Three Educational Children's Books About Learning Disabilities

Books to Explain Learning Disabilities to Children

A father reads a book on learning disabilities to his child.
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Trying to simply explain what a learning disability is to your young child can be hard enough as it is for some parents, but trying to explain to your son or daughter that his or her specific "disorder" may increase the difficulty-level of school and possibility set him or her apart from friends and peers can be another challenging ordeal on its own. Many parents struggle with telling their children about their learning disabilities.

School counselors, special education teachers, and school psychologists can be helpful resources to help you talk with your child about learning disabilities in terms they will understand. Older children are more likely to struggle with issues of self-esteem and their reputations with other students when they realize they have learning disabilities. At minimum, every teenager with a learning disability should know the facts about LDs. Many children can also benefit from reading books about learning disabilities.

Luckily there is an array of children's picture books available that are designed to help your child understand about learning disabilities in a lighthearted way. While the books listed below are suited to help children come to terms with their own learning disability, they're also an ideal educational tool for parents who want their children without learning disabilities to be informed so that he or she is more respectful to family members and classmates with a learning disability.

That said, below are some great titles to get you started.

  • Eukee The Jumpy Jumpy Elephant - This heartwarming children's book, written by Clifford L. Corman and Esther Trevino, follows a young rambunctious elephant named Eukee that just can't seem to sit still. Even though Eukee feels bad because his parents and teachers frequently get upset with Eukee for his inability to follow directions, Eukee still can't control his actions because of the "jumpy" feeling he feels inside. Eukee-lonely from his lack of friends-finally decides to visit a doctor where he discovers the source of his behavior, Attention Deficit Disorder.
  • Hank Zipzer: The World's Greatest Underachiever - These beautifully crafted series of children's novels co-written by actor Henry Winkler and Lin Oliver are loosely based-off of Winkler's own experiences as an undiagnosed student with dyslexia. Henry Daniel "Hank" Zipzer is a very sweet boy, but seems to find himself in a heap of trouble at school because of his learning disability. Each book has a new challenge Hank must overcome. There are 17 books in the series total.
  • What Do You Mean I Have a Learning Disability? - Lastly is What Do You Mean I Have a Learning Disability?, which takes more of realistic approach at explaining how some undiagnosed children with a learning disability may incorrectly feel as if they are not smart. Kathleen M. Dwyer tells the tale of a 10-year-old boy named Jimmy who starts to question his intelligence after struggling with assignments at school. After a parent-teacher conference, his parents decide to take Jimmy to the doctor to get tested for a learning disability.

    There are several more books available that are written specifically to address your child's learning disability. With some research and help from a local librarian you should be able to find the perfect match for your child's needs.

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