Finding My Way Books: Bilingual Books Starring Kids with Special Needs
Finding My Way is an independently published series of non-fiction children’s books featuring
diverse children with a wide range of special needs or disabilities. The stories are told in the
child’s voice and are accompanied by photographs of daily activities such as going to the zoo or
preparing for a holiday. Photos also show family members, friends, pets, and other important
details of the child’s day. Each story highlights the ways the children are becoming more
independent in their activities – in the words of the authors, “‘finding their way’ toward living a
life as a self-determined adult.” For example, in Marco and I Want to Play Ball, a young boy
with Spina Bifida shares his story of playing baseball with his cousin and grandfather. The books
also include guidance for families and teachers on how to use the books at home and in the
classroom, as well as additional information about the featured child and family.
The books are written by a team of educators and professionals who have many combined
years of experience in working with children with special needs; they launched the series to
help increase the visibility of kids with disabilities in children’s books through authentic stories.
Realistic, accessible, and uplifting, these books are an important resource not only for kids who
have special needs but for broader audiences of children who can learn from the protagonists’
strengths, challenges, and achievements. All books are available in English and Spanish.