I’ve been wanting to do this post for a while since I talk a lot about disability in books on my blog and have the list of sci-fi/fantasy books with disability and everything, but let me tell you, there are NOT a lot of book covers out there that show any sort of visible disability on them. Especially sci-fi/fantasy books, which is what I like to focus on. A lot of disabilities are invisible, and half the time, even when they aren’t, the covers don’t show them.
But I did manage to find some! Credit goes to this post at Disability in KidLit about disability on book covers for helping me find a few I hadn’t found on my own. (It’s also just a great post that you should check out.) I haven’t read all these books though, so I make no claims as to how accurate or good the portrayal of disability in the story is. This post is solely about sharing some great covers that show disability :-)
Odd and the Frost Giants by Neil Gaiman
All of these are pretty (especially the Italian Edition which is the first one) and so fantasy-esque. Plus they all show the character’s walking stick!
Nimona by Noelle Stevenson
I saw this cover a million times and never even noticed the prosthetic arm until it was pointed out. And the cover has unique, colorful artwork!
The Ledberg Runestone by Patrick Donovan
This one has a character with a cane, plus that pretty, glowy, magical urban fantasy look. The bright colors really attract the eye!
The Least by Michael John Grist
A man in a wheelchair facing down zombies, you don’t see that very often in books! I like the silhouette look and the whole post-apoc feel.
Left Alive #2 by Jeremy Laszlo
I like the artwork, not to mention the post-apoc-style homemade hand replacement.
The Antagonists Series by Burgandi Rakoska
These are so pretty!
Life as a Teenage Vampire by Amanda Meuwissen
I like the artwork on this one too, and there’s so much detail in the prosthetic.
Synthesis: Weave by Deane Saunders-Stowe
To be honest, I didn’t even notice the guy climbing the side of the mountain with his wheelchair until I looked at a large version of the cover, but I love that! And the whole cover looks great and crisp and has an awesome sci-fi vibe, even the text.
My Favorite #1:
Night Sky by Suzanne Brockmann
I love the faded look and the use of silhouettes.
My Favorite #2:
The Ables by Jeremy Scott
Again, I love the use of silhouettes, but I also love the stark color contrast in this one, the font, and the placement of the text!