Summit is celebrating ADHD awareness month. Here are some books that talk about ADHD in everyday life. Check out your local library for these finds.
“Hank Zipzer”, by Henry Winkler and Lin Oliver
Inspired by the true life experiences of Henry Winkler, whose undiagnosed dyslexia made him a classic childhood underachiever, the Hank Zipzer series is about the high-spirited and funny adventures of a boy with learning differences.
“This Morning Sam Went to Mars”, by Nancy Carlson
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. She gives Sam and his dad lots of strategies to try, like staying organized, eating better food, and asking for help when he needs it. Sam’s favorite strategy? Make time for imagination!
“Mrs. Gorski, I Think I Have The Wiggle Fidgets”, by Barbara Esham
David doesn’t know how he ends up in such situations. At the time, it just seems like a great idea. His teacher, Mrs. Gorski, has had about enough; he can tell by the way her voice changes when she speaks to him. This time, he believes that he has come up with the best idea yet. The perfect plan to make everything better.
Ellie Bean the Drama Queen, by Jennie Harding
Ellie Bean the Drama Queen is an insightful picture book that helps children with sensory issues, and the adults around them, understand what they are going through. Sometimes Ellie Bean seems like she is being difficult, when she really has a sensory issue that can be overcome quite easily! Ellie Bean is about sensory processing disorder (SPD), a condition that affects at least 40 percent of kids with ADHD or autism.
Free Association: Where My Mind Goes During Science Class, by Barbara Esham
Emily is smart, but can’t focus in class. Her teacher tries to keep Emily’s thoughts on track, but soon changes her tune when she learns Emily is most creative when distracted. Free Association targets “twice-exceptional” kids: children with gifted levels of intelligence along with ADHD or learning disabilities. It celebrates their unique gifts while acknowledging the difficulties they face.
Cory Stories: A Kid’s Book About Living with ADHD
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.