CYA’s Chloe helps bring more books with disability representation to library shelves

For World Book Day (3 March) this year, young activist Chloe took the opportunity to share a selection of their favourite books with disability representation on social media.

By posting the list in a Reel on Coventry Youth Activists’ Instagram account, Chloe’s audience also included the local library service’s Service Development Manager, Sorrelle Clements.

An open book lays on a library table surounded by other books. Above it hovers a speech bubble that says 'Disability representation' followed by a green tick.

Sorrelle immediately responded to request the full list and any other recommendations Chloe might have so the books could be purchased and made available in city libraries.

She says: “The Library Service is really keen to provide a great choice of stories that capture the imagination of everyone. It’s always wonderful to see recommendations from people in Coventry.”

This year’s World Book Day theme is ‘You Are A Reader’ and is aimed at including all children in the pleasures of reading, especially those who are most disadvantaged.

Now in Coventry, there will be a greater selection of books available to disabled children and adults with characters and stories they can identify with.

Well done Chloe. We take those wins, big and small and keep fighting for disabled people’s right to a good life!

Follow @Covactivists (CYA) on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook to learn more about their latest campaign #FacebookHasNoStandards to change the way disability hate is handled online.

CYA is part of our #ShiftingPower strand of action at Grapevine.

Chloe’s recommendations

Gallant by V.E. Schwab
Love from A to Z by S.K. Ali
She Who Became The Sun by Shelley Parker-Chan
A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
Vespertine by Margaret Rogerson
Spoiler Alert by Olivia Dade
Act Your Age by Eve Brown
Get A Life by Chloe Brown
This Savage Song by V.E. Schwab
Sick Kids Love by Hannah Moskowitz
One for All by Lillie Lainoff