Piedmonters for Resources, Advocacy & Information in Special Education.


Specific Learning Disabilities (Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, Dysgraphia)

  • Fish in a Tree

    by Lynda Mullaly Hunt.
    The author of the beloved One for the Murphys gives readers an emotionally-charged, uplifting novel that will speak to anyone who’s ever thought there was something wrong with them because they didn’t fit in. “Everybody is smart in different ways. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its life believing it is stupid.”
  • Niagara Falls, Or Does It?

    by Henry Winkler
    Grade 3-5-On the first day of fourth grade, Hank's teacher assigns a five-paragraph essay, "What I did on my summer vacation," and he knows he's in trouble. It has always been difficult for him to read, write, and spell so he decides to "build" his assignment instead-to "-bring Niagara Falls into the classroom, water and all."

Physical Challenges

  • The Million Dollar Putt

    by Dan Gutman
    Blind golf anyone? Edward Bogard – Bogie for short – may be blind, but he can learn just about anything he sets his mind to: riding a bike, parasailing, playing guitar. Even though many things come easily to him, he stunned when he hits at a driving range and finds he has the swingof a pro. But blind golfing is a team sport, and Bogie needs a coach.
  • My life as a Cartoonist

    My life as a Cartoonist
    There’s a new kid in Derek Fallon’s class. His name is Umberto and he uses a wheelchair. Derek’s family is still fostering Frank the monkey, and Derek thinks it would be great to train Frank to assist Umberto. But Derek quickly realizes that Umberto is definitely not looking for any help. Derek soon becomes the butt of Umberto’s jokes.
  • I funny: A Middle School Story

    by James Patterson
    Jamie Grimm is a middle schooler on a mission: he wants to become the world's greatest standup comedian--even if he doesn't have a lot to laugh about these days. He's new in town and stuck living with his aunt, uncle, and their evil son Stevie, a bully who doesn't let Jamie's wheelchair stop him from messing with Jamie as much as possible.

Emotional Challenges

  • What to Do When Your Temper Flares: A Kid's Guide to Overcoming Problems With Anger (What to Do Guides for Kids)

    by Dawn Huebner (Author), Bonnie Matthews (Illustrator)
    Guides children and their parents through the cognitive-behavioral techniques used to treat problems with anger. This interactive self-help book teaches children a set of anger dousing methods aimed at cooling angry thoughts and controlling angry actions, resulting in calmer, more effective kids.
  • What to Do When You Worry Too Much: A Kid's Guide to Overcoming Anxiety (What to Do Guides for Kids)

    by Dawn Huebner (Author), Bonnie Matthews (Illustrator)
    "What to Do When You Worry Too Much" is an interactive self-help book designed to guide 6-12 year olds and their parents through the cognitive-behavioral techniques most often used in the treatment of generalized anxiety. Engaging, encouraging, and easy to follow, this book educates, motivates, and empowers children to work towards change. It includes a note to parents by psychologist and author Dawn Huebner, PhD.
  • What to Do When Your Brain Gets Stuck: A Kid's Guide to Overcoming OCD (What-to-Do Guides for Kids)

    by Dawn Huebner (Author), Bonnie Matthews (Illustrator)
    by Dawn Huebner (Author), Bonnie Matthews (Illustrator)

Autism Spectrum

  • Andy and His Yellow Frisbee

    by Mary Thompson
    The new girl at school tries to befriend Andy, an autistic boy who spends every recess by himself, spinning a yellow Frisbee under the watchful eye of his older sister.
  • Blue Bottle Mystery : An Asperger Adventure

    by Kathy Hoopmann
    This is a warm, fun-filled fantasy story for children with a difference: the hero is Ben, a boy with Asperger Syndrome. When Ben and his friend Andy find an old bottle in the school yard, they little realize the surprises about to be unleashed in their lives. Bound up with this exciting mystery is the story of how Ben is diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome and how he and his family deal with the problems and joys that come along. Blue Bottle Mystery is a delight to read that is more than just another kid's book.
  • Jackson Whole Wyoming

    by Joan Clark
    Fifth-grader Tyler has been chosen to present a going away present to Jackson, but Tyler is worried about being associated with Jackson. The other students think Jackson is strange--but he just has Asperger's syndrome.
  • I Know Someone with Autism

    by Sue Barraclough
    Do you know someone with autism? -- What is autism? -- What causes autism? -- Understanding autism -- Feelings about change -- Communication -- Strengths and support -- Living with autism -- Being a good friend -- How can I help? -- Famous people with autism -- Autism: true or false?. Helps children learn about autism, explaining what autism is, how to be a friend to someone with autism, and how autism affects people.
  • My mouth is a volcano!

    by Julia Cook
    My Mouth Is A Volcano takes an empathetic approach to the habit of interrupting and teaches children a witty technique to capture their rambunctious thoughts and words for expression at an appropriate time. Told from Louis’ perspective, this story provides parents, teachers, and counselors with an entertaining way to teach children the value of respecting others by listening and waiting for their turn to speak.
  • A is for autism, F is for friend : a kid's book on making friends with a child who has autism

    by Joanna L Keating-Velasco
    Greetings from Chelsea -- What in the World Is Autism? -- "Sensing" the Differences -- Can You See What I Am Thinking? -- Look Deep into My Eyes -- Echo, Echo! -- What Are You Doing? -- From Frustrations to Friendships -- Want to Give It a Try? -- Want to Know More?. Eleven-year-old Chelsea explains what autism is, what it is like to live with and how to make friends with an autistic child.
  • Different like Me: My Book of Autism Heroes

    by Jennifer Elder
    Quinn, a young boy who has been diagnosed with autism, has trouble fitting in with his peers, but feels comforted when he learns about other famous and historic people who were considered different.
  • How to talk to an Autistic kid

    by Daniel Stefanski
    Offers insight into the common communication patterns of children with autism, providing advice to children and adults on how to approach and talk to children affected by this disorder.
  • Tacos Anyone? : An Autism Story

    by Marvie Ellis
    Language: Spanish/English Michael is a four year old boy with autism. His older brother, Thomas, doesn't understand why Michael behaves the way he does. The therapist teaches Thomas how to play with Michael, making sibling time fun again.
  • The Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of a thirteen-Year Old with Autism

    By Naoki Higashida
    You’ve never read a book like The Reason I Jump. Written by Naoki Higashida, a very smart, very self-aware, and very charming thirteen-year-old boy with autism, it is a one-of-a-kind memoir that demonstrates how an autistic mind thinks, feels, perceives, and responds in ways few of us can imagine. Parents and family members who never thought they could get inside the head of their autistic loved one at last have a way to break through to the curious, subtle, and complex life within.
  • The social skills picture book : teaching communication, play and emotion

    by Jed Baker
    Colorful pictures demonstrating nearly thirty social skills, including conversation, play, emotion management, and empathy, help engage and motivate students who need extra help learning appropriate social skills.
  • The survival guide for kids with autism spectrum disorders (and their parents)

    by Elizabeth Verdick
    Provides information and advice for kids who have an autism spectrum disorder, or ASD, including what these disorders are, ways to make things better at home, at school, and with friends, taking medicine, eating healthy foods, and more.
  • Teamwork isn't my thing, and I don't like to share!

    by Julia Cook
    RJ is having another bad day, but with the help of his coach, he learns that working as a team and sharing are skills needed not just on the soccer field, but in school and at home too.
  • The Worst Day of My Life Ever!

    by Julia Cook
    Shows readers the steps to the fundamental social skills of listening and following instructions. When the hero, RJ, learns to use these skills the right way, he has the best day of his life.

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