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Note: All call numbers are for the Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, Indiana
J Gantos, Jack Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key
To the constant disappointment of his mother and his teachers, Joey has trouble paying attention or controlling his mood swings when his prescription meds wear off and he starts getting worked up and acting wired.
J Gehret, Jeanne Eagle Eyes: A Child's Guide to Paying Attention
Like a river overflowing its banks, Ben wreaks havoc until he learns to recognize and control his Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD).
J Janover, Caroline Zipper, The Kid with ADHD
Zach, a fifth-grader who has attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, has trouble concentrating and controlling himself until a retired jazz musician who believes in him gives him the motivation to start trying to do better.
J PAPERBACK OELSC Oelschlager, Vinita. Knees: The Mixed-up World of a Boy with Dyslexia
Knees shows the ups and downs of life with dyslexia.
J SMITH Smith, Mark Pay attention, Slosh!
Eight-year-old Josh hates being unable to concentrate or control himself, but with the help of his parents, his teacher, and a doctor, he learns to deal with his condition, known as ADHD or attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder.
J371.9 Dunn, Kathryn Boesel Trouble with School: A Family Story About Learning Disabilities
J371.9 Senisi, Ellen B. Just Kids: Visiting a Class for Children with Special Needs
Second-grader Cindy is assigned to spend part of each day in the class for students with special needs, where she finds out that even though some kids may learn differently or have different abilities, they are all "just kids."
J371.91 Gordon, Melanie Apel Let's Talk About Dyslexia
Discusses a learning disability of approximately one in every ten people, including Albert Einstein, Thomas Edison, and how to cope with it.
J371.93 FIFTY Quinn, Patricia O. 50 Activities and Games for Kids with ADHD
A collection of articles, games, puzzles, activities, suggestions, and resources, which were previously published in the newsletter "Brakes," for children with attention deficit disorder.
J371.94 WOOD Wood, Trish 80HD: A Child's Perspective on ADHD
J616.8589 HOOPM Hoopmann, Kathy All Dogs Have ADHD
J618.92 Gordon, Michael My Brother's a World-Class Pain: A Sibling's Guide to ADHD/Hyperactivity
J618.92 Moss, Deborah M. Shelley, The Hyperactive Turtle
After getting into trouble by not paying attention, Shelley the turtle is diagnosed with AD/HD and his behavior improves.
2006 (revised)
j618.92 NADEA, 2005 Nadeau, Kathleen G. Learning to Slow Down and Pay Attention: a book for kids about ADHD
J618.92 Nemiroff, Marc A. Help Is on the Way: A Child's Book About ADD
Explains the effects of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and how it can be handled.
J618.92 Shapiro, Lawrence E. Sometimes I Drive My Mom Crazy, But I Know She's Crazy About Me
J618.92 Weiner, Ellen Taking A.D.D. to School
J618.928589 CHILM Chilman-Blair, Kim Medikidz Explain ADHD
In graphic novel format, the Medikidz, superheroes from the planet Mediland, help the reader and Kate understand attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder.
J618.928589 DENDY Dendy, Chris A. Zeigler A Bird's-Eye View of Life with ADD and ADHD: Advice from Young Survivors!
2003, revised 2007
J618.928589 Kraus, Jeanne Cory Stories: A Kid's Book About Living With ADHD
J618.928589 POLLA Pollack, Pam I Can't Sit Still! Living with ADHD
J618.928589 QUINN Quinn, Patricia Attention Girls!
Contains practical ways to improve organization, focus, study and homework skills, as well as information on making and keeping friends, dealing with emotions, improving self-esteem, overcoming sleep problems, understanding medication, and managing anxiety.
J618.928589 Quinn, Patricia Putting on the Brakes Understanding and Taking Control of Your ADD or ADHD
Self-help guide and resource for preteens with attention deficit disorder (ADD) or attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Includes strategies to manage disorder and practical ways to improve organization, focus, studying, and homework skills. 20th anniversary edition.
J618.928589 Rotner, Shelley The A.D.D. Book for Kids
Text and photographs explain what it is like to live with A.D.D., or attention-deficit disorder.
J618.928589 TAYLO Taylor, John F. The Survival Guide for Kids with ADD or ADHD
Provides information and advice for kids who have ADD or ADHD, including what these disorders are, ways to make things better at home, at school, and with friends, taking medicine, eating healthy foods, and more.
J618.928589 Tourville, Amanda Doering My Friend Has ADHD
"Explains some of the challenges and rewards of having a friend with ADHD using everyday kid-friendly examples" -- publisher.
JE CARPE Carpenter, Phyllis Sparky's Excellent Misadventures: My A.D.D. Journal by Me (Sparky)
A young boy writes in his journal about the frustrations and triumphs of living with attention deficit disorder.
JE Corman, Clifford L. Eukee the Jumpy Jumpy Elephant
Eukee the elephant can't stay still and follow directions, but a friendly doctor helps him conquer his problems.
JE ESHMA Esham, Barbara If You're So Smart, How Come You Can't Spell Mississippi?
Introduces the mainstream student and educator to the world of the child who struggles academically. The main character discovers her father is dyslexic, as is one of her classmates-- and she tries to make sense of it.
JE ESHMA Esham, Barbara Mrs. Gorski, I Think I Have the Wiggle Fidgets
David Sheldon finds it difficult to pay attention and follow directions. His teacher, Mrs. Gorski, has had enough of David's brainstorms, but David "brainstorms" a way to manage his "wiggle fidgets."
JE GALVI Galvin, Matthew Otto Learns about His Medicine: A Story about Medication for Children with ADHD
Otto, a fidgety young car that has trouble paying attention in school, visits a special mechanic who prescribes a medicine to control his hyperactive behavior.
JE GOLDS Goldstein, Sam Some Kids Just Can't Sit Still!
Rhyming text describes how difficult life can be for a child with Attention deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder and how parents, teachers, and doctors can help.
JE HODGE Hodge, Deborah Lily and the Mixed-Up Letters
JE JOYCE Joyce, Mildred Why Cody Can't Learn
JE Lears, Laurie Ben Has Something to Say: A Story About Stuttering
In order to help a neglected dog which he sees at a junkyard, Ben, who stutters, begins to confront his fear of speaking.
JE LESTE Lester, Sharon The Boy Who Wouldn't Sit Still!
Rhyming text and illustrations offers a humorous look at a day in the life of a mischievous little boy and his rabbit sidekick.
JE PENN Penn, Audrey A.D.D. Not B.A.D.
Jimmy Jumpingbean and his teacher, Mr. Jugardor, demonstrate to the class why Jimmy's attention deficit disorder makes it hard for him to sit still.
JE SHAPI Shapiro, Lawrence E. Ethan Has Too Much Energy: An Emotional Literacy Book
Tells the story of an active impulsive boy, who with the help of a counselor, learns to calm himself down, focus on one task at a time, and organize his work.
PTC J371.9 H34D Healy, Jane M. Different Learners: Identifying, Preventing, and Treating Your Child's Learning Problems
PTC J371.94 DANIE Daniel-White, Becky Empower ADHD Kids
This guide gives the classroom teacher or parent a step-by-step plan for teaching ADHD kids practical strategies for learning who they are, how they can belong and how to master learning and social competencies.
PTC J371.94 LOUGY Lougy, Richard A. Teaching Young Children With ADHD: Successful Strategies and Practical Interventions for PreK-3
PTC J618.928589 Greenspan, Stanley I. Overcoming ADHD: Helping Your Child Become Calm, Engaged and Focused - Without a Pill
PTC J618.928589 REIME Reimers, Cathy L. ADHD in the Young Child : Driven to Re-direction
S J616.8553 TOURV Tourville, Amanda Doering My Friend has Dyslexia / Mi amiga tiene dislexia
Explains some of the challenges and rewards of having a friend with dyslexia using everyday kid-friendly examples--in both English and Spanish.
S JE MOORE Moore-Mallinos, Jennifer Se llama dislexia
A young girl starts school but has problems reading. The teacher finds she has dyslexia, but that with work she can improve her reading and writing skills. Includes a guide for parents on Dyslexia. Spanish.

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