Disability Book Week is April 23 - 29! World Book Day, April 23, kicks us off, and then for seven days, people all over the United States will be invited to read books that utilize inclusive language, stories, and depictions of those with various disabilities. This is also a great opportunity to learn about authors with disabilities and the importance of supporting their work. This year, the Cozby Library and Community Commons is teaming up with a local resident and Disability Book Week to create a book display in our library that includes inclusive and diverse books and authors. Visit our library during Disability Book Week to find books for all ages recommended by your librarians and the disability advocates from Disability Book Week.
What is the Purpose of Disability Book Week?
Disability Book Week’s purpose is to promote disability inclusion in literature by working with the Governor’s Office, schools, libraries, and bookstores across America to recognize this special week. This week is a great opportunity to highlight both books featuring characters with disabilities and books by authors with disabilities is a wonderful opportunity to expose readers to disability inclusive titles.
How Do We Know Which Books are Inclusive?
A carefully selected team of 12 disability advocates are working hard to read and review books so we can recommend the best books in the field of disability inclusion via our recommended reading list. We will be posting our recommended reading list on our social media pages (@disability.book.week) as they get reviewed, as well as a comprehensive list that will be available on our website: disabilitybookweek.org. We will also be featuring various authors with disabilities on our website as well.
How Can the Average Person Get Involved?
First, follow us on social media. We will be posting challenges and prizes, ways to get involved, and calls to action from time to time in addition to book reviews. Whether it is your school, library, bookstore, or book club participating, we would love to hear what books everyone is enjoying during Disability Book Week.