It can be difficult to engage children with learning disabilities with story books. Story books have so much to offer and teach children, that it is well worth us sharing what books we have found successful. Engaging stories often have rhyme, repetition, sounds and interactive opportunities.
Here are some of my favourites – in no particular order:
1. Where Is The Green Sheep? – by Mem Fox and Judy Horacek
2. Ten Loopy Caterpillars – Joy Cowley
3. Rosie’s Walk – by Pat Hutchins
4. Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? – by Bill Martin Jr & Eric Carle
5. Shoes From Grandpa – by Mem Fox
6. The Very Hungry Caterpillar – by Eric Carle
7. Cricket’s Storm – by Joy Cowley & Gary Sullivan
8. A Proper Little Lady – by Nette Hilton
9. We’re Going On A Bear Hunt
10. The Very Cranky Bear – by Nick Bland
I found a great post about this topic by BEAGOODMOM, called: Good Books for Children with Autism (2007). Titles on their list included:
- Duck in the Truck by Jez Alborough.
- If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff.
- There’s a Wocket in My Pocket by Dr. Seuss.
- Dr. Seuss’s ABC by Dr. Seuss.
- Big Green Monster, by Ed Emberly.
- More Spaghetti, I Say by Rita Golden Gelman.
- Fluffy Bunny, a soft to touch book, by Piers Harper. .
- My Little Yellow Taxi by Stephen Johnson.
- Put Me in the Zoo by Robert Lopshire.
Another post by Parenting.com called, 11 Books for Kids on the Autism Spectrum recommends:
- Gallop!: A Scanimation Picture Book, by Rufus Butler Seder
- I’m Here, by Peter H. Reynolds
- Jay and Ben, by Lulu Delacre and Katherine Swanson
Listopia published a list of ‘Voices & Sounds – Best Read Alouds for Young Children’ which can be found here.
Finally, Bridgewater State University Library published a list of ‘Predictable books for children’ which can be found here.
After looking into this topic of ‘story books for students with learning disabilities’, I have realised just how difficult this task can be. Most lists are story books ‘about’ disabilities. Please share any of your favourites. I would love to add them to my list!