The list of books on this page, a mix of award-winners and bestsellers, is a resource for adults looking to read to children or provide recommendations for younger readers. The annotations beneath each book give a short synopsis (pulled from publisher or author websites), what award (if any) the book has won, where the title can be accessed, and the book medium. Audiobooks are represented with AB; Braille books are represented with B; Large-print books are represented with LP.
We have tried to include many books that represent characters with print disabilities. Where books do not include those characters, they instead include characters with other underrepresented identity categories.
Books for Ages 14+
Audie Award "honors the best titles in audio publishing." (Audio Publishers Association)
The Coretta Scott King Book Awards "are given annually to outstanding African American authors and illustrators of books for children and young adults that demonstrate an appreciation of African American culture and universal human values. The award commemorates the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and honors his wife, Mrs. Coretta Scott King, for her courage and determination to continue the work for peace and world brotherhood." (ALA)
The Lambada Literary Award identifies and honors "the best lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender books." (Lambada Literary)
The National Book Award was "established in 1950 to celebrate the best writing in America." (National Book Foundation)
The Newbery Award "was named for eighteenth-century British bookseller John Newbery. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children." (ALSC)
Odyssey Award "is given to the producer of the best audiobook produced for children and/or young adults, available in English in the United States." (ALSC)
Pura Belpré Award "is named after Pura Belpré, the first Latina librarian at the New York Public Library. The Pura Belpré Award, established in 1996, is presented annually to a Latino/Latina writer and illustrator whose work best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth." (ALSC)
The Schneider Family Book Awards "honor an author or illustrator for a book that embodies an artistic expression of the disability experience for child and adolescent audiences." (ALA)
The Stonewall Book Awards, given in three different categories, "are presented to English language books that have exceptional merit relating to the gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgendered experience." (ALA)