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Children's Books about Learning Disabilities

It's Called Dyslexia (Live and Learn Series) This is one of several titles in Barron's Live and Learn series for younger children. They are books that take a child's point of view, especially if the child suffers from some physical challenge or lack self-confidence in going about everyday activities. These attractively illustrated picture storybooks encourage kids never to be afraid of a challenge. Following each story are four pages of suggested activities
Tom's Special Talent - Dyslexia (Moonbeam book award winner 2009) Tom is not sure if he has any talents at all when he sees how good his friends are at writing and reading. But a school competition soon helps him to find his own very special talent ! Children with Dyslexia or a learning difficulty often find school a daunting and sometimes terrifying daily task. In an environment where certain skills, like writing and reading, are praised and highlighted more than others, it is important for children to recognise that everyone has a 'special talent' of their own. It encourages other children to be mindful of the differences that exist between their friends and classmates and to be aware that all children, regardless of their talents, learn differently.
The Alphabet War: A Story about Dyslexia for K-3: This book is good to use with the free lessons for learning left from right and for letter and word reversal correction on this site.

Adam is a boy with a "learning disability" who struggles between his desire to read and dyslexia. Readers share his hopes as he learns to stop pretending and learns how to win the war against words.

Little Lemon book Little Lemon: Activities for Developing Motivation and Memory Skills
Betsy B. Lee, Ed. S., Linda Lee (Illustrator) for ages 5-8
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Most books about how to learn begin at the fourth grade level. Patterns of failure and poor study habits can be well established by then. Using learning strategies does not come naturally for some children. They need to be taught how to use them. A school psychologist/school counselor created this K-3 fictional story which has puppets, music, lesson plans, and discussion questions for developing motivation and memory skills. Lesson plans have memory cues for spelling, learning left from right, vocabulary improvement, correcting reversals, etc. These lesson plans have been featured on many websites including sites sponsored by ERIC (Educational Resources Information Center).
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A Purple Cow book cover A Purple Cow: How to Learn Colors
by Betsy B. Lee, Illustrated by Catharine E. Varnedoe for Ages 2 and up
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Memory cues are used in the story to help children learn colors. The book has an educator's guide for memory skill instruction. It has been used by parents, teachers, etc. The book is designed for enrichment or remediation. Children are not pictured. Children of any age can identify with the main character. We are only told that Charlene is older than the child who knows his colors. Her parents and her Little Lemon puppet help her with creative solutions.
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Click on Whoa Wiggle-worm book cover to order Whoa Wiggle-worm: a Little Lemon Book about an Overly Active Child
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by Betsy B. Lee, Ed. S., Catharine E. Varnedoe (Illustrator)
The book has discussion questions which address the issue of kind or unkind nicknames, the benefits of helping someone, etc. The puppets (Little Lemon and Lickety-split) help Wiggle-worm gain self-control, self-respect, the respect of others, and secrets for doing better in school. A turning point in the story is when the boy discovers that he can control a runaway pony. A specific diagnosis is not mentioned in the story. Wiggle-worm could be a child with ADD/ADHD or other conditions such as LD, behavioral problems, low or high blood sugar, or sleep deprivation.

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Books for Parents and Other Educators

The Shut-Down Learner: Helping Your Academically Discouraged Child The author describes these average or above average children as Lego kids or high-spatial children. They thrive with hands-on tasks that use their visual and spatial abilities. This book offers a positive perspective and hope to parents who are struggling with helping children who feel defeated by school work. The book addresses a range of learning problems but the author stays away from the labeling. Sometimes the label can be almost as much of a handicap as the condition itself increasing negative feelings. The author offers understanding. He suggests specific helpful approaches. Parents and teachers are encouraged in their efforts to focus in students' strengths to empower them.

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