Books Focusing on Learning Differences

Help your child understand learning differences and explore high-interest titles for children living with learning disabilities with this list curated by Scholastic's librarian.
Jun 16, 2017

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Books Focusing on Learning Differences

Jun 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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