October is Learning Disabilities and Dyslexia Awareness Month, but kids with learning differences experience challenges every day.
Magination Press has more than twenty books to support your child with learning differences, from preschool through college. Here’s a small selection:
Brilliant Bea by Shaina Rudolph and Mary Vukadinovich is an endearing and empowering story that demonstrates that a learning difference like dyslexia doesn’t define who you are. Despite her struggles with reading and writing, Beatrice is a natural and brilliant storyteller. This book is set in EasyReading, a dyslexia-friendly font. Check out this book.
Hear Brilliant Bea read aloud.
My Wandering Dreaming Mind by Merriam Sarcia Saunders. LMFT provides a “positive scaffold [that is] a hopeful launch pad for progress…. This fills a needed bibliotherapy niche for families, therapists, and school counselors…. A positive spin for all those who struggle with executive function and those who love them.” —Kirkus Reviews Check out this book.
Hear My Wandering Dreaming Mind read aloud.
Read a post about supporting a child with attentional issues featuring an excerpt from the Note to Parents and Caregivers from My Wandering Dreaming Mind.
My Whirling, Twirling Motor by Merriam Sarcia Saunders, LMFT “reinforces that [the child’s] being overactive and impulsive is not intentional and does not make him bad. The young narrator eventually internalizes his parents’ focus on his accomplishments, rather than his challenges, and he wonders what positive things he will do tomorrow…A must-have for young readers with any type of behavior difficulty and their caregivers.” —School Library Journal (Starred Review) Check out this book.
Books for older kids
The Homework Squad’s ADHD Guide to School Success by Joshua Shifrin, PhD, is an easy-to-use guide that will help with key study skills to improve reading, writing, math, listening, memorization, concentration, and more! Bite-sized tips and tricks, journal prompts, and advice for challenges help kids with ADHD recognize how they learn best and act on that knowledge. This accessible, straightforward, and relatable guide to key study skills for kids with ADHD features a cast of characters with ADHD to enliven the lessons. The author covers an array of areas where kids with ADHD might struggle academically to help kids recognize how they learn best and act on that knowledge. See the book here.
Read an excerpt from The Homework Squad’s ADHD Guide to School Success here.
Putting on the Brakes: Understanding and Taking Control of Your ADD or ADHD, Third Edition by Patricia O. Quinn, MD, and Judith M. Stern, MA 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. See the book here.
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 is 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. Now in its third edition — updated and expanded, with notes and resources for parents. See the book here.
Books about college
AD/HD and the College Student: The Everything Guide to Your Most Urgent Questionsby Patricia O. Quinn, MD 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. See the book here.