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Books for Kids

What is a learning disability?

So you’ve been diagnosed with a learning disability. You probably had some trouble learning in school, and had to have a bunch of tests. Maybe people thought you were being lazy or trying to disrupt your class. Then you found out there are a whole bunch of reasons why you were having trouble. Now you have a name for your learning problems, but it might still be a confusing time, trying to figure out how you fit in and how you’ll manage to keep up with your class. These books might help to explain your disability and make you feel better about yourself and about school.

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.

Different is Not Bad, Different is the World: A Book About Disabilities
Different is Not Bad, Different is the World: A Book About Disabilities
By: Sally L. Smith
Age Level: Teen
Reading Level: Independent Reader

"Disabilities can be 'nuisances,' but…differences are good they add to the richness of our world." This illustrated book explores both physical and learning disabilities. You'll also learn how many famous historical figures had disabilities and succeeded despite them.

Keeping a Head in School
Keeping a Head in School
By: Mel Levine
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

What's the best way for me to approach my schoolwork? How to I deal with the problems I'm having in school? This book will help provide you with some answers that you can put into action, as well as remind you that a learning difference is not an unbeatable obstacle. Audio tape also available.

Lucky Horseshoes: A Tale from the Iris the Dragon Series
Lucky Horseshoes: A Tale from the Iris the Dragon Series
By: Gayle Grass
Illustrated by: Linda Crockett
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

The book illustrates through its images and words the feelings and thoughts of an ADHD child. Using the delicate approach of the fairy tale genre, this book provides children with AHDH an opportunity to identify with their thoughts, feelings and actions through the young character in the book.

The School Survival Guide for Kids With LD
The School Survival Guide for Kids With LD
By: Rhoda Woods Cummings
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

This guide offers specific tips and strategies especially for unique learners like you. Use these "school tools" to help build confidence in reading, writing, spelling, math, and more. Learn to organize time, set goals, stick up for yourself, handle conflict, stay out of trouble, cope with testing, and get help from adults.

The Survival Guide for Kids with LD
The Survival Guide for Kids with LD
By: Gary L. Fisher, Ph.D.
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

First of all, know this — you're smart and can learn! You just learn differently. This guide will help answer some of your important questions about having LD, such as "Why is it hard for kids with LD to learn?" and "What happens when you grow up?" It will also provide suggestions on how to deal with issues in school and take some of the mystery out of what having LD means (and doesn't mean). Includes resources for parents and teachers.

The Survival Guide for Teenagers with LD
The Survival Guide for Teenagers with LD
By: Rhoda Woods Cummings & Gary L. Fisher, Ph.D.
Age Level: Teen
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Adulthood is nothing to be frightened of, even if you have LD. This guide is aimed at helping prepare you not only for academic success, but for life as an adult. It helps explain how kids get into LD programs, clarifies your legal rights and responsibilities, and covers other vital topics including assertiveness, jobs, friends, dating, self-sufficiency, and responsible citizenship.