October is AD/HD Awareness Month, but kids live with AD/HD year round.
Magination Press has published nearly twenty books to support your child with AD/HD, from preschool through college:
picture books for the younger ones,
journals sharing the experience and how-to-manage books for older kids, and
guides to prepare for, apply to, and succeed in college.
Check out the full collection of AD/HD books here.
Books for Little Kids
My Whirling, Twirling Motor and My Wandering Dreaming Mind by Merriam Sarcia Saunders, LMFT, explore the experience of having AD/HD and the negative messages kids often hear about their behavior, providing positive messages emphasizing strengths and accomplishments. Hear Merriam read My Wandering Dreaming Mind aloud here.
Also, check out this post about supporting a child with attentional issues featuring an excerpt from the Note to Parents and Caregivers from My Wandering Dreaming Mind.
Baxter Turns Down His Buzz: A Story for Little Kids About ADHD by James M. Foley, DEd, describes how Baxter Bunny learns strategies to calm his buzzing mind and zooming body.
Putting on the Brakes
Putting on the Brakes: Understanding And Taking Control Of Your ADD Or ADHD, Third Edition by Patricia O. Quinn, MD and Judith Stern, MA, remains the essential go-to resource for kids, parents, and professionals looking for tips and techniques on managing attention disorders. It provides kids with ADD or ADHD with practical ways to improve their organizational, focusing, studying, and homework skills.
Read an interview with Judith Stern here.
Books especially for girls
Get Ready for Jetty!: My Journal About ADHD and Me by Jeanne Kraus
“Written in diary form, this is a realistic portrayal of ADHD and how it affects children…the narrative is informative and entertaining, and the protagonist is believable and likable. The layout and colorful, fun illustrations do a great job of drawing in readers. Youngsters who like realistic fiction and are interested in learning about ADHD will appreciate this book.”—School Library Journal
Read an interview with Jeanne Kraus here.
Attention, Girls! A Guide To Learn All About Your AD/HD by Patricia O. Quinn, MD, introduces readers to other girls with AD/HD and their experiences. It also provides strategies to manage attention issues and the many parts of life AD/HD affects. This award-winning book is great for tweens!
Learning to…Books for Kids With AD/HD Collection
Magination Press has a series of workbooks helping kids with AD/HD to build their executive function, empathy, emotional regulation skills, and attention spans. Here are two books in the series:
Learning to Plan and Be Organized: Executive Function for Kids with AD/HD by Kathleen Nadeau, PhD provides examples and fun activities to help kids manage time, plan projects, and gets things done.
Learning To Slow Down And Pay Attention: A Book For Kids About ADHD, Third Edition by Kathleen G. Nadeau, PhD, and Ellen B. Dixon, PhD has practical tips to help kids remember stuff, stay focused, make friends, ask for help, and more.
Books for College Students
Applying to College for Students With ADD or LD: A Guide to Keep You (and Your Parents) Sane, Satisfied, and Organized Through the Admission Process by Blythe Grossberg, PsyD
“Dr. Grossberg employs a friendly, engaging, and comprehensive approach to outlining the many aspects of the college application process for LD and ADD students. She deftly takes on the many components and helps the reader to clearly understand when, and how the college admissions steps can be successfully taken. —Carl P. Thum, PhD, director, Academic Skills Center and Integrated Academic Support Program, Dartmouth”
Read an interview with Dr. Grossberg here.
On Your Own: A College Readiness Guide for Teens with ADHD/LD by Patricia O. Quinn, MD, nad Theresa E. Laurie Maitland, PhD
A readiness survey and handy worksheets helps your child get ready for your their years away from home. Readers will develop a personal plan centered on daily living, academic, and self-determination skills. This award-winning book “does a great job of distinguishing the demands of high school and college — and offers ways to bridge the gap.” —ADDitude
AD/HD and the College Student: The Everything Guide to Your Most Urgent Questions by Patricia O. Quinn, MD
Organized in a question-and-answer format, this guide is loaded with helpful information, practical tips, and resources. Inside, you’ll find advice to understand how AD/HD affects life at college, design a program for success, maintain a healthy lifestyle and understand medication, access specialized services, add structure and achieve balance, and more.
Related Books from Magination Press
My Wandering, Dreaming Mind
Sadie, a young girl who daydreams of clouds and ponies and bubbles and ice cream, just can’t seem to pay attention to what she is supposed to be doing! Sadie has trouble keeping track of school work, friends, chores, and all the little business heaped on a kids her age. So her mom comes up with a clever plan to bolster her confidence and keep her spirits up to remind her how lovable and fun, creative, and smart she is and help her feel OK about her wandering, dreaming mind.
My Whirling, Twirling Motor
Charlie feels like he has a whirling, twirling motor running inside him…all the time! He doesn’t WANT to have so much energy, but sometimes he just can’t settle down.
When his mom wants to talk to him, he figures he’s in trouble…but she has a surprise for him instead.
Includes a Note to Parents, Caregivers, & Teachers with more information on hyperactivity, AD/HD, behavior management, and helping children focus on the positives.
Baxter Turns Down His Buzz: A Story for Little Kids About ADHD
Baxter was the fastest bunny in the forest. His mind buzzed with thoughts and his body wanted to zoom! But sometimes he lost control of his buzz and his zoom, like when he rammed into the raccoons during the annual forest race.
With help from his uncle Barnaby, Baxter learns how to slow down his thoughts, be more aware of what is happening around him, and relax his body. At the next forest race, Baxter finds that his buzz is just right!
Includes a Note to Parents and Caregivers with additional suggestions for helping children with ADHD be more mindful of their surroundings and manage their behavior.
Putting On the Brakes: Understanding and Taking Control of Your ADD or ADHD, Third Edition
Completely updated and expanded, Putting on the Brakes, 3rd Edition continues to be the go-to resource for kids with AD/HD.
This essential guide — celebrating its 20th year in print — is loaded with practical ways to improve organization, focus, attention, time management, and scheduling, as well as studying and homework skills. Importantly, kids will also find strategies for making friends, controlling emotions, and being healthy.
Putting on the Brakes gives kids with AD/HD the tools they need for success in and out of school and a plan to manage all types of attention disorders.
Get Ready for Jetty: My Journal about ADHD and Me
Meet Jetty. She is just starting fourth grade. Jetty likes: karate, cartwheels, reading, and cookie dough ice cream. Jetty dislikes: girlie girls, anything pink, and writing in complete sentences!
Jetty writes about these things as well as her recent ADHD diagnosis in her journal. Although starting fourth grade with ADHD is tough — with new rules, more schoolwork, and new classmates — Jetty is able to see the bright side as she works with her parents, teacher, and doctor to find a happy medium where she can feel like herself!
Attention, Girls!: A Guide to Learn All About Your AD/HD
Meet Maddie. She sometimes forgets her homework, and she daydreams in class. She’s smart and helpful. She doesn’t bother other kids and she never ever gets into trouble! So, could she really have AD/HD?
With Attention, Girls! you’ll meet other girls with AD/HD just like you and you’ll learn lots of ways to take charge of your life. This book has tons of strategies and tips for you to:
- Learn all about AD/HD
- Get organized
- Pay attention
- Make and keep friends
- Deal with your emotions
- Understand medication
- And so much more!
So get reading and soon you’ll get back to the business of being you!
Learning to Plan and Be Organized: Executive Function Skills for Kids With AD/HD
When you are good at planning and organizing, your day just runs smoother. And guess what? These skills can help you reach your goals, too!
Packed with examples, activities, and fun, this workbook will help you:
- Build good habits
- Develop routines
- Organize your stuff
- Get things done
- Manage your time
- Plan projects
- Create reminders for yourself
- And much more!
Learning to Plan and Be Organized also includes a note and additional resources for parents.
Learning to Slow Down and Pay Attention: A Book for Kids About ADHD, Third Edition
Packed with practical tips, know-how, and fun, this friendly workbook just for kids has solutions for every situation — at home, at school, and with friends.
- Getting homework done
- Making friends
- Remembering stuff
- Dealing with feelings
- Getting ready in the morning
- Learning to relax
- Staying focused
- Asking for help
- And much, much more!
Now in its third edition — updated and expanded, with notes and resources for parents.
Applying to College for Students With ADD or LD: A Guide to Keep You (and Your Parents) Sane, Satisfied, and Organized Through the Admission Process
Organized in a step-by-step manner, this handy guidebook maps out a plan and a timeline for applying to college. And to help keep you organized and on-track, Applying to College comes loaded with charts, checklists, and assessments to make your application-centered life easier.
In the book, you’ll find ways to
- assess your strengths and weaknesses
- analyze your transcript and GPA
- plan for standardized tests
- build your portfolio
- get recommendations
- face your essay
- put together your application\
- go on interviews
And find the right college for you!
On Your Own: A College Readiness Guide for Teens With ADHD/LD
Using a readiness survey and handy worksheets, On Your Own will help you get ready for your first years away from home. Inside, you’ll find easy-to-use advice and strategies that will allow you to map out a plan and cultivate the skills you’ll need to succeed in college.
On Your Own is loaded with tips and resources to further assist you in creating a personalized plan and center on developing three crucial skill areas:
- Self-determination skills (advocacy, management, communication)
- Daily living skills (self-care, organization, life balance)
- Academic skills (self-knowledge, study habits, time management)
With this guide, you’ll learn just what you need to do to succeed in college.
Now is the perfect time to get ready!
AD/HD and the College Student: The Everything Guide to Your Most Urgent Questions
Whether you are looking for information or facing an urgent situation, AD/HD and the College Student provides answers to your most pressing questions. Organized in a question-and-answer format, this guide is loaded with helpful information, practical tips, and resources.
Inside, you’ll find advice to:
- Understand how AD/HD affects your life at college
- Design a program for success
- Develop necessary skills for succeeding in college
- Seek emotional support
- Maintain a healthy lifestyle
- Understand your medication
- Access specialized services
- Obtain academic accommodations
- Hire an AD/HD coach
- Add structure and achieve balance
- Understand how AD/HD affects your relationships and responsibilities
- Decide whether to stay in or drop out
And more! With this book, you’ll learn ways to manage your AD/HD effectively so you can succeed in college.