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Kids
Books for Kids

Me and my family

As a kid with a learning disability, you may have a special relationship with your family. Your mom or dad may have to go with you to special meetings at school or to after-school programs. Maybe your sister or brother helps you with your homework. Sometimes it can be tough your sister may think you get too much attention. You might feel like your siblings get more free time than you or that your parents are on your back too much. The books we have gathered here may help you understand yourself and your family better.

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Different Croaks for Different Folks
Different Croaks for Different Folks
By: Midori Ochiai
Illustrated by: Hiroko Fujiwara
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Some of us learn things in a different way from those around us — do you too? One frog might need a bit of help with counting; another might not know how to behave around other frogs. Other young frogs in this book are easily distracted and get themselves into trouble. But help is at hand: if we think differently about things that we find difficult, we can find our own ways to get better at doing them.

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.

Help! Somebody Get Me Out of Fourth Grade (Hank Zipzer)
Help! Somebody Get Me Out of Fourth Grade (Hank Zipzer)
By: Henry Winkler
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Hank creates an elaborate scheme to have his parents win an out-of-town trip so they're gone during teacher-conference days.

How Dyslexic Benny Became a Star
How Dyslexic Benny Became a Star
By: Joe Griffith
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

A touching account of one youngster’s struggle in learning to read and the painful journey that he took to gain self-confidence, self-respect, and tremendous success as a human being, as a student, and as an athlete. Benny’s story stands as a tribute to the human spirit and should serve as an excellent resource for students with dyslexia, their parents and their teachers.

How Many Days Until Tomorrow?
How Many Days Until Tomorrow?
By: Caroline Janover
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Spending a month on a remote island in Maine with his teasing older brother and grandparents he hardly knows is not Josh's idea of a great time. But that's what happens the summer his parents go abroad. Twelve-year-old Josh, who has dyslexia, can't do anything right in his grandfather's eyes, and is constantly compared to his perfect bookish brother, Simon. So Josh secretly plans to run away back to New Jersey. However, despite gruff Gramps, Josh finds himself captivated by life on Sea Island and all of the challenges it offers him. Plus, Josh discovers unexpected romance and kinship with a young visitor. His biggest challenge, though, comes at the end of the summer when he faces a life-threatening emergency and uses skills he didn't know he had to lead the rescue.

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.

Learning to Slow Down and Pay Attention
Learning to Slow Down and Pay Attention
By: Kathleen G. Nadeau, Ph.D.
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

This book offers practical advice and tips on areas such as learning to relax, improving your memory, staying focused, getting homework done, and making friends.

Loser
Loser
By: Jerry Spinelli
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Just like other kids, Zinkoff rides his bike, hopes for snow days, and wants to be like his dad when he grows up. But Zinkoff also raises his hand with all the wrong answers, trips over his own feet, and falls down with laughter over a word like "Jabip." Other kids have their own word to describe him, but Zinkoff is too busy to hear it. He doesn't know he's not like everyone else. And one winter night, Zinkoff's differences show that any name can someday become "hero."

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