Every other year, the Council for Exceptional Children's Division on Autism and Developmental Disabilities honors authors who are helping to raise awareness and understanding of children with developmental disabilities. In addition to this year's recipients of the Dolly Gray Children's Literature Award, there is a variety of books available to help teach your children the importance of accepting everyone for who they are, and understanding that everyone has different abilities.

My Brother Charlie

Written by Holly Robinson Peete and her daughter Ryan Elizabeth Peete, My Brother Charlie is a winner of the Dolly Gray Children's Literature Award. It portrays what life is like through the eyes of the sibling of a child with autism. It teaches children about acceptance, whether it is their sibling or their friend who has autism.

Just Because

A picture book for young children, Just Because by Rebecca Elliott is also a recipient of the Dolly Gray Children's Literature Award. The book is written from the point of view of young Toby whose big sister Clemmie has multiple disabilities. Toby writes about their adventures, plus their different activities and habits.

Wendy on Wheels

Wendy on Wheels by Angela Ruzicka is a series of books for young children featuring 10-year-old Wendy and all of the fun she has with her wheelchair. Whether she is at the beach or at the zoo, Wendy is always enthusiastic and ready for fun. Wendy teaches children that we are all differently-abled.


A 2010 National Book Award winner, Mockingbird is a chapter book by Kathryn Erskine, which highlights life with Asperger's. After experiencing a personal loss, Caitlin, an 11-year-old with Asperger's, goes on a search for healing and closure.

Waiting for No One

Waiting for No One by Beverley Brenna is the sequel to Wild Orchard and is the continued journey of a young adult with Asperger's. This award recipient chronicles the attempts a young woman makes to better understand the world around her and to reach out to the people in it.

Books are a wonderful teaching tool, not just for language and vocabulary, but for emotional intelligence as well. The right characters can model kind and decent behavior for children in a world where different is often viewed as wrong.