at the time, what was wrong with his sister and what disability is.

Category: Neurodiversity/Celebral Palsy

Los zapatos de Marta, Meritxell Margarit

A story which tells of Marta, a girl with spina bifida, who has difficulty walking and is forced to use special shoes and walking sticks. The story reveals characteristics of this disability and will make us share in the values ​​of the friendship that Marta has with her brother Lucas and her friend Nico.

Category: Disabilities

Age 7-11

El club de los raros, Jordi Sierra i Fabra

Hugo is a stutterer and Bernardo is dyslexic. The class bully makes life miserable for them because he thinks they're weird. That is why the two friends decide to set up a club, where they feel less alone. What a surprise when they discover that they are not the only ones who want to be part of El Club de los Raros! 

Category: Neurodiversity, Empathy & Kindness 

Bolobo, Nono Granero Moya

A story of a little monkey who was born without arms, which fills his parents and relatives with concern. However, Bolobo surprises them all by demonstrating his courage and capabilities the day the poachers arrive. 

Category: Disabilities

 
 

Age 11-14

El curioso incidente del perro a media noche, Mark Haddon

The detective and narrator of this murder mystery novel is Christopher Boone. Christopher is fifteen and has Asperger's Syndrome. He knows a very great deal about maths and very little about human beings. He loves lists, patterns and the truth. He hates the colours yellow and brown and being touched. He has never gone further than the end of the road on his own, but when he finds a neighbour's dog murdered he sets out on a terrifying journey which will turn his whole world upside down.

Category: Neurodiversity/Asperger's Syndrome

 

Age 14-16

Wonder - La lección de August, R.J. Palacio

Born with a terrible facial abnormality, Auggie has been home-schooled by his parents his whole life. Now, for the first time, he's being sent to a real school - and he's dreading it. All he wants is to be accepted - but can he convince his new classmates that he's just like them, underneath it all?

Category: Empathy and Kindness