Outstanding Books for Young People with Disabilities

Established in 1985 at the Norwegian Institute for Special Education at the University of Oslo, and currently housed at the North York Central Library in Toronto, the IBBY Collection for Young People with Disabilities aims “to give young people with disabilities, like other children, the opportunity to enjoy books and also open the way for their inclusion in society.” This international collection of books for and about young people with disabilities features more than 3,000 multilingual books in a variety of accessible formats. Every two years IBBY National Sections submit books for inclusion in the Outstanding Books for Young People with Disabilities catalogue and collection.

Highlights of the Collection include:

  • books in over 40 languages
  • special formats such as Blissymbolics, PCS, Braille, sign language, tactile and textile books
  • fiction books that portray children and teens with disabilities as characters in stories and novels
  • books for adults with developmental delays, language disabilities or reading difficulties

The Collection offers:

  • a variety of books for hands-on experiences in the library
  • research opportunities in the development and evolution of children’s and young adult’s literature in this specialized field
  • inspiring examples of book design and construction in unique formats
  • ideas and booklists for teachers, parents, caregivers and librarians
  • outstanding books in the field for authors and illustrators to study

Online access to the IBBY Collection can be made through www.torontopubliclibrary.ca and is searchable by title, author, subject, format, keyword and language.