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Books for Kids

Paying attention isn't my best skill

Having Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder can mean you have trouble paying attention and focusing. Maybe, sometimes your thoughts go faster than you can keep up with. Do your parents ever get frustrated with you? How about your teachers? There is a whole lot going on with your brain, and you need to get your energy out! These books feature other kids just like you — you'll probably recognize yourself in some of their stories. Check them out and see if you can find ways to harness your energy and put it toward learning!


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A Prairie Day with Annie
A Prairie Day with Annie
By: Michelle Fattig
Illustrated by: Josh Fattig
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

"Written by school psychologist Michelle Fattig, who herself lives a highly successful life even though she has ADHD and Asperger's Syndrome, A Prairie Day with Annie is novel for young readers featuring a pair of children, Michelle and John, who have Asperger's Syndrome and Attention Deficit Disorder. They apply their unique perspective and insight to combat crime and evil, and further world peace. Black-and-white illustrations and a large typeface gentle on the eyes distinguish this easy-to-read chapter book and its upbeat message life with ADD and Asperger's. A handful of black-and-white illustrations by Michelle's son Josh Fattig, who also has Asperger's Syndrome and ADD, round out this excellent novel for young readers ready to start on their first ever chapter books."
—Mary Cowper, Midwest Book Review

All Kinds of Minds: A Young Student's Book about Learning Abilities and Learning Disorders
All Kinds of Minds: A Young Student's Book about Learning Abilities and Learning Disorders
By: Mel Levine
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Understand how you learn, how weaknesses can make learning difficult, and how your strengths can be used to improve your learning skills. The world is made up of "all kinds of minds" and each one needs to be appreciated. Also available on audio tape.

Distant Drums, Different Drummers: A Guide for Young People with ADHD
Distant Drums, Different Drummers: A Guide for Young People with ADHD
By: Barbara Ingersoll, Ph.D.
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Do people with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder have a "Deficit" and a "Disorder"? Or are they just different in some ways from people around them? In Distant Drums and Different Drummers, the author presents a more positive perspective on ADHD one that stresses the value of individual differences. The child with ADHD, with his penchant for novelty and exploration, his boundless energy, and his tendency to take risks, is seen as the descendant of a long line of adventures and explorers stretching far back beyond the beginnings of recorded history.

Eagle Eyes: A Child's Guide to Paying Attention
Eagle Eyes: A Child's Guide to Paying Attention
By: Jeanne Gehret
Illustrated by: Susan Covert
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

An ADHD boy helps rescue his dad because he pays so much attention to what is going on around him. He is the one who knows where to go get help.

Eddie Enough!
Eddie Enough!
By: Debbie Zimmett
Illustrated by: Charlotte Murray Fremaux
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Meet Eddie Minetti, human whirlwind and third-grader. He thinks, moves, and speaks quickly and it often gets him into trouble. One day at school, Eddie arrives late because he forgot his lunch, misses part of his spelling test, is accused of cheating, knocks over things, and loses the classroom's pet rat and that's only part of the morning! His exasperated teacher, Mrs. Pinck, says, "I've had enough, Eddie, enough!" That's all it takes, and soon the entire class is taunting Eddie with his new nickname, Eddie Enough.

First Star I See
First Star I See
By: Jaye Andras Caffrey
Illustrated by: Tracey L. Kane
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Paige, an imaginative, witty young girl with ADHD plans to earn an interview with astronaut, Kelsey Strongheart.

Help4ADD@High School
Help4ADD@High School
By: Kathleen G. Nadeau, Ph.D.
Age Level: Teen
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Designed like a Web site, this book provides straight talk on high school drugs, sex, friends, driving, parents, college and much, much more. It can help make your High School years a time that you can feel good about, instead of one long struggle. Help4ADD@HighSchool includes tips on how to study smarter, not harder; information about your rights in school, and the ways that your high school can help you succeed; tips on getting along better at home; on dating; sex; getting enough sleep, the importance of exercise; and much more. It's a survival guide for high school students with ADD!

Hyper Harry
Hyper Harry
By: Patricia H. Aust
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Ted Cheltoni, 12, has a good friend, a great girlfriend, and would have a pretty normal life if it weren't for his little brother, Harry. Harry's not bad on purpose, but Ted would sure like to fix the kid up so everybody would stop asking him to undo Harry's hyperactive, outrageous behavior. The tension at home gets so bad that Ted's afraid his parents will get divorced. One day, after Harry finds out he's suspended from school and kicked off the bus for the following week, Ted finds him packing to leave home. Ted knows he has to do something, and quick, to help his little brother.

I'm Somebody Too
I'm Somebody Too
By: Jeanne Gehret
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Emily's littler brother has ADD and it's creating issues for Emily. Her parents are giving all there attention Ben. She loves her little brother, but she's somebody too!

Joey Pigza Loses Control
Joey Pigza Loses Control
By: Jack Gantos
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Joey Pigza really wants his six-week visit with his dad to count, to show him he's not as wired as he used to be, to show his dad how much he loves him. But Carter Pigza's not an easy guy to love. He's eager to make it up to Joey for past wrongs and to show him how to be a winner, to take control of his life. With his coaching, Joey's even learned how to pitch a baseball, and he's good at it. The trouble is, Joey's dad thinks taking control means giving up the things that "keep Joey safe". And if he wants to please his dad, he's going to have to play by his rules, even when the rules don't make sense.

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