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Books Focusing on Learning Differences

Help your child understand learning differences and explore high interest titles for children living with learning disabilities with this curated list.
on June 16, 2017

In the eighth installment of our Facebook Live video series, Live From Our Library, Scholastic Librarian Deimosa Webber-Bey suggested books centered on learning differences. Whether you're looking for children's books featuring characters living with learning disabilities or searching for high-interest titles that may appeal to a child with autism, ADHD, or dyslexia, discover how reading can be the perfect tool to begin the conversation -- across all age bands.  

You can also watch the Live Chat here.

Deimosa's Favorites:

My Egg Carton Animals
by Klutz -- Pre-K to 1st Grade 

Circuit Clay
by Klutz -- Elementary  

Star Wars: Millennium Falcon: A 3-D Owner's Guide
by Ryder Windham -- Elementary to Middle Grade

Books about ADHD -- themes include multisensory, manipulatives, experiential learning, colors, and high-interest:

ADHD: A True Book
by Ann O. Squire -- Elementary 

All About ADHD: The Complete Practical Guide for Classroom Teachers
by Linda J. Pfiffner -- Adult 

Books featuring characters living with ADHD:

Happy Dreamer
by Peter Reynolds -- Early Reader

Spaghetti Detectives
by Andreas Steinhöfel -- Elementary 

Percy Jackson
& the Olympians by Rick Riordan -- Middle Grade

Books that might appeal to children living with ADHD:

What’s in My Train
by Linda Bleck -- Pre-K

Pop-Up: A Journey Through the LEGO Universe
by Matthew Reinhart -- Pre-K to Elementary 

Mad Libs: Pirates Mad Libs
-- Elementary 

Geronimo Stilton: This Hotel is Haunted!
by Geronimo Stilton -- Elementary 

Captain Underpants: the First Epic Novel
by Dav Pilkey -- Elementary to Middle Grade

Cleopatra in Space: The Golden Lion
by Mike Maihack -- Middle Grade

Books about Autism -- themes include multiple ways of representing ideas, multisensory, and non-fiction:

Autism: A True Book
by Ann O. Squire -- Elementary 

Autism Spectrum Disorder in the Inclusive Classroom
by Barbara Boroson -- Adult 

Books featuring characters living with Autism:

My Brother Charlie
by Holly Robinson Peete, Ryan Elizabeth Peete and Shane Evans -- Early Reader 

Anything But Typical
by Nora Raleigh Baskin -- Elementary to Middle Grade

Same But Different
by Holly Robinson Peete, Ryan Elizabeth Peete and R.J. Peete -- Middle Grade

Marcelo in the Real World
by Francisco Stork -- YA

Books that might appeal to children living with Autism:

How Are You Peeling?
by Saxton Freymann and Joost  Elffers -- Early Reader 

LEGO Knights & Castles: A LEGO Adventure in the Real World
by Penelope Arlon and Tory Gordon-Harris -- Early Reader 

Lesser Spotted Animals
by Martin Brown -- Early Reader to Elementary 

How to Make Awesome Comics
by Neill Cameron -- Middle Grade

Discover More: Titanic
by Sean Callery -- Middle Grade to YA

2016 Book of World Records Special Edition: Epic Wins and Fails
by Jenifer Corr Morse -- Middle Grade to YA

Books about Dyslexia -- themes include color paper/overlays, bookmarks, visualizing concepts, audiobooks, and tactile learning: 

Dyslexia: A True Book
by Ann O. Squire -- Elementary

Overcoming Dyslexia
by Sally Shaywitz MD -- Adult

Books featuring characters living with Dyslexia:

Back to Front and Upside Down!
by Claire Alexander -- Early Reader

Here’s Hank: Bookmarks Are People Too!
by Henry Winkler -- Elementary

Double Dutch
by Sharon Draper -- Middle Grade

Fish in a Tree
by Lynda Mullaly Hunt -- Middle Grade

Books that might appeal to children living with Dyslexia:

Rookie Toddler: Who is in Your Family?
-- Pre-K

Rules of Summer
by Shaun Tan -- Early Reader

A Snicker of Magic
by Natalie Lloyd and Cassandra Morris -- Elementary

Calvin & Hobbes: There’s Treasure Everywhere
by Bill Watterson -- Middle Grade

The Marvels
by Brian Selznick --  Middle Grade to YA

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