My Favorite Books Featuring Kids with #DownSyndrome

by Carrie with Children with 24 comments

Molly has taken such a great interest in reading lately! She’s not even old enough to read yet, but that doesn’t stop her from looking at the pictures and turning the pages.  She’s fascinated with books!

Not long after Molly was born, we were introduced to some fantastic books featuring kids with Down syndrome.  It was such a fantastic feeling to know that these books even existed – I was instantly in love!

I wanted to share some of our favorite books with you. I thought they might be helpful for other parents too – whether you have a child with special needs or not!

I Can, Can You? Book








I Can, Can You?

The “I Can, Can You?” book shows children with Down syndrome doing typical kid stuff – swimming, eating, playing and teaches kids that no matter the disability we are all the same.  We read this book a lot with Maggie, I think it’s important for her to understand that Molly is just like any other kid!  Plus, I really think Molly likes seeing kids that look like her!

It’s such an encouraging book, filled with bright colors.  I love seeing happy faces on each page!

Kids Like Me…

The “Kids Like Me…” series of books may feature kids with Down syndrome, but they are truly great for any children.  Maggie loves to read them just as much as Molly and I love that she   The “Kids Like Me… Learn Colors” book offers many ways for kids to learn colors with the turn of each page, showing the words in English, Spanish, along with shapes and a cute kiddo too!

(Please overlook the teeth marks on our books!)

The book that gets read most at our house is the “Kids Like Me…Learn ABCs” book.  Each page features a letter, alongside a cute toddler with Down syndrome.  I especially like that the book uses sign language, a real-life item associated with the letter, plus a drawing of the item and the word written out on the page too.  There are numerous ways for a child to associate the letter with the sound.

 I had no idea that books like these even existed and now…  I can’t imagine life without them!  These books are such an important part of our daily life.  I love that Molly has the opportunity to see kids like her doing everyday kid stuff and especially love that it exposes Maggie to see kids that look like her sister!

Do you have any book recommendations featuring kids with special needs?   I’d love to hear about them!

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  • Crystal @ Simply Being Mommy

    It’s great that there are books available that feature children with Down’s Syndrome. That’s totally awesome!

    • Carrie with Children

      Thanks Crystal! I love that Molly can have books with kids that look like her 🙂

  • Alba Garza

    My son’s stepbrother has down syndrome. I would have love to have gotten my hands on these books for him. Glad to know that there are some now.

    • Carrie with Children

      Thanks for reading, Alba! I’m starting to find quite a few of these books, I hope these are just the first of many books I find for my Molly!

  • Emily @FamilyNLifeLV

    Those books look great for all kids!! You can tell Molly loves them, even if just to munch on them :)!

    • Carrie with Children

      Thanks Emily! That silly Molly loves eating books just about as much as she likes reading them 🙂 hehehehe

  • Toni @ A Daily Dose

    That is so awesome that they have these books available. I love that someone put that together.

    • Carrie with Children

      Thanks Toni! These books get a lot of use in our house! Such a great idea

  • Lisa @ Oh Boy Oh Boy Oh Boy

    very cool!! I didn’t know these existed either and I have a nephew with Down Syndrome

    • Carrie with Children

      I’m starting to find quite a few books like these, Lisa. I will keep you posted when I find others! Thanks for reading!

  • Cassie

    These books are awesome. We are very inclusive at our house and school district. I’m too a see if you library has them. I might even grab a couple to donate to our preschool.

    • Carrie with Children

      So nice of you to think about donating some to your preschool! That’s a fantastic idea!

  • ConnieFoggles

    I made it a point since my 25 year old was a baby to find and read inclusive children’s books. So great that you found the books that your daughter loves. There’s nothing like reading to our children to help them gain knowledge.

  • Allie

    I really like this. It’s great that there are books for kids with Downs Syndrome that shows kids just like them! Very good idea.

  • Shannon Verissimo

    As a mom of a child with DS, I was thrilled to read your post. There are many good books out there with kids with DS.

    Here are a couple of my favorites. My Friend Has Down Syndrome (Let’s Talk about It (Barron)

    And my favorite is a book given to us as a gift, Special People, Special Ways.

    Thanks again!

    Be gentle.

    • Carrie with Children

      Thank you so much for reading, Shannon! I’ve added your book suggestions to my list! I appreciate you sharing with us!

  • Mary Alice

    Good Day –
    So glad you are enjoying the Kids like me books. My son Jonathan is on the cover of the color book and he is also the letter Y in the ABC book. The children are from Minnesota and Wisconsin.
    Proud Mom

    • Carrie with Children

      That is so neat, Mary Alice! We read both of our books every night before bedtime! I love that he’s featured in both books. What a super star!

  • Rachel @Following In My Shoes

    So glad to know about the books … Thank you!

  • Kay

    Fabulous website! I have ordered these books for my beautiful nephew… It’s a whole new world when a Downs Syndrome baby comes into your life, very excited to learn the new things that come our way xx

    • Carrie with Children

      Thanks so much for your note, Kay! I hope your nephew enjoys these books as much as we do!

  • Claudia Marie Lenart

    Yes, Hansel & Gretel: A Fairy Tale with a Down Syndrome Twist

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