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IBBY Collection of Books for Young People with Disabilities

Many young people with disabilities cannot read or enjoy a regular book, or they cannot find a suitable book among the many publications available. Therefore they need specially produced books or selected regular books of literary and artistic quality that meet their special needs regarding design, language, plot structure and pictures. The IBBY Collection of Books for Young People with Disabilities was established in 1985 as the IBBY Documentation Centre of Books for Disabled Young People at the Norwegian Institute for Special Education at the University of Oslo. Every two years the IBBY National Sections nominate books for young people with disabilities to be added to the Collection. KBBY recommends Korean books to the IBBY Collection.

Highlights of the Collection include: • books in over 40 languages
• Category 1: special formats such as Blissymbolics, PCS, Braille, sign language, tactile and textile books
• Category 2: fiction books that portray children and teens with disabilities as characters in stories and novels
• Category 3: books for adults with developmental delays, language disabilities or reading difficulties

Recommended Books

Let me introduce my child

Let me introduce my child

 

Author Park Jung-Kyung and 10 others

Illustrator Park Jung-Kyung and 10 others

Publisher Spring Garden

Publication year 2019

This book is written and drawn by a community of parents raising developmentally disabled children, called ‘JEJUCHILD-SPECIALCHILD’, to tell stories of their children. Works by disabled children and their brothers and sisters are partially included. A cluttered child with fifteen TV sets in his head, a child who repeats the same words countless times, an incomprehensible alien speaking child, a child who expresses his mind by color, and so on. They are clumsy and slow, but move forward step by step toward the world. It was not easy to talk about disabled children. But one wish, plucked up their courage and help them speak up. It is a wish for children to live hand in hand with our neighbors in their own world.

Observing Donggu

Observing Donggu

 

Author Won Hee CHO

Illustrator Won Hee CHO

Publisher NC Cultural Foundation 

Publication year 2018

Observing Donggu is a heartwarming story gently illustrating the friendship between a cat and a boy. The story was first inspired during the author’s stroll to the park where she encountered a deep bond between an elderly woman in a wheelchair and her dog.
The simple yet bold brushstrokes casually illustrate moments of ordinary life of a boy in a wheelchair in the viewpoint of a cat. When looking through the caring eyes of the cat, differences do not seem to stand in the way of their friendship. The simple scenes pleasantly leave room for readers to reflect and ponder.
The narrator of the book, the cat, is not revealed until the end and readers walk through the story guessing who the narrator is. Through this journey, the author reminds the readers to view differences like the way the cat observes Donggu. Each of us is different in our own way and differences can be embraced with a little change in perspective.

Subway to the South Pole

A subway to the south pole

 

Author Kim Gyeong hwa

Illustrator Kim Seong chan

Publisher Hansol Soobook Publishing Co.

Publication year 2019

The boy travels by subway; the place where he finally arrives through the world is Antarctica, where penguins live; the boy is excited with penguins and then returns to the house where his mother waits.

Grass Friends

Grass Friends

 

Author Saida

Illustrator Saida

Publisher Woongjin junior 

Publication year 2019

A story of grass grown on the field. With various friends such as wild plants of many colors and animals from nature, the grass feel abundant. However, after drinking the pink juice given by humans, they fall asleep. As they wake up, they notice that all their natural friends are gone, and all grass is cut and trimmed identically by humans. They ask ‘where are all others gone?’ with the same face and realize that they have been grown on the golf field. Short but striking message to show how capitalism tries to control the world and deprive humanity.

I like you

I like you

 

Author Noh Seok Mee

Illustrator Noh Seok Mee

Publisher Sakyejul publishing Ltd.

Publication year 2017

The title and all the contents in this book are just three words – ‘I love you’. Only these three words are all this book contains. Unlike the left side containing only these three words, ‘I love you’, at the center of a white background, the right side is full of illustrations, which makes this book very new and refreshing. Many colors ? mainly primary colors- are diversely presented, but all these colors strike a great balance and are all set in harmony. The very common characters in almost every illustration are animals. In the world created by the writer, a child happens to meet various animals and shares his feelings with those animals. It is so friendly and lovely to see the child always standing by and keeping his eyes on these animals. Even further, readers will be able to realize that no more simple word but ‘I love you’ is needed any more. The messages intentionally omitted by the writer can automatically be realized through illustrations.

Pat-Pat

Pat-Pat

 

Author Jeon Gum Ha

Illustrator Jeon Gum Ha

Publisher Sakyejul publishing Ltd.

Publication year 2019

There is a day when I feel somewhat frustrated and nausea with headache. I feel sick somewhere and something seems to be wrong without reasons strangely enough. Like this, the main character seems to be very upset while continuing to talk with his shoulder down. The main character sometimes regrets and talks to himself that he didn’t mean to do so for his defense. It seems that he has such a hard day.
At that moment, someone reaches out his hand to the main character as if he understands how the main character feels now. However, the main character still wants to be alone and tells him to leave him alone with almost crying face. After crying out loud, the hand carefully approaches him again. Pat-pat. Pat-pat. The main character begins to cheer himself up thanks to the hand who sympathizes him by saying, ‘I understand how you feel.’ and gives comfort. This story warmly pats and pats frustrated readers.
The main narration consists of emotional changes in this book. Therefore, the writer tries to present the story of main character by using various visual effects. A square-shaped body turns into red, yellow, and green according to how he feels, and shows how the main character feels now. Furthermore, the floor doesn’t play a role as a simple background. It begins going up to the ceiling of the page according to the main character’s emotional flow, so the page sometimes is filled with the floor or floats down to the bottom of the page. By doing so, diverse emotions are intuitively revealed. The writer suggests readers to turn each page slowly one by one following through these sensual images.

Dancing for Eating

Dancing For Eating

 

Author Jung, inha

Illustrator Jung, inha

Publisher Goraein

Publication year 2017

With a rustle, clothes brush each other. The old lady from the vegetable shop holds a bunch of green onion in one hand and picks up a plastic bag with the other. An express delivery lady, who delivers document envelops, accelerates her motorcycle. A street cleaner sweeps the ground with her broom. Everyone is working so hard–the lady delivering food, the lady who sells sugar-filled griddlecakes, the shoeshine lady.
The picture book Dancing for Eating describes ordinary people who do their best in their jobs to make a living. There are some moments in life that we don’t really pay attention to because we are too busy and such moments are too familiar. But no life stays still, and that is why my neighborhood is always bustling.
“A day without work is a day without food,” said the Zen master Baizhang Huaihai. This may sound like too much, but the most important meaning is about ‘making a living.’ We need to eat to stay alive, so we cannot stop making a living. We must do it until we die: it is insignificant, yet divine. Sometimes, the movements of those who work to make a living look like a rhythmical dance. When an old lady in a laundry shop elegantly stretches her arms and legs, her movement is like the arabesque of a ballerina. The sharp, yet soft movement of an old lady working in a vegetable shop remind me of sword dance.
An old lady carrying food trays piled on her head for delivery, an old policewoman controlling traffic in a well-disciplined manner… The skilled movements of experienced workers are very similar to those of dancers, so much so that they look like dance moves.
The simple movements of workers seen in the workplace are perhaps genuine dance performances for communicating with the world. The dance of life performed on the stage of today. The world dances every day, even though we barely notice it.

I am a Dog

I am a Dog

 

Author Baek, Heena

Illustrator Baek, Heena

Publisher Bear Books Inc.

Publication year 2019

One of the most famous picture book authors in Korea tells another family story.
“However the life is hard, we can live another day leaning on each other!”
The fourth bead Guseul has been sent to Dongdong’s house right after it was weaned from its mother. Sometimes he feels lonely but he’s busy taking care of the family living together; he has to look after the house when nobody is home; he has to go for a walk with the granny: he has to play with the child, Dongdong, etc. He especially concerns about Dongdong because he’s still very weak and soft even he’s five years old. However, strangely, Guseul loves Dongdong very much! This is the prequel of the author’s best selling picture book Magic Candies. It tells how the dog Guseul became a member of Dongdong’s family through young Guseul’s point of view.

Just a frog

Just a frog

 

Author Hyun-Jung, Jang

Illustrator Hyun-Jung, Jang

Publisher Kidari Publishing Co. (MOREAL)

Publication year 2020

A picture book that compares the process of creating a world of its own that is smaller and softer than others to the process of frog growth.
It shows a true courage to live with oneself through a delicate yet energetic image.

GuiShinAhnNyung

GuiShinAhnNyung

 

Author Sunmi Lee

Illustrator Sunmi Lee

Publisher Gloyeon

Publication year 2018

The transparent letters in the title implies the character is possessed by her fear of ghosts. The author-illustrator uses hues of blue to visualize the process of the child resolving her fear. Initially, one will notice the balance of the picture and background drawn with a white line, giving a sense of relief the book will have a happy ending. The calligraphy is half-shrouded, much like ghosts, transcending the meaning of the text. The way the girl confronts and curiously overcomes her fears shows such possibilities to the readers.

River

River, the black dog

 

Author Suzy Lee

Illustrator Suzy Lee

Publisher BIR Publishing Co., Ltd.

Publication year 2018

Inspired by a true story experienced by the Suzy Lee and her children, < River, the Black Dog > tells the unforgettable encounter with a black dog in search of a home. ‘River’ was saved and welcomed with love and became a companion in games and adventures, which come to life on paper through simple and immediate lines. The white of the pages leaves room for the reader’s imagination, who immediately finds themselves immersed in River’s story and his way of seeing the world: we dive with him in the snow (or in a pile of leaves), we become part of the family, and through his point of view we experience happiness and friendship, but also expectation and nostalgia. (http://www.suzyleebooks.com/books/River/index.htm)

Suzy Lee wants to describe it in a calm manner, such as past memories and diaries. Drawing, which she began to remember the dog “River,” was piled up to become a picture book. It was molded with numerous drawings to record real life, supplemented, selected, and completed.

Sometimes I

Sometimes I

 

Author Mi Ja Cho

Illustrator Mi Ja Cho

Publisher Finger Publishing

Publication year 2020

The story of rhythm and balance that makes me move.
I look like a note in music.
Sometimes it sounds like a high,Sometimes it sounds low. Several notes are They move between high and low, between fast and slow, Create balance, harmony, and rhythm to complete the music.There is a balance and a rhythm in my mind that my figures create.And when I’m in trouble, everything seems to stop,My rhythm makes me move.

Recommended Books

Ian, the Blue Boy

Ian, the Blue Boy

 

Author Lee, So Young

Illustrator Lee, So Young

Publisher SigongJunior

Publication year 2017

Ian who was born with a blue face has realized a beauty of other colors when he meets Long-i who has a red face. This story lets children know how to understand a difference with other people and to have a positive self-image. In other words, it shows us who live in a multicultural society to understand other people and to live together.

Cut the air

Cut the air

 

Author Kim, Hye On

Illustrator Shin, Seul Gi

Publisher Samtoh

Publication year 2017

〖Cut the air〗is the collection of three stories of children with disabilities. The story changes the point of view the people, who overprotect the children with disabilities.

〖Cut the air〗is the title of the book of the Grand Prix of the 2017 of JUNG Chae Bong literature Award.
Chan Woo with brain lesion overprotected by his mother sits next to Yong Jae who is very frank and has no prejudice. With the help of Young Jae, Chan Woo moves forward to new world.
Chan Woo’s mother helps him to put the shoes, clothes, to go to school and to come back home, etc., and her biggest concern is his son. She never allows his son to go out alone under the pretext of ‘Be danger’.
Every week Chan Woo’s mate is changed and helps him to adapt the school life.
This time Chan Woo’s mate is Yong Jae. Yong Jae is very different from his mother and the others. He doesn’t serve faithfully Chan Woo like Chan Woo’s mother and never pity him as the delicate glass like the other friends. Chan Woo gets to take interest in Yong Jae.
After Chan Woo saw Yong Jae run, he asks him what was feeling. To let him know the feeling, Yong Jae suggests him to ride a bicycle. Chan Woo sneaks out of the house and rides the back seat of Yong Jae’s. For the first time he feels cut the air. Unfortunately the bike falls down and they are transported to the hospital. Chan Woo’s mother blames Yong Jae. Chan Woo has a voice to his mother ¡°I want to do ¡¦¡¦ with my friends, even if I am injured ¡¦¡¦ if you ¡¦¡¦ do all the thing I do myself …… I couldn’t stand alone forever.”
And Chan Woo decides to help Yong Jae in plaster.

〖It will be stopped the thunder and lightning?〗 Hae Mi has big brother with autism. Her parent is devoted to her big brother. She feels sorry to be alone.
She talks to herself ‘ I hate my big brother with autism. Sometimes I want to shout him ¡° I hate you¡±.’ But she never say, and sincerely worries about him.

〖When pigs fly〗The story of the child with autism and the teacher with horrible face. While getting close, they are healing each other. The teacher who had no any idea for the disabled children learns how to approach them.

“I’d like to want that the children with disabilities aren’t only treated and cured, but also respectable and beloved as they are. I’d like to want that they are happy even though disabled.¡± – KIM, Hye On

The poetic illustrations of SHIN, Seul Gi helps to understand and follow the emotions of Chan Woo and Yong Jae.

The Taekgyeon Master

The Taekgyeon Master in My Neighborhood

 

Author Gong Jinha

Illustrator Gong Jinha

Publisher Changbi Publishers

Publication year 2017

The second volume in the Changbi Sundry Neighbors Series, which presents stories of people who dream freely and make challenges with gusto.
Through a taekgyeon (traditional Korean martial art) master who makes courageous choices in life in his own way and Min-jun, the protagonist, this tale prompts readers to reflect on the definition of true strength and happy and natural ways of using strength. Min-jun, who has yelled at and tormented Gyeong-su, the weakest student in class, to show off his strength, realizes after hearing the master’s words that he must do something other than learning kicking skills in order to be a truly strong person: admitting his own faults and genuinely apologizing to Gyeong-su. In the process of learning and putting into practice the meaning of a “really strong” person, the boy gains a precious friend and a wonderful mentor. As credible and likely characters and incidents unfold fascinatingly, this book will prompt children to realize ways of honing their own strength and living with others. Also adding to the joy of reading this volume are illustrations that, through free-flowing expressive techniques, well depict the flexibility and rhythm of taekgyeon moves.

Black spot

Black spot

 

Author Jung, Mi Jin

Illustrator Hwang, Mi Ok

Publisher Atnoonbooks

Publication year 2016

One day a girl found a black spot on her face. She was afraid that others saw her black spot and might find fault with her. The black spots symbolize negative feelings; such as a sense of inferiority, injuries or defects. When she recognizes her weak points, she loses her pride continuously. One day, however, as she found a black spot on her face, she also come to know about orange, red and blue spots on others’ bodies. Everybody has insecurities they want to hide. She understands that such defects reveal their personalities and make the world colorful.
The moment the complexity has been confronted instead of simply hiding, the
moment you accept it as a part of you, you create an advantage of your own,
distinguishing yourself from others, yet while being in harmony with others.
This book does not heal you, but it tells you that it’s natural to have defects. Because we, humans, are not perfect.

Elevator

Elevator

 

Author Kyung, Hye Won

Illustrator Kyung, Hye Won

Publisher SigongJunior

Publication year 2016

A girl meets dinosaurs in the elevator on her way to the library.
At first, there is only one dinosaur but more and more as an elevator stops at floors.
Finally, the elevator is full of dinosaurs and she gets out of there by a sneeze.
And we learn that dinosaurs are actually her neighbors that are created by the child’s own imagination.

Guard up

Guard up

 

Author Joung-Soon-Goh

Illustrator Joung-Soon-Goh

Publisher  

Publication year 2017

Guard Up is a story of a boxer who continuously gets knocked down but is able to immediately get back up on his feet. The main character, Red Punch, starts his boxing match against Black Punch. Red punch begins the match with confidence but is quickly knocked down by his opponent’s powerful punches. As soon as Red Punch gets back up, he puts his guard up only to be knocked down again.
Like the boxer who gets knocked down in the ring, life blows figurative punches at all of us. We experience failure and deep frustration in life. The act of being knocked down and getting back on one’s feet doesn’t simply represent failure and one’s ability to overcome it but also portrays the nature of our lives. Putting our guard up to protect ourselves from an opponent in a boxing ring in a way represents our strong desire to fight for our own existence in this world. So until the last bell rings, the question that needs to be addressed is, “How was I able to get back up?” and not “How many times did I get knocked down?”

Mr.Nah's slowest Breakfast Ever

Mr.Nah’s slowest Breakfast Ever

 

Author Mian

Illustrator Mian

Publisher Woongjin Think Big Co., Ltd

Publication year 2017

World’s slowest breakfast ever!
Readers will also break their slowest reading ever!

This book illustrates Mr. Nah who is very slow, trying to have a breakfast in the morning,
but ends up spending half day to get to the table and another half doing washing dishes.
At first, readers might think “there’s no way he can finish the dish in one day.
but they will gradually realize they are reading and enjoying this book
as very carefully and slowly as Mr. Nah does to his breakfast.
Noticing slow movement among pages is also one interesting point of this book.

Lines

 

Author Suzy Lee

Illustrator Suzy Lee

Publisher BIR Publishing Co.

Publisher First edition published Chronicle Books, U.S.A. San Francisco 2017

Publication year 2017

It starts with a line. Whether made by the tip of a pencil
or the blade of a skate, the magic starts there.

And magic once again flows from the pencil and imagination of internationally acclaimed artist Suzy Lee. With the lightest of touches, this masterwork blurs the lines between real and imagined, reminding us why Lee’s books have been lauded around the world, recognized on New York Times Best Illustrated Books lists and nominated for the Hans Christian Andersen Award, the highest international honor given to children’s book creators. This seemingly simple story about a young skater on a frozen pond will charm the youngest of readers while simultaneously astounding book enthusiasts of any age.

Song of wildflower

Song of wildflower

 

Author Shin Heawon

Illustrator Shin Heawon

Publisher Somebooks

Publication year 2014

Kiss

Kiss

 

Author Cho Sun-Kyung

Illustrator Cho Sun-Kyung

Publisher Somebooks

Publication year 2015

The Animals on My Fingertips

The Animals on My Fingertips

 

Author Kim, Min-Hee

Illustrator Kim, Min-Hee

Publisher Needle&Brush

Publication year 2017

The animals on my fingertips has been made out of a desire to create a book that can be shared and enjoyed together without discriminating between disabled and non-disabled. Both can have their way of accessing the book and therefore have different things to share and bring together as a whole. It consists of unique animal illustrations, short stories and utilizes Braille and raised-lines on the pictures for tactility. The narrative of this book is of a child telling a story of animals from A to Z from his viewpoint, using their senses for a friend who can’t see.
How does this little boy explain an anteater to his friend? You will be able to see new animals that are not typically featured in traditional alphabet books and animal stories that reveal the child’s wacky and whimsical thoughts to illuminate them.

Touching Points and Lines

Touching Points and Lines

 

Author Oum JeongSoon

Illustrator Oum JeongSoon

Publisher Another Way of Seeing

Publication year 2016

Touching Points and Lines is a is a tactile book based on the mathematical concepts of lines and points, aimed to aid image learning and boost creativity. It introduces the basic building blocks of shapes, including points, lines, black and white, which act as neutral units for the creation of images and arouse an imaginative and expressive power. It is also accompanied by the sound impact, therefore allowing an easier access towards the cultivation of multisensory competence.

Recommended Books

아빠 미안해하지 마세요!

아빠 미안해하지 마세요!

 

Author 홍나리

Illustrator 홍나리

Publisher 한울림스페셜

Publication year 2015

위를 봐요

위를 봐요

 

Author 정진호

Illustrator 정진호

Publisher 은나팔

Publication year 2014

진짜코파는이야기

진짜 코파는 이야기

 

Author 이갑규

Illustrator 이갑규

Publisher 책읽는곰

Publication year 2014

Recommended Books

Circle, Triangle, and Rectangle

Circle, Triangle, and Rectangle

 

Author Jung Meong Sun

Illustrator Park Su Ji

Publisher Braille Publishing Co., Ltd.

Publication year 2013

What can we make by Circle, Triangle and Rectangle? In this book “Circle, Triangle and Rectangle”, we build hot-air balloon, submarine and spaceship with circle, triangle and rectangle. And we ride them traveling the world of circle, triangle and rectangle. To the jungle, to the ocean, to the space! The children’s imagination gonna get maximize through ‘Shapes game’.

Recommended Books

Polat Bear, Koda

Polat Bear, Koda

 

Author Ru-ri Lee 

Illustrator Ru-ri Lee 

Publisher BF Books 

Publication year 2011

This book’s highlight is the drastic turn of the mother bear and the baby bear, Koda, who try to protect each other from threats. It also uses humor to depict Boba, the reckless hunter who journeys to hunt polar bears.
As well, this book was produced in Korean-Chinese and Korean-Vietnamese for children of the immigrants who find reading challenging. A sign language VOD CD is attached to help hearing impaired children.

Touch Me

Touch Me

 

Author Seon-hee Kim, Dan-ah Kim

Publisher BF Books 

Publication year 2009

『TOUCH ME』 is a tactile sense-based book that enables both visually impaired and sighted children to read by touching the pictures. Unlike a regular picture book, diverse materials are used so that the children can feel the shape and the materials themselves. The writing is in Braille, while diverse materials are used for the pictures so that the readers can gain as much information as possible using their hands. Animals’ skin types are depicted by using leather, fur or scale that feel similar to real one so that children can more vividly imagine the shape of the animals.
This book won an excellence prize in Tactus & Typhlo 2011, an international award for tactile illustrated books.