I mention all this in preface to the fact that until now I was unaware of the remarkably well-written blog Deaf Characters in Adolescent Literature. There are plenty of blogs out there that focus on a single topic in literature for young people, but not all them contain the sheer levels of time and attention that Sharon Pajka-West, Ph.D has poured into this site. Here’s what she says about the blog:
Acquiring fictional books that include deaf characters can be time-consuming and challenging for teachers and librarians. The research examining deaf characters in fiction is extremely limited and most of the recent articles focus on children’s literature– specifically picture books. I hope this Blog assists teachers in recommending books with characters with whom our students can relate. I also hope this Blog assists in recommending books with multiple realities of the D/deaf human experience. While my primary focus is adolescent and Young Adult chapter books, I will add information about children’s literature and adult ‘cross-over’ texts from time to time.
Sharon’s other posts also bear watching. There’s an interview with David Mack, the creator of the deaf graphic novel character Echo (shown here):
There are reviews, looks at new titles, and even a posting on International Children’s Books with Deaf and Hard of Hearing Characters.