Books for Children with ADHD

Recommended Books for Children with ADHD

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Books for Children with ADHD

If your child has recently been diagnosed with ADHD, you are likely spending time researching and educating yourself all about ADHD. It is helpful for your child to understand what the diagnosis means as well. This helps to remove the mystery surrounding the struggles he knows he's been having. It can also help a child feel a greater sense of control.

It's a good idea to talk to your child about the diagnosis.

You may want to encourage her to ask any questions she may have, and to reassure her that her diagnosis is a positive step -- and not a negative label.

Books can also help your child to better understand what ADHD is all about. Perhaps just as importantly, it can help her by explaining that she is not alone in her diagnosis. Some of the books on this list provide ideas and resources for kids, while others are simple storybooks that present ADHD in a fictionalized form.

If your child is very young, you'll want to read and discuss the simpler books together. If your child is older and prefers to read on her own, take some time to pre-read the book so you can discuss it.

List of Books for Children with ADHD

50 Activities and Games for Kids with ADHD
Patricia O. Quinn

Attention Girls! A Guide to Learn All About Your AD/HD
Patricia O. Quinn

A Walk in the Rain with a Brain
Edward Hallowell

Cory Stories: A Kid’s Book About Living with ADHD
Jeanne Krauss and Whitney Martin

Eukee the Jumpy Jumpy Elephant
Clifford Corman and Esther Trevino

Help4ADD@High School: The Book You'll Want to Read, Even If Your Mom Bought It For You!
Kathleen G. Nadeau

I Would If I Could: A Teenager’s Guide to ADHD/Hyperactivity
Michael Gordon

Jumpin' Johnny Get Back to Work! A Child’s Guide to ADHD/Hyperactivity
Michael Gordon

Joey Pigza Loses Control
Jack Gantos

Learning to Slow Down and Pay Attention: A Book for Kids About ADHD
Kathleen G. Nadeau

Otto Learns About His Medicine: A Story About Medication for Children with ADHD
Matthew Galvin

Putting on the Brakes: Young People’s Guide to Understanding Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
Patricia O. Quinn and Judith M. Stern

Putting on the Brakes: Activity Book for Young People with ADHD
Patricia O. Quinn, Judith M. Stern, and Neil Russell

Shelley, the Hyperactive Turtle
Deborah M. Moss

Sparky’s Excellent Misadventures: My A.D.D. Journal
Phyllis Carpenter

The Adventures of Phoebe Flower: That's What Kids Are For
Barbara Roberts

The Girls’ Guide to AD/HD: Don’t Lose This Book!
Beth Walker

The Survival Guide for Kids with ADD or ADHD
John F. Taylor

Understanding My Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
Kara T. Tamanini

Zipper: The Kid with ADHD
Caroline Janover

For Siblings of ADHD:
My Brother's a World Class Pain
Michael Gordon

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