I am pleased to report that there are a growing number of books for young readers that feature characters with limb differences. Here are three books for young readers that I recommend for understanding what it’s like to lose a limb or be born with a limb difference.
Dangerous by Shannon Hale is a science fiction novel about fighting aliens that features a heroine who was born with one arm. She is awesome. Read more of my thoughts about it here.
Red Butterfly by A. L. Sonnichsen is a middle grade verse novel I referenced in this post. The main character in the story was born with only two fingers on one hand.
One-Handed Catch by M.J. Auch is about a boy who loses his hand in an accident. I reviewed it more thoroughly here.
These books are great choices for middle schoolers. I offer more great books that I think can be used to open up discussions about differences in this article in Book Links Magazine from 2011: Just Like You–Helping Young People Understand Disabilities Through Books.