How Books Can Shape The Lives of Families With ADHD Children

In the Hank Zipzer books*”#ad“, Henry Winkler, known for his role on “Happy Days,” brings to life the childhood of Hank, a young boy growing up with ADHD and dyslexia who constantly finds himself in outrageous situations like the time his report card ended up in a salami! The humor in these books will appeal to both adults and children, especially those who learn differently like Hank.

Thriving with ADHD*”#ad”  is filled with easy exercises to help your child with the many facets of ADHD, from self-control and organization to getting tasks done and making friends—so they can flourish at home, school, and beyond. Kids will learn to reframe the way they think about ADHD as they discover their own unique talents. With fun activities that engage their busy minds, this workbook offers a strength-based approach to help your child gain a better understanding of themselves, their ADHD, and the simple things they can do to feel more confident and in control.

The ADHD Parenting Guide for Boys*”#ad”  is the parenting cheat code you have been searching for!
Inside the book, you will find practical solutions geared toward boys aged 3–17. The chapters explore common challenges experienced as a result of living with ADHD and provide targeted strategies such as:

  • identifying sensory triggers for oversensitive boys or determining the right amount of stimulation for sensory-seeking boys
  • finding suitable self-soothing techniques that help your child deescalate strong urges and cope with big emotions
  • developing social awareness by improving your child’s social skills through effective communication and showing empathy

Free Association: Where My Mind Goes During Science Class*”#ad” focuses on Emily, a smart but easily distracted student. The book celebrates the unique gifts of “twice-exceptional” children, highlighting their intelligence alongside ADHD and/or learning disabilities. This sweet and humorous story is the perfect introduction to exploring creative outlets for wandering minds. Readers of all ages will enjoy the message that distracted thinking doesn’t necessarily mean you’re not paying attention in this relatable ADHD book for kids ages 4-8.

In This Morning Sam Went to Mars*”#ad“, Sam, an 8-year-old, faces attention challenges. The book emphasizes lifestyle changes as a first step before considering formal diagnosis or medication. Parents will find helpful strategies at the end to improve their child’s attention. Eight-year-old Sam is always daydreaming about exploring space and the deepest seas, which is awesome except when he’s supposed to be focusing on schoolwork or stuff at home. It seems like all he hears is, “Focus, Sam!” and “Pay attention!” The doctor says Sam is lucky: He has a very powerful brain! But he does need some help focusing.

Cory Stories*”#ad” offers insights into the day-to-day life of a child with ADHD through short stories and poems. It introduces ADHD treatments like medication, counseling, and behavior modifications in an age-appropriate manner. In short statements and vignettes, Cory describes what it’s like to have ADHD: how it affects his relationships with friends and family, his school performance, and his overall functioning. He also describes many ways of coping with ADHD: medication, therapy/counseling, and practical tips for school, home, and friendships.

The Joey Pigza series*”#ad” delves into tough topics like feeling left out and taking medication through the eyes of the impulsive Joey. Parents should preview these books due to heavy themes like divorce and alcoholism. Join Joey as he navigates misadventures, quirky decisions, and educational hurdles, always driven by his unwavering quest to fit into a world that seems to operate at a different rhythm. This book, a National Book Award Finalist for Young People’s Literature, provides a much-needed perspective for those navigating neurodiversity―or for anyone seeking an understanding of a different walk of life.

Pay Attention, Emily Brown!*”#ad” addresses inattention with humor and love, providing a reassuring ending for a non-threatening discussion about paying attention. Fanciful words and pictures — from silly to absurd – make for an adventurous tale as a mother appeals to her daughter’s dreamy imagination to get her to pay attention. Pay Attention, Emily Brown! celebrates the imagination of all children, but especially those whose minds wander, whether because of ADD/ADHD, another condition, or just because they like to daydream.

Eddie Akamai overcomes his learning disability with the help of friends and family in Aloha Island* “#ad“. Children struggling with learning disabilities will relate to Eddie’s journey. When Eddie Akamai fails the third grade reading test, he runs away to an enchanted island where all the creatures know how to read and write. Parents can read this chapter book aloud to introduce phonics, whole language, and a love of reading. Highly recommended for challenged readers.

Get Ready for Jetty*”#ad” offers a visually engaging perspective on ADHD through the eyes of a 9-year-old girl. This book is perfect for girls aged 9 to 13, providing a true-to-life introduction to living with and succeeding despite ADHD. Jetty writes about these things as well as her recent ADHD diagnosis in her diary. Although starting fourth grade with ADHD is tough with new rules, more schoolwork, and new classmates, Jetty is able to see the bright side as she works with her parents, teacher, and doctor to find a happy medium where she can feel like herself.

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