If you are the parent of a child with vitiligo, you understand that it can be a challenging path to navigate at times as the condition is often associated with depression, social isolation, low-self esteem and a tendency to be bullied. This is why books geared towards children with vitiligo are important to help foster understanding, acceptance and confidence. Not only are these books helpful in letting your child know that they are not alone, but the stories are also a wonderful educational resource for friends, family, classmates and teachers.
Here are thirteen books that explore the world of vitiligo in positive, affirming, and often playful ways to help you and your child celebrate their uniqueness.
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I Absolutely, Positively Love My Spots
by Lid’ya C. Rivera
Follow the story of a young girl as she celebrates her skin and how it makes her unique. This joyful and heartwarming story will help children feel confident in their skin or appreciate what makes them different.
by Leanne Stuckey
This heartfelt, rhyming narrative celebrates skin differences of all kinds, from rosacea and eczema to vitiligo and scars. The lyrical text reminds kids that their worth comes from within, and portrays various blemishes with positive imagery, such as comparing a birthmark to “a cluster of stars in the peaceful night sky.”
Different Just Like Me
by Lori Mitchell
Told through the eyes of a young girl with vitiligo as she runs errands with her mom, this story invites readers to notice and appreciate what makes each person unique as well as the common qualities we all share.
by Theresa Garee
With simplicity and color, this is the story of Nakota who explores how vitiligo makes her feel and imagines herself as animals who have spots themselves. Helping children with vitiligo understand their value and place in the world, this is a book that has a wonderful message of acceptance.
by Nakeyia Jones
Nia is unstoppable. Over the summer she discovered she has vitiligo but won’t let that curb the joy of becoming a second grader. With pastel illustrations and simple text, Nia buoyantly moves through her first day of school. It’s a happy adventure of unflappability young children will enjoy!
Skin Deep: A Child’s Story
by Phyllis A. Russell-Gilmer
A journey from sadness to happiness, “Skin Deep: A Child’s Story” explores the many emotions a child with vitiligo may experience. With colorful illustrations and rhyming verse, this is a tale about self-esteem and recognizing your inner beauty.
The Adventures of Scrappy the Cat
by Jacqueline Ridge
Completely black when born, Scrappy began to experience white spots on his fur when he was seven years old. As it turns out, Scrappy had vitiligo. This is a magical story of an extraordinary super cat that will have children laughing in delight.
Ages: 3-8 years
by Sara Madden
Beautifully illustrated with a wonderful message of acceptance, this is the story of one girl who finds beauty in the patterns of her skin and in nature. As Lucy strolls through her Seattle neighborhood, she exuberantly explores her surroundings. It’s a heart-warming and uplifting tale of friendship and seeing the extraordinary in the everyday.
The Boy Behind the Face
by James McLeod
Having developed vitiligo as an infant, author James McLeod faced bullying and self-doubt growing up. “The Boy Behind The Face” highlights how he overcame insecurity to become his very own superhero. It is a story of perseverance in the face of bullying with powerful lessons of kindness and bravery.
I’ve Got Spots
by Danielle Wheeler
A heartwarming story of celebrating our differences, “I’ve Got Spots!” explores how a young girl learns to embrace her changing appearance with vitiligo. It is an encouraging tale to ‘help everyone feel a little more comfortable in their own skin’. The book even has its own upbeat song on Spotify.
Amiri’s Birthday Wish
by Florenza Denise Lee
With beautiful illustrations, “Amiri’s Birthday Wish” follows a young girl with vitiligo and her family as she celebrates her special day. While the book highlights her condition, it is not the main focus of the book. Rather, it explores the enjoyment of spending time with those you love. A charming story with an inclusive range of characters, it examines the endless possibilities for celebration.
Vitiligo Doesn’t Scare Me
by Kim Kirkland
A delightful book with soft watercolor illustrations, “Vitiligo Doesn’t Scare Me” not only covers the different aspects of the disease, but also helps children learn how to deal with the condition. It is a wonderful resource for introducing vitiligo to those without the condition as well.
How to Disappear Completely
by Ali Standish
For middle school readers, “How to Disappear Completely” explores the wonder of childhood and the lessons of growing maturity. At her grandmother’s funeral, Emma discovers her first vitiligo spot, ‘like a tiny bright moon’ on her foot. So unfolds a story of grief, loss, identity, and connection illuminated by an otherworldly magic.
You can also shop Living Dappled’s lunch box notes for kids with vitiligo, a digital download with 10 confidence-boosting messages.
Carolanne Wright is a health and wellness writer based in Whitefish, Montana. When not clicking away on a keyboard, she enjoys traveling, trying her hand at a new recipe or hiking about in the woods with her daughter.