Reading Lists: Inspirational

Books that encourage your better self, make you chuckle, and tell a great story at the same time.

Not all heroes wear tights and a cape- or rescue babies and puppies from burning buildings. The heroes and saints in these books keep trying, keep living, keep caring, no matter what life hands them. Sometimes they may lose hope, but they never quit trying to inspire it in others. 

In The Reason I Jump, a remarkable thirteen-year-old Japanese boy with severe autism shares firsthand insights into a variety of experiences associated with the disorder, from behavioral traits and misconceptions to perceptions about the world. Here are some other memoirs and novels written from the point of view of children with disabilities, the adults they become, and the families who love them.